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September Is U.S. National
Preparedness Month

The IACP has joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the American Red Cross, and the U.S. Department of Education have joined a coalition of more 50 national organizations to engage U.S. citizens in emergency preparedness by launching National Preparedness Month on September 9, 2004. According to DHS, all 56 state and territorial governors have pledged to mark National Preparedness Month with local events.

National Preparedness Month will provide citizens with opportunities to learn how to prepare for an emergency, get an emergency supply kit, establish a family communications plan, and volunteer or get first aid or CPR training. According to DHS, state and local governments, individual communities, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations will host events during September to encourage all citizens to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools.

Details about the official launch of National Preparedness Month and local events are available by calling Kristin Gossel or Lara Shane at 202-282-8010.

Homeland Security Workshops
at the Annual IACP Conference

While DHS is using the National Preparedness Month to promote emergency preparedness, the IACP and the conference host departments, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, have been busy preparing educational sessions for law enforcement executives. Among the workshops at this year's conference:

  • Terrorism Today: In this presentation, Los Angeles Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau Chief John Miller takes the audience back more than 10 years with an overview of terrorism in the world and more specifically al Qaeda's presence in California. Uniquely positioned to discussion terrorism, John Miller is an Emmy award-winning journalist and former co-anchor of ABC's "20/20." Miller's focus while with ABC was the coverage of terrorism. He is one of the few westerners to have interviewed Osama bin Laden. Now, as Chief Bratton's counter-terrorism chief, Miller has unique knowledge to share with the IACP members.
  • National Incident Management System: Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5, Management of Domestic Incidents, requires adoption of this system by any local, tribal, and state law enforcement agency that wishes to receive federal preparedness assistance beginning in fiscal year 2005. This workshop will explain how to comply with the directive, adopt NIMS, and remain eligible for federal funding.
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Facing the Issues and Meeting the Challenge: If you already know what equipment to buy your officers facing chemical, biological, and nuclear attacks, then don't attend this workshop. If you are like many others and find this whole area confusing, this workshop is for you. Participants will discuss best practices designed to deal with the challenge of protecting personnel and the requisites for equipping departments: threat assessments, equipment standards, training, logistics, budgeting, policy development and management strategies.
  • Open Forum-Issues in Intelligence Development and Sharing: The facilitator of this cutting-edge interactive forum will engage different source experts with thought-provoking questions already developed by local chiefs and encourage audience members to ask questions.
  • Open Forum-Current Issues in Homeland Security: Is there a way to break the homeland security funding bottleneck? Is there a way to learn about national alerts before the news media does? What are the best practices in the field today? In this interactive open forum, a facilitator will help source experts and audience members tackle these and other questions. Local police executives will have ample opportunity to ask the thought-provoking questions that others don't ask. This promises to be a cutting-edge exchange with experts, and it is available only at the IACP conference.

Other homeland security activities in the conference program include the following:

  • Plenary Session: Terrorism Early Warning Group

  • Tactical Operations Capabilities Demonstration

  • Terrorism Vulnerability Assessments

  • Athens Olympic Security

  • Suicide Bombings

  • Attacking Drug Trafficking Organizations and Terrorism through Financial Investigations

The annual IACP conference is being held in Los Angeles, California, November 13-17, 2004. To stay up-to-date on the conference program, visit the IACP Web site at and click the conference logo. Questions? Write to Charles Higginbotham at

Joseph Gormley, 1914 -2004
IACP Employee

Joseph L. Gormley of Washington, D.C., a former IACP employee, died June 6, 2004, from complications of cancer. He was 90.

Gormley was the chief of chemistry and toxicology for the FBI when he retired after 33 years of service in 1973. Gormley began working for the FBI in 1940, and became a special agent in 1942. After retirement, Gormley served as director of the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory for one year. In 1974 he began work as a senior staff member in the research and training divisions of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In addition, he was an adjunct assistant professor at George Washington University from 1969 to 1973 and at the University of Maryland from 1974 to 1979.

Gormley was born in Clinton, Massachusetts. Among his educational accomplishments were a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in chemistry from Boston College (1940), a law degree from Georgetown University (1950), and a master's degree in forensic science from George Washington University (1971). Twice he served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists. He was a charter member of the American Association of Police Polygraphists, a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Accreditation Board, and a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

His wife of 60 years, Frances R. Gormley, died in 1996. Survivors include nine children, 36 grandchildren, and 48 great-grandchildren.

Proposed Amendments to the IACP Constitution
at the Annual IACP Conference



From The Police Chief, vol. 71, no. 9, September 2004. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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