The International Association of Chiefs of Police wants Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Governor Sarah Palin to participate in a nationally televised Vice Presidential Forum on Crime and Homeland Security. The forum is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 with a backup date of October 12. Since the September, 11, 2001, terror attacks, more than 99,000 Americans have been murdered and more than eight million have been the victims of violent crime, said IACP President Ronald Ruecker, public safety director in Sherwood, Or. “These numbers are unacceptable, and Americans need to know what the next administration will do to combat crime and terrorism to make our communities safer.”
The forum would allow each candidate to appear on stage separately for 45 minutes, in back-to-back appearances. Sen. Biden and Gov. Palin will have an opportunity to speak to pressing concerns about crime and homeland security and to hear from and interact with the audience, which will include chiefs of police from Virginia and across the nation. Ruecker noted that IACP is a nonpartisan organization that does not endorse candidates or contribute to campaigns.