IACP Expresses Support for Proposed Department of Homeland Security

President BergerPresident BergerAlexandria, VA:—Bill Berger, President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Chief of the North Miami Beach, FL, Police Department, today expressed support for President Bush’s proposal to create a Department of Homeland Security. Stated Berger, "It is my belief that the President’s proposal, by consolidating many of the existing homeland security programs into a single department, will help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal government’s anti-terrorism efforts." Berger also expressed the IACP’s hope that the proposed Department of Homeland Security will continue to build upon efforts to enhance the crucial partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. "Cooperation, coordination and information sharing between federal agencies and their state and local counterparts is absolutely critical to our success in preventing future terrorist attacks," stated Berger, "Over the past few months, we have made tremendous progress in overcoming many of the artificial walls that sometimes divide us and hinder our efforts. It is my belief that the proposed Department of Homeland Security will improve the communication and inter-agency cooperation that is so crucial to the success of our mission of protecting our communities and the citizens we serve." The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has more than 19,000 members in over 95 countries.