IACP News 03-10-2015

Police-Community Relations Town Hall; Upcoming IACP Conferences; and Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

NEWS FROM THE FIELD

  • Boston Marathon Bombing Trial to Blend Witness and Expert Testimony

    Survivors of, and responders to, the Boston Marathon bombings who took the witness stand in the first days of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have provided consistent, vivid accounts of the scene—what they smelled, heard, and saw—in the initial moments after the bombs exploded.

    In the next phase of testimony, those accounts will probably take on added importance, showing how investigators used witnesses’ scene-based evidence to help determine the technical nature of the bombs—their force, structure, and origin. “You’re looking at the color of the smoke, the amount of damage, the type of container that was used, the sound,” said Michael Bouchard—who retired after 20 years with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and is president of Security Dynamics Group, a security consultant company.

    Read more.

    Follow the trial.

  • Police Work With Youth to Build Trust

    A collaboration between an anti-violence youth group, Akron Peacemakers, and the Akron, Ohio, Police Department has resulted in a two-sided “You and the Law” card that will be given out to middle and high school students in Akron.

    The “You and the Law” cards begin with the big picture: Stay out of trouble. And then a rapid succession of 15 points—control your emotions, answer questions about your identity, put your hands on the steering wheel in plain sight. The back of the card advises students to report police misconduct and includes phone numbers to call.

    Read more.

    See the card.

  • $4.8 M Gold Heist on Major Interstate

    A reported $4.8 million gold heist Sunday night brought the sheriff’s investigators to a tractor-trailer that was parked on the shoulder of the heavily traveled Interstate 95 due to mechanical problems. Three armed suspects reportedly took numerous bars of gold—amounting to about 275 pounds of gold—and bound the truck’s security guards.

    Read more.

  • U.S. Law Enforcement and Non-Profits Collaborate to Halt Fraud Schemes

    The Justice Department announced enhanced collaborations its law enforcement and community partners are taking to stem the tide of fraud schemes directed at certain groups of U.S. citizens. In anticipation of National Consumer Protection Week (March 1 through 7), high-ranking officials of the department, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), and non-profit community groups met in late February to discuss an increase in fraud schemes that intentionally target older individuals and the Latino community.

    Consumer fraud affects every U.S. community, but law enforcement has noted an uptick in schemes that prey on the vulnerabilities of specific groups of Americans. Bogus lotteries, mass-marketed “psychic” mailers, and other scams, often perpetrated from foreign soil, have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from seniors. At the same time, call centers in South America have begun calling and threatening Spanish-speaking residents of the United States, extorting them into paying money they do not owe.

    Learn more.

 

RESOURCES

  • New Resource Added to Protect and Serve

    “Handling Tough Conversations” is a one-page fact sheet that will assist law enforcement leaders in communicating with the public and media during difficult situations like officer-involved shootings, pursuits, incidents involving use of force, police misconduct, and other crisis situations.

    Access the fact sheet.

  • Free Training on Immigrant Crime Victims, Language Access, and the U and T Visas

    The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), in collaboration with National Sheriffs’ Association and AEquitas, is offering a free, one-day training for law enforcement and prosecutors on best practices that support successful criminal investigations and prosecutions of perpetrators of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse, and human trafficking crimes against immigrant victims. Law enforcement agencies are being sought to co-host this free training. For more information, call 202-274-4457 or email info@niwap.org.

    Application deadline is April 16.

    Apply here.

  • Task Force on 21st Century Policing Recommendations

    On March 2, 2015, President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing released its interim report of recommendations on how to enhance and improve community-police relations.

    The IACP is particularly pleased with the Task Force’s overarching recommendation that the U.S. president support and provide funding to create a National Crime and Justice Task Force to review and evaluate all components of the criminal justice system in order to make recommendations on comprehensive criminal justice reform. For over two decades, the IACP has been advocating for the in-depth examination of law enforcement’s role within the broader context of the criminal justice system.

    Access a copy of the report.

  • Poll on Law Enforcement Officer Stressors

    Share your opinion and thoughts on the #1 stress factor for law enforcement officers. The long hours? High-risk situations? Balancing work and family? Enter a comment along with your vote and it might be featured in Police Chief!

    Vote here.

  • Portland Police Bureau Case Study: Bringing Offenders to Justice with Predictive Analytics

 

EVENTS

  • Police-Community Relations Town Hall (March 25, 2015)

  • Community Heroes Day at Penn State Stadium (September 12, 2015)

  • National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives Conference (August 5–9, 2015)

    The NAWLEE will be celebrating its twenty-year anniversary during their conference in Hartford, Connecticut, on August 5-9, 2015. The organization promotes the mentoring and support of women involved in law enforcement. The conference is hosted this year by the University of Connecticut Police Department and is a great opportunity for networking and to collaborate on the future development of law enforcement leaders.

    The event will take place at the Marriott Hartford Downtown. For more information or to register, go to http://www.2015nawleeconference.org/ or follow the NAWLEE on Facebook

  • Twitter Chat with S&T’s Under Secretary (March 11, 2015)

    S&T’s Under Secretary Dr. Reginald Brothers has announced a Twitter Chat to take place on March 11. Dr. Brothers has been changing the way research and development works with the government, trying to create a more agile R&D response to technology that is evolving on a daily basis. His initiatives have already began to raise questions about technology in the future. Using Twitter, Dr. Brothers will discuss the future of S&T, giving everyone the chance to send questions or comments his way.

    Use the #STTechTalk hashtag to get involved in the two-way discussion. For more information, go to http://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/twitterchat.

 

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