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IACP Fellowship

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the largest law enforcement leadership association in the world, with over 23,000 members in 100 countries. Membership includes chiefs, commissioners, directors, sheriffs, commanders, and mid-ranking officers from federal, state, county, local, tribal, and all other types of law enforcement agencies.

For the first time ever, a member of the Baltimore Police Department has been awarded an IACP Visiting Fellowship. As a visiting fellow, Deputy Commissioner Darryl De Sousa is spending the year focusing on a variety of law enforcement and related criminal justice issues, including leadership, strategic planning, policies, training, operational programs, research, and evaluation. More specifically, Deputy Commissioner De Sousa is engaged in the following programs, among others:

  • One Mind Campaign – A campaign to ensure successful interactions between police officers and persons affected by mental illness
  • Policing Inside-Out: Building Trust Through Transformative Education – A partnership between the IACP’s Institute for Community-Police Relations and Howard University
  • National Consensus Policy on Use of Force
  • 3-Digit Initiative – An initiative to create a framework and collaborative process using a multidisciplinary approach in order to appropriately diagnose mental illness calls for service at the onset (911) and dispatch an appropriately trained officer to respond.
  • Police/Youth Engagement

Upon conclusion of the fellowship, Deputy Commissioner De Sousa will return to the BPD with greatly expanded skills in the areas of leadership, agency administration, and policy development, and share with the City of Baltimore his newfound knowledge and the many benefits of access to IACP resources.


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