Two-Tier CIT Model, PREA Field Training, and LEIM 2015
Cops Give Christmas Surprises
Law enforcement officers around the United States have been sharing their holiday spirit with their community members—adults and children alike. Police officers in Lowell, Michigan, fulfilled gift wishes in place of tickets for minor infractions; troopers in Indiana treated families to shopping trips; and children in Milwaukee got to "Shop with a Cop."
Christmas Traffic Stops (Lowell, MI).
Christmas for Kids (Indiana).
Shop with a Cop (Milwaukee, WI).
Potential FCC Decision Causes Concern among Law Enforcement
Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across the nation are voicing their concerns over a potential plan before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which would threaten key public safety functions including law enforcement agencies' ability to track suspected criminals, respond to distressed callers in an emergency, and maintain communications after a natural disaster.
These vital capabilities could disappear if the FCC moves forward with a change to the local number portability administrator (LNPA). The LNPA is essential to the nation's telecommunications system that works seamlessly to ensure law enforcement's ability to carry out these important public safety functions.
Two-Tier CIT Model Being Shared in North Carolina
Members of the Wake County, North Carolina, Sheriff's Office met with the Durham, North Carolina, Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) on Wednesday to learn about the city's unique method of dealing with crisis intervention.
Durham is the only city in North Carolina that uses a second tier of intervention. Most law enforcement agencies participate in the Memphis Model of crisis intervention, which is a 40-hour class, but the Durham Police Department goes a step beyond that and codes each situation for follow-up.
Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Resources
National DEC, in collaboration with the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office, just released some new, free publications for law enforcement professionals.
Access the following resources at no-cost:
New PREA Field Training Program
In response to the need to increase the number of active PREA auditors certified by the U.S. Department of Justice, the PREA Resource Center (PRC), in collaboration with the PREA Management Office at the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is proud to announce the Field Training Program (FTP). This program will provide additional support and training opportunities for auditors beyond classroom training. Certified auditor trainees (CATs) will have the unique opportunity to conduct team audits in the field, under the supervision and mentorship of experienced certified auditors.
CATs will be able to apply to participate in the FTP through a ZoomGrants application portal. Once selected, teams of four to six CATs will participate in training audits under the supervision and guidance of an experienced, certified PREA FTA. The on-site portion of the training audits will occur at facilities that have volunteered to participate in the program. The Bureau of Justice Assistance, through the PRC, will provide financial scholarships to CATs to assist with the expenses of participating in this learning opportunity.
The application for CATs will open in January 2015. PRC anticipates the first training audits will begin in April 2015.
Feel free to contact PRC staff with questions about the FTP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stricter Policies to Curb Profiling
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Justice Department will take new steps to bar profiling by federal law enforcement agencies, building upon a 2003 policy that had previously addressed only the consideration of race and ethnicity in conducting federal investigations. The new policy will address the use of other characteristics as well—including national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, and sexual orientation—and applies a uniform standard to all law enforcement, national security, and intelligence activities conducted by the department's law enforcement components. The new guidance also applies to state and local law enforcement law officers who participate in federal law enforcement task forces.
Read DOJ press release.
Read memo outlining new guidelines.
Online Death Investigation Training from National Institute of Justice
2014 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies Due
As the year draws to a close, you may be cleaning out your inbox to have a fresh start to 2015. Double check your inbox to see if your agency has completed the request from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to submit your responses to the 2014 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA).
Sexual Assault Webinar – Alternative Reporting (January 14, 2015)
This VAWA webinar will explore a number of community models that have been implemented to improve victims' access to the criminal justice and community response systems. Best practices will be reviewed from across the United States, and existing tools and resources will be evaluated. With a focus on local implementation, the goal is for participants to leave prepared to make recommendations for positive changes in their own communities.
Congressional Badge of Bravery Open for Applications
The U.S. Congress enacted the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act in 2008 to honor exceptional acts of bravery performed in the line of duty by law enforcement officers. There are two award tracks: one for federal officers and one for state and local officers.
The online application system opened on December 15, 2014. Law enforcement officers must be nominated by their agency heads for incidents that took place during the 2014 calendar year.
Learn more or submit applications here.
For more information, contact Gregory Joy at 202-514-1369 or email@example.com.
LEIM Call for Presentations – Deadline Extended
The 2015 LEIM Training Conference & Technology Exposition will be held May 18–20, 2015, in San Diego, California. IACP has released a call for presentations and invites law enforcement professionals to submit proposals for workshops at the LEIM conference. The deadline for proposals has been extended to December 31, 2015.
Submit a workshop proposal.
Planning on attending LEIM? The hotel blocks are now open!
Reserve a hotel room here.
Take Police Chief’s Final Poll for 2014
IACP Welcomes Two New Arrivals to Senior Leadership Staff
IACP Legislative Agenda Input from Members – Deadline Tomorrow
At the beginning of each new congressional session, the IACP releases a new legislative agenda that provides an overview of the IACP’s position on the critical issues confronting the law enforcement community. If there are any issues that you wish to submit for consideration for inclusion in the IACP Legislative Agenda, please submit them to Sarah Guy (firstname.lastname@example.org). All submissions are due by December 17, 2014. The proposed legislative agenda will be reviewed and approved by the IACP Executive Committee during its January 2015 meeting.
See the most recent IACP legislative agenda.
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