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February 2012

From left: IACP International Vice President Nelson Garcia, Belgian Ambassador Jan Matthysen, IACP International Policing Division Vice Chair Barbara Fleury, and Belgian Police Attaché to the United States Patrick Stevens

International Leadership Visits D.C., the IACP

On Thursday, January 12, IACP International Vice President (IVP) Nelson Garcia and International Policing Division Vice Chair Barbara Fleury were guests of Belgian Ambassador to the United States Jan Matthysen and Police Attaché Patrick Stevens for breakfast at the ambassador’s residence. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss recommendations by Mr. Stevens for the advancement of the IACP’s vision for the future in the international arena. Also present for the discussions were IACP Executive Director Bart Johnson, Deputy Executive Director/Chief of Staff Jim McMahon, and International Policing Division Director Paul Santiago.

This event was followed by a similar meeting at the Canadian Embassy, hosted by Ms. Fleury, Director General of International Policing Services for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The day culminated for the IACP IVP with a meeting of the IACP International Policing Division Steering Committee Advisory Committee, chaired by the DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. IVP Garcia spoke relative to the IACP’s international component of the strategic plan, while Executive Director Johnson addressed this group for the first time, providing his vision for the future of the IACP.

IVP Garcia was also in the Washington, D.C., area to receive his official IACP orientation after assuming the position of the association’s IVP at the annual conference in Chicago in October 2011.

IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods Launches Gun ID App

A collaboration among the IACP Firearms Committee; Project Safe Neighborhoods; the Bureau of Justice Assistance; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has produced a new mobile application (app) of the ATF’s publication, Police Officer’s Guide to Recovered Firearms. This free app is designed specifically to aid law enforcement officers with processing recovered firearms. It features tips on firearms safety, firearms marking identification tools, firearms tracing tools, and other valuable information. App users have access to training information and other resources through the IACP Twitter and Facebook newsfeeds. Additionally, app users who successfully complete the Officer’s Guide to Recovered Firearms quiz receive an e-certificate that can be printed and added to their portfolios.

The Officer’s Guide to Recovered Firearms app is available for free download in the iTunes App Store for iPhones and iPads and as a mobile optimized website for the BlackBerry, the Android, and other web-enabled mobile devices. For more information, visit from your mobile device or email

Note: Readers can download free QR reading software for their smartphones. Check your phone’s app store for available QR readers.

Submit a Workshop Proposal for the IACP 2012 Annual Conference in San Diego

From years of experience in the industry, you have extensive knowledge to share. The IACP seeks to offer relevant and timely education and training to help police executives do their jobs more effectively and make their agencies more successful. IACP 2012, September 29–October 3, at the San Diego, California, Convention Center, wants your ideas. Submit a proposal at and click on the Call for Papers button on the right of the page to begin. Deadline for proposals is February 22, 2012. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXIX, no. 2, February 2012. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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