Since November 2005, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the IACP has worked to identify policy and operational challenges facing law enforcement regarding sex offenders and has developed resources to assist law enforcement executives and their agencies with preventing future victimization, educating the community, holding offenders accountable, and increasing community safety.
In 2007 the IACP, in partnership with the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM), was selected to administer the Sex Offender Management Training and Technical Assistance program to BJA’s FY 2007 Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) grantees. The CASOM Discretionary Grant Program provides funding to help jurisdictions effectively manage sex offenders in the community by implementing new or enhancing existing programs.
Through the Sex Offender Management Training and Technical Assistance program, the IACP and CSOM provide training and technical assistance to FY 2007 BJA CASOM grantees (comprised of law enforcement and community supervision agencies.)
The IACP is developing multiple products and resources to enhance the law enforcement response to sex offenders in the community. Current resources available include:
Two free one-day training workshops for law enforcement executives, community corrections administrators, and law enforcement and probation and parole officers.
Sex Offender Management: An Introduction for Law Enforcement and Community Supervision Leaders and Officers
Each no-cost training workshop was designed to provide an overview of issues related to sex offenders and sex offender management to assist law enforcement and community supervision staff in their approaches to managing sex offenders in the community. Through lecture, interactive discussions and exercises, leaders will acquire operational knowledge and management-specific tools while officers learn strategies and skills designed to hold sex offenders accountable, reduce sex offender recidivism, prevent future victimization, and ensure the overall safety of communities. The following topics will be covered in this training:
- Fundamental Facts about sex offenders.
- Comprehensive Approach Model principles and components.
- Collaborative Partnerships formed by law enforcement agencies across the United States that show promise in managing sex offenders in the community.
- Theory to Practice provides an opportunity to examine current procedures and promote consideration of the implications for new practices.
Tracking Sex Offenders with Electronic Monitoring Technology: Implications and Practical Uses for Law Enforcement: This short document defines and provides examples of electronic monitoring technology, discusses law enforcement involvement with electronic monitoring technology, outlines the benefits and concerns of using this technology, and highlights key considerations for the law enforcement community. To download a copy, please click here.
Strategically Monitoring Sex Offenders: Accessing Community Corrections' Resources to Enhance Law Enforcement Capabilities outlines the types of information collected by community corrections officers and details the purpose, benefits, access to, and examples of each piece of information. To download a copy, please click here.
Managing Sex Offenders: Citizens Supporting Law Enforcement highlights relevant sex offender legislation impacting law enforcement, identifies emerging operational challenges for law enforcement executives, and offers examples of how law enforcement agencies are using citizens to enhance and support their sex offender management and enforcement efforts. To download a copy, please click here.
Sex Offenders in the Community: Enforcement and Prevention Strategies for Law Enforcement provides an overview of the sex offender population, identifies various law enforcement prevention and enforcement strategies, features specific examples from jurisdictions around the country, and includes sample departmental forms and documents. To download a copy, please click here.
Framing a Law Enforcement Response: Addressing Community Concerns about Sex Offenders, provides talking points to help officers frame an agency response to ten frequently asked questions regarding sex offenders. To download a copy, please click here.
IACP Model Policy on Registering and Tracking Sex Offenders
IACP provides the Registering and Tracking Sex Offenders model policy to the law enforcement community without charge. To download a copy please click here.
To request copies of the above sex offender management related products or for more information on IACP sex offender management efforts, please contact: Kelly Burke at 800-THE-IACP Ext. 842.
For more information on the Center for Sex Offender Managment (CSOM) resources, contact Leilah Gilligan at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://www.csom.org.