IACP News 06-16-2015

New Model Policies, Cloud Computing, and Harmful LPR Amendment


  • Harmful LPR Amendment Passes in U.S. House of Representatives

    On June 9, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed their $53.3 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Appropriations bill. The bill included an amendment, offered by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), that would prohibit T-HUD funds in FY 2016 from being used to acquire license plate readers (LPRs). This amendment passed by a vote of 297-129. In March, the IACP sent letters to U.S. House of Representatives and Senate leadership in order to try and thwart harmful amendments, such as this, from being added to the FY 2016 appropriations bills. As you may recall, there was a similar amendment offered last year to the U.S. House of Representatives FY 2015 T-HUD Appropriations bill. The IACP will be working with the U.S. Senate to ensure a similar amendment does not occur in their bill.

    View a copy of the letter sent by the IACP and other stakeholder groups.

  • Wisconsin Officers Get Funky in “Uptown Funk” Music Video

    Public safety officers from various departments around Rock County, including the 9-1-1 Communications Center created a lip dub video to the catchy song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. The video is a perfect, fun example of how officers and other first responders work as a team to engage with their community.

    Watch video.

  • Attorney General Lynch Delivers Remarks at Magna Carta Commemoration Ceremony

  • Flakka: The Incredible Hulk Synthetic Drug

    Flakka, also known as “gravel” due to its white, crushed consistency, has emerged as the new, more dangerous “cocaine.” This drug was initially created as an alternative to MDVP, a chemical found in “bath salts,” and has circulated enough to have caused three to four hospitalizations per day in communities such as Broward County, located in South Florida.

    Users of flakka experience “excited delirium”; high body temperature spikes; paranoia; and radical, violent behavior. Specialists and key professionals in the drug field are concerned because the drug is easily accessible to minors and cheaper than cocaine, which raises the likelihood for more potential users. In response, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has placed a temporary ban on flakka, but medical professionals express how easy it could be to place a “not for human consumption” label on the bottle and bypass the ban.

    Read more.



  • New IACP Model Policies Available

    New model policies are now available at no cost to IACP Members. The new model policies include topics such as

    • grooming and appearance standards for sworn officers;
    • best practices for responding to reports of missing children;
    • appropriate use of patrol canines; and
    • instructions on when and how unmanned aircraft systems may be used for law enforcement and public safety purposes.

    Access IACP model policies. Members need to log in to obtain access. Not an IACP Member, but want access to our model policies? Become a member today by visiting http://www.theiacp.org/membership.

  • Scholarship Opportunity for Mid-Rank Law Enforcement Officers

    The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has partnered with the IACP to offer 10 merit-based scholarships for mid-rank law enforcement officers to attend the 2015 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, as part of the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) program. If selected, the officers will have access to exclusive education and networking opportunities in addition to full access to conference workshops, including

    • NIJ’s Saturday session: What Works and What Matters in Policing;
    • participation in the IACP Research Advisory Committee meeting;
    • participation in an exclusive roundtable with NIJ Director Nancy Rodriguez and NIJ Deputy Director Howard Spivak;
    • attendance at the IACP Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Awards banquet; and
    • the opportunity to network with the previous LEADS scholars.

    NIJ covers the cost of travel, conference registration, per diem expenses, and accommodations for the selected recipients. The application deadline is July 10, 2015.

    Learn more.

  • Website and Curriculum Guide Support LGBT Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

    The Equity Project has launched a new website and online training curriculum guide to help juvenile justice practitioners support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. The user-friendly website and guide provide resources, policy information, and interactive lessons to increase awareness of youth sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression issues within the juvenile justice system.

    View and download the free training curriculum guide.

    Access The Equity Project website.

  • Local Police Departments, 2013: Personnel, Policies, and Practices

    The Bureau of Justice Statistics presents findings on local police departments by population served in 2013, including comparisons with previous surveys dating back to 1987. These reports examine trends in the composition of local police officers by sex, race, and ethnicity. Data on the representation of female officers in local police supervisory positions are presented for the first time. It also covers the use of community policing strategies, specialized units, and task forces to address crime-related problems. Data are from the 2013 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey.

    Access the survey and learn more.

  • Updated Guiding Principles on Cloud Computing for Law Enforcement

    The IACP has updated its Guiding Principles on Cloud Computing for Law Enforcement. The guide was originally developed in collaboration with experts from SafeGov.org and key law enforcement subject matter experts from around the United States, including relevant IACP Committees. The principles establish clear and concise parameters and a path forward for the exploration of cloud-based computing solutions and services by law enforcement. The principles cover these issues, ensuring that

    • cloud service providers comply with FBI CJIS security policies;
    • law enforcement agencies retain ownership of their data;
    • the cloud provider does not mine or otherwise process or analyze data for any purpose not explicitly authorized by the law enforcement agency;
    • regular audits are scheduled and conducted on the use and access to law enforcement agency data, and compliance with the terms of any agreement;
    • data are portable and interoperable with other systems;
    • the cloud provider will maintain the physical and logical integrity of the data and ensure its ongoing confidentiality, availability, reliability, and performance; and
    • the terms of the agreement and the service provided survive irrespective of the commercial viability of the service provider or changes in operations, ownership, structure, etc.

    The Guiding Principles document also provides sample contractual language that agencies may consider using in contracts or service-level agreements.

    View a copy of IACP’s Guiding Principles on Cloud Computing for Law Enforcement.



  • Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be conducting a live-streaming Internet broadcast on justice-involved veterans, highlighting the lifesaving role being played by veterans treatment courts across the United States. The three-hour broadcast titled “Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way,” will be aired live on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time).

    Register to attend the live broadcast.

  • IACP University and College Police Section Mid-Year Meeting (7/2/15)

    The IACP University and College Police Section will host its mid-year meeting Thursday, July 2, 2015, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Nashville, Tennessee (during the IACLEA Annual Conference).

    For more details, contact Aviva Kurash.

  • DRE Annual Conference – Deadline Approaching

    Since 1995, this annual training conference has helped DREs and other health and safety professionals stay up-to-date on drug trends, legal issues, and innovative technology. Planning is well under way for the IACP DRE Section’s Annual Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving, co-hosted by the Ohio Drug Evaluation and Classification Program.

    Last year this exceptional educational experience drew more than 850 attendees, including DUI enforcement officers and trainers, drug recognition experts, prosecutors, toxicologists, medical and school professionals, and highway safety advocates.

    Learn more or register.

  • Planning, Designing, and Constructing Police Facilities Course

    Designed for city administrators, police managers, police planners, engineers, architects, and others responsible for administering the construction, modification, or design of new or existing police facilities, this course provides fundamental knowledge that can be used to develop a cost-effective facility that meets both the department’s requirements and the community’s needs.

    Learn more.



  • We Need You: Drive to 25K

    IACP is very excited to report that we are over half way to our goal of 1,000 new members by June 30! We still need your help to meet this historic membership count of more than 25,000 members.

    Remember, EVERYONE working in and with law enforcement qualifies for membership in the IACP, so don’t forget ANYONE you work with when sponsoring new members:

    • peers and colleagues
    • command officers
    • civilian staff
    • college and university academics and researchers
    •  “leaders of tomorrow”
      - non-command sworn officers ($75)
      - full-time criminal justice students ($30)

    Access the online membership application or to download the printable form.

    Sponsor new members through the President’s Drive and qualify for prizes.

    June 30 is right around the corner, so please help our Drive to 25K and sponsor a new member TODAY!

  • Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Violence on Campus – No-Cost Training

    The IACP, in collaboration with the SUNY System Administration, is holding the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Violence on Campus training on July 28–29, 2015 in Albany, New York, and July 30–31, 2015 in Geneseo, New York. These free events are an opportunity for law enforcement to develop strategies for responding to and investigating violence against women crimes on campus. Information on the complexities of sexual violence, trauma-informed investigations, report writing, and more will be highlighted.

    To register for either training event, please email upd@suny.edu or call (518) 300-1600.

    For more information about these events, contact Teri Duesbery, IACP Project Coordinator.

    Learn more about the IACP’s efforts to address violence against women.

  • IACP University and College Police Section Scholarship

    The University & College Section of IACP established the Scholarship Fund in 2001. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarship assistance to outstanding students who meet eligibility guidelines set by the Section and are pursuing undergraduate degrees from an accredited university or college program relating to any aspect of the criminal justice system.

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police, University & College Police Section Annual Scholarship Fund. The deadline is July 8, 2015.

    Access the application.

  • Project Safe Neighborhoods Gun Violence Reduction Training

  • Women’s Leadership Institute Program

    Women in law enforcement will face a number of challenges as they become leaders in law enforcement. In response to feedback surrounding the need for a training program tailored to women in law enforcement, the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) is a new, entrepreneurial effort to create an academically rigorous training program that recognizes the unique challenges and opportunities women face as they rise through leadership positions in public safety organizations nationally and internationally.

    The program is highly interactive and features senior women instructors and mentors from United States and Canadian law enforcement agencies in an intensive experiential learning environment. The course is open to female and male, sworn and non-sworn personnel serving in supervisory positions, and to senior patrol officers aspiring to become supervisors.

    Learn more.

    To register, contact the IACP’s Training and Professional Services, Project Coordinator Laura Renenger.

  • Entry Deadline Extended for Excellence in Police Aviation Awards

    Each year, the IACP Aviation Committee and Bell Helicopter present the Excellence in Police Aviation Awards at the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition to recognize aviation units that exemplify excellence in airborne law enforcement, as well as an individual who holds a management or leadership position in police aviation. These awards emphasize initiatives to enhance the general level and safety of operations, accident prevention programs, and the efficiency and effectiveness of airborne law enforcement.

    The deadline for entries has been extended to June 30, 2015. Email submissions must be received, or mailed entries must be postmarked by June 30.

    Learn more.

    For more information contact Mike Fergus.



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