PRESS RELEASE: IACP Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of National Criminal Justice Commission

For Immediate Release: January 21, 2010
Contact: Gene Voegtlin 703-647-7211


Alexandria, VA – The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) today applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee for approving S. 714, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), will allow for a long overdue comprehensive examination and report on the state of law enforcement and criminal justice in the United States.

For more than twenty years, the IACP has advocated for the creation of a commission that would follow in the footsteps of the 1965 Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. The work of that commission and the 200 recommendations it produced marked the beginning of a sea change in our methods for dealing with crime and the public and built the framework for many of the highly effective law enforcement and public safety initiatives that have been in place for the last forty-five years.

“Today’s action by the Senate Judiciary Committee is a vital first step towards establishing this critically needed commission” stated IACP President Michael Carroll, Chief of the West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania Police Department. “For far too long our nation’s law enforcement and criminal justice system has lacked a strategic plan to guide an integrated public safety and homeland security effort in the years ahead. For these reasons, it is imperative that the National Criminal Justice Commission Act be enacted as quickly as possible” Carroll concluded.

Founded in 1893, the International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives with more than 22,000 members in nearly 100 countries.