Motorola Receives National Award for Partnerships with Law Enforcement
Every year, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) gives its top honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to a person or an organization that has made an exceptional and lasting
"From its inception in the 1920s to its network for the 21st century, Motorola has always worked hand-in-hand with law enforcement officers striving to protect public safety," said NLEOMF Chairman Craig Floyd. "And although this award comes from the Memorial Fund as a national organization, our support is undoubtedly echoed among the hundreds of state, local, and federal agencies and officers we serve."
Representatives of Motorola accepted the award at the annual candlelight vigil May 13 at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Thousands of law enforcement officers, their families, and friends of the law enforcement community attend the vigil each year.
According to a statement released by the NLEOMF, Motorola earned the honor for equipping law enforcement officers nationwide with the technology to respond to today's most pressing public safety challenges. Motorola's products and services link thousands of police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical officers throughout sprawling communities, provide police officers with instant information about criminal suspects, and track and speed responses for emergency services requests.
"This honor highlights Motorola's long-standing commitment to local, state, and national law enforcement," said Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). "Given the highly selective and prestigious nature of the award, I am proud to join in congratulating Motorola on this achievement."
"I want to commend Motorola for their exceptional contribution to the law enforcement profession," said Congressman Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), calling Motorola's commitment to law enforcement "second to none."
"We are tremendously honored by this recognition," said Jim Sarallo, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola's North America Group. For more than 65 years we've taken great pride in providing mission-critical communications to the law enforcement communities. We admire the work they do each and every day, and it's also our honor to serve as a trusted partner and continue to build upon this relationship."
Previous Distinguished Service Award winners include Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado), President George H. W. Bush, former U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, former U.S. Representative Mario Biaggi, and former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.
For more information about the NLEOMF and the Distinguished Service Award, please visit (www.nleomf.com).
Annual Conference Workshops
The workshops at the annual conference encourage interaction and audience participation. Led by expert instructors and experienced police personnel, the workshops tackle challenging issues facing today's law enforcement.
Several of the IACP sections develop specialized track programs for their membership and these sessions are open to conference attendees. Among the section tracks being organized for this year's conference:
- Legal Officers
- Psychological Services
- Public Information Officers
- Police Physicians
- International Managers of Police Academy and College Training
The IACP Smaller Agency Certificate Track program is specifically designed for agencies with fewer personnel. Workshops are offered daily during the first days of the conference and all day Wednesday. Earn a certificate by attending the full-day Wednesday session, or work individual sessions into your schedule throughout the conference.
- Maneuvering Successfully in the Political Environment
- The PIO and the Smaller Agency
- Effective Personnel Management for the Smaller Agency
- Grant Writing and Resource Development
- Developing Future Law Enforcement Leaders through Mentoring
- Organizational Management: A Strategy Guide for Ethical Leadership
A free Police Chiefs Desk Reference is provided to members attending these workshops. This guide contains a wealth of resources to assist chiefs with leadership development and policy guidelines in their roles as a police executive.
The chief executives workshops are conducted by veterans from the law enforcement profession and provide solutions to pressing issues. Certificates of attendance for these workshops are available. Included in this year's program:
- Police Leadership Development: Building on Lessons Learned to Go from Good to Great
- Crisis Leadership: Murder of an Officer
- Leading by Example
- The Traffic Cop: Homeland Security's Secret Weapon
- Special Recruitment Needs: Why Diversify?
- What Do They See when They See You Coming? Factoring Perception into Your Leadership Equation
- Planning for Special Events in a Post-9/11 Environment: Balancing Security and Civil Liberties
- Caught in the Act: Privacy and the Video Camera
- Executing on Your Mission: Focusing Your People on Your Highest Priorities and Delivering Results
- Walking the Talk of Organizational Values: The Opportunities and the Challenges
- Vest-Busting Ammunition and the Chief's Response
- Protecting Citizens' Civil Rights: Reasserting the Local Police Chief's Central Role
- Port and Maritime Antiterrorism: The Charleston Model
- Justice Assistance Resources: Where Are We Headed?
- The Electronic Crime Partnership Initiative
- Tracing and Tracking Firearms
- Shared Responsibility: Moving from "Don't Be a Rat" to "Don't Be a Sheep"
- Law Enforcement Partnerships with Mental Health: Police Response to People with Mental Illness
- Solutions for Safer Traffic Stops
- Private and Public Partnerships in a Post-9/11 Era
- White Noise: Turning the Flood of Raw Data into Actionable Intelligence
- Domestic Intranquility: Homegrown Terrorists in the United States
- Terrorism, Organized Crime, and Intellectual Property Theft
- Law Enforcement and Foreign Nationals in the United States
- Bulk Currency Initiative
- Storage of Explosives by State and Local Enforcement Agencies
- Using Technology and Partnership to Leverage Limited Resources to Address Gangs and Violent Crime
The IACP Technology Institute conducts training at the annual conference. This series represents the best presentations derived from the 2005 IACP Law Enforcement Information Management Section conference. Using nontechnical presentations, this track explains the principles and techniques of highly technical issues. Attend at least four of the Technology Institute workshops and receive an IACP Technology Institute Training Certificate.
For more information watch your mailbox for the annual conference brochure, or visit the conference Web site at www.theiacp.org and click the conference logo.
The Georgia and Tennessee police chiefs associations have formed partnerships with their respective state burglar and fire alarm associations and have established an alarm management committee in each state. The committees are charged with researching alarm management issues and making recommendations to their executive boards and members for adoption of effective strategies by local agencies. The ultimate goal is to provide options for police executives to reduce alarm dispatches and enhance safety through better use of department resources. Many of the strategies being considered include those developed jointly by the IACP Private Sector Liaison Committee and the Security Industry Alarm Coalition and contained in the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and the False Alarm Reduction Association's model ordinance.
As the result of the committees' meetings, both are recommending to their associations the adoption of an enhanced call verification resolution that would mirror the resolution adopted by the IACP during the 109th Annual IACP Conference. Enhanced call verification, also referred to as multiple call verification, urges alarm companies and central stations to make two or more calls to the premises or the alarm users before requesting police dispatch. The resolution encourages jurisdictions to adopt departmental policies and/or local ordinances mandating enhanced call verification. Over the past 18 months, the IACP Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police has reported that enhanced call verification procedures have seen significant reductions in alarm dispatches.
The committees are also charged to research legislative issues related to public safety and the security alarm industry. An example is Georgia's action to introduce legislation to establish and regulate licensing requirements for alarm dealers and installers.
For more information, call or write to Beth Currier, SACOP manager at the IACP (800-THE-IACP; (firstname.lastname@example.org), Glen Mowrey (email@example.com), Stan Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (972-377-9401).
Hardcore Drinking Driving Fatalities on the Rise
In 2003, 17,013 people died in the United States from alcohol-related crashes. Almost 40 percent of these collisions involved drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15 percent or greater, or drivers who had been convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) within the previous 10 years. These hardcore drinking drivers make up about one-third of all persons arrested for DWI or driving under the influence of alcohol.
More than 20 years ago, the National Transportation Safety Board undertook a study of repeat offenders, one component of the hardcore drinking driver population. In 1984 it released the results, which included a series of recommendations to the states and others. Yet four years after the study was released the NTSB found itself investigating the worst alcohol-related highway collision in American history.
In 1988, in Carrollton, Kentucky, a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on an Interstate highway slammed into a church activity bus, killing 27 and injuring 34 more. Ninety minutes after the crash, the pickup truck driver's BAC was 0.26 percent. He was a hardcore drinking driver.
Since then, all states have made efforts to address the problem of hardcore drinking drivers. There has been significant progress. But the measures taken and the degree of implementation have been far from uniform, and the results have been mixed.
In light of the thousands of deaths still resulting from these crashes, the Safety Board focused its attention on hardcore drinking drivers again in 2000. That study included the rigorous scientific examination of a wide variety of countermeasures adopted by the states in order to identify the most effective. The result was a "recommended model program" that includes the following:
- Frequent and statewide sobriety checkpoints
- Programs for identifying individuals who drive on a suspended or revoked license
- Defining a repeat offender as anyone arrested or convicted of a DWI offense within 10 years of a prior arrest or conviction for DWI
- Enhanced penalties for DWI offenders arrested with a BAC level of 0.15 percent or higher
- Administrative license revocation.
- Requirements that DWI offenders maintain a zero BAC level
In its official recommendation, the NTSB asked the states to "establish a comprehensive program that is designed to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related crashes and fatalities caused by hardcore drinking drivers and that includes elements such as those suggested in the National Transportation Safety Board's Model Program."
The National Transportation Safety Board is the U.S government's voice for transportation safety. It investigates significant air, rail, marine, highway, and pipeline crashes, determines the probable cause of each crash, and issues recommendations that -- if followed -- prevent similar crashes from ever happening again. Since its inception in 1967, the NTSB has investigated more than 124,000 aviation crashes and more than 10,000 surface transportation crashes. It has issued more than 12,250 safety recommendations based upon its investigations and conclusions, of which an impressive 82 percent have been implemented.
The July issue of the Police Chief magazine will contain a series of articles developed by the IACP Highway Safety Committee that offer chiefs solutions to alcohol-related crashes:
- "DWI Law: Problems and Progress," by Earl M. Sweeney, assistant commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Safety, describes the evolution of DWI laws and prevention strategies.
- "Reductions in Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths," by Heidi L. Coleman of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, outlines NHTSA's plans to help local agencies with prevention strategies.
- "Sobriety Checkpoints," by Mary Ann Vivirette, chief of police in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and first vice president of the IACP, focuses on the highly effective sobriety checkpoints as a tool to reduce DWI fatalities.
- Sobriety Checkpoints in Fairfax County, Virginia," by Captain J. F. Bowman, shows a comprehensive checkpoint methodology that overcomes the three limiting factors of checkpoints: exposure, cost, and staffing.
Online Database of Terrorist Symbols
In an effort to provide a ready source of information to law enforcement, government agencies, the media, and others who follow trends in terrorism, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has launched an online visual database that identifies and explains symbols and emblems commonly used by international terrorists and their supporters.
The ADL Terrorist Symbols Database, available online at (www.adl.org/terrorism/symbols), features visual symbols, flags, and graffiti associated with more than a dozen international terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, the al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the Kurdistan Workers Party, the Palestine Liberation Front, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Each entry features a snapshot of the terrorist group's symbol or emblem, an explanation of the origins and meaning of the symbol, and an overview of the group's mission, goals, and recent activities.
The database is an offshoot of the ADL's other online resource, Hate on Display: A Visual Database of Extremist Symbols, Logos, and Tattoos. Information in the terrorist symbols database has been arranged in order to convey ideas about each group's founding, ideology, aims, and methods. The database will be continually added to and updated by the ADL.
The ADL Terrorist Symbols Database is part of its newly redesigned Web pages dedicated to international terrorism. The pages contain up-to-date information on terrorist groups and activities around the globe and serve as a replacement for ADL's print newsletter "Terrorism Update." Although "Terrorism Update" will no longer appear in print, subscribers can now receive the newsletter via e-mail.
The ADL is conducting a workshop at the 2005 annual IACP conference in Miami called "Domestic Intranquility: Homegrown Terrorists in the United States." This workshop examines the state of domestic terrorism in the United States, looking at the major right-wing extremists, left-wing extremists, and other sources of homegrown terrorism and criminal activity. It highlights recent trends and developments, special concerns for law enforcement agencies, and areas of future concern.