Leadership Training, New IACP Award, and Upcoming Webinars
Agency Employs New Response Protocol for Domestic Violence Victims
When police officers in West Jordan, Utah, answer domestic violence calls, they come prepared with a Lethality Assessment Protocol, a set of questions to determine whether the victim is at risk for greater violence, specifically homicide. After a victim is identified as high risk, the officer immediately makes a phone call to a partner service agency, then hands the phone over to the victim if he or she is ready to talk. On the other end is a representative waiting to direct them to a wide range of support and services.
During the call, advocates explain that victims can leave in that moment if they want to, they can make an appointment to come in another day, or they can look into other resources. They begin safety planning and are told about mental health services, counseling, healthy relationship classes, or community resource centers. In cases where police conducted the assessment, 87 percent of victims chose to speak to a hotline worker, with 65 percent accepting services ranging from counseling to legal advocacy to shelter.
RCMP Unveils New Strategy to Fight Cybercrime
Canada’s national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, has tabled a 15-point plan, to be implemented by 2020, designed to tackle technology-based crime that is increasingly moving beyond their ability to investigate because of advanced encryption, the global reach of crime, and enhanced privacy protections.
Specific measures include the creation of a federal cybercrime team and a dedicated intelligence unit with new personnel recruited for their technical investigative abilities as well as better training and targeting of cybercrime. In all, 40 police officers and civilians will be dedicated through $30.5 million in federal funding over five years.
FBI to Revamp Data Collection System for Police Shootings
The FBI plans to update the system it uses to collect data on fatal police shootings, and will begin gathering information on the use of physical force, stun guns, and pepper spray, officials said. Data collection has been unreliable because individual law enforcement agencies submit information to the FBI on a voluntarily basis.
The FBI typically has collected information on fatal police shootings and published it in annual reports—but will now be sharing information as it becomes available. The FBI will also expand its data collection, and might begin gathering information such as the gender and race of the officers and subjects involved in encounters.
U.S. Attorney General Addresses Counterterrorism and International Cooperation
Chief Keeps “Cool Head” Following Attack
As police officers searched the Inland Regional Center for the armed assailants who had just massacred 14 county employees, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan located and set up a safe place to coordinate the sweeping emergency response. Burguan knew that the nation was watching, and that San Bernardino was on edge. He held three news conferences on the day of the attack. He didn’t dodge questions but also knew some leads could not be made public.
“I believe in transparency,” Burguan said. “My philosophy has always been that if I can tell you, I’m going to tell you. And if I can’t tell you, I’m going to say I can’t tell you.” Burguan also took to Twitter to provide instant updates and knock down rumors.
Traffic Deaths in 2015 Indicate Troubling Upward Trend
The United States saw a slight decline in traffic deaths during 2014. However, an increase in estimated fatalities during the first six months of 2015 reveals a need to reinvigorate the fight against deadly behavior on U.S. roadways. The 2015 fatality estimate is up 8.1 percent from the same period last year, and the fatality rate rose by 4.4 percent.
The traffic safety initiatives of the IACP are dedicated to addressing common factors that cause these crashes and looks to provide guidance, lessons learned, and best practices to law enforcement.
Learn more about IACP’s traffic safety initiatives.
Read NHTSA’s press release.
National Missing Children’s Day Awards
Nominations are now open for the annual National Missing Children’s Day Awards. Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice, through OJJDP, recognizes individuals, organizations, and agencies that have made a difference in recovering abducted children and protecting children from exploitation. The awardees are recognized at the annual National Missing Children’s Day ceremony in Washington, D.C., each May.
The deadline for nominations is January 18, 2016.
IACP’s Model Policy on Missing Children (member-only benefit)
New IACP Member Benefit – Daily News Brief
IACP is now offering a daily news brief, The Lead, as a member benefit. This news brief is delivered to members’ email inbox each morning and contains articles on contemporary topics confronting law enforcement leaders and their agencies.
In addition to The Lead, you will continue to receive other important communications from IACP including statements from the IACP president, training announcements, and career opportunities.
To manage your email communication preferences, simply log in to the IACP Member Portal.
Report: The Impact of Psychological Science on Policing in the United States
On Demand Webinar: How Predictive Analytics Can Help Police Chiefs Cut Crime
Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women Training, West Fargo, ND (1/28–1/29/2016)
The IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women, supported by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, is pleased to announce the upcoming Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women training on January 28 and 29 at the West Fargo Police Department in West Fargo, ND.
This free training event provides an opportunity for law enforcement to increase their understanding of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and stalking; develop strategies for responding to and investigating these crimes; and assess department culture and agency needs in order to comprehensively address the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and stalking. Information on strangulation, sexual assault investigation and response, predominant aggressor determination and more will be highlighted. For more information about this event, contact Teri Duesbery, IACP Project Coordinator.
Register for the training.
Learn more about IACP’s efforts to address violence against women.
Coalition for Juvenile Justice Annual Conference (4/20–4/23/2016)
OJJDP and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) will cohost the 2016 CJJ Annual Conference April 20-23, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The conference theme is “Redefining Leadership: Engaging Youth, Communities, and Policymakers to Achieve Better Juvenile Justice Outcomes.” Sessions will focus on the latest research, developments, and challenges for establishing the best outcomes for youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system.
Register or learn more.
Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Training (2/10–2/11/2016)
The Little Rock, Arkansas, Police Department, in collaboration with the IACP will host the IACP Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigation Training February 10–11, 2016. The course is FREE with seating limited to 50.
Webinar: Crash Investigation and Reconstruction Technologies and Best Practices (12/16)
Reducing the time first responders are at a traffic crash is imperative for safety. This webinar, hosted by the Federal Highway Administration, will focus on the effective use of technology, management of traffic incidents and investigations to reduce on-scene as well as increase safety and alleviate congestion.
Learn more or register.
Leadership in Police Organizations Training
Leadership in Police Organizations SM (LPO) is the IACP’s flagship leadership development program designed for first-line supervisors and above. The course is modeled after West Point’s leadership training program and the concept of dispersed leadership: “every officer a leader.” LPO delivers modern behavioral science concepts and theories tailored to the law enforcement environment.
Upcoming training opportunities with open enrollment:
Virtual Town Hall with IACP President (12/16/2015)
Please join IACP President Terrence M. Cunningham for an interactive webcast on December 16, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. EST. The town hall will provide a two-way discussion with IACP leadership on topics confronting the global law enforcement community. With recent events in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Paris, we want to reiterate we are engaged directly with our members and discuss IACP’s advocacy, outreach, and programmatic efforts for the field.
40 Under 40 Award for Emerging Leaders
The IACP’s new 40 Under 40 Award is designed to recognize 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession. Award winners will represent the law enforcement leaders of today as well as the leaders of tomorrow. The nomination deadline is February 1, 2016, with winners announced in September 2016.
Learn more or nominate an individual.
IACP Membership Renewal Period
Throughout 2015, the IACP worked tirelessly to support the law enforcement profession through developing new partnerships, creating new field-focused resources, and growing IACP’s membership to historic highs. A snapshot of successes in 2015, include the following:
As an IACP Member, you are the reason for these successes. Now, help us build on them and please renew your membership for 2016.
You will be mailed a dues notice to renew your IACP membership in January. However, the fastest and easiest way to pay your dues for 2016 is to visit our website at www.theiacp.org/renew.
Poll: Do UAS/Drones Pose a Threat to Homeland Security?
IACP Legal Officers Section Spring Training Program (4/18–4/22/2016)
City of Stafford
Lateral/Exceptional Police Officer
City of Redmond
Chief of Police
U.S. Capitol Police
City of Bishop
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