Countering Violent Extremism
State, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) law enforcement agencies are responding to the threats posed by violent extremism by integrating community oriented policing principles and homeland security. Community policing encourages law enforcement to use partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address public safety concerns. It promotes leveraging the most valuable resource in any community—its members—by building relationships based on understanding, trust, and respect. Community members can further inform law enforcement about their religions, cultures, and beliefs, so that officers are able to distinguish between constitutionally protected behavior and criminal behavior. Community members are also best positioned to recognize suspicious activities in their own communities.
Over the past two years, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has taken a leading role in helping SLTT law enforcement agencies understand and counter violent extremism and online radicalization to violence. Our goals are to provide resources and training materials that increase the awareness and capacity of SLTT law enforcement agencies to develop problem solving strategies to identify, prevent, and eliminate extremist illegal behaviors.
Read the full brief here.
A Call for Effective Prevention in Response to the Sandy Hook Shooting
Effective prevention cannot wait until there is a gunman in a school parking lot. We need resources such as mental health supports and threat assessment teams in every school and community so that people can seek assistance when they recognize that someone is troubled and requires help. For communities, this speaks to a need for increased access to well integrated service structures across mental health, law enforcement, and related agencies. We must encourage people to seek help when they see that someone is embroiled in an intense, persistent conflict or is deeply troubled. If we can recognize and ameliorate these kinds of situations, then we will be more able to prevent violence.
These issues require attention at the school and community levels. We believe that research supports a thoughtful approach to safer schools, guided by four key elements: Balance, Communication, Connectedness, and Support, along with strengthened attention to mental health needs in the community, structured threat assessment approaches, revised policies on youth exposure to violent media, and increased efforts to limit inappropriate access to guns and especially, assault type weapons.
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Nevada 10/21 School Shooting
On Monday, October 21st, 2013, a shooter opened fire outside Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada. The incident resulted in the injury of two students and the deaths of a math teacher and the gunman, who was also a student at the school.
The following news reports provide more information on the shooting:
IACP 2013 Conference Highlights
IACP Social Media’s team has captured the 2013 Conference and Exposition in blog posts, providing a perfect round-up of the most interesting and important events for our members who couldn’t make it to Philadelphia. Check out the daily conference wrap ups for:
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Remarks at 2013 IACP Conference
Attorney General Eric Holder delivered remarks at the 2013 IACP Conference regarding active shooter incidents and Justice Department programs established to better protect law enforcement members and the communities they serve, including DOJ’s new “Smart on Crime” initiative. Read his complete remarks here.
Social Networking for Major Cities Chiefs – Benefits and Challenges
Social Networking for the Police Enterprise: An In-Depth Look at the Benefits, Requirements, and Challenges of Establishing a Social Networking Platform for Law Enforcement, developed by the Major Cities Chiefs Association and several partners, explores the benefits, challenges, and issues that law enforcement leaders should evaluate before embarking on an Enterprise Social Networking platform.
Access a PDF text of the report here.
Check Your Pulse: A Guide for Creating a Social Media Presence
IACP and Accenture have paired up to create a guide for law enforcement individuals and departments looking to build an engaging social media presence. This useful document includes tips for using social media and a questionnaire to evaluate your readiness for using social media effectively.
Find this useful guide here.
IACP’s Juvenile Justice Initiative – Research Survey Findings
Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in the Advancement of Promising Practices in Juvenile Justice: Executive Officer Survey Findings
A research survey of law enforcement leaders was conducted to assess the current state of attitudes, knowledge and practices regarding how law enforcement agencies deal with juvenile offenders and collaborate with juvenile justice system partners.
The IACP initiated this survey, in collaboration with Hollander, Cohen & McBride Marketing Research (HCM), in order to gather a statistically reliable, national scope of information on police perceptions and practices relative to the juvenile justice system and response to juvenile offenders.
These findings and the information contained in this survey report show law enforcement leadership in support of and involved with the juvenile justice system. The IACP/MacArthur Foundation initiative is working to reduce the gaps between the promise of the juvenile justice system to help youth at a stage when the trajectory of their life might be changed, and the reality of how the system works in practice.
Read the full survey report here.
Law Enforcement and Social Media – Facts at a Glance
This fall, the IACP conducted its fourth annual social media survey. This year’s survey included 500 agencies representing 48 states. The survey helps to identify trends, challenges, and emerging issues faced by state, tribal, campus, and local law enforcement leaders in the United States. The information collected is used to help inform the IACP’s Center for Social Media and other IACP efforts. The survey results have been referenced in dozens of news articles and research papers from around the world. ♦
See more here.