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IACP's Technology Technical Assistance Program
Sweeping advances in technology and urgent changes in police responsibilities create a formidable demand for increased technical assistance to support the technology needs of state, county, local, university, and tribal law enforcement. With extensive input from law enforcement professionals, IACP's new Technology Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) has been designed to improve a law enforcement executive's ability to protect and serve their communities and officers through successful deployment of technology.

The TTAP project, in collaboration with the COPS Office, will produce The Technology Desk Reference, designed to give law enforcement executives current, relevant information on planning for, acquiring, and managing law enforcement technology. The Technology Desk Reference will be unveiled at the 113th Annual IACP Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 14-18, 2006.

In addition to The Technology Desk Reference, IACP's TTAP project will be distributing periodic trends-and-issues bulletins designed to offer timely information on various types of technology. The executive bulletins will address voice communications, in-car cameras, network infrastructure, mobile data terminals, and records management systems.

Technology acquisition is a costly proposition, requiring proper protocols, procedures, certification, and training that will ensure appropriate use of these new tools. IACP's TTAP project is designed to help law enforcement executives meet these challenges.

For more information on these technology resources, call the TTAP team at 800-THE-IACP, extension 820, send an e-mail message to the TTAP team at, or visit the IACP Research Center at

IACP Membership Report
As of January 15, 2006, the IACP has a total membership of 20,006 people representing 102 countries. The United States and its possessions are home to 18,629 members, and there are 1,377 members from 101 other countries. Of the total membership, 13,790 are active members, 3,049 are associate members, and 3,167 are life members.

For more information about the IACP membership, call Christian Faulkner, IACP membership manager, at the 800-THE-IACP, extension 307, or write to him at

New Electronic Newsletter Available from IACP
The newsletter Big Ideas for Smaller Police Departments will soon be available on the Internet, making it accessible in a new expanded format. The new electronic format allows the newsletter to provide a wider variety of information and resources to readers. The Internet access will allow subscribers to send questions and comments regarding newsletter content. In addition, all subscribers in the database can be notified of upcoming regional events and training.

Even if you are currently subscribing to the printed newsletter, you must still register at ( to begin receiving the electronic newsletter.

Subscription and registration for the Big Ideas electronic newsletter are free. When a new issue of the newsletter is available, subscribers will receive an e-mail. The electronic newsletter can then be conveniently forwarded to friends, employees, and colleagues or easily uploaded from the Internet address. The newsletter may also be printed if a hard copy is desired for classes or meetings.

We hope IACP members will enjoy this new format of information sharing and look forward to including your ideas and comments as Big Ideas for Smaller Police Departments continues its commitment of supporting and reaching all agencies in the United States with 25 or fewer officers. To view a current copy of the newsletter, visit the IACP Web site at, enter the Research Center section, choose the project called Services, Support, and Technical Service to Smaller Police Departments, and scroll down to find the link to the Big Ideas newsletter. This project is sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs.

For more information, call Elaine Deck at 800-THE-IACP, extension 262, or send an e- mail message to her at (

Free Training for Volunteers Coordinators
The Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program is offering free training to coordinators of law enforcement volunteer programs. VIPS is managed and implemented by the IACP in partnership with and on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps. The program's goal is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. VIPS training provides attendees with an understanding of the theories and practices related to developing a law enforcement volunteer program, an introduction to VIPS and its resources, and the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a law enforcement volunteer program. The training is intended to be a hands-on experience for the law enforcement volunteer coordinator or agency representative who will be responsible for the development and implementation of a volunteer program. The training will also help build a peer-to-peer network.

Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at, in the events section. Confirmation will be sent by e-mail.

There is no registration fee to attend. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Attendees traveling more than 50 miles may be eligible to receive a $150 travel stipend. Sample dates and locations for the first part of 2006 training include the following:

  • April 5: Omaha, Nebraska
  • April 13: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • May 4: Portland, Oregon
  • May 23: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • June 8: Anchorage, Alaska
  • June 8: Chicago, Illinois
  • July 18: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • July 25: Burlington, Vermont

Dates and locations are subject to change, and more dates and locations will be announced. Interested departments should call Erin Vermilye at 800-THE-IACP, extension 826, or write to her at (

153 Law Enforcement Officers Died in the Line of Duty in 2005
According to preliminary data released in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's annual "Fallen Heroes Report," as of December 23, 2005, 153 law enforcement officers across the United States died in the line of duty during 2005. This marks a continued downward trend in the number of officers killed over the past 30 years.

Improvements in body armor, better training, and nonlethal weapons are cited as reasons for multiyear decline.

The leading causes of death in 2005 were shootings (60) and traffic-related incidents (62). The latter category included 41 officers killed in automobile collisions, 15 struck by vehicles, and six killed in motorcycle crashes. In 2004, 57 officers were shot, and 72 officers died in traffic-related incidents.

The number of officers who died as a result of a medical event, such as a heart attack or heat stroke, was 21 in 2005, as compared to 11 in 2004.

Also during 2005, 21 officers died from job- related illnesses; three fell to their deaths; two drowned; two died in aircraft crashes; one died in a bomb-related incident; one was stabbed to death; and one was hit by a train.

During the 1970s, more than 220 officers were killed on average each year, making it the deadliest decade in law enforcement history. But during the past decade the officer fatality rate has declined to an average of 162 per year.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), two nonprofit organizations that track officer deaths, released these preliminary figures for the year jointly. Full data from the NLEOMF and COPS "Fallen Heroes Report," including deaths by state, can be obtained at

Interpol-UN Special Notices for Terrorists
Interpol has published the first Interpol- United Nations Security Council Special Notices for persons who are the targets of UN sanctions against al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Among the names of individuals on this first group of four notices is Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, one of the world's most notorious terrorist suspects, wanted by police in a number of countries for a series of major attacks on behalf of al Qaeda.

The new notices are being distributed to all of Interpol's 184 member countries using the organization's global police communications system. If the whereabouts of suspects named in such notices become known to police, the Interpol National Central Bureau in the country concerned will be notified immediately so that competent authorities can take the necessary action to implement the UN sanctions against them.

AUN Security Council resolution unanimously adopted on July 29, 2005, called on the UN secretary general to work with Interpol to provide better tools to assist the UN Security Council's 1267 Committee to carry out its mandate regarding the freezing of assets, travel bans, and arms embargos aimed at groups and individuals associated with al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The creation of the Interpol-UN Security Council Special Notice was approved formally by Interpol's general assembly in Berlin in September 2005, and a team at the Interpol general secretariat in Lyon, France, was immediately assigned to work with UN officials on details of implementation and related technical issues.

"I believe publication of these new notices will send an important message to the international community that Interpol and the United Nations are working together in a proactive manner to ensure that terrorists are brought to justice," Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said. "I think the very fact that notices of this sort are being published will have a significant effect on the movement of terrorist suspects across international borders and will make it less likely they will engage in financial dealings or the purchase of weapons."

The Consolidated List on al Qaeda and the Taliban maintained by the UN Security Council's 1267 Committee contains the names of more than 300 suspects and more than 100 entities. The UN and Interpol will work together to issue additional special notices in the future for many of the individuals on the list.

"The Interpol-UN Special Notices make clear the common commitment of the United Nations and Interpol to fight terrorism. They will also provide a considerable boost to the implementation of the UN-mandated sanctions on terrorists and their supporters throughout the world," said the chairman of the UN 1267 Committee, Ambassador C├ęsar Mayoral of Argentina.

Abridged versions of the four new notices, including Al-Zarqawi's, may be seen on Interpol's Web site, ( Full details on the notices, including fingerprints and other confidential police data, are available only to law enforcement officials through Interpol channels. For more information on the al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee, please visit ( committees/1267Template.htm).■



From The Police Chief, vol. 73, no. 2, February 2006. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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