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. 

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Model Policies

All Policy Center Resources

HIV/AIDS Prevention

These documents provide guidelines for law enforcement officers in preventing the contraction of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

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Holding Facilities

Law enforcement agencies must provide secure temporary holding facilities for detainees held for interrogation, arrest processing, transfer to another facility, or pursuant to another legal...

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Identity Theft

Identity theft affects millions of people every year, causing serious and sometimes devastating financial, psychological, and reputational injury. By providing timely and effective assistance, law...

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Impact Projectiles

The availability of less-lethal weapons can assist officers in de-escalation of potentially violent confrontations and provide additional alternatives to the use of deadly force. Impact...

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Incident Command

Many law enforcement agencies utilize the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the primary method to prepare for, respond to, and manage critical incidents. NIMS is...

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Inspections of law enforcement agencies should be conducted on a regular basis to help ensure that the department is operating at peak efficiency and in compliance...

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License Plate Readers

The availability and use of license plate recognition (LPR) systems have provided many opportunities for the enhancement of productivity, effectiveness, and officer safety. 

These documents provide officers...

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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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