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September 24, 2013, IACP NEWS

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Active Shooter Presentations at IACP 2013

Active Shooter 360
Sunday, October 20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Room 114

Have you been wondering how to deal with an active shooter in your community? Then please join us for this plenary session in which local, state and federal law enforcement executives will share their experiences and knowledge on the best responses, tactics and training. There is added weight to the significance of this workshop, given the recent events in Newtown, Aurora and the Navy Yard. Each speaker in this nine-person panel will add their unique perspectives to this pressing issue to come up with a comprehensive strategy to confront the active shooter.

Comprehensive Response to the Active Shooter: Integrating Federal, State, Local and Medical Assets
Monday, October 21, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room 113A

Mitigating the active shooter can no longer can be rooted in traditional law enforcement. Instead, the comprehensive response involves law enforcement strategies, integrated medical response and ultimately a law enforcement-led recovery effort.

Active Shooter Rescue Teams and Incident Command
Monday, October 21, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Booth #120

This Innovation Theatre session will show law enforcement personnel how to manage teams of fire personnel teamed with police escorts in the warm zone of an active shooter scenario to extract viable patients and save lives.

Active Shooter Training
Tuesday, October 22, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room 103BC

The SWAT unit provides active shooter training for the Philadelphia Police Department and outside agencies. The components of instruction are classroom presentations including active shooter history and hands-on training of leapfrogging, stairwell, hall movement and room entry.

Predicting and Preventing the Active Shooter
Wednesday, October 23, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Room 119AB

This workshop will explore the type of predictive behaviors that lead to mass casualty shootings regardless of setting: workplaces, houses of worship, universities, court rooms, schools, malls, etc., and how to intervene before shots are fired.

Newtown, Aurora, Oslo, Sanford, et. al: Strategies to Help Prevent, Deter, Respond and Recover from Critical Incidents and Threats in Your Community
Saturday, October 19, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Room 115AB

This workshop presents effective strategies agencies are using to deal with mass shootings and individual critical incidents. Is it gun control or mental health? Learn how to prepare for the resulting media frenzy and develop a community response.

School Security and Climate Safety
Sunday, October 20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Room 103BC

This workshop will discuss how law enforcement must partner with school administrations to formulate comprehensive plans for preventing school violence, as opposed to mere reactions to crises. This is especially important in light of recent school shootings (i.e., Columbine, Newtown).

Second General Assembly
Tuesday, October 22, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Room Terrace Ballroom

Edward Davis, the Boston Police Commissioner, is one of the keynote speakers during the Second Assembly. Commissioner Davis will provide insights from a chief’s perspective of a multi-agency response and investigation to the second most impactful terrorist attack on U.S. soil. The program includes a special tribute honoring the law enforcement leaders who led the outstanding law enforcement action in the wake of the Boston Bombing Terrorist Attacks. A multicultural dance courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Asian-American Advisory Committee will start the program.

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In the August 28, 2013, IACP NEWS, the guidelines for Preserving Biological Evidence was our third most read item. Given the interest in biological evidence, the editors thought the readers would be interested in this training program.

“Blood borne Pathogen Training” from West Virginia University.

Forensic professionals are frequently in contact with blood and other body fluids that pose a risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens. Since duties involve potential occupational exposure, forensic professionals are covered by the Blood borne Pathogen Standard written by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. This training course is designed to be in compliance with the training requirements of the standard. While this course is geared toward forensic professionals, anyone that has to take blood borne pathogen training can take this course as well.

West Virginia University is offering this course at an affordable cost. Law enforcement officials and others in the field are encouraged to take the course.


"Cyberbullying" is usually not a onetime communication. Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyber stalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyber stalking is NEVER called cyberbullying.

The methods used are limited only by the child's imagination and access to technology. And the cyberbully one moment may become the victim the next. The kids often change roles, going from victim to bully and back again.

Police chiefs and officers are often called upon to address the issues of cyberbullying in speeches or one to one conversations with parents, teachers and children. The following two websites will help in preparing these talks.

Departments are issuing community alerts – see a crime ‘call 9-1-1’ don’t tweet, text or email the police

People are so use to using tweeting, texting and email, they are beginning to use the social media to report crimes. Not a good idea. Departments are finding it necessary to warn their communities to call 911, not tweet the police.

Facebook, Twitter and websites do have their place report the West Virginia State Police, however they're not the best tools for alerting law enforcement when there's a problem and people need help in a hurry. While social media has been a great tool to increase law enforcement efficiency, it certainly doesn’t replace the traditional styles of communication in cases of emergency. Internet and cell phone reception remain a challenge in certain parts of the country. In addition, not every police department is resourcefully equipped to monitor online information every minute. The 9-1-1 call remains by far the fastest way to convey information to law enforcement officials.

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FBI budget cut plans

The federal Bureau of Investigation is expected to close for 10 days in 2014, if the issue of sequestration is not resolved this year.

As most government agencies anticipate more budget cuts, federal employees will be looking at more furlough days. While the bureau will shutter its national headquarters in Washington and regional offices nationwide, it will maintain a small staff on the furlough days. The FBI is reported to spend $16 million on salaries each day, which accounts for 60% of its budget.

Local law enforcement will be looking to know what challenges come along with these cuts.

FBI NIBRS Annual Crime Statistics are online for first time

The National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is an incident-based reporting system for crimes known to the police. For each crime incident coming to the attention of law enforcement, a variety of data are collected about the incident. On August 19, 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released its first online publication presenting annual data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The statistics, published by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in the comprehensive volume National Incident-Based Reporting System 2011 (NIBRS 2011), provide data about the offenses, victims, offenders, locations, and other details of crime incidents. Although the data are not yet nationally representative and the UCR Program does not estimate offenses for the jurisdictions of agencies that did not submit their data via the NIBRS, the rich details of the data offer more characteristics and associations in crime than has been previously published. The NIBRS can paint a more complete picture of a crime incident than any other collection of data.

New Exonerations Study - Information for chiefs
Newly published research examining 873 exonerations in the United States between 1989 and 2012 found that a significant number of those who were wrongly convicted had been sentenced to death. Researchers note that this finding appears to reflect two patterns: capital defendants are more likely to be convicted in error, and false convictions are more likely to be detected when defendants are on death row.

The study, conducted by Professor Samuel Gross of the University of Michigan Law School along with other assistants, reveals clear patterns associated with false convictions. The leading cause of wrongful convictions is perjury, including perjury by police officers, by jailhouse snitches, by the real killers, and by supposed participants and eyewitnesses to the crime who knew the innocent defendants in advance. The research revealed that false confessions, especially among vulnerable defendants such as juvenile offenders and those with mental retardation, also played a large role in murder convictions that led to exoneration.

The study covers a range of issues while offering insight as to how the convictions can go wrong and what factors lead up to it. The most important goal of the criminal justice system is accuracy: to identify and condemn the guilty, and to clear the innocent. The most effective way to do so is by careful, honest and open-minded work before conviction, in the investigation and prosecution of criminal charges.

   Figure 1: Number of Exonerations by Basis, Over Time



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXX, no. 9, September 2013. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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