IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center

IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center

For more than 30 years, the IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center has been identifying leading practices and providing sound guidance to the law enforcement profession to assist in developing policies for individual departments.

Policy Center Resources

The Policy Center offers four types of resources:

  • Model Policy: Provides officers with concrete guidance and directives by describing,  the manner in which actions, tasks, and operations are to be performed.

  • Considerations: Intended to present items for agencies to take into account when developing their own policies on a topic. This format recognizes that expectations and capabilities vary by agency, and it aims to present recommendations to the law enforcement field without dictating exact approaches.

  • Concepts and Issues: Designed to provide background information on the topic to support the Model Policy or Considerations document.

  • Need to Know...: Synthesizes the key points of the topic into a brief, one-page overview. 

Click here to visit the full list of Policy Center topics.


All Policy Center Resources

Confidential Fund

Law enforcement agency should maintain stringent control over all confidential funds used by the agency and ensure that the funds are only used for authorized purposes.


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Corruption Prevention

Law enforcement agency should establish proactive procedures to prevent corruption, to investigate complaints or allegations of corruption, and to administer appropriate administrative punishment or criminal prosecution...

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As the number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to climb globally, law enforcement agencies continue to respond to communities on the front lines, despite the operational...

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Crime Analysis

Law enforcement crime analysis functions should include collecting, organizing, analyzing and interpreting crime and incident data to evaluate past performance and identify criminal activity patterns and...

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Crowd Management

Civil disturbances and demonstrations have changed over the years, as have the tactics and techniques of law enforcement agencies called upon to manage and control...

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Death Notification

Law enforcement agencies should require that all officers become familiar with the concepts and procedures regarding death notification so as to provide surviving family members with sufficient useful...

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Digital Cameras

Digital cameras can be useful for investigative and documentary purposes where reasonable and appropriate. The selection of digital or conventional film imaging equipment should be...

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Every effort has been made by the IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center staff and advisory board to ensure that these documents incorporate the most current information and contemporary judgment on these issues. However, law enforcement administrators should be cautioned that no model policy can meet all the needs of any given law enforcement agency. In addition, the formulation of specific agency policies must take into account local political and community perspectives and customs, prerogatives, and demands; often divergent law enforcement strategies and philosophies; and the impact of varied agency resource capabilities, among other factors. Readers outside of the United States should note that, while these documents promote procedures reflective of a democratic society, their legal basis follows United States Supreme Court rulings and other federal laws and statutes. Law enforcement administrators should be cautioned that each law enforcement agency operates in a unique environment of court rulings, state laws, local ordinances, regulations, judicial and administrative decisions, and collective bargaining agreements that must be considered and should, therefore, consult their agency's legal advisor before implementing any policy.
The IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center documents are periodically updated, and the most current versions are published to this website. To minimize confusion and to help ensure reference to the most recent documents available, the IACP Policy Center does not distribute prior versions of any documents that have since been updated.




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