IACP News – 01/14/2014
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In the News
Body-Worn Cameras: Privacy and Consent Concerns
As more police departments across the United States implement or consider implementing the use of body-worn cameras to record police-public interactions, the technology is raising concerns about privacy and consent. The advent of the cameras is the latest move in a long struggle by police to adapt to technology that has put a recording device in the hands of everyone who carries a cellphone. Officers are under increased scrutiny, because every public action can be captured and posted online in moments.
The technology provides a record of police and public behavior during questionable encounters and a study in Rialto, California, reported that the cameras reduced citizen complaints and use-of-force incidents (see January 2014 Police Chief), but it also means the government is collecting more information, which raises questions about the data's distribution, retention, and storage.
Read more about their recent implementation in Maryland here.
Police-Issued Tourniquets Are Saving Lives
A new initiative by the Philadelphia Police Department and other law enforcement departments to supply officers with tourniquets is already having positive results. A tourniquet is a bandage or strip of cloth that is tied tightly around an injured arm or leg to stop or slow the bleeding from a wound, and their recent, successful use at the Boston Marathon bombing incident has brought them to the attention of law enforcement everywhere.
Last week, one such “strip of fabric” was all that kept William Anderson from dying on a sidewalk in Philadelphia. Officer Tighe Wingrove, a former Army medic and EMT, did what hours of training had drilled into his mind: He applied a tactical tourniquet to Anderson’s right leg to stop the bleeding and buy the badly wounded man some extra time until medics arrived.
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DOJ and DOC Name Experts to New National Commission on Forensic Science
The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced appointments to a newly created National Commission on Forensic Science. The commission is co-chaired by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick D. Gallagher.
Members of the commission will work to improve the practice of forensic science by developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the criminal justice system. The commission also will work to develop policy recommendations for the U.S. Attorney General, including uniform codes for professional responsibility and requirements for formal training and certification.
The first meeting of the commission will be held February 3-4, 2014, at 810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, DC. The membership list, notice of meetings, commission charter, and other related material will be maintained within the General Service Administration’s Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) database at http://www.facadatabase.gov.
Find more information here.
Learn more about the commission leaders and members.
DOJ and Department of Education Issue School Discipline Guidance to Promote Safe, Inclusive Schools
The Department of Justice (DOJ), in collaboration with the Department of Education (ED), released a school discipline guidance package that will assist states, districts, and schools in developing practices and strategies to enhance school climate and ensure those policies and practices comply with federal law.
The guidance package is a resource resulting from a collaborative project—the Supportive School Discipline Initiative (SSDI)—between DOJ and ED. The SSDI, launched in 2011, addresses the school-to-prison pipeline and the disciplinary policies and practices that can push students out of school and into the justice system.
The guidance package also results from President Obama’s Now Is the Time proposal to reduce gun violence. It called on ED to collect and disseminate best practices on school discipline policies and to help school districts develop and equitably implement their policies.
Read the full article.
Click here to access the package and other resources.
DOJ Grant to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Projects for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities
The US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance has just released a FY 2014 competitive grant announcement. Entitled PREA Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish "Zero Tolerance" Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities, the solicitation is open to states, units of local government and federally recognized Indian tribes.
This program will provide federal assistance to implement comprehensive demonstration projects in local adult and juvenile correctional facilities to meet the PREA requirements of the standards.
Objectives under this program include the following:
- Increase awareness of the problem of sexual assault in adult prisons and jails; juvenile facilities; community corrections facilities; law enforcement lockups and other temporary holding facilities; and tribal detention facilities. Use local data to identify causes and contributing factors leading to sexual victimization.
- Track performance indicators to ensure the effective application of policy and implementation of program strategies which achieve compliance with the PREA standards and create a “zero tolerance” within confinement environments.
- Provide resources to develop comprehensive programs, strategies, and policies that will enhance state, local, or tribal government’s abilities to achieve compliance with the PREA standards and eliminate sexual abuse.
The deliverables under this program should include comprehensive demonstration projects with program design elements to reduce sexual abuse and reach the goal of a “zero tolerance” environment. Comprehensive demonstration projects, when feasible, should focus on systemic changes as opposed to discrete changes in single facilities or operational practices.
Applications are due on March 6, 2014. The full solicitation can be found here.
Free “Traumas of Law Enforcement” Training by C.O.P.S.
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty as determined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Public Safety Officers’ Benefit (PSOB), National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) or Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) criteria.
C.O.P.S has presented, on average, seven segments per year of the “Traumas of Law Enforcement” at various locations across the United States. This three-day training is usually funded through grants from the DOJ. This training dedicates one day to preparing for and handling line-of-duty death, one day to the cumulative stress on an officer, one-half day to police suicide, and one-half day to the “traumatized officer.”
2014 trainings will consist of seven sessions held in the months of January, February, and March.
For a detailed schedule of events planned or to register for a training session, visit http://www.nationalcops.org/training.asp.
Juvenile Justice Resources on Truancy, Other Status Offenses, and Mental Health
IACP has partnered with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on a project on Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in the Advancement of Promising Practices in Juvenile Justice, which seeks to increase the leadership role of state and local law enforcement executives to effectively address systemic juvenile justice issues as well as improve local responses to juvenile offenders.
With support from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Center for Mental Health, and Juvenile Justice have launched the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change–which provides various resources geared to law enforcement including adolescent mental health training for police and information on diversion strategies for youth with mental health needs.
Also with support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Vera Institute of Justice has launched the Status Offense Reform Center with the publication of From Courts to Communities: The Right Response to Truancy, Running Away, and Other Status Offenses, which outlines community-based alternatives to sending these cases to court.
Visit the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change.
Visit the Status Offense Reform Center.
January Is Stalking Awareness Month
Webinar to Discuss Youth Diversion Strategies for Law Enforcement
On January 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET, OJJDP, in collaboration with the IACP, will present "Effective Youth Diversion Strategies for Law Enforcement." This 90-minute webinar will focus on youth diversion programs, including program development, implementation challenges, and successes. Panelists will discuss strategies for law enforcement agencies starting or improving a youth diversion program.
Register and learn more about this webinar.
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IACP Releases Technology Policy Framework
In response to the growing use of new and emerging technologies by law enforcement agencies, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has released a Technology Policy Framework to help law enforcement executives create policies that support responsible deployment and use.
Technology plays a critical and increasingly important role in the daily work of law enforcement officers in the field, equipping them with enforcement and investigative tools that have the potential to make them safer, better informed, and more effective and efficient. Many communities around the United States, however, have or are considering limiting or even rejecting the use of some technologies, including automated license plate readers, unmanned aerial systems, and video surveillance systems. To promote public confidence and address privacy concerns, the IACP believes it is imperative that law enforcement agencies create and enforce comprehensive agency policies governing the deployment and use of these technologies, and the data they provide. The Technology Policy Framework identifies nine universal principles to guide agencies in the development of effective policies and suggests factors to incorporate when crafting those policies. The proper implementation and enforcement of policies can help ensure that agencies realize the unique value of technology in contemporary policing, while protecting the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of citizens.
A copy of the IACP Technology Policy Framework can be found here.
IACP Membership Renewal
It is time to renew your IACP membership for 2014! Printed dues notices are currently mailing. You can also renew online by clicking here.
For questions about membership or dues, please visit http://www.theiacp.org/Membership or contact Christian Faulkner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IACP 2014 Call for Papers Now Open
Do you have a great topic that you believe would benefit law enforcement professionals and executives? Well, IACP 2014, from October 25-28 in Orlando, Florida, is the perfect opportunity! Our workshop proposal submission process is now under way and we would love to hear what topics you have to offer.
To begin the process, visit the IACP 2014 conference website here.
You will need to consider the most appropriate track for your workshop idea. Descriptions of the individual tracks can be found on our webpage.
For assistance in submitting your proposal, please visit the Call for Papers on the IACP 2014 conference website, where you can find helpful step-by-step screenshots. The deadline for submissions is February 26, 2014, so don’t wait too long to get your idea out there!
The IACP/Wilmington University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs
IACP has teamed with Wilmington University to support an awards program for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs. The VIPS Award will honor and recognize agencies who have shown leadership in creating and sustaining programs that successfully integrate volunteers into overall organizational operations and administration of law enforcement work.
Take this opportunity to show your volunteers the difference they make to your organization and community — apply for the VIPS Award today.
To apply, visit the IACP website at http://www.theiacp.org/IACP-Wilmington-University-Award-for-Outstanding-Achievement-in-Law-Enforcement-Volunteer-Programs or contact Carolyn Cockroft at email@example.com.
Applications must be postmarked no later than May 25, 2014.
Accepting Applications for 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Prevention of Terrorism Award
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Committee on Terrorism, in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, is accepting applications from international law enforcement agencies for the 2014 Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism Award.
Created by the Committee on Terrorism, the award is given to agencies that have demonstrated overall success in averting, stopping, or countering terrorist activity. The international law enforcement agency selected will be recognized at the Committee on Terrorism’s mid-year meeting this spring. A total of three representatives from the selected agency will be provided complimentary conference registration, transportation costs, and three days lodging.
Those interested in submitting an application can review the award guidelines and application on the IACP website. All international applications must be received by the IACP no later than January 31, 2014.
For more information contact, Sarah Horn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit http://www.theiacp.org/IACP-Booz-Allen-Hamilton-Terrorism-Award.
IACP News 1/28/14
News From the Field
Purdue University Shooting Leaves One TA Dead and Another in Custody
Authorities continue to look for a motive in a Purdue University shooting in which one teaching assistant targeted another.
Andrew Boldt, 21, a senior electrical engineering major from the Milwaukee suburb of West Bend, Wis., died Tuesday in the first on-campus shooting at the public university in more than 17 years.
Cody Cousins, 23, also a senior electrical engineering major from the Dayton suburb of Centerville, Ohio, was taken into custody shortly after the shooting and is being held without bond in connection with the homicide, Tippecanoe County Jail officials said.
Purdue Police Chief John Cox said witnesses believed the shooting was “an intentional act,” but said there was no immediate indication Cousins and Boldt had past troubles.
Purdue University sent the following message: “Shooting reported on campus; Bldg. Electrical Engineering; avoid area; shelter in place; Check www.purdue.edu for updates.”
To read more on this story, go to:
Premeditated Shooting at Berrendo Middle School Leaves Two Students Wounded
A 12-year-old shooter fired three rounds in the gym at his New Mexico middle school on Wednesday, leaving two students wounded. Investigators say the attack appears to have been premeditated, but they have not yet identified a motive.
Investigators were also continuing to look into the possibility that the boy, who has not been publicly identified by authorities, warned some friends before carrying out the attack on Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, police said.
The shooting, in which an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were seriously wounded, occurred in the school gym, where students tend to wait during inclement weather before classes begin.
The shooting was the second at a U.S. middle school in the past three months and comes in the midst of a contentious national debate on gun control.
For more on this story, go to:
Attorney General Holder Praises LISC at “Safe Streets, Strong Communities” Symposium
The key to reducing crime in low-income neighborhoods lies in collaboration between community groups and the police. At a symposium in New York City sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) and the Police Foundation, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan each told a crowd of more than 200 people that joint efforts like those championed by LISC are key to tackling crime.
During his remarks, Holder also talked of the imperative of bringing together the right partners as a force for change. Referring to LISC he said, “Organizations like this one, and the groups and individuals taking part in today’s event, speak to the principle that built this nation: that we are strongest when we stand united.”
Last Thursday, President Obama launched the “Promise Zones” initiative, a comprehensive federal plan intended to target and raise up poverty-stricken areas. Community partnerships are an integral part of the strategy.
Read a transcript of Attorney General Holder’s speech here.
Learn more about LISC’s efforts.
Gregory B. Starr Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security
Gregory B. Starr was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security by Secretary of State John F. Kerry during a January 8, 2014, ceremony at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Starr is the first Diplomatic Security special agent to hold this position. In his capacity as Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, Mr. Starr is in charge of the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State.
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy throughout the world. Mr. Starr leads a force of Special Agents, Diplomatic Couriers, Security Engineering Officers, Security Technical Specialists, general service staff, and other specialists.
As Legalization of Marijuana Spreads, So Does Resistance
The momentum toward legalized marijuana might seem like an inevitable tide, with states from Florida to New York considering easing laws for medical use, and a full-blown recreational industry rapidly emerging in Colorado and in Washington State.
However, as states begin to legalize marijuana, some towns and counties are banning sales, which potentially puts large amounts of state tax dollars at risk. Experts expect legal challenges to local bans from would-be marijuana business operators. In anticipation of such litigation, some communities are already claiming that they have the legal right to ban legal sellers and growers because the drug remains illegal under federal law.
Read more here.
As legalization continues to spread, law enforcement officers face new challenges and new threats to public safety, including the potential for increased risk of drugged drivers on the road. The IACP and the DRE tracking system can help.
Read more here.
Retail Breach and Cybersecurity Talking Points for Chiefs of Police
The massive data heist at Target stores across the United States hit at least 70 to 110 million customers, making it one of the largest security breaches of its kind.
However, the FBI has warned U.S. retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same kind of malicious software used against Target Corp. in the holiday shopping season. Considering the high profile of these breaches, local law enforcement officials can expect questions during their community meetings.
Recently Target reported that as part of its ongoing probe it found information for at least 70 million people, apart from the 40 million payment card accounts previously disclosed, was stolen during the Black Friday data breach.
According to investigators, attackers obtained the point-of-sale (POS) data using the BlackPOS memory-scraping malware, which is also known as Kaptoxa, or “potato” in Russian. The same malware was reportedly also used against Neiman Marcus (see link below) and up to six additional as-yet-unnamed retailers.
The stolen information includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million individuals.
Visit http://theiacpblog.org/2014/01/28/educate-your-communities-about-credit-card-theft-and-data-breaches to find talking points for community meetings and more information on these cyber attacks.
For IACP resources on identity theft, visit http://www.theiacp.org/Identity-Crime.
For more on the retail data breaches:
Target estimates breach affected up to 110 million
Response & resources related to Target’s data breach
Cards from Target Breach Being Sold in Custom Sets
Did you get an email from Target? What you need to know: http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/20/pf/target-emails
Nieman Marcus breach
Guide for Planning Missing Person Incident Response
Find ’Em: A Guide for Planning the Missing Person Incident Response by is designed to help Planning Section Chiefs perform critical functions during large, complex search incidents. The 300-page PDF is available for free download at www.saraz.org under the Documents menu item.
Free Statistics Program – CrimeStat IV – Available
CrimeStat IV is a free statistics program with more than 100 statistical routines for the spatial analysis of crime and other incident data. Law enforcement and researchers find it to be one of the most useful products in their crime mapping and analysis toolkit.
The program handles both incident and zonal data and interacts with most GIS packages. For incidents, the geographical coordinates of the locations are input (e.g., robber locations). For zonal data, the geographical coordinates of the zones are input (e.g., the centroids of census block groups, traffic analysis zones). Various routines calculate properties of these data sets, and many results can be written as graphical objects to a GIS.
Visit the NIJ site to learn more or get the program.
Rape and Sexual Assault – A Renewed Call to Action and an Executive Memorandum
January 28 Is Data Privacy Day
Data Privacy Day, highlights the fact that technology and personal information available on the Internet are used to control and stalk individuals. Cyber stalkers increasingly use a variety of telephone, surveillance, and computer technologies to harass, terrify, intimidate, coerce, and monitor people online. Therefore, the IACP’s National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women and the Law Enforcement Cyber Center are providing information you can use to educate your community about limiting personal information available on the web and taking steps to protect sensitive and personal information.
Please visit the IACP blog for more information and cybersecurity tips.
Free Webinar: Officer-Involved Shootings and the Smaller Agency – January 30th
Instructors Chief David Kurz and Sergeant Jack Dalton of the Durham, New Hampshire, Police Department will discuss the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting to include officers’ well-being, as well as their families’. The webinar will discuss the importance of having a policy in place and logistics to consider, including liability exposure.
Planning, Designing, & Constructing Police Facilities – Seats Available for March Training!
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Reducing Officer Injuries Study - Overview
IACP 2014: Now Accepting Workshop Proposals!
Do you have a great topic that you believe would benefit law enforcement professionals and executives? Well, IACP 2014 from October 25 to 28 in Orlando, Florida, is the perfect opportunity! Our workshop proposal submission process is now underway and we would love to hear what topics you have to offer.
Some popular topics from last year included active shooter scenarios, management, leadership, counterterrorism, legal issues, and technology. These subjects are meant to enlighten conference attendees about the latest trends, policies, solutions, and strategies in law enforcement, so we look for a great variety in our subject selection to keep things fresh and innovative from year to year.
To begin the process, visit the IACP 2014 conference website here.
For assistance in submitting your proposal, please visit the Call for Papers page on the IACP 2014 conference website, where you can find a helpful guide of step-by-step screenshots. The deadline for submissions is February 26, 2014, so don’t wait too long to get your idea out there!
Police Chief’s Buyers’ Guide (April 2014) Now Open for Sign Up
If your company supplies equipment, materials, or other law enforcement products and services, this is your chance to reach IACP’s members and Police Chief readers, totaling over 70,000 individuals in policing and law enforcement-related fields. Many of our readers hold purchasing power for their agencies and rely on the Buyers’ Guide as an important resource.
Listings in the 2014 Buyers’ Guide are free, and advertisers can earn additional categories, the ability to call attention to their listings, or even their logo in the guide. Sign up now at http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/buyers.