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April 2011

Electronic Resource for New and Aspiring Law Enforcement Executives

In partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the IACP Smaller Law Enforcement Agency Technical Assistance Program and the New Police Chief Mentoring Project are pleased to announce the launch of the New Executive E-Source. This website, modeled on the Police Chiefs Desk Reference, is designed to help aspiring and newly appointed or elected law enforcement executives from smaller agencies find answers to their questions, easily access resources, address common concerns, and connect with experienced executives who can mentor new executives with guidance and support.

Visitors have access to a wealth of information on topics such as funding and grant management, personnel administration, leadership and management, contemporary issues, and operations. Most notably, the Guidance for Executives feature provides tips on what new executives should expect on their first day, during their first year, and regarding avoiding common pitfalls. Videos and podcasts deliver advice from experienced executives on a variety of topics ranging from community outreach to successfully maneuvering in the political environment.

The New Executive E-Source aims to be a dynamic site that will continue to present current and relevant resources for aspiring and new law enforcement executives, particularly those in smaller agencies. From the home page, visitors are encouraged to use feedback mechanisms that reach out to staff and the nationwide network of mentors. To access the site, visit For more information, call Courtney Mariette at 1-800-THE- IACP, extension 816.

Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in the Pretrial Release and Detention Process

The IACP, in a collaborative effort with the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) and the BJA, has released the report Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in the Pretrial Release and Detention Process. This publication summarizes the outcomes of a law enforcement and justice leader symposium that took place in April 2010. The critical elements of that discussion included

  • measuring dangerousness levels of potential pretrial releasees;
  • bail-setting practices;
  • the impact of pretrial failure (rearrest, new offenses, and so on) on officer and public safety;
  • pretrial release programs for suspects released into the community, pending trial;
  • the cost and benefits of various approaches; and
  • the role that law enforcement should play in the discussion and improvement of pretrial services.

This publication will aid IACP members and all law enforcement leaders to fully understand how pretrial decisions affect their communities. The IACP hopes this publication will serve as a means of promoting critical dialogue between its members and the pretrial policy and program leaders across the country.

The report is available through a link on the IACP website at Please share this information with others who may be interested in the topic.

For more information or to order complimentary hardcopy versions of the report, e-mail Rochelle Love at

Guidance for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s (ACOEM’s) Guidance for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers is now available. Seven years in development, this electronic, subscription-based guidance provides police physicians with information to assist them in making medical qualification recommendations that promote the health and safety of officers.

In addition to physicians who provide medical care, the guidance is also a valuable tool for law enforcement executives and others. Published chapters cover diabetes, vision, hearing, cardiovascular diseases, and medication usage. These published chapters have been endorsed by the IACP as well as the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Sections under development include pregnancy, infectious diseases, seizure disorders, bleeding disorders, substance abuse, prostheses, and pulmonary disorders.

A task group of the Public Safety Medicine Section of the ACOEM developed the document. The group is made up of occupational medicine physicians with extensive public safety medicine experience in the public, private, corporate, and military sectors. Also participating were representatives of the IACP, NAWLEE, the ICMA, and unions.

Since the guidance is a web-based document, the ACOEM will be able to easily add to and update the document without long lag times. Whenever a change or an addition is made to the document, all subscribers will be immediately notified by e-mail. This format also allows the task group to react quickly to comments, criticisms, and suggestions (which are strongly encouraged) from the users of the document.

Please visit to subscribe to this “living” document. Readers can preview the Preamble and Essential Job Tasks sections of the document on this site. As is stated in the preamble to the document, “The purpose of this guidance is to promote the health and safety of LEOs while ensuring their ability to protect civilian life and property.”

The guidance is another tool that chiefs can use to ensure that their staffs have the best information available when making decisions that involve protecting their law enforcement officers and their communities. ■

Click to view the digital edition.



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

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