National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women
IACP's National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women is part of a three-year initiative to highlight the role of law enforcement executives in preventing and eliminating crimes of violence against women, specifically domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. The institute offers executives from across the United States a unique opportunity to assess their agency's performance; explore innovative approaches for investigating crimes of violence against women; design proactive, coordinated strategies; examine case studies; learn to effectively allocate and use resources to help victims and hold perpetrators accountable; and network with colleagues to share challenges as well as solutions.
To participate in an institute, interested law enforcement of the rank of captain or above should review the 2005 Leadership Institute brochure and complete the application form available online at (www.theiacp.org/research/RCDViolenceAgainstWomen.html). All expenses associated with participation, including travel, lodging, and meals, will be covered for those selected to attend. The first institute session will be held in May 2005. For more information, write to Vinita Jethwani at (email@example.com) or call her at 800-THE-IACP, extension 818.
2005 IACP Civil Rights Award
The IACP Civil Rights Committee recognizes a department or individual for dedication to containing and minimizing the number and serious effect of hate crimes perpetrated in communities throughout the world and pays special tribute to any law enforcement person or organization whose professionalism, effectiveness, and visibility against hate crimes create an international model.
There are three categories of this award:
- Smaller departments: 1 to 49 sworn
- Midsize departments: 50 to 299 sworn
- Large departments: 300 or more sworn
Members of the IACP Civil Rights Committee's Award Subcommittee conduct the review and evaluation process. Each spring, the subcommittee reviews completed nomination forms that have been submitted on behalf of nominees by a law enforcement individual, department, organization, or community members. The subcommittee selects the top three nominees in each category before presenting the nomination package to the full committee at its midyear meeting for discussion and final vote.
A law enforcement agency or individual can be recognized for exceptional innovation in any of the following areas:
Investigation: This category considers a noteworthy incident investigated to a successful conclusion using traditional investigative measures or the use of innovative investigative techniques focused on civil rights violations. Special attention should be given to those techniques that would be generally applicable to agencies of all sizes.
Education: This category stresses some of the elements found in community policing; specifically, formal programs targeted toward both victims and offenders in civil rights cases would merit consideration. Conversely, communities with diverse ethnic compositions could work through the school systems, youth organizations or other bodies to minimize cultural conflict and emphasize the value of cultural diversity. This category might also include internal agency mechanisms designed to diminish tensions that may exist between department personnel and the community being served.
Prevention: The emphasis of this category should be on proactive programs addressing civil rights violations and hate crimes.
Enforcement: This category focuses on patrol-oriented programs with the stated goal of suppressing hate crimes.
Application forms can be found on the IACP's Web Site at (www.theiacp.org/awards/CivilRights/application.htm).
For more information, please call Beth Currier at 800-THE-IACP, extension 390, or write to her at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Operational Challenges in Managing Human Resources
The Human Resources Committee of the Canadian Association Chiefs of Police, in partnership with the Justice Institute of British Columbia is holding a conference on operational challenges in managing human resources, March 20-25, 2005, in Vancouver, Canada.
The conference objectives are to develop the understanding needed and contemporary tools to act upon essential human resources needs; maximize potential of the workforce; and improve organizational performance through people management. The following sessions will be among the conference events:
- Managing Your Workforce: The Risks
- Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: The Modern Workforce
- Integrity: What Gets You in Trouble
- Making Your Organization Successful: Case Studies
- Healthy Minds
- The Courage of Commitment: Can You Handle the Truth?
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police strongly urges delegates to register for the conference online at (www.cacp.ca). Those without Internet access can call 613-233-1106. For more information, please call or write to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, 582 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K2 Canada; (www.cacp.ca); e-mail: (email@example.com); 613-233-1106; fax: 613-233-6960.
Live Demonstrations of Force Protection Equipment
Force Protection Equipment Demonstration V (FPED V) will be conducted at Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia, April 26-28, 2005. The event is sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) through the DoD Physical Security Equipment Action Group, and cosponsored by the Joint Staff's Directorate of Operations for Combating Terrorism, the Department of Energy, the Technical Support Working Group, and the National Institute of Justice.
FPED V provides a venue to showcase state-of-the-art commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) force protection equipment to senior leaders and decision makers from the Department of Defense, federal departments and agencies, and state and local law enforcement and corrections agencies. Live demonstrations of equipment will give leaders and decision makers an opportunity to observe and become familiar with equipment with applications in a wide range of force protection categories. FPED V provides a forum for attendees to interact with equipment manufacturers and see live demonstrations of solutions for force protection needs.
FPED was organized after the bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia on June 25, 1996. That attack led to a decision by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to direct the services to investigate and identify COTS equipment designed to reduce vulnerabilities of DoD personnel and facilities from terrorist attack.
The first FPED was conducted at Quantico Marine Corps Base in September 1997. The demonstration has become a biennial event and is one of the top venues to showcase and demonstrate force protection equipment. FPED IV attracted 500 vendors who displayed over 2,300 products and attracted 7,000 attendees. FPED V is expected to host more than 500 new and returning exhibitors.
FPED V is a three-day event, open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. Night demonstrations will be held from 8:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Attendees should plan on visiting the show at least two days to see everything. Equipment demonstrated at FPED V will be organized into 20 separate categories based on customer needs, available technology and technology under development. Equipment demonstrated at FPED V must be available within 90 days of the demonstration end date and will include products supporting automated entry control systems, biometrics, night vision and optics devices, vulnerability assessment/analysis software, and various types of force protection and security equipment. FPED allows exhibitors the opportunity to demonstrate products in a field environment through the use of operational areas, fence lines, sensor fields, and blast and ballistics ranges at Quantico. A compact disc will be published after the event with a comprehensive listing of exhibitors and their products.
Details on FPED V are available at (www.fped5.org). Attendance is free; however, FPED is not open to the general public and is by invitation only. Civilian attendees must have a government sponsor with a professional affiliation to force protection or homeland security. The registration process is simple and may be accomplished by going to the Web site and clicking the registration link under FPED V Attendees. Registered attendees will be mailed a badge and information about FPED V, including entry procedures at the Marine Corps base, and a parking pass, provided they register online prior to March 29, 2005. ■