NEWS FROM THE FIELD
December Is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
U.S. President Barack Obama has proclaimed December 2015 to be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and urges people to make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to prevent impaired driving.
Based on NHTSA data, 10,076 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes in 2013, down 2.5 percent from 10,336 in 2012. In 2013, alcohol-impaired accident fatalities accounted for 31 percent of all accident fatalities, the same percentage as in 2012.
Anti-drunk driving activities particularly target drivers under the age of 21, repeat offenders, and 21-to 34-year-olds, the age cluster that is liable for more alcohol-induced fatal crashes than any.
Al Qaeda Operative Sentenced for Role in International Terrorism Plot
On November 24, 2015, Abid Naseer, 29, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for multiple terrorism offenses. The defendant and his accomplices came within days of executing a plot to conduct a bombing at a crowded shopping mall in Manchester, England, as directed by senior al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan.
The planned attack, which also targeted the New York City subway system and a newspaper office in Copenhagen, had been directed by and coordinated with senior al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. In March 2015, after a three-week jury trial, Naseer was convicted of providing material support to al Qaeda, conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda, and conspiring to use a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence.
FAA Releases UAS Registration Task Force Report
The FAA UAS Registration Task Force has released its report and recommendations. The task force proposed a national drone registration system should be free, electronic, and immediately responsive. Task force members interviewed FAA officials, met for three days and prepared final recommendations. They agreed on three basic requirements: Owners must fill out an electronic form, immediately receive a certificate of registration and number for use on all UAS they own, and mark all applicable drones with a registered number.
Access the report.
“Shatter” Drug Surfacing across the United States
Police in Niagara, New York, and Chicago, Illinois, have recently encountered a rise in the presence of “shatter” in their communities, and a number of other cities across the United States have also reported the drug starting to show up on their city streets.
Police say shatter is up to six times stronger than the average marijuana. The drug is reported to cause users to disconnect from reality. Shatter is described as resembling a sheet of amber or brown glass and contains a higher concentration of THC. In addition to being highly addictive, the manufacturing process involves butane-type solvents, which can cause explosions if used in small, poorly ventilated places.
New IACP Roll-Call Training Video
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the IACP collaborated on the creation of the Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Roll Call Training Video based on the IACP/BJA Model Policy. This short video is intended to introduce the Model Policy to law enforcement agencies. It provides an introduction and overview of the issue and discusses the scope of the problem and the challenges for responding officers. It outlines implementation at the agency and officer levels and includes pre-arrest, arrest, booking, documentation, and follow-up to ensure children of arrested parents are safeguarded. It includes interviews with law enforcement leaders, police officers, mental health practitioners and children of arrested parents.
Access Model Policy (IACP members only).
Electronic Toolkit—Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism
Law enforcement officers too often must face the unique challenges presented by incidents of terrorism and mass violence. The Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC’s) electronic toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources, serves as a multidisciplinary resource for a wide range of professionals, including law enforcement officers, to establish partnerships to help ensure that victims receive the services they need.
On Demand Webinar: How Predictive Analytics Can Help Police Chiefs Cut Crime
Report: Improving Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response
The Interagency Board has compiled and published the IAB Improving Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response report. This report is comprised of best practices and recommendations for integrating law enforcement, fire, and EMS response in five focus areas: policy; planning; medical, rescue, and equipment; training and exercises; and incident command.
Access the report.
See IACP’s Active Shooter Model Policy (IACP members only).
Report on Implementing Public Health Strategies to Reduce Arrests
The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) released a new report containing recommendations on how community health providers and police can work together to promote access to health services for marginalized populations often caught up in the criminal justice system—people who live in poverty, use drugs, or live with mental illness—while reducing needless and expensive cycles of arrest and incarceration. It provides practical strategies for incorporating principles of harm reduction—which aims to remedy the negative effects of drug use and other high-risk behaviors, even when people are not ready or willing to give up the behavior—and health promotion into policing practices.
The report, First Do No Harm: Advancing Public Health in Policing Practices, is the latest in a series from Vera’s Justice Reform for Healthy Communities Initiative, which aims to improve the health and well-being of the individuals and communities most affected by mass incarceration.
Read the report.
Webinar: Analyzing Your Violent Crime Problem
The U.S. Bureau of Justice assistance has released a new webinar focused on how to use data to reduce crime and improve public safety. This webinar is a great resource for any practitioner, policymaker, or researcher interested in effectively identifying and analyzing criminal justice problems. Topics in the webinar include how to specify the problem to prepare for the analysis, what sources and types of data can be used, using appropriate analytic approaches, developing “real-time” products and resources for strategic decision making, and connecting problems to prevention options.
Access the webinar.
IACP Smaller Agency Webinar Series (12/7–12/17)
Featuring 12 speakers from the 2015 Smaller Agency Track, the webinar series will cover the Role of Law Enforcement in Domestic Violence Fatality Review (12/7), Bridging the Generation Gap (12/11), Combatting Addiction (12/16), and Developing a Successful Victim Services Program (12/17).
Learn more or register.
For more information, contact Brandon Battle at 703-647-6830 or Battleb@theiacp.org
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (1/9/2016)
On January 9, 2016, partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). Each day 780,000 police officers across the United States put on a badge and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. On average, between 140 and 160 officers die in the line of duty each year; 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year; 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year; and more than 300 officers commit suicide each year.
U.S. citizens are called to action in support of law enforcement. Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged to take time on January 9 to show their support.
Eye on Policing: How Body-Worn Cameras Change Law Enforcement (12/8)
Body-worn cameras are becoming a required tool for police officers in the United States. Communities are creating mandates for new technology, and federal money is being directed to the implementation of body-worn camera programs. But how will body-worn cameras impact policing? What changes will police officers and the communities they serve experience? Can body-worn cameras solve the big issues such as lack of trust, lack of accountability, and miscommunication? The National Law Enforcement Museum is bringing together law enforcement and policy experts to discuss these questions and more. Join the conversation on Tuesday, December 8.
Registration is free, but space is limited, and RSVPs are due by December 4, 2015.
Learn more or RSVP.
No-Cost State of 9-1-1 Webinar (12/15)
State and local 9-1-1 professionals, federal agency representatives, and other 9-1-1 stakeholders will participate in a State of 911 webinar and question-and-answer session, presented by the National 911 Program, Tuesday, December 15 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. (Eastern)
This webinar will feature a presentation by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Mr. Tim May, Policy and Licensing Division, of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau will share an update on the 9-1-1 activities of the commission. In addition, Mr. May will share information from the December meeting of the FCC’s Task Force on Optimal Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Architecture (TFOPA). Also presenting and available for questions is Mr. Eric Parry from the Utah Communications Authority, 911 Division.
Webinar: Challenges of Working with Girls (12/9)
On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is offering a webinar from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern). It is essential that lessons are taken from the positive youth development movement and the restorative justice movement. Girls in the juvenile justice system are, first and foremost, teenage girls. This webinar will examine the challenges of and strategies for serving females during their time in the system.
This Webinar will enable participants to
- discuss strategies to support programming and care for LGBTQ females in confinement settings;
- examine the need for female-responsive trauma-informed care;
- understand the challenges of health and trauma screening/assessment for females in confinement settings; and
- discuss the critical need for evidence-based, girl specific medical and mental health screening assessment in detention.
Webinar: Parental Arrest Policies and Protecting Children: Training Your Department (12/17)
On Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, will host a webinar, “Parental Arrest Policies and Protecting Children: Training Your Department.”
Webinar panelists will provide training guidance for police departments on parental arrest policies that safeguard children. Resources will be shared that can be utilized for roll call training in police agencies nationwide.
INSIDE THE IACP
IACP Efforts to Address the Challenges of “Going Dark”
Recognizing the challenges posed to public safety by encrypted communications, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) have joined forces to press for immediate action to address this critical threat and urge public officials and industry leaders to work with law enforcement to develop solutions that will help protect the public.
The IACP and NDAA look forward to working with lawmakers to strengthen current laws and ensure that they are representative of today’s technology and the challenges public safety officials face in preventing crime and safeguarding their communities.
Read IACP “Going Dark” Summit report.
Support The IACP Foundation on #GivingTuesday
Today is a global day to celebrate generosity—Giving Tuesday! Every day, law enforcement officers give their all to keep our communities safer. When a tragedy befalls a department and a family, the IACP Foundation is there to help. You can be a part of the support community by donating to the IACP Foundation. Giving Tuesday is about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things. So join us today and invite your friends, family members, and colleagues to support law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty through the IACP Foundation.
Learn more or donate.
IACP President Terrence Cunningham – IACP Efforts in Response to Global Terrorism
Resource for IACP Members—Suicide Bombings Model Policy
Recent events have reminded police officers and agencies around the world of the need to remain alert to the threat of suicide bombings. IACP’s Model Policy aims to provide officers with a protocol to include initial response, deployment, potential countermeasures, and coordination with specialized units for dealing with reports or confirmation of suicide bombers. Officers who are alert to suicide bomber tactics and practices and who are familiar with possible countermeasures for intervention and mitigation of attacks are better prepared to save lives, critical infrastructure, or both.
Access the Model Policy (IACP members only).
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