The Chief Executives Seminar Program
The main reason members attend the annual IACP conference is because of the educational seminars.
The IACP Education and Training Committee plans the annual conference's educational opportunities for the chief executives. The committee met the first of April and selected the educational programs from the proposals received. Because space and time for workshops at the conference are limited, the committee can approve only a few of the many fine proposals it receives each year. This year the committee approved 20 percent of the workshop proposals.
The purpose of the workshops is to provide solutions to problems facing law enforcement executives today, solutions that they can use in their local communities.
Committee members look for imagination and creativity in the workshop presentations. Interactive, hands-on workshops are highly regarded by conference attendees.
All workshop proposals are judged on timeliness, appropriateness, and relevance to the law enforcement executive. The committee evaluates each workshop's content to make sure only state-of-the-art programs are included in the conference schedule.
The following are among the workshops being presented in the Chief Executive Track this year:
- The COPS Office: A New Focus
- Executing Your Mission: Focusing Your People on Your Highest Priorities and Delivering Results
- How to Motivate Yourself and Create a Motivational Environment for Others
- Walking the Narrow Road of Leadership: Individual and Agency Strategies for Creating Leadership in the Law Enforcement Agency
- When Bad Things Happen to Good Chiefs
- Officer Safety: What Research Tells Us
- Assessing Community Policing: A Tool for Executives
- Beyond Vice: The Challenges in Identifying and Investigating Trafficking in Persons
- Overview of the U.S. Bomb Data Center
- Regional Policing: Expanding Knowledge, Maximizing Resources
- Hiring in the Spirit of Service: Recruitment and Selection for the 21st Century
- Home from War: Helping Reservists Return to Law Enforcement
- Policing Your Community in 2015: Technological Developments, Social Change, Police Operations, and Agency Management
- Use of Force: Are Continuums Still Necessary?
- Canada's National Use of Force Framework: A Pattern for Success
- Law Enforcement and Researcher Partnerships
- Intelligence: New Developments and Future Directions
- Port Security: Are Our Ports the Nation's Newest Gateways for Disaster?
- What Every Chief Needs to Know about New Identity Theft Laws and the Tools Available to Respond
- U.S. Northern Command's Role in Defense Support of Civil Authority
- Fugitive Task Forces
- Vehicle Theft: The Missing Link in Crime Reduction
- Electronic Control Weapons: The Tactical, Medical, and Legal Barriers to Successful Deployment
- Performance Specifications for In-Car Cameras
- Pandemic Influenza
- Emergency Planning: Lessons Learned from the 2005 Hurricanes
- Responding to Hurricane Katrina: Volunteers in Police Service and the Houston Experience
- Political Skills for Police Chiefs
- Speeding in Residential Areas
- Illegal Street Racing: Dangers, Costs, and Solutions
- Bringing Comprehensive Leadership Training to Your Department
- Leading Strategic Change in Your Agency
- Combating Gang Strategies
- Technology Technical Assistance: Getting Answers to Difficult Technology Questions
- Promoting a Safe Environment for Officers
- They're All Coming Home: How to Reduce Crime by Released Inmates
- Police Facility Planning and Construction
The workshop topics, speakers, and descriptions for the 2006 annual conference are available on the IACP Web site at (www. theiacp.org) (click the conference logo).
Most of the hotel rooms at the annual conference are filled by 120 organized groups participating in the IACP hotel lottery. In preparation for the lottery, room block housing coordinators are invited to a hotel tour of the conference city. This tour enables the coordinators to become familiar with host city's hotels and hospitality venues. After the tour, a lottery is conducted. This year the lottery took place near IACP headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, and the results were simultaneously webcast to participating blocks. The largest users of the room bocks are the state associations of chiefs of police.
Most of the conference hotel rooms are included in this lottery, but rooms are held aside for individual members not participating in the lottery groups. If a member attempts to reserve a room online for a certain hotel and receives a reply that the hotel is sold out, the member should call Travel Planners at 877-422-7123 or 212-532-1660. Travel Planners is the official hotel contractor for the annual IACP conference and is committed to meeting members' needs. Visit (www.theiacp.org) and click the conference logo for all of your conference information. Contribute Information to IACP Nondeadly Weapon Clearinghouse Web Site
IACP, with support of the COPS Office, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and other policing organizations and associations, has developed a Web site clearinghouse for information on nondeadly weapons. The IACP is hosting the Web site to help local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies develop, implement, and enhance policies governing the use of nondeadly technologies, and visitors to the Web site will find information on a wide range of topics as well as submissions from international practitioners and members of the medical community.
Local police departments can contribute information to this site to help others. The IACP seeks links to Web site content, department policies, and academic research papers that will help police administrators understand the impact of nondeadly weapons on law enforcement and on the public.
Participating departments should send their material to David Paulson at (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call him at 800-THEIACP, extension 329. Visit the clearinghouse frequently at (www.less-lethal.org).
IACP Best Practices in Public Information Now Available
IACP has published a new book, Best Practices in Law Enforcement Public Information. Drawing from the experience of police chiefs, department public information officers, and media personnel, this book illustrates how to develop an effective police-media relationship. It provides the modern police executive with a comprehensive guide for developing, maintaining, and improving this critical relationship.
The book is available for purchase online at (www.theiacp.org). Using the left navigation bar, choose Sections and then select Public Information Officers Section. The cost is $24.95 for members and $29.95 for nonmembers. To place an order by telephone or e-mail, call Lucinda Scott 800-THE-IACP, extension 267, or send a message to (email@example.com).
Development of the IACP Teen Drinking and Driving Web Site
IACP is developing a Web site to help law enforcement prevent teenage drinking and driving. The Web site will contain resources and model programs that agencies have used to prevent teenage drinking and driving. IACP is reaching out to local police agencies for program information to include in the initial launch of the Web site.
IACP seeks information about programs that were successful as well as programs that did not meet expectations.
Please forward a description of your program and any materials or documents used in implementing the program by e-mail to (TeenDrinkingDriving@theiacp.org). Material sent by mail should be sent to International Association of Chiefs of Police Teen Drinking and Driving Web site, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA. For more information call or write to Richard Ashton (800-THE-IACP, extension 276; (firstname.lastname@example.org)) or David Paulson (800-THE-IACP, extension 329; (email@example.com)). ■