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{OPM Criminal Justice Bulletin}

December 28, 2011

In this Issue...

FEATURED:

Protecting Civil Rights: A Leadership Guide for State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Message from Mike Lawlor

 

FOR IMMEDIATE REVIEW:

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Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice reported a variety of concerns regarding a Connecticut municipal police department.  Their letter to the town highlighted a number of deficiencies related to protecting the civil rights of persons with whom they come in contact. 

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I want to bring to your attention a 2006 publication, Protecting Civil Rights: A Leadership Guide for State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement, authored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the COPS office.  They make numerous recommendations for best practices.  I know that most Connecticut chiefs are well aware of this, but I want to make sure every local and state official concerned with criminal justice matters has an opportunity to review it.

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Among other things, the report describes policies and procedures designed to avoid being the subject of a federal “consent decree”. 

Please let me know if you would like more information.

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Below are links to the text and .pdf versions of the report. 

{ } http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/files/ric/Publications/e06064100.txt

http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/files/ric/Publications/e06064100.pdf 

{ } { } The introduction to the report is reprinted below.

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{ } Mike Lawlor
Under Secretary
Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division
State Office of Policy and Management

450 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106-1365

Phone: 860-418-6394

Mike.Lawlor@ct.gov 

 


U.S. Department of Justice Letter... 

 

Protecting Civil Rights: A Leadership Guide for State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement

 

September 2006 

Dear Colleague:  

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is pleased to present the new publication,  Protecting Civil Rights: A Leadership Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement. Funded  by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the guide examines the experiences  of a wide cross section of agencies proactively engaged in protecting civil rights as well as  those that have come under federally mandated monitoring resulting from investigations of  patterns or practices of civil rights violations. The guide references the exemplary policies and  practices of departments promoting civil rights as well as the content of the consent decrees  and memorandums of agreement that individual police agencies have signed with the U.S.  Department of Justice. The guide relies on information obtained from focus groups, as well as key  advisors in the law enforcement community and the IACP standing committees on civil rights and  professional standards. Finally, the guide is informed by the activities and staff of two distinct, yet  complementary, agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Special Litigation Section of  the Civil Rights Division and the Community Relations Service.  

By bringing these sources together, the guide provides a comprehensive overview of  the civil rights issues and challenges that today’s law enforcement leaders face. It offers  practical recommendations for addressing these challenges, but more important, it includes  recommendations that encourage leaders to engage in full community partnerships in ways that  both protect and promote civil rights.  

In short, this effort expresses the conviction that law enforcement leaders can and must learn as  much as possible from the perspectives and direct experiences of their professional peers. Through  such exchanges, chief executives can gain insights into the best ways to serve their communities  using promising strategies and practices that are respectful, ethical, and effective. We hope that all  law enforcement leaders will recognize the need for visionary leadership in these areas and will  look to this guide as a valuable tool in their ongoing efforts to protect and promote civil rights.  

 Sincerely,   

Chief Mary Ann Viverette Chief John Finnegan 
President, IACP Barnstable (Massachusetts) Police Department Gaithersburg (Maryland) Police Department Chair, IACP Civil Rights Committee   

Chief Charles A. Gruber  South Barrington (Illinois) Police Department 
Chair, IACP Professional Standards Committee  

 

 

 

 

 

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