Second Quarterly Meeting Recap

The June meeting was hosted by the Arizona Department of Public Safety at their training facility in central Phoenix. We were happy to see members from Scottsdale, DPS, Goodyear, MCAO, Glendale, Maricopa, Chandler and Coconino County SO in attendance to hear from DPS speakers and AZ POST.

With opening statements from Captain Haywood of Arizona DPS we kicked off the morning presentations with Strategic Planning at the state level.

Paul Swietek, DPS

Paul Swietek shared the history of Strategic Planning at DPS and the current process they are required to complete for the Governor’s Office. He provided examples of scorecards and performance metrics that we will make available to the membership.

Our second presentation of the day was by Mark Perkovich from the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board to share more about the responsibilities of POST and sworn certifications. As many of our member agencies are not tasked with the process of recruitment and hiring it was a great learning opportunity that ties in to our human resource planning competency within the certification for IALEP.

Mark Perkovich, AZ POST

Our last presenter of the day, Capt. Damon Cecil, talked about the Arizona Border Strike Force Bureau, a new enforcement initiative within DPS’ Criminal Investigations Division that not only targets border crimes but provides a comprehensive collaborative approach to help secure Arizona’s border and thwart transnational criminal organizations. Specific units within the Border Strike Force Bureau include the Canine District, the Southern Investigations District, and the Vehicle Theft District. This Strike Force has concentrated its enforcement efforts more recently on opioid related crime, attempting to keep these drugs from hitting the streets and arresting hundreds of criminals responsible for the transportation and dissemination of dangerous and deadly drugs in Arizona.

Early bird registration is available for the Annual Conference in El Paso through August 1 for $400. The cost of registration will go up to $550 after that time. The session descriptions are now available on the IALEP website!

The chapter discussed hosting our fall meeting at Arizona State University on the downtown campus and hosting a career fair for law enforcement planners. If this is something that you are interested in participating in please contact Cassie Johnson. Location feasibility is still being considered.

Have a great summer everyone, stay cool.

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