NEWS FROM THE FIELD
DOJ Announces $44 Million Grant to Combat Human Trafficking
The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a $44 million grant to help fund various human trafficking support services. These grants go to a variety of human trafficking support services, including human trafficking task force locations across the United States to support a lead law enforcement agency and a lead victim service provider in each area, as well as the IACP, 12 victim service organizations, specialized services, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education, the National Conference of State Legislators, and three organizations that provide services for young victims of human trafficking.
Read Attorney General Lynch’s remarks.
Facebook Bridges Gap between Truckers and Police
Because of the severity of possible outcomes for trucking infractions, police can’t always cut a truck driver a break. But, Indiana State Police trooper Brent Hoover wants the two groups to have a good working relationship, and he’s turned to Facebook to help build that relationship.
Debate over Whether to Name Shooters
Following the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Sheriff John Hanlin refused to reveal the shooter’s name, saying, “I will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act.” This type of response from law enforcement officials is becoming more and more frequent following mass shootings, in the hope that not immediately identifying the shooters will reduce the chance of their notoriety spreading and prevent their actions from inspiring others. There is currently controversy over whether releasing the name will prevent copycats or whether the names should be released to avoid any possible rumors and to allow for the study of possible motivations and trends that may help prevent or predict future violence.
Read the article.
Mental Health Program for Law Enforcement Draws International Attention
The Calgary, Alberta, Police Service says its mental health program is making a difference in reducing stigma and building resiliency within the force and has now attracted the attention of law enforcement agencies from around the world. Representatives from Scotland, the Netherlands, and California attended a symposium held in Calgary in late September to learn about the service’s Road to Mental Readiness or R2MR program and are now looking to adopt a similar initiative after hearing about the successes within the city’s police force.
DOJ Funds Efforts to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates announced $26 million in grants to fund collaborative partnerships between criminal justice agencies, victim service providers, and community organizations that respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The 44 awardees are from various locations around the United States. Three of the DOJ’s Violence Reduction Network (VRN) sites—Chicago, Detroit, and Oakland/Richmond—will directly benefit from these awards, funded through the DOJ Office on Violence Against Women’s Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program.
ISE 2015 Annual Report to the Congress
The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) is a critical initiative to strengthen responsible information sharing across communities, agencies, and levels of government. It focuses on implementing the goals set by President Obama in the 2012 National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding (NSISS). In particular, it details the three lines of effort. These are pursuing implementation of the NSISS, advancing the domestic ISE architecture, and enhancing core ISE information interoperability frameworks, standards, and architectures. It also identifies opportunities for enhancement, which include scaling the ISE to enable cross boundary information sharing and safeguarding. By next year’s annual report, the ISE expects to report substantial implementation of the 2012 NSISS Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), demonstrate scaling of project interoperability, and highlight continued government-wide program outcomes causally linked to these efforts.
Read the report.
Cyber Crime Checklist for Police Chiefs
The Chief’s Checklist 2015 is a resource for police chiefs designed to support the understanding of the broad topics of cybercrime, action items to be addressed, and the various resources available to aid in these efforts. This checklist was produced by the IACP Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC). It provides links to many great resources that elaborate further on the topics and connects chiefs to subject matter experts if they are interested in further collaboration.
View the checklist.
Report: The Supreme Court and the Transformation of Juvenile Sentencing
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that the report The Supreme Court and the Transformation of Juvenile Sentencing is now available. The report addresses the key issues facing courts and legislatures under the series of rulings that the U.S. Supreme Court has issued in the past 10 years regarding the differential treatment of juveniles. It also provides guidance based on the court’s Eighth Amendment analysis and on the principles they have articulated. Three targeted issue briefs, including an overview of the report, a brief on the role of the courts, and a practitioner brief for forensic experts and attorneys, were released in conjunction with the report.
Read the report and the accompanying issue briefs.
Using Analytics to Keep the World Safer
Study Examines Hate Crimes against People with Disabilities
Violence against people with disabilities is the most underreported form of hate crime, according to statistics. A new study, “The Dark Figure of Disablist Violence,” published recently in the United Kingdom-based Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, provides a conceptual and contextual overview of disablist violence. The authors of the study recommend that police departments better educate their staff to identify and report such crimes. In addition to police training, the authors point to the need for more outreach to people with disabilities, public awareness campaigns, and special policing units dedicated to investigating these hate crimes.
Read the study.
View IACP’s Model Policy for investigation hate crimes (IACP members only).
Sponsored: New Handheld Explosives Trace Detector Demonstration at IACP 2015
National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015
The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity, U.S. President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
The IACP is committed to providing law enforcement agencies with useful resources, articles, and information to ensure that agencies and employees are secure online through the Law Enforcement Cyber Center. Be sure to check the Cyber Center all month, follow the hashtags #CyberAware and #NCSAM2015, and visit the cyber-related workshops at IACP 2015.
Visit the IACP’s Law Enforcement Cyber Center.
Washington Capitals Law Enforcement Appreciation Night (10/13)
The Washington Capitals are partnering with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to honor the men and women who serve the Washington Capital Region as first responders. They are offering specially priced tickets to all sworn and non-sworn personnel of all city, county, state, and federal public safety agencies as the Caps take on the San Jose Sharks.
Tickets start at $44 and include a Capitals T-shirt and a commemorative law enforcement challenge coin. In addition, the Capitals will donate $5 from each ticket sold to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Buy tickets using promo code: NLEOMF.
IACP Leading By Legacy, Woodway, TX (11/16–11/18)
Introduction to Juvenile Interview and Interrogation Techniques Training (10/22)
Free Code 9 Film Screening with Falls Church, Virginia, Police Department (12/9)
The City of Falls Church, Virginia, Police Department and the Code 9 Project are hosting a private screening of the groundbreaking documentary film, Code 9, Officer Needs Assistance for public safety leaders in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area on December 9, 2015, at the State Theater in Falls Church, Virginia. This film addresses the stress and trauma of a career in public safety. After the film has been viewed, the Code 9 Project team will facilitate an open dialogue about how to make a much-needed cultural shift in our profession in the arena of mental health with public safety personnel. By addressing these issues, many lives of our region’s public safety personnel will be transformed and in some cases, saved. The event is open to chiefs, sheriffs, command staff, and others who can effect change in law enforcement agencies.
This event is free and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, October 30, to receive your admission tickets. No one will be admitted without an event ticket. Contact Detective Jennifer Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and your RSVP.
Free "State of 911" Webinar (10/13)
Join this installment of the National 911 Program webinar series to discuss the availability of free Federal 9-1-1 technical assistance offerings to promote the resiliency of emergency communications nationwide and hear an NG9-1-1 update from New York State and its statewide Addressing project.
INSIDE THE IACP
Statement of IACP President Richard Beary on Umpqua Community College Shooting
IACP Annual Conference and Exposition (10/24–10/27)
The 122nd IACP Annual Conference and Exposition will be in Chicago, Illinois, at McCormick Place West from October 24 to 27, 2015. IACP 2015 will be bringing together an unrivaled educational program, prominent keynote speakers, community-building special events, and the largest collection of tactical equipment and technology solutions available for law enforcement. At IACP 2015, attendees can join thousands of other dedicated professionals from agencies of all levels and sizes in getting the intelligence, strategies, and solutions they need to better serve and protect.
Read more or register to attend.
New IACP Model Policies Now Available to IACP Members
The new documents for IACP members and IACP Net subscribers include model policies on Law Enforcement Fire Response, Transportation of Prisoners, and Use of Force. These three new model policies provide officers with direction on law enforcement responsibilities at the scene of structural fires, guidelines for safely and securely transporting prisoners as well as treating prisoners in a humane manner and with regard for their physical safety and protection, and guidelines for the use of lethal and nonlethal force with the understanding that officers shall use only that amount of force reasonably necessary.
To access the policies, sign into your IACP member account.
Proposed Amendments to IACP Constitution
Earlier this year, the IACP Board of Officers and Executive Committee unanimously approved four proposed amendments to the IACP Constitution. The IACP Board and Executive Committee strongly believe that these proposed changes will serve to strengthen the IACP by modernizing how we meaningfully serve and represent our membership.
As required by the IACP Constitution, a copy of each of the ballot questions, the rationale behind the proposals, and the proposed changes to the IACP Constitution are available for your review on the IACP website. In order to be adopted, a proposed amendment to the IACP Constitution must receive the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the membership present and voting during the annual conference. Voting on proposed amendments will take place on Monday, October 26. The polling booths will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m.
View proposed amendments.
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