Magazine article Law & Order

Chief-Oriented Sessions at IACP

Magazine article Law & Order

Chief-Oriented Sessions at IACP

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The annual IACP conference has the largest number of the most credible, most chief-oriented educational sessions anywhere. Dozen of sessions on a wide variety of topics take place at the same time. Quite literally, anyone in law enforcement, from patrol supervisor, to jail commander to police superintendent can find a couple of sessions in each time block that will make a difference in their operations. Here are a few.

In just one of the many less-lethal sessions, Major Steve Ijames (ret), Springfield, MO Police, the author of the IACP's model policy, presented the latest trends in TASER® training. "TASER training should focus more on when to use the device than how to use the device." The drive-stun option is just one area of recent change. On one hand, use the drive-stun sparingly because it is the cause of most citizen complaints. On the other hand, remember that the drive-stun is the real solution to ineffective probe connections. If you have not updated your TASER policy in the past two years, you need to.

One of the best-attended sessions was by Chief Dwayne Orrick of the Cordele, GA Police on recruiting the new officer and retaining the right officer. Chief Orrick will have a regular column on this very topic starting next month. Find out what (or who) pushes people out of your department, and minimize this; find out what (or who) pulls people into your department and maximize that. Before you extend an offer of employment, have that person do a shift-long ride-along. …

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