For Immediate Release:
August 15, 2014
Statement of the IACP President Yost Zakhary on Police-Community Relations
Over the past two decades, many communities throughout the nation have witnessed a decline in the rate of crime. Years of effective, proactive, and progressive policing efforts by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have transformed our neighborhoods to safer, more secure communities.
However, as police leaders, we recognize that no single factor has been more crucial to reducing crime levels than the partnership between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. We know that in order to be truly effective, police agencies cannot operate alone; they must have the active support and assistance of citizens and communities.
We also realize that this vital and successful partnership is crucial. High profile incidents and allegations of police misconduct may drive a wedge between law enforcement officers and the citizens they are sworn to protect. Establishing and maintaining a safe community requires ongoing concerted effort.
It is for these reasons, and in light of recent events, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will shortly be convening a summit to examine the current state of police-community relations, the evolving landscape of threats that confront law enforcement, and the need for policies and procedures that ensure fair and equitable policing practices.
The summit will bring together a wide range of law enforcement officials, community leaders, academic researchers, and policy experts from around the United States and the world to discuss the myriad of issues and concerns which shape and impact the relationship between police departments and the communities they serve.
About the IACP
The IACP is the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has over 23,000 members in 100 countries around the world. The IACP’s mission is to advance professional police services; promote enhanced administrative, technical, and operational police practices; and foster cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police leaders and police organizations of recognized professional and technical standing throughout the world. Additionally, the IACP champions the recruitment and training of qualified persons in the police profession and encourages all police personnel worldwide to achieve and maintain the highest standards of ethics, integrity, community interaction, and professional conduct.
For more information on the IACP, please visit http://www.theiacp.org.
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