In October 2006, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Bank of America (BAC) established a partnership to create a nationwide strategy designed to help law enforcement and consumers understand and respond to identity crime. Through this joint effort, the partnership raises citizen awareness of identity crime and offers guidance to help prevent victimization. It educates the public about steps to take if and when they suspect or experience identity crime and helps develop law enforcement expertise in responding to identity crime and conducting investigations.

As the first joint project, the partnership launched an award-winning Web site, . It marks the first time the banking industry and law enforcement have come together to create a tool aimed at helping consumers and law enforcement understand and respond to identity crime.

Recognizing the special challenges this type of crime poses for law enforcement, the IACP also created a series of toolkits for police executives and consumers alike, as well as this corresponding toolkit for investigators. All four toolkits are resources which can be used in conjunction with those available on to ensure that law enforcement leadership and personnel stand ready to meet the challenges of preventing and responding to identity crime in all of our communities.

International Association of Chiefs of Police

Founded in 1893, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of law enforcement executives with more than 20,000 members in 100 countries. IACP leadership consists of the operating chief executives of international, federal, state and local agencies of all sizes. The association's goals are to advance the science and art of police services; to develop and disseminate improved administrative, technical and operational practices and promote their use in police work; to foster police cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police administrators throughout the world; to bring about recruitment and training in the police profession of qualified personnel; and to encourage adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of performance and conduct. For more information, visit .

Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving more than 59 million consumer and small business relationships with more than 6,100 retail banking offices, nearly 18,500 ATMs and award-winning online banking with nearly 25 million active users. Bank of America is the No. 1 overall Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in the United States and the No. 1 SBA lender to minority-owned small businesses. The company serves clients in more than 150 countries and has relationships with 99% of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and 83% of the Fortune Global 500. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit