The Police Chief - November 2010 - (Page 6)

PR ESI DEN T ’S M ESSAGE The Year Ahead s police chiefs, we have the distinct honor of leading the finest individuals that society can produce: the police officers on the street. Each day our officers demonstrate that they are extraordinary people who are routinely doing extraordinary things. Each of us remembers those milestone moments that make up our lives. Would you ever forget the first day that you put on your uniform and your badge? The excitement and the pride of the moment are indelibly etched into our memories forever. It signaled our desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. It symbolized our dedication to service, integrity, the safety of our fellow citizens, and our faith in the rule of law. As we weave through our careers in law enforcement, it is our responsibility to our profession and to those we lead to meet each challenge with excitement and zeal and to never surrender to apathy or to the belief that nothing can be changed. It is this responsibility that led me to join the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Eighteen years ago, as a “newly minted” police chief, I realized the value that engaging and networking with the collective genius that makes up our great association would bring to my community and my career. Drawing on the resources of more than 21,000 members from around the world, the IACP is uniquely qualified to develop and promote those strategies and tools that will make our communities and our countries better places to live. Never has this been a more important undertaking. Our communities face many challenges and ever-evolving threats. It is vital that law enforcement agencies stay current and on the cutting edge. We must constantly assess and redefine how we do business and be prepared to shift tactics and adopt new techniques and strategies to overcome the threats to our communities. The IACP was founded more than 117 years ago for this very purpose, and I firmly believe that we continue to fulfill the vision of our founders. Four years ago, as a candidate at the annual IACP conference in 2006, I outlined several of the challenges facing our profession and our association. Since that time, it is clear that while some progress has been made, much remains to be accomplished. However, achieving success in these areas requires not just your support, but also your active participation. The membership of the IACP is our greatest resource and our greatest strength. I look forward to working with all of you to address the following issues. 6 THE POLICE CHIEF/NOVEMBER 2010 A First, it is no secret that that our ability to share information is mission critical. The days of stand-alone, self-serving agencies are gone. We are a global community. We must share information agency to agency and region to region, at a national level and with our international partners. Our ability to collect and disseminate timely information is an absolutely essential ingredient in our missions. Somewhere in the world, a police officer is collecting information on the next terrorist who will strike one of our communities. Getting that information to the right people, who can then make it actionable intelligence, is critical. But this goes beyond combating terrorism; it is also essential for our crime-fighting efforts. Shared information is a force multiplier for any agency, large or small. The challenge is ensuring that this information is shared in a fashion that allows for meaningful operational relevance. A key element in achieving this vital information exchange is the National Data Exchange (N-DEx). However, before we can fully realize the value of this system, the necessary funding must be secured and we must resolve the disconnect between other information-sharing systems, fusion centers, and reporting requirements such as Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR). I know that the multitude of systems and options that address information sharing is frustrating for much of our membership. It is clear that we need a solution that makes operational sense and gives us manageable intelligence. We Mark A. Marshall, Chief of Police, Smithfield Police Department, Smithfield, Virginia need to distill these concerns into a comprehensive blueprint for action. I will work this year with our standing committees and sections to identify those impediments and propose a series of recommendations for immediate implementation. We will engage the stakeholders at every level—local, tribal, state, and federal. The time for talk has passed; we must take action. Our communities, our agencies, and our countries are counting on it. Second, the IACP call for a National Commission on Crime and Justice continues to grow in importance. The 1965 Johnson Commission report fundamentally changed the criminal justice system in the United States. Still, much has changed in the past 45 years. Technology, immigration, and our role in the protection of our homeland are but a few of the new challenges for our profession. Now more than ever, we must have a comprehensive review of the entire system. We must bring this commission to fruition; this will be a legislative priority during the coming year. Third, almost without exception, police agencies are facing reduced budgets. Reductions in staffing are at an all-time high. The negative effect of reducing services to our communities cannot be overstated. In response, the IACP must be a resource to assist our members when they are faced with difficult financial decisions. Drawing on the collective wisdom and experience of our membership, the IACP will work to be a one-stop shop that will provide the members with information on alternative funding streams, improved communication tools, and the identification and prioritization of cost-saving measures and other efficiencies. There are also two very important issues related to law enforcement technology that demand attention. While technical in nature, both issues will have a tremendous impact on our continuing ability to protect our communities, The first issue involves the allocation of the 700 MHz D-Block radio spectrum for public safety use. Whether you have four officers or forty thousand, this small piece of radio spectrum is absolutely essential to your broadband communications capabilities. That is why the IACP, along with all of the major public safety associations, has worked tirelessly to ensure that public safety has a sufficient spectrum. We cannot allow this valuable spectrum to be lost to commercial interests. We must leverage the collective muscle of our membership on this issue and bring the D-Block to public safety. Continued on page 75

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Police Chief - November 2010

The Police Chief - November 2010
President’s Message: The Year Ahead
Legislative Alert: Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Sustain Federal Government
IACP Foundation: Law Enforcement Leaders Learn, with a Corporate Twist
Chief’s Counsel: Legal Training and Concerns for Conducted Energy Weapons
Advances & Applications
The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute: A Bellwether for Leadership Training in Florida
Training for Face-to-Face Encounters
Beyond Survival toward Officer Wellness (BeSTOW): Targeting Law Enforcement Training
New Members
Product Update
Transforming a Police Agency by Connecting Training, Performance, and Assessment to Promotion
The Field Training Experience: Perspectives of Field Training Officers and Trainees
Tips for Training with a Firearms Simulator
Survey: The Status of Field Training
Nine-Week Army Program Provides Civilian Police Force Training
Educational Programs for Fusion Center Directors
Training and Tools to Serve the Line Officer
Technology Talk
Index to Advertisers
Highway Safety Initiatives

The Police Chief - November 2010