IACP News 11-18-2014

NEWS FROM THE FIELD

  • Schools and Prisons Try New Approaches to Combat Domestic Violence

    Coaching Boys Into Men, developed by Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit working to curb abuse of women and children and to prevent domestic violence early on. Thousands of high school coaches across the U.S., now joined by some middle school coaches, have received training in how to convey to their players the importance of treating young women with respect and avoid abusive behavior. "One of the biggest components of being a man is how you treat females," Kevin Murray told his players at Woodland Hills High. "We'd be doing you a very big disservice by not holding you accountable."

    Another approach is being used in penitentiaries: At the jailhouse in High Point, North Carolina, a sterner version of that message is now given routinely to men detained for domestic violence offenses and considered at risk of re-offending. "We're putting these guys on notice that domestic violence is not going to be tolerated here," said Police Chief Marty Sumner. "The message is very clear: 'We know who you are, we know what you're doing. It has to stop.'"

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  • Encryption Allows Police Departments to Go Silent on Scanners

    Police radio dispatches in the northern portion of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, went silent Thursday as 9-1-1 officials tested a new encryption program that could eventually keep all law enforcement transmissions private.

    The northern police chiefs said encryption is needed to ensure the safety of police officers. "The top deal is officer safety," said Arnold Police Chief Willie Weber. "My personnel is more important to me than anything out in scanner land."

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  • Haitian National Police Face Challenges as UN Peacekeepers Withdraw

    The Haitian National Police was founded in 1995 after then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide disbanded the army due to its long history of abuse. An uprising in 2004 ousted Aristide, and insurgents targeted police officers, killing and mutilating scores. Many abandoned their posts. When U.N. peacekeepers arrived, they found a force left demoralized and outgunned. After years of support and training, the United Nations is downsizing its peacekeeping forces in Haiti.

    Haitian officers have received continuous professional training, more vehicles, and other equipment. Pay for rookies has increased by 30 percent, rising to about $400 a month. Police are vetted. Now, there's only a 2 percent annual rate of attrition. Still, many people wonder if the Haitian officers will be ready.

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  • ASC's New Division of Policing Recaptures Early Purpose

    The ASC, started in 1941 by the father of modern policing, August Vollmer, as the National Association of College Police Training Officials, initially focused on developing standardized curricula for university-based policing programs, but soon expanded its scope to include the more general field of criminology. In 1958, the American Society of Criminology (ASC) name was officially adopted. The initial close link between the ASC and police education quickly dissipated, however.

    Recently, a group of scholars and practitioners brought together by Cynthia Lum of George Mason University have begun the critical work of highlighting policing as an important part of criminology and the ASC. As described in a recent article in The Police Chief, a major goal of the Division is to build strong partnerships between police and researchers that will ideally increase the number of completed research studies and improve translation of research findings into police practice. The Division thus marks a return to the roots of the ASC and Vollmer's vision of a policing profession consistently using the best science and research to guide policy and practice.

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    Read the Police Chief article.

  • Veterans Continue Serving Others via Law Enforcement

    When it comes to service to a greater cause, not much compares to joining the military or law enforcement, which is perhaps why it's not surprising to find quite a few police officers in Frederick County, Maryland, with military backgrounds. Frederick police Lieutenant Dennis K. Dudley, who was active in the Army from 1981 to 1992 and in the reserves until 2004, said the discipline and order he learned in the Army helped him when he joined the department in 1994.

    The kind of dedication to the job and commitment to a life of service personified in many soldiers is the sort of thing that many police departments seek in potential recruits. So while veterans often find themselves attracted to law enforcement, law enforcement agencies are also drawn to military vets.

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    The Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) have partnered to develop Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction.

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