NEWS FROM THE FIELD
States Debate Laws for Police Video Access
The yearlong delay before the release of a video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black teenager has Illinois lawmakers facing the same question before many states: As officers’ dashboards and body cameras capture more police encounters with the public, how much access to the videos should there be under open records laws?
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have laws addressing body cameras, 16 of which passed in 2015, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, but only 10 put the videos under the umbrella of state’s open records laws.
Schools in Six States Receive Threats in One Day
In Delaware, the caller said he was armed, and he claimed to be on the roof of an elementary school, ready to hurt children and teachers. On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the caller said there was a bomb inside a high school. And in New Jersey, the caller left a voicemail message for school officials saying that a bomb would be followed by a mass shooting attack.
On January 11, multiple threats of violence—including bomb threats and threats of armed shooters—affected dozens of schools in at least six states in the East and Midwest. These were just the latest in a rash of threats against U.S. schools in recent weeks and affected schools in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.
Symposium Convened to Explore Critical Policy Issues and Body-Worn Cameras
On January 21, 2016, in Washington, D.C., the IACP, Police Foundation, Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, and SafeGov.org, convened 150 law enforcement officials along with legal professionals, security and privacy experts, and policy advisors for a daylong symposium, entitled “Body-Worn Cameras: Building a Secure and Manageable Program for Law Enforcement.”
With a growing call for body-worn cameras to be deployed by law enforcement throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world, this invitation-only forum featured active, open dialogue along with insightful presentations providing a unique opportunity for the law enforcement community to discuss important and complex issues as they work to implement trusted, secure, and manageable body-worn camera programs in their jurisdictions.
Webinar: Autism Awareness for First Responders
The National Autism Association is committed to providing direct aid and support to those at risk. This webinar, supported by a grant from OJJDP and provided by MEC Training & Technical Assistance program at Fox Valley Technical College-National Criminal Justice Training Center, presents a toolkit, with the following tools and resources for first responders: Autism Overview, Autism Behaviors, Autism Wandering Statistics, First Responder Checklist, First Responder Resource Sheet, First Responder Tips, First Responder Notification Form, and Search & Rescue Guidelines for Missing Persons With Special Needs (NCMEC).
Access the webinar.
On-Demand Webinar: How Predictive Analytics Can Help Police Chiefs Cut Crime
Understanding the Threat of Sexual Violence on College Campuses
A new Justice Department report released last week provides valuable guidance and instructive insights to help us better understand the threat of sexual violence on college campuses. Released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and funded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the report includes a Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS), which employed behaviorally specific questions to survey thousands of students across nine schools.
The figures highlighted in the pilot survey portray a disturbing, but not surprising, picture. President Obama has rightfully described sexual assault as “an affront to our basic decency and humanity.” Two years ago, he launched the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, which highlighted the important role of campus climate surveys to identify troubling trends and implement effective solutions. And through guidance, outreach, and enforcement, this administration has prioritized its response to the heinous crime of sexual assault.
Access the final report.
No-Cost Webinar: State of 911 (2/09)
State and local 9-1-1 professionals, federal agency representatives, and other 9-1-1 stakeholders will participate in a State of 911 webinar and question and answer session, presented by the National 911 Program, Tuesday, January 9, 12 noon–1 p.m. Eastern Time.
This webinar will feature a presentation by the National 911 Program.
- Review of the National 911 Program 2015 activities
- Update on the 911 Grant Program
- Overview of the nationwide NG911 cost study
Also Mr. Chuck Spalding, 9-1-1 Director from Palm Beach County, Florida, will share the experiences and considerations of the following:
- Technical collaboration with the Coast Guard
- Field trials focused on mariners and their use of smartphones during an emergency
- Overview of Palm Beach County’s ESInet deployment
Register for the webinar.
IACP Annual LEIM Training Conference & Technology Exposition (5/23–5/25)
2016 Mid-Year PIO Section Conference (4/11–4/13)
National Conference on Bullying & Child Victimization (2/21–2/24)
A National Conference on Bullying & Child Victimization will be held Feb. 21–24, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. This School Safety Advocacy Council conference is cohosted by the Florida Association of School Administrators and the Florida Association of School Resource Officers.
Learn more or register.
INSIDE THE IACP
40 Under 40 Award for Emerging Leaders
The IACP’s new 40 Under 40 Award is designed to recognize 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession. Award winners will represent the law enforcement leaders of today as well as the leaders of tomorrow. The nomination deadline is February 1, 2016, with winners announced in September 2016.
Learn more or nominate an individual.
Video Message from IACP President
2015 was a challenging year for law enforcement around the globe and a number of important messages resonated throughout the year. In this video, IACP President Terrence Cunningham highlights some of these key messages and outlines the path forward for 2016 and beyond.
Watch the video.
New Women’s Leadership Institute Locations for 2016
IACP 2016 Call for Papers
IACP’s Annual Conference and Exposition (IACP 2016) is being held in San Diego, California, October 15–18, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center. The call for papers is now open, and we are accepting workshop submissions for the IACP 2016 educational program. The IACP 2016 educational program is designed to meet the needs of diversified audiences with cutting-edge presentations. We are looking for a wide array of topics that are innovative, engaging, inspiring, and informative for police executives from around the world. Different presentation styles and tracks are available for submissions.
Administrative Assistant II, IACP, Alexandria, VA
Chief of Police, Township of Cumru, Mohnton, PA
Chief of Police, Hagerstown Police Department, Hagerstown, MD
Police Chief, City of Stafford, Stafford, TX
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