Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
Russell Arend, founder of the Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of North Florida, recently received the Florida Police Chiefs Association Wall of Honor Award for his contributions
to law enforcement and the Association. The award was given at the FPCA annual conference June 28 in Orlando.
Arend, a Baker County resident, began his distinguished career in law enforcement at the age of 21 as an officer with the St. Louis Police Department. From there, he took a position with the Northwestern University Traffic Institute, rising to prominence as a respected figure in the fields of traffic safety and police training.
In 1980, Arend, who has more than 40 years of law enforcement service, moved to Florida and founded the Institute of Police Traffic Management, which was later changed to the Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Within months, he joined the Florida Police Chiefs Association and quickly became an integral member of the law enforcement community in Florida.
In addition to building a world-class training institution, he focused his efforts on making Florida police officers among the best trained professionals in the country. Early in its existence, IPTM received one of the first traffic safety grants from the Florida Department of Transportation, enabling Florida officers to receive free training in selected traffic safety areas.
The partnership with the FPCA and guidance from the Highway Safety Committee helped to mold this traffic safety training and the new curricula that resulted. New courses like Safe and Legal Traffic Stops, Sobriety Checkpoint Operations, Preparing for the DHSMV Administrative Hearing and others were developed in response to the needs identified through the HSC as well as the FPCA’s executive board. Those courses also garnered national interest as other states looked to follow Florida’s lead.
As IPTM implemented various statewide traffic safety programs on behalf of the FDOT, Arend, who is currently retired, worked through the FPCA to gain buy-in for the programs and communicate the initiatives to the membership. He also ensured that the FPCA held a leading role in promoting the coordinated waves of enforcement to the motoring public.
IPTM offers a wide variety of courses in several fields of interest, including crash investigations and reconstruction, traffic and DUI/DWI enforcement, supervision and management, crime scene procedures, criminal investigations, drug and gang enforcement, tactical operations and more.
Each year, the Institute trains around 15,000 civilian and military law enforcement personnel from around the world. It has
two satellite training facilities—one in Australia and another in Tempe, Ariz.
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