A new policy approved recently by a coalition of law enforcement groups endorses the use of warning shots by police to de-escalate potentially deadly confrontations. The controversial issue broke into the open this week during a national meeting of police executives in Philadelphia. “I think it’s a stupid idea,” said one attendee.
After 17 years, Terrence M. Cunningham will leave his job as chief in the Boston suburb of Wellesley to become deputy executive director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Cunningham gained national attention last month when he apologized for historical injustices police have perpetrated against minorities.
The nation’s organization of police chiefs says it wants details that get beyond “stump speeches and sound bytes” from candidates facing “tumultuous, dangerous and difficult times in American policing.”
Will this Fall prove to be a pivotal one for criminal justice in the United States, or just another flurry of talk with little decisive action? Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced its most significant bill in years on federal crime, one that could roll back many categories of mandatory sentences that have helped pack prisons and strain the Justice Department’s budget. A few hours later, President Barack Obama welcomed to the White House a new group of police chiefs […]
The rapid spread of devices and databases sharing data via high-speed 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless networks is leading to a revolution in police access to information. At last week's annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in Orlando, companies competed to prove that they could unite the myriad streams of fast-moving information into easily accessed, relevant sources of intelligence. “There's been an exponential growth of all data, a giant pool of information, but much of […]
More law enforcement officers commit suicide each year than are killed in traffic accidents and felonious assaults. Despite that fact, mental illness issues have long been stigmatized within the law enforcement community and few agencies properly address suicide prevention, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. In order to develop a national strategy to address officer mental wellness and suicide prevention, IACP and COPS hosted […]
Can police strike a proper balance between the use of new technologies and the privacy rights of citizens? The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) believes the balance can be achieved if law enforcement authorities follow “universal principles” of transparency and accountability. A set of recommendations released today by the IACP calls for agencies to build “robust auditing requirements into agency policies” that will reassure the public about how the huge amounts of data collected through surveillance and other […]
A “culture of openness to new information from reliable sources” is a key to reducing the problem of wrongful convictions in American criminal justice, the International Association of Chiefs of Police said today. The IACP issued a federally-funded report, announced in conjunction with The Innocence Project, concluding that “law enforcement can take a lead role in preventing and reducing wrongful convictions by eliminating the arrest of the wrong person.” The report includes 30 recommendations for dealing with the problem. The […]