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July 2011 IACP News

U.S. Department of State Unveils New Diplomatic Driver’s License

Beginning this summer, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) issues newly designed U.S. Department of State driver’s licenses to replace those used by foreign diplomatic mission personnel and their eligible dependents living and driving in the United States.

These licenses are issued to members of the foreign diplomatic and consular communities who reside in the United States and who have some diplomatic status and therefore a level of immunity from prosecution. The U.S. Department of State issues these driver’s licenses to assist the OFM Enforcement Program in managing vehicle infractions and incidents nationwide that involve foreign diplomats and consular officers.

The department’s newly designed license incorporates numerous state-of-the-art features that enhance its security and vastly reduce the risk of counterfeiting.

The department plans to replace all existing U.S. Department of State driver’s licenses by late fall 2011. After December 31, only the newly designed U.S. Department of State driver’s licenses will be valid, notwithstanding the expiration date printed on the older versions. Should an older version of the license be presented to a law enforcement officer after December 31, the officer is asked to notify the U.S. Department of State via the phone number listed on the back of the license—202-895-3521 during normal business hours or toll-free at 866-217-2089 at any time—for further instructions.

To obtain a copy of the OFM’s law enforcement training materials for the new diplomatic driver’s licenses, law enforcement agencies should email the OFM Diplomatic Motor Vehicle Office at or call the Diplomatic Security Service’s Protective Liaison Office at 202-895-3600. These materials are law enforcement–sensitive and contain a detailed description of the various security features of the new cards.

IACP Center for Social Media Offers Resources and Information

In collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the IACP manages the Center for Social Media, a one-stop shop for law enforcement personnel looking to create or enhance an agency’s use of social media. The center’s goal is to build the capacity of state, local, and tribal law enforcement to use social media to prevent and solve crimes, strengthen police-community relations, and enhance services. The IACP Center for Social Media serves as a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources to help law enforcement personnel develop or enhance agencies’ use of social media and integrate Web 2.0 tools into agency operations. At the IACP Center for Social Media, users will find a plethora of information and resources, including

  • tutorials,
  • case studies,
  • a model policy,
  • news items,
  • webinars,
  • a glossary of terms, and
  • a searchable directory of more than 1,800 law enforcement agencies.

Through the Center for Social Media, law enforcement agencies may also request on-site or virtual technical assistance. A variety of no-cost resources are available at Law enforcement personnel also may email for information.

IACP Guide Illuminates Complexities of Sexual Offense, Misconduct Cases Involving Officers

As a leading organization with a history of addressing difficult issues in law enforcement—including civil rights, racial profiling, immigration, and the use of force—the IACP recently examined the problem of sexual offenses and misconduct by law enforcement and developed a guide to assist executives in investigating and preventing such incidents. The guide, Addressing Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement: Executive Guide, promotes an understanding of the complexities of sexual offense and misconduct cases involving officers.

Members of law enforcement are in a unique and visible position in the communities they serve. They are entrusted with the authority to enforce laws and protect the civil rights of citizens. Sexual offenses and misconduct implicating law enforcement represent a grave abuse of this authority. It is imperative that executives prepare to proactively address and prevent incidents through agency mission, policies, and training. The executive guide addresses criminal offenses as well as noncriminal sexual conduct that is inappropriate, unprofessional, and damaging to the public’s confidence in the department. The guide supports

  • creating a culture of accountability;
  • ensuring that training, including academy and field training office curricula, addresses sexual misconduct to include criminal and noncriminal behavior;
  • identifying and responding to warning signs;
  • accepting and investigating all allegations; and
  • addressing allegations that are sustained.

The document was developed through a process of study and discussion with the support of a multidisciplinary working group and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. It is now available at no cost and can be accessed electronically at To receive a hard copy or more information, please contact Aviva Kurash, program manager at the IACP, at ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. 78, no. 7, July 2011. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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