Training Officers to Handle Stress; Predictive Analytics Webinar
Police Recruits Receive New Training on Handling Stress
A class of 36 Baltimore, Maryland, recruits is the first in the United States to be trained in the full Cognitive Command (C2) curriculum developed by Jonathan Page, a professor at Dickinson College who studies brain functioning under stress and the implications of those processes for law enforcement.
This new training has been piloted elsewhere and proved successful in clinical trials, but the Baltimore Police Department is the first to fully adopt this training. The training involves a repetitive mental exercise intended to improve officers’ performance in stressful situations and prevent them from making split-second decisions based on implicit biases. The goal of the Cognitive Command curriculum is to improve the Baltimore Police Department’s interactions with the public.
Acting Associate Attorney General Delivers Remarks at Four Corners Indian Country Conference
Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart F. Delery addressed conference attendees and praised the collaborative work done so far at the federal, tribal, state, and local levels, while acknowledging that there is always more that can be done to improve lives. He focused on striving to continue building partnerships and strengthening the dialogue with tribal governments.
Acting Associate Attorney General Delery also spoke of the establishment of the Federal Victims of Crime in Indian Country Working Group earlier in the year, which looks at ways federal agencies can better coordinate efforts to ensure victims of federal crime in Indian Country receive all the rights and services they are entitled to. He noted that the commitment to training has been drastically increased through the National Indian Country Training Initiative as well as the high levels of collaboration between federal and tribal prosecutors. He closed his statements by saying the purpose of the conference is to be open and candid in sharing information and exchanging ideas, and if there is anything else the department could do to help more or is doing that is not helping, they are open to listen and learn.
DHS Prepaid Card Reader Aids in Seizure of Fraudulent Cards
The Electronic Recovery and Access to Data (ERAD) Prepaid Card Reader was developed by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate in response to a partner agency’s issue when arresting criminal couriers. Instead of finding bundles of cash, law enforcement officers often find stacks of plastic cards that have been turned into prepaid cards. Law enforcement personnel were unable to check the balances on the cards before the development of the ERAD Prepaid Card Reader, which uses wireless connectivity to allow officers to do so. This reader is becoming essential for seizing the cards and funds associated with criminal activity.
Multinational Human Smuggling Takedown Results in 36 Arrests
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and law enforcement in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico arrested 36 alleged human smugglers in Operation Lucero. The smugglers are suspected of illegally smuggling hundreds of people from Central America and Mexico into the United States each week. In addition to the 36 arrests, a variety of properties, bulk cash, vehicles, weapons, boats, bank accounts, and documentation corroborating human smuggling was seized by authorities.
This investigation also uncovered information about more transnational criminal organizations. Law enforcement authorities have executed 56 search warrants in the area and are still investigating.
DOJ Announces Enhanced Policy for Cell-Site Simulator Use
On September 3, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a new policy for its use of cell-site simulators. The new policy will enhance transparency and accountability, improve training and supervision, establish a higher and more consistent legal standard, and increase privacy protections. The policy is effective immediately and applies department-wide. It establishes a set of required practices regarding any information collected with cell-site simulators; clarifies that cell-site simulators may not be used to collect the contents of communications in criminal investigations; and states that law enforcement officers must obtain a search warrant supported by probable cause before using a cell-site simulator, although there are limited exceptions to that particular policy element.
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Study Finds Police Officers at Risk for Traffic Injuries Not Only in Emergencies
According to a new RAND corporation study, police officers face an elevated risk of being injured in a collision in a variety of situations, not only while engaged in emergency driving. Higher risk of being injured in a collision is associated with sitting in a stationary car versus low-speed driving, riding a motorcycle versus driving a car, driving solo versus with a second officer, and not wearing a seat belt versus wearing a seat belt.
Researchers suggest that restricting motorcycle use to situations where using other vehicles are not feasible and developing alternatives to bracket-mounted mobile data terminals may help law enforcement agencies and officers lower the risk of injury collisions.
U.S. Congressional Research Report Finds Mass Shootings on the Rise
A Congressional Research Service Report found that the overall prevalence of mass shootings is on the rise. The decade-long averages of the prevalence and deadliness of mass public shootings suggest that both the prevalence and deadliness increased in the 1970s and 1980s and continued increasing, but not as steeply, during the 1990s, 2000s, and the first four years of the 2010s. This report studied mass shootings from 1999 through 2013 by doing CRS analysis of the FBI Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR), as well as looking at research from 1970 through 2013. The report also provided possible actions that could be taken and noted that improved data would provide policy makers with additional perspectives from which to view the legislative proposals that often follow such tragedies.
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Building Trust in Law Enforcement Through Service Guide
After a rash of high-profile, police-involved incidents, may law enforcement agencies are working to rebuild public trust. This guide from Fire Science outlines what law enforcement organizations are already doing to foster confidence and what else can be done. Key elements of the guide include
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NIC Veterans Treatment Court Broadcast Available Online
An Internet broadcast by the National Institute of Corrections, “Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way,” is available online. This three-hour program highlights the lifesaving role being played by veterans treatment courts (VTCs) throughout the United States.
This training program introduces VTCs as an effective intervention and an alternative to incarceration for justice-involved veterans and provides resources and next steps for jurisdictions interested in implementing a VTC or looking to improve an existing program.
Washington Nationals Law Enforcement Appreciation Night (Sept. 21)
The National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has teamed up with the Washington Nationals for a Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Nationals Park on Monday, September 21, 2015! Watch as the Nationals take on the neighboring Baltimore Orioles in the “Battle of the Beltway.” This special night will honor and recognize all law enforcement and corrections officers in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
Discounted Law Enforcement Appreciation Night tickets are available, and $5.00 from each ticket will be donated to NLEOMF.
Buy tickets or learn more.
Ride & Run to Remember (Oct. 10–Oct. 11)
Participants in the Ride & Run to Remember help raise awareness of the service and sacrifice of our nation’s law enforcement officers. The fundraising efforts will help honor fallen heroes and support the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund’s (NLEOMF’s) work to reduce officer deaths and promote law enforcement safety.
The 5K Run and Walk will begin at the National Law Enforcement Memorial on October 10, 2015, and the 55- or 30-mile cycling Ride starts at National Harbor the next day, on October 11, 2015. Participants can take part on either or both days and those who cannot attend in person may do a ride, walk, or run on their own as a Virtual Participant.
Learn more or register.
No-Cost Webinar: Improving Officer Safety and Wellness through Mindful Resilience (Oct. 1)
No-Cost Webinar: Officer Safety during Domestic Violence Calls (Sept. 10)
As part of its continuing focus on officer safety and wellness, IACP has partnered with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to a develop a webinar that examines the officer safety considerations that arise when responding to a domestic violence call. This webinar examines the complexities and challenges faced by officers when interacting with offenders, victims, and witnesses and identifies tactics and protocols for ensuring officer, victim, and civilian safety, and presents quantitative research and case studies to demonstrate the dangers of responding to and managing on-scene investigations of domestic violence calls.
The live webinar will be held at 2:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, September 10, 2015.
Course Registration Open: Advanced Supervision Skills, Columbia, MO (Nov. 17–19)
In the ever-changing and increasingly complicated world, the role of the supervisor becomes progressively more complex. Global, national, and local events including terrorism, school shootings, cuts in federal and local funding, and changes in the generational, ethnic, and gender composition of the workforce create challenges for the supervisor that are greater than ever before. Accordingly, every supervisor must view development as an ongoing process to ensure that individuals and agencies remain relevant and effective.
Learn more about the Advanced Supervision Skills Course.
Free Webinar: How Predictive Analytics Can Help Police Chiefs Cut Crime (Sept. 17)
IACP 2015 - Advance Registration Deadline Ends, September 9
Statement of IACP President Richard Beary: Time to Address Violence in Our Communities
9th Annual IACP Foundation Gala
Come celebrate with the IACP Foundation as we announce the IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year on Saturday, October 24, at the Hilton Chicago starting at 6:30 p.m.
Join colleagues and friends for an evening of fun, fellowship, and philanthropy as we recognize outstanding and heroic achievement in professional policing around the world. The cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with a full dinner at 7:30 p.m. Corporate sponsorships are still available in addition to individual tickets.
For more information, contact Diana Wisler Beckmann at email@example.com or (800) 843-4227 x 213.
Poll: What Do You Wish You Had More Training On?
Children of Arrested Parents Webinar Now Available Online
On July 30, 2015, the IACP, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, held the webinar “Preparing to Launch: Q & A on Implementing Parental Arrest Policies to Safeguard Children.” Panelists representing the areas of law enforcement, child psychology, and community partners discussed law enforcement agency parental arrest policies and procedures.
View the webinar recording and materials.
LEIM 2016 Call for Presentations Now Open
The 40th Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Conference, which provides training, professional development, and a national forum for law enforcements executives, operational managers, and technology and research staff to share practices and lessons learned on an array of technologies, is open for presentation proposals.
Submit proposals here.
Women’s Leadership Institute Training Opportunities Added
The IACP Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) is a training program that focuses on the unique opportunities and challenges that women in law enforcement face as they become leaders in the law enforcement community.
Upcoming WLI Courses:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Hosted by the South Coast British Columbia Transit Authority
September 13–18, 2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado
November 8–13, 2015
New York City, New York
Hosted by New York City Police Department
December 6–11, 2015
Palm Beach, Florida
Hosted by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
January 17–22, 2016
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