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New IACP Training Course Terrorism Tactics and Countermeasures: Homicide Bombers
This course is designed for command staff and police administrators assigned the responsibility of developing department policies, procedures, and the training programs. The course will provide an in-depth examination of terrorism tactics and the countermeasures used to maintain homeland security by both patrol and SWAT personnel. Topics include an overview of international and domestic terrorist homicide bombings, explosive devices and blast dynamics, tactical intervention and interdiction team concepts, tactical sniper and observer concepts, a legal review, use-of-force policies, and training. Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be familiar with the following:

  • The history of terrorist homicide bombing

  • Terrorist explosive devices and blast dynamics

  • Law enforcement countermeasures for homicide bombers

  • Tactical intervention team concepts

  • Tactical interdiction team concepts

  • Legal issues concerning terrorism

  • Use-of-force issues related to homicide bombers

  • Training issues related to homicide bombers

For more information, please call Larry Haynes at the IACP at 800-THE-IACP, extension 234, or send an e-mail message to him at (haynesl@theiacp.org)

Post–September 11 Policing
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Sheriff's Association (NSA), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the Police Foundation joined in 2004 to help position state, local, and tribal agencies to proactively manage a changed and continually changing police environment. One of the main objectives pursued during this project was to uncover or develop policy, program, and resource deployment ideas considered promising for addressing changing conditions, mission, and roles. To date, four promising practice briefs have been produced:

  • Intelligence-Led Policing

  • The New Intelligence Architecture

  • Threat Assessment: Fundamentals and Guidelines

  • Multijurisdictional Partnerships for Meeting Regional Threats

  • Engaging the Private Sector to Promote Homeland Security

For more information, call Phil Lynn at the IACP at 800-THE-IACP, extension 324, or send an e-mail message to him at (lynnp@theiacp.org)

National Police Week

    May 14–20, 2006
    The 18th Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held in Washington on Saturday, May 13. Sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), the event will begin at 8:00 p.m. at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, located at Judiciary Square, on the 400 block of E Street, NW, in Washington, D.C. A reading of the names newly engraved on the memorial will follow the ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend; no tickets are required.

    Activities scheduled in Washington, D.C., for National Police Week, include the following:

    Tuesday, May 9
    12th Annual Blue Mass

    Friday, May 12
    National Police Week Challenge 50-Kilometer Relay Race, coordinated by the U.S. Secret Service. Call Kam Flynn at 703-904-8600, or visit www.secretservice.gov/npc50
    Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony. Call Harry Phillips at 973-443-0030, send an e-mail message to (unitytour1@aol.com), or visit (www.policeunitytour.com)

    13th Annual TOP COPS Awards Ceremony, hosted by National Association of Police Organizations. Call Jill Cameron at 202-842-4420.

    Saturday, May 13
    National Concerns of Police Survivors Seminars. Call Concerns of Police Survivors at 573-346-4911, or send a message to cops@nationalcops.org

    18th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Call 202-737-3400, write to (vigil@nleomf.com) or visit (www.nleomf.com)

    Monday, May 15
    National Peace Officers Memorial Day (lower flags to half staff)

    25th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day Services, hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. Call the Fraternal Order of Police at 202-547-1651 or 505-293-1284.

    Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial conduct by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.

    National Night Out 2006
    The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) has announced that the 23rd Annual National Out program will culminate on Tuesday, August 1, 2006.

    Any municipality or law enforcement agency that was not officially registered with NATW for Night Out 2005 should contact NATW to receive information on National Night Out 2006. Departments registered with NATW last year will receive information about this program.

    There are no fees to register to participate. Once registered with NATW, local coordinators receive an organizational kit full of how-to materials, including planning suggestions, sample news releases, artwork, and promotional guides, and interim updates throughout the year.

    National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to accomplish the following:

  • Heighten crime prevention awareness

  • Generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs

  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships

  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
  • Along with traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns now celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighbor-hood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, safety fairs, and youth events.

    National Night Out 2005 involved 34.8 million people in 10,750 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out is sponsored by NATW in partnership with Target and the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the U.S. Department of Justice.

    For free registration material, call National Night Out at 800-NITE-OUT, or visit the (www.nationalnightout.org) To learn more about National Association of Town Watch, write to NATW, 1 Wynnewood Road, Suite 102, Wynnewood, PA 19096 USA; call 610-649-7055; or visit (www.natw.org)

DHS Introduces Risk-Based Formula for Urban Areas Security Initiative Grants
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced $765 million in direct funding for high-threat urban areas as part of the fiscal year 2006 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). UASI provides resources for the equipment, training, planning, and exercise needs of select high-threat urban areas.

The department is investing federal funding into our communities facing the greatest risk and demonstrating the greatest need in order to receive the highest return in our nations security, said Michael Chertoff, U.S. secretary of homeland security.     Our nations preparedness and the support of our emergency responders on the frontlines of the war against terrorism must be a shared effort. We will continue to champion funding on the basis of risk and need, and we urge Congress to do the same to ensure that our finite resources are allocated and prioritized successfully.

In fiscal year 2006, the department identified 35 areas eligible to apply for and receive funding. These 35 areas encompass 95 cities with populations of 100,000 or more. This year's formula promotes a "super" UASI concept that is designed to build greater regional capabilities across a geographic area. In addition, 11 urban areas from the fiscal year 2005 UASI have been identified as eligible to apply for sustaining funding in fiscal year 2006, to ensure that strategic investments made thus far can be completed and to identify projects that, if funded, would significantly reduce risk.

All eligible applicants must submit an investment justification, which identifies needs and outlines the intended security enhancement plan to be addressed with funding, to meet the target capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal. Investment justifications will be reviewed, scored, and prioritized along with risk factors to determine which investments should be funded to best address need and minimize risk.

The fiscal year 2006 UASI list of eligible applicants and recipients is determined through a risk formula that considers three primary variables: consequence, vulnerability, and threat. Factors such as the presence of international borders, population and population density, the location of critical infrastructure, formal mutual aid cooperation, law enforcement investigations and enforcement activity are considered in correlation with the risk formula for UASI determinations.

Cities on the UASI list with shared boundaries were combined for fiscal year 2006 into a single entity and urbanized areas outside the official city limits were also included in order to establish a geographic area for enhanced risk analysis, reflecting a regional approach to shared risk and risk mitigation.

Other expansions to the program in fiscal year 2006 include the incorporation of threat analysis from intelligence community products that reflect risk as seen through various attack modes, such as the incorporation of transient populations and greater depth and breadth in infrastructure data.

More than $2.1 billion has been allocated through UASI since the 2003 fiscal year. Since September 11, 2001, $8.6 billion has been provided in overall grant funding to states and territories to enhance first responder capabilities in preventing, protecting and responding to acts of terrorism.

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From The Police Chief, vol. 73, no. 4, April 2006. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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