California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 3

Dear Reader, Welcome to the spring 2012 edition of Behind the Badge, which aims to highlight and celebrate the men and women who keep our streets safe. As a group, California’s police chiefs are smarter than ever, and it’s making a difference. A Cal Chiefs survey found that more than 62 percent have advanced college degrees, and a large group have law degrees. We interviewed three highly accomplished chiefs, and each said he believes education has contributed to the sustained drop in crime. Communications is a big focus during these challenging times. Inside, hear about the pros, cons and unknowns about social media from Arcadia Lt. Tom Le Veque, a policing pioneer. We also introduce you to Copbook, Redlands PD’s innovative intelligence-sharing tool, and showcase Modesto PD’s unique use of Twitter for the first “virtual ride-along.” Also, Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Jose Perez offers a behind-thescenes look at the successful Occupy LA decampment. We hope you enjoy the magazine. Please visit our news site at www.calchiefsnews.org or follow Cal Chiefs on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you for the critical role you play in making California one of the best and safest places in the world to live, work and play. Sincerely, David L. Maggard President of the Board California Police Chiefs Association Spring 2012 |