DRE Conference, AMBER Alerts on Facebook, and Police Vehicle Evaluations
U.S. Marshals Service Celebrates 225th Year Anniversary
On September 24, 2014, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) celebrated its anniversary, recognizing 225 years of dedicated service. In commemoration of its position as the nation's oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement organization, the United States Mint has designed and produced a collection of commemorative coins. The set includes one gold $5 coin, one silver $1 coin, and a clad half-dollar coin, all with designs relating to the USMS's history—from its work in the Wild West to its support of public school integration.
The USMS 225th Anniversary Commemorative coins will be available to the public on January 29, 2015, on the U.S. Mint website. A portion of the proceeds will be applied to the United States Marshals Museum, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation.
Idaho Police Help a Troubled Citizen via Text
Dispatchers at Post Falls, Idaho, used text messages to help a distraught woman—who messaged the police this week threatening to hurt herself—when she refused to pick up her phone. After more than 60 texts in an hour, the police managed to convince the woman to turn herself in for her own safety.
Police launched the new text-a-crime system in early 2013 and said at the time that they were looking for new ways to get information to solve crimes and respond to emergencies. They believe texting crime tips will catch on with young people and, it is hoped, generate leads for police. The service may also benefit people who are hearing impaired.
DOJ Expands AMBER Alerts to Social Media and Online Tools
On January 14, 2015, National AMBER Alert Awareness Day, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Justice Department has partnered with Facebook and Bing to expand the reach of the AMBER Alert system. Facebook will begin sending alerts to its members in designated search areas, and Bing will allow users to access AMBER Alerts through its online tools. Individuals can also access AMBER Alerts on Twitter.
Read Attorney General Holder's statement.
More Than 40 Philippine Officers Killed in Operation to Capture Terrorist
At least 43 police officers in the southern Philippines were killed during an attempt to capture one of Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorism suspects, police and government officials said on Monday. The raid resulted in the largest single loss of life by Philippine police officers in recent history and was the first breach of a more than yearlong cease-fire with Muslim rebels under a fragile peace deal with the government.
The operation was designed to capture Zulkifli bin Hir, a Malaysian national and a senior leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network. Mr. Zulkifli is on the FBI list of most wanted terrorists, which identifies him as a member of Jemaah Islamiyah's central command. The United States has offered a $5 million reward for his capture or killing. Philippine officials said Monday that they believed Mr. Zulkifli was killed in the operation, based on photographs of the bodies at the scene and the statements of operatives in the area. DNA samples were being taken from the body believed to be that of Mr. Zulkifli in order to verify that he was killed.
No-Cost Alzheimer's Training Program
This no-cost training program is dedicated to providing the most current Alzheimer's and dementia training available to public safety executives, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, and others from the first responder community.
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2014 Edition of the Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide Now Available
The Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide - 2014 edition (ATF P 5300.4) has been released. Features include updated sections on ATF rulings, general information, and questions and answers.
Access the guide.
New NIJ Guide for Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor
NIJ has released a Selection and Application Guide to Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor that summarizes knowledge about body armor gained from NIJ-funded and other research over the last 13 years. This guide provides law enforcement, correctional, and public safety officers with a better understanding of how body armor works, how it complies with the NIJ Standard, and guidance for purchasing and maintenance policies for NIJ-compliant body armor.
Download the Selection and Application Guide.
NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations Guide
Pedestrians are one of the most at-risk groups of roadway users. While they account for only 3 percent of all U.S. residents involved in traffic crashes, they represent 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. To help law enforcement approach this issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a new "How-To Guide" for pedestrian safety enforcement operations.
Access the guide.
Annual Police Vehicle Evaluations Released
Each year, the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC), partners with the Michigan State Police (MSP) to conduct an annual evaluation of the patrol vehicles on the market. The vehicles are evaluated for factors such as acceleration, top speed, braking, and handling under simulated pursuit conditions. MSP also evaluates and rates the vehicles for factors such as ergonomics and ease of equipment installation.
View the 2015 report.
Registration Now Open: The 21st Annual DRE Training Conference
The 21st IACP Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 10-12, 2015. Early bird rates apply until May 20. The deadline for pre-registration is July 24 or earlier if space is completely filled. On-site registrations will be accepted if space is available.
The conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency, is offering a group rate at the prevailing government per diem rate plus taxes, until July 17, 2015, or until the room block is filled.
To learn more or to register.
The 17th Annual MASOC/MATSA Conference (April 8–April 10)
The 2015 MASOC/MATSA Conference will be held at the Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, Marlborough, Massachusetts. This year's conference will focus on preventing sexual violence, specifically focusing on the newest research and building a deeper understanding of the emerging issues.
No-Cost Leadership Development Program: Columbus, Mississippi (March 23–25)
Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Webinar (February 26)
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) and the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change has an upcoming webinar on understanding the consequences of exposure to violence and the development of policies and interventions to correct the issue. The session is 90 minutes long, and will provide an overview of the following:
Project Safe Neighborhoods Gun Violence Reduction Training Event (February 24–25)
Law Enforcement Technology Event, Tampa, Florida (March 3)
IACP to Testify Before President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing
The IACP will be testifying on January 31st before the Task Force on 21st Century Policing listening session in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Technology and Social Media. IACP Executive Director Vincent Talucci will be providing testimony on managing evolving technology and associated policy development. Hassan Aden, IACP Director of Research and Programs and former Chief of the Greenville, NC, Police Department, will be providing testimony on the use of social media. For more information on President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and to watch the task force proceedings via web cast visit http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/default.asp?Item=2761.
IACP 2015 Call for Proposals Now Open
IACP's Annual Conference and Expo (IACP 2015) is being held in Chicago, Illinois, October 24–27, 2015, at McCormick Place West. The call for proposals is now open, and we are accepting workshop submissions for the 2015 educational program. The deadline for submissions is March 13, 2015.
Learn more or submit proposals here.
IACP President Beary's Testimony to Task Force for 21st Century Policing
VIPS Award—Recognizing Outstanding Leadership in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs
In support of achievement in law enforcement volunteer programs, the IACP is proud to support the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) Award. The VIPS will recognize organizations that have shown outstanding leadership in the creation and support of programs that integrate volunteers into law enforcement work.
The VIPS is an opportunity to communicate the important contribution your volunteers make to your organization and community. Applications are due by May 15, 2015.
To apply: www.theiacp.org/IACP-Award-for-Outstanding-Achievement-in-Law-Enforcement-Volunteer-Programs
IACP Summit Report: Advancing a Culture of Cohesion and Community Trust
IACP President Richard Beary has announced the release of the IACP National Policy on Community-Police Relations report. A result of the IACP's Summit, Advancing a Culture of Cohesion and Community Trust, the report was presented to President Obama's Task Force and outlines many of the challenges we face in building strong community-police relations, reinforcing the necessity of building and maintaining these relationships.
Access the report.
Police Chief Poll on Preparing for Active Shooter Incidents at Schools
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