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Alarm Management: Determining the Best Approach for Your Community

April 25, 2014 Comments off

Alarm Management: Determining the Best Approach for Your Community (PDF)
Source: International Association of Chiefs of Police

Since 2002 the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the alarm industry have worked together to reduce alarm dispatches through the work of the IACP’s Private Sector Liaison Committee (PSLC) and Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP). Much progress has been made, including the establishment of alarm management committees in 13 state associations. Improved technology and better educated consumers, coupled with local ordinances and enhanced verification procedures, have produced a significant decrease in the number of calls for service resulting from false alarms in many communities. However, the proportion of false alarm calls remains high, well over 90% of all calls. As a result, false burglar alarms continue to be a significant issue for many law enforcement agencies.

Today’s fiscal environment leaves many law enforcement agencies struggling to provide critical services with fewer resources. In 2011, police responded to more than 38 million false burglary alarm calls. For many jurisdictions, alarm calls represent the most frequent call for service, placing a significant burden on agency budgets and personnel. A November 2012 Urban Institute report found that reduction of a single false alarm saves 40 minutes of officer time, and $50-$120 in associated costs.

A law enforcement executive has a range of alarm management options to consider. Regardless of the option(s) selected in a particular jurisdiction, addressing false alarms requires public-private cooperation between the law enforcement agency and the alarm industry. An agency’s strategy will be driven by state laws and local ordinances, resources, and local political and community perspectives and customs, prerogatives, and demands. This document outlines the key issues, response options, research studies, and IACP’s official position and resources on alarm management to aid in the development of an alarm management strategy.

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Officer Involved Shootings in Smaller Departments

March 24, 2014 Comments off

Officer Involved Shootings in Smaller Departments (PDF)
Source: International Association of Chiefs of Police

The old adage, “it can’t happen here” is not a philosophy that we, as police man-agers, should consider as we provide leadership to our organizations. For many smaller law enforcement agencies, the unique nature of policing in our commu-nities often equates to traffic enforcement, an occasional daytime burglary, and the rare cases involving robbery or assault. As executives in smaller agencies, we continuously attempt to balance increasing service demands with shrinking budgets, while preparing our organizations as best we can for those things that ‘can’t happen here!’

International Association of Chiefs of Police — Social Media Survey 2013

November 14, 2013 Comments off

Social Media Survey 2013
Source: International Association of Chiefs of Police

In fall 2013, the IACP conducted its fourth annual survey on law enforcement’s use of social media. The survey addressed the current state of practice and the issues agencies are facing in regards to social media. The survey was sent electronically to law enforcement executives across the United States. A total of 500 law enforcement agencies, representing 48 states, participated in the survey.

Survey Highlights:

  • 95.9% of agencies surveyed use social media.
  • The most common use of social media is for criminal investigations at 86.1%.
  • The most frequently used social media platforms are Facebook (92.1%), Twitter (64.8%), and YouTube (42.9%).
  • 57.1% of agencies not currently using social media are considering its adoption.
  • 69.4% of agencies surveyed have a social media policy and an additional 14.3% are in the process of crafting a policy.
  • 80.4% of agencies report that social media has helped solve crimes in their jurisdiction.
  • 73.1% of agencies state that social media has improved police-community relations in their jurisdiction.

A state-by-state guide to: Missing Senior/Adult Public Alert Systems

July 24, 2013 Comments off

A state-by-state guide to: Missing Senior/Adult Public Alert Systems
Source: International Association of Chiefs of Police

With more than 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and approximately 500,000 new cases of this disease emerging each year, projections pronounce that there could be as many as 16 million Americans that will have Alzheimer’s by 2050. To help law enforcement protect this special population, IACP’s Alzheimer’s Initiatives program is committed to helping first responders improve their knowledge and skills to safeguard this special population.

This interactive map displays a state-by-state guide to the systems used to alert the public regarding missing persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia. programs available throughout the 50 states. Also, once you click on a state, you will be able to see more in-depth state specific statistics and resources.

Speed and Alcohol: A Deadly Mix-Is This Lethal Combination at Work in Your Community

July 18, 2011 Comments off

Speed and Alcohol: A Deadly Mix-Is This Lethal Combination at Work in Your Community (PDF)
Source: International Association of Chiefs of Police

In 2008, 10,604 drivers died in speeding-related crashes, 10,946 drivers died in alcohol-impaired crashes, and between those two groups, 4,450 of those drivers had a combined presence of impaired driving and excessive speed. As the numbers clearly indicate, people are dying on our nation’s roadways in crashes that are both preventable and predictable.

While many agencies are fortunate to have a few officers, or even full divisions, assigned to highway and traffic safety activities, many more departments are finding resources taxed to the limit in simply delivering the most basic services required of them as a public safety provider. However, speed and alcohol enforcement can be, and should be, an integral and fundamental part of policing in the 21st century if for no other reason than traffic crashes were the leading cause of death of all United States citizens from age 3 to 34 in 2006.5 These deaths do not discriminate. They occur continually; they happen at all times of the day and night, in rural and urban settings, and without regard to innocent victims.

In particular, when reviewing anecdotal accounts, it has grown increasingly apparent to many practitioners that the relationship between speed and alcohol in traffic crashes holds real significance and bears further scrutiny. There appears to be a correlation that speeders are often impaired and impaired drivers are often speeding.

In the course of developing this report, the author and the advisory panel of practitioners have made an effort to illustrate that relationship and identify selected approaches to help chief executives address the issue of speeding and alcohol traffic-related deaths and serious injuries in their communities.

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