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Utah Chief Turns to IACP Net For Help


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  • Chief Terry Keefe
    Layton, Utah, Police Department

Whether he’s reviewing search warrant procedures for drug busts or considering changing in-squad video cameras to digital, Chief Terry Keefe of the Layton, Utah, Police Department turns to IACP Net first. “I’ve found that when people ask for help on IACP Net, a lot of departments step up to the plate. It’s a great information-sharing network for law enforcement.”

Layton, a city of about 65,000, is located 25 miles north of Salt Lake City between the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountain Range. “It’s a scenic area, mostly mid- to upper-income,” said Chief Keefe. “But we still face the same problems most other departments are facing.”

In fact, his biggest law enforcement concern surrounds a cheaply-made drug: methamphetamine. “It’s very inexpensive to manufacture. A lot of people make it in little kitchen labs that will produce a couple of ounces at a time. Any chief concerned with methamphetamine in his community is going to tell you that they’re seeing an accompanying rise in property crime and fraud, because people who use meth need to support their habit. So you get a lot of bad checks, credit card fraud and identity theft.”

To help combat meth manufacturing and related crimes, Layton participates in a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force. “Our department recently assumed the management and supervision of the task force, and I needed to compare our policies and procedures with those of other drug units across the county. So I put a Quest (a request for information) on IACP Net.”

Chief Keefe received helpful policies from other IACP Net members across the country, covering procedural issues such as ensuring accurate and thorough search warrants, handling informants, professionalism during undercover and drug buys operations, and administrative do’s and don’ts.

Chief Keefe has spent close to 12 of his 30 years in law enforcement working drugs, and only sees the problem getting worse. “We’re becoming more effective in taking the precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamines off the streets. We’re also getting storeowners to report people who are purchasing large amounts of commercial products—such as cough tablets—that contain an ingredient used to manufacture meth. We’re also working closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in a program called Project Safe Neighborhoods, which I read about first on IACP Net. This program allows us to take repeat offenders and those who use a firearm during the commission of a crime to federal court, for much tougher sentencing than they would receive in state court.”

Chief Keefe has also used IACP Net to research:

  • Whether to change from video to digital in-car cameras. “While some departments are migrating to digital cameras, we are waiting for technology to improve and prices to drop.”
  • Law enforcement ethics. “Many departments are developing early warning programs to track information about individual officers, so they can identify problems early and intervene.”
  • Motorcycle policies. “We recently added motorcycles in our traffic division. With IACP Net, we were able to obtain motorcycles policies from departments across the country.”
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). “That’s a pretty complex issue and IACP Net had a lot of information about developing HIPAA policies.”
  • The chief accesses IACP Net regularly, even when he isn’t researching a specific law enforcement issue. “At least twice a week I will check several areas on IACP Net: new legislation, grants and funding, and Quests. I read every one of the Quests and the accompanying responses. They cover a variety of topics, from obtaining grants for placing defibrillators in squad cars, to conducting workload analysis surveys, to deciding who should remove Taser darts, to determining adequate staffing. I’ve found the Quests to be very beneficial. It’s a great way to jog your memory about future issues to look into.”

    [Editor’s Note: Chief Keefe has retired from the Layton Police Department. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.]