New Model Policies Available!

The following documents are now available from the IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center:

  • Interviewing and Interrogating Juveniles Paper (Volume VII) – this is the companion document to the Model Policy of the same name published in May 2012.
    • Children and teenagers are not miniature adults; they think, understand, and communicate differently than adults. Because young people are developmentally different than adults, special care must be taken when interviewing child victims, witnesses, and suspects in order to ensure that the statements they give are both voluntary and reliable.
  • Investigation of Hate Crimes Policy and Paper Update (Volume II) – these updates focus on recent legislation, such as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA).
    • Hate crimes and hate incidents are major issues for all law enforcement agencies because of their unique impact on victims as well as the community. A strong law enforcement response is necessary if the proper message is to be sent to the perpetrators of such crimes.
  • Mobile Communication Devices (formerly Cellular Telephones) Policy and Paper Update (Volume V) - Since these documents were first published to address the use of cellular telephones, the landscape in mobile communication devices (MCDs) has changed dramatically. The cellular telephone remains the most popular device among American adults, over 80 percent of whom own a cell phone.
    • It is the policy of this law enforcement agency to use MCDs in the course of police operations to enhance departmental communication. MCDs may be used by officers to conduct official business when the use of radio communication or landline telephones is inappropriate, unavailable, or inadequate to meet communication needs and when the device is used in accordance with this policy. Information or data housed in personal or departmental MCDs related to the course and scope of employment is the property of this police department.
  • Recording Police Activity Policy and Paper (Volume VII) – These documents provide officers with guidance for dealing with situations in which they are being recorded, to include videotaping, audiotaping, or both, by members of the public or the media.
    • Recording the actions and activities of police officers in the performance of their public duties is a form of speech through which individuals may gather and disseminate information of public concern. The free discussion of public affairs in general is a fundamental right under the First Amendment and, in particular, with regard to police, who have discretion to deprive individuals of their liberties. This right is extended to recording of any police activity performed in public, or where an individual otherwise has a legal right to be present, such as public parks; public spaces including sidewalks, streets, and locations of public protests; public buildings; private property where the individual has the owner’s permission or the permission of the tenant to be present; a person’s home or place of business; and the common areas of public and private facilities and buildings. In these and related situations, an officer may not direct that recording be terminated or discourage its use; intentionally block or obstruct such recordings; or use intimidation, threats, or coercion for the same purpose. In effect, the public has the same rights to record police activities as the press. In fact, in today’s technological environment, it is often the case that individuals in the public are the first to make such recordings.

 

To purchase these policies, please visit www.theiacp.org/policycenter or contact the Policy Center at policycenter@theiacp.org or 800-843-4227 x 319.