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March 2011

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2011 IACP Annual Conference: Call for Workshop Proposals

Peers sharing knowledge and ideas is the hallmark of the annual conference educational program. The IACP’s goal is to offer relevant and timely education and training to help attendees do their jobs more effectively and make their agencies more successful.

Through this call for proposals, the IACP seeks the very best, most relevant, and most thought-provoking ideas in order to deliver content pertinent to the law enforcement profession. Educational sessions are conducted in a variety of settings including track workshops, learning laboratories, poster sessions, innovation theaters, and a new technique called “the fishbowl,” in which audience members are participants seated in concentric circles.

Members can submit proposals online at the conference website. Visit and click on the navigation button Educational Program. The deadline for submissions is April 6.

Upcoming IACP Events

Readers should regularly visit the IACP website and review upcoming events, conferences, and meetings. Following is a quick review of IACP activities.

The SACOP Midyear Meeting. The 2011 SACOP Midyear Meeting is March 5–7 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. SACOP is the organizing body for the 50 state associations of chiefs of police, facilitating the exchange of information to leadership, to policy makers, and into the field.

SACOP membership comprises the decisionmaking body of each state association of chiefs of police, including the presidents of the individual state associations; the state representatives who serve as each state’s SACOP liaison (often a board officer); and the executive directors who manage the associations. For more information, e-mail Erin Vermilye at or Nuyiri Kasbarian at

The 35th Annual IACP Law Enforcement Information Management Training Conference and Exposition. The 2011 LEIM (Law Enforcement Information Management) conference is being held in San Diego, California, June 13–15. The LEIM conference hosts law enforcement chief executives, commanders, operational practitioners, technical developers, and industry representatives to share leading practices and lessons learned in the innovative application of technology to improve officer and public safety, enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of operations, and build enterprise-wide information sharing capabilities. For more information, visit the IACP website and click on the LEIM 2011 logo.

The 17th Annual Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving. The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Section Training Conference is being held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 19–21. Despite the tireless efforts of thousands of advocates, impaired drivers in the United States continue to kill someone every 30 minutes—that’s nearly 50 people a day, and almost 18,000 people a year. The DRE section provides a unique opportunity for those professionals associated with drug recognition to share common management, training, administrative, and practicing concerns to change this trend. For more information, e-mail Carolyn Cockroft at

The 118th Annual IACP Conference. Join your peers in Chicago, Illinois, at McCormick Place West, October 22–26, for the 118th Annual IACP Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition. In 1893, at the Chicago World’s Fair, 51 police chiefs met to discuss the challenges they faced in their departments and organized the National Chiefs of Police Union, later changed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 1902. Today, police chiefs from around the globe come together at the annual IACP conference to foster the exchange of information and experience among police leaders around the world and find solutions to issues they are facing.

“If all the Chiefs of Police view this important matter as I do . . . With the aid of this organization, I believe that within a few years the statutes of all states and territories governing crime and appertaining to extradition and police matters would be comparatively the same, and with the more efficient police service throughout the country which this organization would naturally promote, would, according to my idea, operate as the greatest stroke which has ever been made in this country against crime.”
—Webber S. Seavey, November 18, 1892

You are invited to attend the Chicago conference and be a part of IACP history and, more importantly, the future of law enforcement. For more information, visit the IACP website at, and click on the IACP 2011 logo.

The New U.S. Terrorism Threat Advisory System

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced the new National Terrorism Threat Advisory System. The new system, to replace the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System, is expected to more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.

IACP President Mark Marshall, chief of police in Smithfield, Virginia, praised the new system, saying, “The IACP strongly supports this initiative and fully recognizes the need for the system to be updated. Over the past several years, DHS and its intelligence section have greatly enhanced the information being disseminated to state, local, and tribal law enforcement and have, in turn, allowed law enforcement to be better informed. We now have more timely, credible, and operationally relevant information; and, because of these great strides, the color-coded system is no longer needed.” The IACP participated in the Homeland Security Alert System Task Force, the group that made the recommendations for the alert system changes.

Under the new system, the DHS will issue formal, detailed alerts when it receives information about a specific or credible terrorist threat. These alerts will include a clear statement that there is an “imminent threat” or “elevated threat.” The alerts also will provide a concise summary of the potential threat; information about action being taken to ensure public safety; and recommended steps that individuals and communities, businesses, and governments can take.

According to the DHS, the alerts will be based on the nature of the threat: in some cases, alerts will be sent directly to law enforcement or affected areas of the private sector, while in others, alerts will be issued more broadly to the public through both official and media channels. Alerts will also have an official expiration date to fully communicate the scope and duration of the threat.

The new alert system will be implemented and completed by April. The IACP will continue to be involved and work with the DHS during the transition period.

For more information on the National Terrorism Advisory System, visit

Canadian Associations Unite to Move Forward on 700 MHz Broadband

During the Fourth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, the presidents of Canada’s three major associations representing police, fire, and emergency medical services announced the creation of the Tri-Services Special Purpose Committee on 700 MHz Broadband for Mission Critical Public Safety Data. The creation of the committee is in direct response to Industry Canada’s recent announcement of public consultations on the use of the 700 MHz band by commercial mobile services.

Some 700 MHz narrow and wideband spectrum are already dedicated to public safety in Canada for voice and some lowerspeed data use. However, securing dedicated spectrum for broadband applications for public safety will ensure wireless broadband networks can be built with the needs of public safety in mind moving forward. Availability of such networks responds directly to the Canadian tri-services’ identified priorities of improved interoperability and integrated emergency management. Spectrum allocations are a key enabler for the creation of such networks.

The associations have appointed three representatives to strike the Tri-Services Special Purpose Committee on 700 MHz Broadband for Mission Critical Public Safety Data. They are Superintendent Bill Moore, Halifax Regional Police; Superintendent Pascal Rodier, British Columbia Ambulance Service; and Division Chief Mike Sullivan, Ottawa Fire Service. Together, the three representatives will set in motion a mechanism to monitor and advise on the issue, inform stakeholders, and identify responder spectrum needs and potential opportunities.

For more information on 700 MHz Broadband for Mission Critical Public Safety Data, visit

INTERPOL Operation Nets $200 Million of Counterfeit Products

Fake goods worth more than $200 million have been seized and nearly 1,000 people have been arrested in a series of operations coordinated by INTERPOL across South America targeting organized criminal counterfeiting networks. Operation Jupiter V, a year-long operation throughout 2010, led to a series of interventions across 13 countries in the region and the seizure of nearly eight million counterfeit products including construction materials, sports clothes and shoes, sunglasses, mobile phones, books, car parts, computer software, and alcohol.

Goods were recovered from a range of locations including markets, commercial shopping centers, and street vendors. In a number of cases, social networking sites were also identified as distribution channels for counterfeit products.

This is the fifth such operation coordinated by INTERPOL in the region. A key element in the success of Operation Jupiter V was the increased awareness and allocation of resources to tackle the dangers posed by counterfeit and pirated products, including the creation of dedicated intellectual property crime units in Chile and Peru.

This fifth Operation Jupiter conducted in South America consisted of four operational phases, including the provision of training to more than 150 police and customs officers, prosecutors, and intellectual property crime investigation specialists. Since INTERPOL’s Intellectual Property Rights program launched the first Operation Jupiter in 2005, nearly one-half billion dollars worth of counterfeit goods have been recovered while local police have received assistance in identifying and dismantling gangs involved in drugs and gun smuggling.

The Most Wanted Health Care Fugitives List

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched its Most Wanted Fugitives List—the first-ever list of individuals sought on charges of health care fraud and abuse—to focus public attention on its most wanted fugitives.

The Most Wanted Fugitives List at on the OIG website includes photos and profiles of each featured fugitive. The site also includes an online fugitive tip form and the OIG hotline number (1-888-476-4453) for the public to report fugitive-related information in either English or Spanish, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The web page will also indicate when fugitives’ statuses change, including when they are captured.

The 10 individuals on the Most Wanted Health Care Fugitives List have allegedly cost taxpayers more than $124 million in fraud. In all, the OIG is seeking more than 170 fugitives on charges related to health care fraud and abuse. ■



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 3, March 2011. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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