The IACP hosts a variety of highway safety and transportation Committees that are designed to reduce crashes, injuries, and deaths on public streets and roadways; foster crime prevention and community policing concepts; preserve homeland security by encouraging proactive traffic enforcement based on problem identification, enforcement, and public information and education; and improve officer safety, develop and promote technical standards for transportation technologies, and recognition of best practices and outstanding achievements in traffic safety programs.
Highway Safety Committee
The overarching goal of the IACP Highway Safety Committee (HSC) is to improve safety on roadways through effective application of the "four Es"--Education, Emergency Medical Services, Enforcement, and Engineering--to reduce the incidence of crashes, deaths, and serious injuries. The current operating goals of the Committee also include fostering crime prevention and community policing concepts, and enforcement based on problem identification, enforcement, and public information and education. The Committee is active in assessing and developing policies, practices, and standards related to traffic crash investigation, records, patrol, enforcement, organization and administration, and other highway safety functions.
The HSC is comprised of 30 members representing federal (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), state (Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, and Washington), provincial (Ontario Provincial Police), county (Baltimore County MD, Fairfax County VA, and Montgomery County MD), and municipal (Boulder City NV, Braintree MA, Cheyenne WY, Cincinnati OH, Fresno CA, Hoffman Estates IL, New Orleans LA, Oro Valley AZ, Schaumburg IL, and Waterford CT) law enforcement agencies, as well as criminal justice institutes (Center for Public Safety of Northwestern University and the Institute of Police Technology and Management). Committee members are appointed to three-year terms by the IACP President. More information regarding the HSC, including membership, organizational structure, current activities, and publications and other resources can be found on the Highway Safety Committee website.
Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Subcommittee
Traffic Incident Management (TIM) is a planned and coordinated process by multiple public disciplines and private sector partners to detect, respond to, and remove traffic incidents and restore traffic capacity as safely and quickly as possible. The IACP has established a Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Subcommittee of the IACP Highway Safety Committee (HSC). The TIM Subcommittee, working with HSC and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is operating to address safety, operations, training and outreach initiatives related to TIM nationally; promote TIM policies, procedures, and training in the public safety community while maximizing the overall effectiveness of TIM strategies and resources; enhance existing TIM programs while providing necessary resources to those jurisdictions new to TIM; and support relationships and understanding between TIM disciplines. More details and resources regarding TIM can be found on the IACP TIM Subcommittee website.
Law Enforcement Stops & Safety Subcommittee (LESSS)
Traffic stops are essential to effective traffic law enforcement. Traffic stops also frequently act as the gateway to detecting serious crimes and arresting dangerous criminals. Stopping on or near the roadway, however, is one of the most dangerous facets of police work. In 2003, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the IACP Highway Safety Committee established the Law Enforcement Stops and Safety Subcommittee (LESSS) to address officer safety during traffic stops and other roadside contacts.
The goals of the LESSS subcommittee are to 1) explore and examine the causes, circumstances, commonalities, and prevention of high-speed, high energy rear-end collisions resulting in the death and injury of officers during traffic stops and other roadside contacts, 2) develop and recommend appropriate mitigation strategies relative to those issues studied by three LESSS working groups (Vehicle, Policy and Procedure, and Highway Environment and Design) and 3) create and market to law enforcement executives best practices and procedures for conducting professional and safe traffic stops and other roadside contacts. LESSS has produced three roll-call videos promoting officer safety.
Enforcement Technologies Advisory Technical Subcommittee (ETATS)
ETATS collaborates with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and public and private testing laboratories to develop and update testing standards and minimum performance specifications for police traffic radar and lidar speed-measuring devices. In addition, this program also maintains the Conforming Product List (CPL) for these devices. For more information regarding the ETATS effort, please contact Michael Fergus.
National Law Enforcement Challenge
The National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) provides law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to make a significant difference in the communities they serve. The Challenge is a friendly competition between similar sizes and types of law enforcement agencies that recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in the United States.
The program is designed to recognize, strengthen and support traffic enforcement nationwide and targets three major traffic safety priorities: 1) occupant protection, 2) impaired driving, and 3) speeding. Participating agencies are asked to provide documentation regarding their efforts and effectiveness in areas of officer training, public information, and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within the jurisdiction. More information about the program, including application guidelines, past winners, and resource publications can be found on the IACP NLEC website. 2009-2010 National Law Enforcement Challenge Winners
FMCSA Online Training
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) have developed the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Awareness Training for officers from state, local and county law enforcement agencies. The training is designed to inform patrol officers of potential safety and enforcement issues involving foreign-based CMVs and drivers operating outside the border commercial zones.
This tuition-free, on-line training program provides the basic operation requirements for foreign-based CMVs and drivers that will be useful during a routine traffic stop or in response to a crash, and can be conducted by a Certified CMV Officer from your jurisdiction or online. Training focuses on Officer Safety, Mexican CDL, Canadian Driver’s License, Non-North American Drivers, Vehicle Safety and Security, and Operating Authority. On-line Registration is available for this course.