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Police Chief Magazine Online
On January 26, 2004, the IACP officially launched the online version of the Police Chief on the World Wide Web at

The online version of the Police Chief is made possible by a grant from the IACP Foundation. While most of the material from the print version is on the Web, not all will appear there. Limitations of Web publishing preclude the practical inclusion of certain graphics and other items contained in the print version. Most of the text is the same.

The online version also contains Web-only items. These items were not in the publishing plans of the print version, but the editorial staff felt the information was appropriate to share through the online version of the magazine.

The online version also includes features designed to help readers print copies of articles and columns or send electronic versions to a friend. IACP encourages the membership to share articles with their colleagues using these features.

The earliest issue available at the Web site is September 2003. Archived issues back to 1994, and selected earlier issues, are available to subscribers of IACP Net, an online resource for law enforcement agencies. For information about IACP Net, call 800-227-9640.

For more information about the Police Chief, visit

IACP Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff Eugene R. Cromartie hosts representatives from the New Zealand Embassy at IACP Headquarter. New Zealand Police Liaison Officer Peter Marshall returned to New Zealand in February and was presented with various awards in appreciation for his work during his tour in the United States. From left to right: Neville Matthews, incoming New Zealand Police Liaison Officer; Eugene Cromartie; Peter Marshall; Birgit Maier, who is at IACP on a fellowship program from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations; and Paul Santiago, director of IACP international activities.

State Legislative Reports Available
The IACP prepares an annual state legislative report to provide members with a review of the major law enforcement-related legislative initiatives that were considered, or are currently under consideration, in the states. Although the IACP staff tracks all law enforcement-related legislation, the document published on the Web site provides information on only those legislative initiatives that were enacted or were the subject of significant legislative activity.

The summaries of 44 state legislative sessions are now available on the IACP Web site at Select Legislative Activities on the left navigation bar to reach the appropriate page.

For more information, call Jennifer Boyter at 800-THE-IACP, extension 226, or send an e-mail message to

Hometown Heroes Survivor Benefit Act
President Bush has signed into law the Hometown Heroes Survivor Benefits Act of 2003. The new law will broaden the Public Safety Officers Benefits (PSOB) to cover public safety officers who die of heart attacks or strokes while on duty.

The PSOB program, administered by the Department of Justice, provides a one-time financial benefit of $267,494 to families of public safety officers (police, fire and EMS) killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Before enactment of this new law, the burden of proof was placed on the family to demonstrate a direct relation between the heart attack or stroke and the actions performed in the line of duty. The Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefit Act shifts the burden to the Department of Justice by adding language qualifying heart attacks and strokes as a line of duty deaths.

The change in the program will not be retroactive but will apply to cases effective December 15, 2003, the date the measure was signed into law.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week-April 18-24
This April, law enforcement agencies will have the opportunity to participate in a nationwide effort to promote victims' rights and victim assistance and raise public awareness during the 2004 National Crime Victims' Rights Week, schedule for April 18-24, 2004. The theme for this year's observance is "Victims' Rights: America's Values."

Based upon input from the field, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is disseminating a resource guide to help departments plan victim and community awareness events and activities. Components of the guide are designed to make it easy to replicate materials for the local activities. Included in the guide is camera-ready artwork, a DVD that includes compelling video footage that highlights the theme (for use in local awareness events), guidelines for sponsoring poster and essay contests in schools, and new documents that describe the rich history and leadership of OVC and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Crime Victims Fund. The 2004 resource guide is also filled with theme-oriented ideas, concepts, and strategies.

To obtain a copy of the resource guide, contact Justice Solutions, 720 Seventh Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C., 202-448-1710; fax: 202-628-0080; The resource guide is also available in electronic format on the OVC Web site,

National Night Out 2004-August 3
The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) has announced that the 21st Annual National Night Out (NNO) program will culminate on Tuesday, August 3, 2004.

Any municipality, law enforcement agency, crime prevention organization, community group, or neighborhood association that was not officially registered with NATW for Night Out 2003 is invited to contact NATW now to receive information on National Night Out 2004. There is no cost to register or participate. Once registered with NATW, local coordinators receive an organizational kit full of how-to materials, such as planning suggestions, sample news releases, artwork, and promotional guides, and updates throughout the year.

NNO 2003 involved 34 million people in more than 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2004 is expected to be even larger.

National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to (1) heighten crime prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) send the message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns now celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from local law enforcement, safety fairs, and youth events.

Organizing in most communities begins early in the year. For free registration material call 800-NITE-OUT or visit the National Night Out Web site at

Internet Fraud and Other Cybercrimes
To more accurately reflect the wide range of online crimes and civil violations being reported, the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and FBI recently announced that the Internet Fraud Complaint Center will now be called the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3.

The IC3 is a partnership between the FBI and the NW3C that serves as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding areas of cybercrime. The IC3 gives the victims of cybercrime a convenient and easy-to-use way to alert authorities to suspected criminal or civil violations. Within the FBI, the IC3 is a component of the cybercrime division. The name change will not alter the course of business, in that the IC3 will continue to emphasize serving the broader law enforcement community and all the key components of the 50 FBI-led cybercrime task forces throughout the country.

Since its inception, the IC3 has received complaints across a wide array of cybercrime matters, including online fraud in its many forms. Examples of complaints received involve identity theft, international money laundering, computer intrusions, online extortion, credit and debit card scams, intellectual property theft, and a growing number of online schemes.

The IC3 also has a new Web address, Users can file a complaint at this new site or at the old one ( for the next several months.

The IC3, located in Fairmont, West Virginia, is composed of agents, analysts, and IT specialists from the FBI as well as supervisors, analysts, and IT specialists from the NW3C. Currently, there are 62 staff members at IC3.

Problem-Specific Guides for Police
Log on to the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing Web site at for help with dealing effectively with crime and disorder. The Problem-Specific Guides for Police available through this site summarize knowledge about how police can reduce harm caused by specific crime and disorder problems. Current guides include the following:

  • Assaults in and around Bars
  • Acquaintance Rape of College Students

  • Bullying in Schools

  • Burglary of Retail Establishments

  • Burglary of Single-Family Houses

  • Check and Card Fraud

  • Clandestine Drug Labs

  • Disorderly Youth in Public Places

  • Drug Dealing in Privately Owned Apartment Complexes

  • False Burglar Alarms

  • Financial Crimes against the Elderly

  • Graffiti

  • Loud Car Stereos

  • Misuse and Abuse of 911

  • Panhandling

  • Rave Parties

  • Robbery at Automated Teller Machines

  • Shoplifting

  • Speeding in Residential Areas

  • Stalking

  • Street Prostitution

  • Thefts of and from Cars in Parking Facilities

For more information about the guides, go to


From The Police Chief, vol. 71, no. 3, March 2004. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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