Resources

Promoting innovation and the adoption of evidence based best practices.

Congressional Testimony

October 7, 2021
MCCA President Chief Art Acevedo, “20 Years After 9/11: Examining Communications Challenges,” Statement of Art Acevedo, Chief of Police, Miami, Florida, and President, Major Cities Chiefs Association, before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery, Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives
 
March 23, 2021
MCCA President Chief Art Acevedo “Constitution and Common Sense Steps to Reduce Gun Violence”
Statement of Art Acevedo, Houston Chief of Police and MCCA President before the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate on March 23, 2021.
 
July 2020
MCCA President Chief Art Acevedo  “Respect for Law Enforcement and the Rule of Law”
Statement of Art Acevedo, Chief of Police, Houston, Texas and President, Major Cities Chiefs Association before the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice on July 22, 2020. 
 
June 2020
MCCA President Chief Art Acevedo  “Police Use of Force and Community Relations”
Statement of Art Acevedo, Chief of Police, Houston, Texas and President, Major Cities Chiefs Association before the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate on June 16, 2020.
 
February 2019
MCCA President Chief Art Acevedo  “Preventing Gun Violence: A Call to Action”

Statement of Art Acevedo, Chief of Police, Houston, Texas, and President, Major Cities Chiefs Association before the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States House of Representatives on February 6, 2019.

Legislative Letters

2021

November 30, 2021
S. 2981 HELPER Act Support Letter

November 19, 2021
Build Back Better Act NG 911 Funding – PS NG 911 Coalition Letter

November 4, 2021
H.R. 5797 SERVE Our Communities Support Letter

November 1, 2021
H.R. 5768 VICTIM Act Support Letter

October 20, 2021
H.R. 5615 Homeland Security Capabilities Preservation Act Support Letter
S. 2914 Terry Technical Corrections Act Support Letter

October 5, 2021
Police Reform Negotiations Letter
Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on VAWA Letter for the Record

September 28, 2021
S. 2629-Better Cybercrime Metrics Act

September 22, 2021
Begin Again Act Markup Stakeholder Support Letter
MCCA and NDAA Amendment #534 Opposition

September 17, 2021
Endorsement of Nomination of Dr. Rahul Gupta as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

September 13, 2021
Permanent Scheduling of Fentanyl Related Substances-LE Stakeholder Letter

September 9, 2021
NG 911 Letter to President Biden-Public Safety NG 911 Coalition

September 8, 2021
Support for NG 911 Funding-NY Chiefs and Sheriffs

September 3, 2021
Request for NG 911 Funding-Public Safety NG 911 Coalition
Joint Stakeholder Letter Support S. 921 – Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act

August 31, 2021
Public Safety NG 911 Coalition-NG 911 Funding Request

August 17, 2021
Reconciliation Funding NG 911 Coalition Letter

July 27, 2021
Joint Law Enforcement Association Letter to Congress re: Policing Reform Provisions in Appropriations Bill

July 23, 2021
Joint Law Enforcement Association Letter to President Biden re: Collaboration and Sharing of Information

July 21, 2021
S. 2502 Kenneth B. Thompson Begin Again Act
S. 2351/H.R. 4459 SIMSA Act of 2021
H.R. 3172 HELPER Act

July 13, 2021
Endorsement of Nomination of Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to serve as Director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
Endorsement of Nomination of Chief Chris Magnus to serve as Director of Customs and Border Protection

July 6, 2021
Support for H.R. 3159 Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2021

July 2, 2021
Law Enforcement Stakeholder Letter – FY 2022 Forensic Science Appropriations

June 30, 2021
Stakeholder Support Letter – S. 285 Medicaid Reentry Act

June 22, 2021
EQUAL Act SJC Hearing Letter

June 18, 2021
S. 2449 Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act of 2021

June 11, 2021
Support for HR 3252 FFL Protection Act

May 24, 2021
Support for S. 1801, H.R. 3536 Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act of 2021

May 13, 2021
S. 1502, COPS Counseling Act
Support for H.R. 2839, Bipartisan Border Solutions Act
Support for H.R. 3079, Protect and Serve Act

May 10, 2021
Endorsement of Ron Davis for USMS Director

April 26, 2021
Bipartisan Border Solutions Act (S. 1358)
EQUAL Act (S. 79 / H.R. 1693)
Ethan’s Law (S. 190)
Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act (S. 763)

April 21, 2021
Stakeholder Letter in Support of FY 2022 Byrne JAG Funding

April 19, 2021
Law Enforcement Stakeholder Letter in Support of Extending the Temporary Scheduling of Fentanyl

April 13, 2021
Support for H.R. 2466, Law Enforcement Protection Act

March 25, 2021
Driving for Opportunity Act of 2021

March 22, 2021
Support for NG 911 Provisions in LIFT America Act

March 22, 2021
Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act

March 19, 2021
Federal Law Enforcement Protection Act

March 15, 2021
Protect and Serve Act of 2021

March 12, 2021
NG 911 Act in LIFT America Act

March 5, 2021
H.R. 8 Bipartisan Background Checks Act _ S.B. 529 Background Check Expansion Act

March 4, 2021
Stakeholder Letter – Support for VOCA Deposits Fix

January 29, 2021
Public Safety Stakeholders-DHS NG911 Interoperability Testing Program

January 18, 2021
MCCA Response to House Oversight and Government Reform re Capitol Attack

 

2020

December 12, 2020
LE Stakeholders – S 2174, Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act

December 4, 2020
Support for Including VOCA Deposits Fix in FY 21 Appropriations

October 13, 2020
Stakeholder Letter – Inclusion of T-Band in FY 21 Appropriations

September 29, 2020
LE Stakeholders – HR 5227, Technology in Criminal Justice Act of 2019 Concerns

September 28, 2020
EO 13929 Standards for Certification on Safe Policing for Communities

September 23, 2020
S 4612 Methamphetamine Response Act

September 21, 2020
Public Safety Stakeholders – Opposition to FCC 4.9 GHz Decision

July 28, 2020
MCCA and MCSA, HR 7617 Facial Recognition Amendments Opposition

July 21, 2020
Stakeholder Letter – Inclusion of T-Band in COVID Legislation 3

July 1, 2020
S 4186 Driving for Opportunity Act

June 3, 2020
POTUS Meeting Request, Police Reform

June 2, 2020
S 4051 Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act

May 22, 2020
HR 6414, COVID-19 Correctional Facility Emergency Response Act Concerns

May 11, 2020
S 3607 Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act of 2020

May 9, 2020
MCCA and USCM, Need for Fiscal Assistance for Cities

April 24, 2020
COVID-19 Priorities, POTUS

April 23, 2020
COVID-19 Priorities, Congress

April 16, 2020
First Responder Resiliency Act Inclusion in COVID Legislation

April 14, 2020
Inclusion of T-Band in COVID Legislation 2

March 25, 2020
HR 3735 Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act

March 22, 2020
Stakeholder Letter, COVID-19 First Responder Needs and Challenges

March 21, 2020
PS NG911 Coalition, NG911 Progress Update

March 20, 2020
ONDCP Letter

March 18, 2020
Inclusion of T-Band in COVID Legislation 1

March 16, 2020
S 3398 EARN It Act

March 9, 2020
HR 2179 Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act

February 14, 2020
HR 6003 First Responder Resiliency Act of 2020

February 7, 2020
HR 8 Anniversary Letter

January 24, 2020
LE Stakeholders, S 3201 Fentanyl Scheduling

January 23, 2020
S 400 Blocking Deadline Fentanyl Imports Act

January 22, 2020
S 3201 Temporary Reauthorization and Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act

January 21, 2020
FY 21 Byrne JAG Funding

January 17, 2020
HR 1156 LEOSA Reform Act

 

2019

December 4, 2019
LE Stakeholders – Project Guardian

September 20, 2019
HR 2378 Kerrie Orozco First Responders Family Support Act

September 11, 2019
S 954 POWER Act

August 30, 2019
S 2376 Stop Illegal Trafficking Firearms Act

August 12, 2019
Gun Violence Letter to Senate and White House

August 6, 2019
Support for Gun Violence Legislation

July 22, 2019
Stakeholder Letter, S1170 and HR 3180 RISE from Trauma Act

July 2, 2019
HR 1236 Extreme Risk Protection Act of 2019

June 24, 2019
Public Safety Stakeholders – HR 451 Support

June 24, 2019
HR 451 Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act of 2019

May 25, 2019
Support for Red Flag Legislation – House Judiciary

May 4, 2019
HR 1595 SAFE Banking Act of 2019 Opposition

May 2, 2019
S 875 and HR 1671 NICS Denial Notification Act – Senate

May 2, 2019
S 875 and HR 1671 NICS Denial Notification Act – House of Representatives

April 30, 2019
Opposition to HIDTA and Drug Free School Transfer

April 30, 2019
Opposition to CRS Restructuring

April 20, 2019
S 1028 STATES Act-Opposition

April 15, 2019
Support for BVP Grant Program

April 15, 2019
Support for Bipartisan VAWA Reauthorization

April 15, 2019
HR 435 National Gun Violence Research Act

April 12, 2019
First Step Act Chiefs Recommendations

March 25, 2019
Support for Red Flag Legislation

March 18, 2019
HR 1325 Protect and Serve Act

March 15, 2019
HR 1297 Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2019

February 27, 2019
HR 1112 Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 – Rep. Clyburn

February 26, 2019
HR 1112 Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 – House Judiciary

February 8, 2019
S 820 Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019

February 8, 2019
HR 8 Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

2018

December 15, 2018
MCCA, NSA, MCSA – Revised First Step Act Concerns 3

December 4, 2018
MCCA, NSA, MCSA – Revised First Step Act Concerns 2

November 30, 2018
BWC Use of Task Forces

November 29, 2018
MCCA, NSA, MCCA – DOJ First Step Revisions

November 29, 2018
MCCA, MCSA – First Step Legislation Letter – White House

November 15, 2018
MCCA, NSA, MCSA – Revised First Step Act Concerns 1

November 2, 2018
MCCA, MCSA – First Step Questions – White House

September 28, 2018
S 2836 Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018

September 6, 2018
HR 5871 and S 2763 POWER Act

July 25, 2018
S 1885 AV START Act Opposition

June 18, 2018
Opposition to HIDTA – DEA Transfer

June 18, 2018
Opposition to COPS Office Relocation

June 16, 2018
FY 2019 Appropriations Marijuana Banking Access Amendments Opposition

June 4, 2018
S 2974 Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act

March 19, 2018
HR 2598 Gun Violence Restraining Order Act of 2017

March 15, 2018
S 1212 Gun Violence Restraining Order Act of 2017

March 12, 2018
HR 4909 STOP School Violence Act of 2018

March 9, 2018
S 2095 Assault Weapons Ban of 2017

March 7, 2018
S 2492 NICS Denial Notification Act of 2018

February 22, 2018
CLOUD Act of 2018

February 9, 2018
HR 4854 Justice Served Act of 2018

February 8, 2018
National State Local Stakeholders – Support for Byrne JAG

February 6, 2018
S 2429 PROTECT Act of 2018

February 1, 2018
S 2262 Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2017

February 1, 2018
S 1693 Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017

February 1, 2018
HR 3458 MICRO Act

January 19, 2018
DNA Cold Case Act of 2018, Senate

January 18, 2018
Support for Mental Health Funding

January 3, 2018
NICS Prohibited Purchaser Fugitive Definition

Publications and Reports

MCCA Report on Facial Recognition Technology in Modern Policing – Recommendations and Considerations

MCCA Report on Law Enforcement Response to First Amendment Assemblies: Best Practices and Tactics
After the October 2020 MCCA Annual Meeting, a working group was established to discuss protests and prepare a report to inform conversations within the profession, with elected officials and with community members. The report complements the 2020 Protest and Civil Unrest report mentioned below.

MCCA Police Reform Working Group Report
During the MCCA Annual Meeting in October 2020, a working group was established to update the MCCA’s Police Reform Principles that were issued in June. Working group members participated in weekly calls to review and edit the existing principles in coordination with the Legislative Committee.

MCCA Report on the 2020 Protest and Civil Unrest
The MCCA Intelligence Commanders Group (ICG) conducted an after-action review focused on this summer’s protests and civil unrest. From May 25 to July 31, 2020, 8,700 total protest events occurred in 68 major cities and counties. This level of activity was unprecedented and while the majority of protests were lawful and peaceful, 79 percent of reporting agencies experienced at least one protest that involved some level of violence and in cities where violence did occur, assaults on officers, looting and arson were the most common criminal activities.

2020 Threat Review and Prioritization (TRP) Report
For MCCA member agencies, core policing confirms continued to comprise the top issues and violent crime with firearms overwhelmingly remained the number one ranked issue.

Public/Private Partnership Project: Creating a Roadmap for Effective Collaboration Between Local Law Enforcement Executives & Corporate Chief Security Officers
In partnership with the Target Corporation, MCCA completed the Public/Private Partnership Project, which provides a framework for establishing and sustaining “strategic” relationships between local law enforcement and corporate entities that can be relied on to help refine overarching public safety priorities, prepare for and respond to critical events, and collaborate as allies in the creation and implementation of local public safety initiatives.

Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide
Developed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, this guide is intended to identify the critical elements of violent crime reduction efforts and to put before the law enforcement community a sample of the remarkable array of programs, services, and assistance available from the U.S. Department of Justice. This guide recognizes the complex challenges confronting today’s law enforcement executives and offers ideas on how to approach the extraordinarily difficult problem of developing effective tactics and strategies to deal with those challenges.

The MCCA report regarding Independent Investigations of Officer Involved Shootings in now available. The research was supported by the COPS Office and led by Professor Joe Kuhns from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. The report provides insight on officer involved shooting investigative practices in major cities in the United States and Canada.

Civilian Oversight of the Police in Major Cities 
Civilian oversight of the police has been a topic of discussion and debate since the 1960s. The debate generally surfaces i communities where there has been a high-profile incident in which a member of the community has been injured or killed during an encounter with the police. The MCCA research was led by Darrel W. Stephens and Ellen Scrivner and sought to improve understanding of civilian oversight agencies and the challenges of implementation.