NEWS FROM THE FIELD
National Day of Johns Arrests Includes Super Bowl Sting
From January 15 through February 1, 2015, a coalition of U.S. law enforcement agencies arrested 570 “johns” (or would-be sex buyers) and 23 traffickers in their ninth “National Day of Johns Arrests.” The sting united 37 law enforcement agencies in 17 states in a crackdown on sex trafficking.
Started by Sheriff Thomas J. Dart of Cook County, Illinois, in 2011, the operation has grown exponentially in subsequent years and this year’s sting has been cited as both the largest and most successful one conducted yet. In addition to arrests for sex-related crimes, the stings have also led to charges of kidnapping, drug trafficking, and illegal firearm possession.
The Super Bowl is considered a haven for sex trafficking, and women recovered during the last operation have affirmed that they were brought in specifically for the event.
Along with the 23 traffickers and 570 johns arrested, 68 victims were recovered—14 of whom were juveniles.
350 Child Workers Rescued in India Factory Raids
Recent raids conducted by police on leather and plastic factories in Hyderabad, India, resulted in the rescue of 350 children working in deplorable conditions. Five men were arrested and accused of supplying the children to these factories, where the youths were forced to work 12-hour shifts without rest and little light or ventilation. The children were returned to their families in Bihar.
Despite India’s efforts to fight child labor, including laws requiring compulsory education until the age of 14, poverty still forces children into the workforce early in order to help their families. In 2011, the census found that 4.35 million children between 5 and 14 years of age were employed in India. However, Indian law enforcement is taking actions to reduce this statistic, including similar police raids scheduled twice a month.
DOJ FY 2016 Budget Request Includes LE and National Security Programs
President Obama’s FY 2016 budget proposal totals $28.7 billion for the Department of Justice to support federal law enforcement priorities and the criminal justice priorities of our state, local and tribal law enforcement partners. The request represents a comprehensive investment in the Justice Department’s mission and includes increases in funding for countering violent extremism and other national security areas, civil rights and advancing equality under the law, Smart on Crime activities, including increased funds for prisoner reentry initiatives, and other key enforcement initiatives.
NYPD Initiatives: Fighting Terrorism and Improving Community Relations
The future of the New York Police Department will include patrol officers with more time to visit with community members and learn their concerns. Rookie officers in the 47th Precinct in the Bronx, for example, have been tasked with making—and tracking—their local contacts. In other parts of the city, officers this week gave out movie tickets to young people for a showing of “Selma.”
It will also include more high-powered weapons for a new unit of specially trained officers focused on patrolling terrorist targets and protests. The new unit, to be made up of roughly 350 officers and to be called the Strategic Response Group, will be created in the coming months according to Commissioner William Bratton. Officers assigned to it would be equipped with heavy protective gear and machine guns and receive advanced training in counterterrorism tactics and advanced disorder control.
NLECTC Releases New App Addressing Campus Safety
The National Law Enforcement and Correction Technology Center (NLECTC) has created a free app for iPhones and iPads that helps schools identify and address trouble spots in order to promote awareness and safety. Funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), SchoolSafe makes no-cost emergency planning assistance easy for schools and first responders. SchoolSafe asks the user leading questions regarding the campus, addressing possible issues such as exterior lighting and visitor security. The app allows users to start and stop an assessment, take pictures, and complete assessments for multiple locations, compiling the information into a report that can easily be emailed to supervisors and other stakeholders.
SchoolSafe is only available to criminal justice professionals and school administrators, so all requests for download codes should be submitted from an official agency email address.
Request a download code.
Children of Arrested Parents Webinar #2 Available Online
On December 9, 2014, the IACP, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, held the webinar “Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents during Investigative and Tactical Operations.” The webinar focused on the risks and best practices concerning the children of parents who were arrested during investigational and tactical operations.
For those who missed the webinar or would like to review the content, the materials are now available on the IACP’s website.
View archived webinar.
The Effects of Adolescent Development on Policing
The IACP has just released their brief The Effects of Adolescent Development on Policing. Developed in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, with the intent to improve understanding of youth psychology when dealing with law enforcement, the brief includes
- an overview of adolescent brain development
- impact on youth/police communications
- strategies to improve law enforcement interactions with youth
- tips to foster positive youth development
Download the Resource Brief.
Tuition-Free Training on Helping Drug Endangered Children
The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children has developed several online courses on how law enforcement can help drug endangered children. The first training is "Drug Endangered Children: Understanding the Risk." This introductory course is designed to help Indian Country service professionals in understanding their part in assessing risk and collaborating across agencies for the health and safety of drug endangered children.
Take the first training course.
The second training, "Drug Endangered Children: Collaborating to Identify Risk," will help Indian Country service professionals understand their role in identifying risk and collaborating across agencies.
Take the second training course.
Register Today! Law Enforcement Event, Minneapolis, MN (2/17/2015)
Are You Building a Police Facility? This Course is for You!
Registration Open for Women's Leadership Institute in Dallas, TX
Free Training: Immigrant Crime Victims, Language Access. and the U Visa (2/11/2015)
Project Safe Neighborhoods: Gun Violence Reduction Training (2/24–2/25/2015)
Free Officer Retention Training: How to Develop and Keep Good Employees (2/28/15)
On Saturday, February 28, 2015, a free presentation of “How to Develop and Keep Good Employees” will be held by Retired Chief Ron Glidden. The presentation will focus on how to train employees in order to avoid behavior that reinforces low morale, while developing a work environment that increases both job satisfaction and commitment.
The training, part of IACP’s 2014 Smaller Agency Conference Track, will be presented in an extended form at the SACOP Mid-Year Meeting. The presentation will go from 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. and will be located at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel at 420 West Market Street, San Antonio, Texas. Those attending the training are also encouraged to join IACP’s Smaller Department Section Mid-Year Meeting, occurring on the same day and place from 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
For more information about the presentation, contact Christina Horst.
View the training flier.
For more information about IACP’s Smaller Department Section, contact Ben Gorban.
31st International Symposium on Child Abuse (3/23–3/26/2015)
2014 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies – Responses Due!
2015 National Conference on Bullying (2/25–2/27/2015)
Protect and Serve: The True Story of Law Enforcement
In an effort to educate the public on what law enforcement means to the community, the IACP has launched the presidential initiative Protect and Serve to give citizens a glimpse of the people behind the badges. The initiative’s goal is to highlight the positive achievements of police forces in their communities and to reinforce their impact on public safety.
The Protect and Serve website includes materials to help open and maintain communication between police officers and their communities, including talking points, model policies, facts and figures about law enforcement, stories from the field, research reports, legislative resources, communications materials, and much more.
Access more information and resources.
IACP Testimony to Task Force on 21st Century Policing
The IACP was invited to provide written testimony to the Listening Session on Policy and Oversight of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing on January 30, 2015. In addition, IACP Executive Director and CEO, Vincent Talucci, and IACP Director of Research and Programs, Hassan Aden, testified on the topics of technology and social media before the task force Listening Session: Technology and Social Media on January 31, 2015.
Access the testimony transcripts.
2015 IACP/Cisco Systems Community Policing Awards Call for Entries
For the 17th year, the IACP/Cisco Systems Community Policing Awards will recognize and pay tribute to departments worldwide that have collaborated with their communities to bring about change, address crime and terrorism, and make their communities and nations a safer place to live, work, and play. Share with the world how your department has addressed these challenges through collaboration, prevention, and proactive partnerships. Winners will be honored at the 2015 IACP Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, October 24–27, 2015. The winning agency from each category also receives one complimentary annual conference registration, transportation for one to and from the conference, and one hotel room for five nights while at the conference.
The deadline to enter is June 7, 2015, midnight EST.
2015 LEIM Conference Agenda Now Available!
IACP’s Legislative Agenda for the 114th Congress
The IACP Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities that have been designated by the Executive Committee as those most important to the association at the beginning of this Congress. As additional issues of interest to the IACP arise, the Executive Committee will establish positions on them.
View the agenda.
Executive Director, Jefferson County RCC, Lakewood, Colorado
Police Chief, The City of Ashland, Oregon
Police Chief, Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona
Director of Campus Safety, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon
Police Captain, Gilroy Police Department, Gilroy, California
IACP Communications/Marketing Representative, Alexandria, Virginia
IACP Administrative Assistant/Coordinator, Alexandria, Virginia
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