Miami Conference: Proposed Amendment to the IACP Constitution
Pursuant to the requirements contained in Article IX of the IACP Constitution, "Amendments," the IACP Executive Committee has authorized the following proposed amendment to be placed on the ballot for the membership to consider at the 112th Annual IACP Conference to be held this September in Miami, Florida.
Language from the IACP Constitution cited below is proposed for deletion when it is lined through and for addition when it is underlined.
In order to be adopted, a proposed amendment to the IACP Constitution must receive the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the membership present and voting during the annual conference. Voting on the proposed amendment will take place on both Monday and Tuesday during the Miami conference. The polling booths will open immediately after the conclusion of the general assemblies and close at 4:00 p.m. on both days.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment Article IV
Shall the IACP Constitution be amended in order to require annual eligibility certification from those members of the IACP Board of Officers who serve multiyear terms?
Section 4: Eligibility
Members of the Board of Officers at the time of filing, election, and appointment, and continuously for at least two years immediately prior thereto, must be an active member of the Association in good standing. Each officer, except for the International Vice President and the Executive Director, at the time of filing, election, and appointment also shall be regularly engaged in active police service as the operating chief executive of a police agency. In addition, each year at the time of filing and election, those officers who are serving multiyear terms, must certify that they remain eligible to serve on the Board of Officers. The Executive Committee shall review the findings of the election commission and determine the eligibility of candidates for office immediately following the filing for office by a candidate.
Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Nominations Accepted
Nominations are now being accepted by the U.S. Department of Justice for exceptional acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty accomplished between June 1, 2004, and May 31, 2005. Public safety officers include those living or deceased, serving or having served in a public agency, with or without compensation, as a firefighter; a law enforcement officer, which includes corrections or court officers; a civil defense officer; or an emergency services officer, as determined by the attorney general. The deadline for receipt of nominations is July 31, 2005.
The Medal of Valor Review Board includes representatives of the public safety community and the public. The board is appointed by the president, the Senate majority and minority leaders, and the speaker of the House and the minority leader. The president awards the medal to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage.
Additional information on the Medal of Valor, including the nomination form and procedures, is located on the Office of Justice Programs Web site at (www.ojp.usdoj.gov).
Law Enforcement Torch Run
From a humble idea of Chief Richard LaMunyon of Wichita, Kansas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has exploded onto the world scene. The Torch Run is a way to involve local law enforcement personnel in the community with Special Olympics and to promote a life-affirming program.
The IACP Torch Run committee explores ways and means to promote the program in the international law enforcement community. One of the ways this is accomplished is through the annual photo contest honoring two categories: law enforcement as the guardians of the flame, and law enforcement in support of Special Olympics athletes. The Police Chief magazine features many of these photographs of the Special Olympics and law enforcement volunteers.
Members are encouraged to submit their favorite Torch Run photographs to achieve international recognition in one of two categories:
Law Enforcement as Guardians of the Flame: These photographs should illustrate interaction with the communities and raising awareness of the Torch Run and Special Olympics. Activities such as law enforcement personnel carrying the torch during a run or participating in fundraising activities for the cause are appropriate.
Law Enforcement in Support of Special Olympics Athletes: These photographs should highlight the involvement of law enforcement officers with Special Olympians during the training and participation in the Special Olympics activities. The focus is on the personnel in interaction with the athletes.
Entries must be received by August 12, 2005. To see the 2004 wining entries and to obtain the entry submission information, visit the Torch Committee page on the IACP Web site, (www.theiacp.org).
2004 Uniform Crime Reports
The FBI in June released the preliminary Uniform Crime Reports for January-December 2004. The report showed that the number of violent crimes reported to law enforcement agencies in the United States decreased 1.7 percent in 204 when compared to 2003 data. The violent crime category includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The number of property crimes reported in 2004 declined 1.9 percent when compared to figures reported from the previous year. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime, but data for arson are not included in property crime totals. Reports of arson declined 6.8 percent in 2004 compared to the number of reports in 2003.
The preliminary report is available on the Internet at (www.fbi.gov/ucr/2004/04prelim.pdf).
Enhancing Rape Case Investigations: A New Resource for Law Enforcement
The quality of the initial investigation of a rape case by law enforcement is crucial to an effective prosecution. Police officers can conduct high-quality investigations only if they are knowledgeable about the realities of sexual assault. To foster a better understanding of the realities, untangle the rape myths, and improve the quality of investigations of rape and sexual assault, the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) developed a DVD version of its highly regarded video, Understanding Sexual Violence: The Judge's Role in Stranger and Nonstranger Rape and Sexual Assault Cases, enhanced with a segment on the neurobiology of trauma and a Web site with an annotated database. This DVD is now being used by a variety of audiences including law enforcement.
The Understanding Sexual Violence DVD focuses on dealing fairly with sexual assault cases, especially nonstranger rapes, without undermining defendants' constitutional rights. It is designed for use by individuals, or by groups with the help of a moderator and facilitated discussions. The new DVD format makes the curriculum more accessible to viewers and allows different audiences to focus on the segments that most pertain to their work.
Copies of the DVD are available free. Postage and handling for one to five copies is $10. For more than five copies postage will be charged accordingly. Visit (www.njep.org/usvjdvd) for a detailed description of the DVD and to access an order form.