Remarks by Secretary Chertoff to the International Association of Chiefs of Police [November 11, 2008]   [open pdf - 53KB]

From the remarks of Secretary Chertoff: "I would like to take a few minutes today to talk about some of the areas of collaboration and cooperation that we have achieved and, in particular, discuss two areas where we are continuing to focus on improving our capabilities and releasing our vulnerabilities. The first of these efforts is sharing information about suspicious activities, whether it protects at the federal, state, or local level. This is what we call suspicious activity reporting. The secondary effort concerns the growing problem of identity theft. As you know, identity theft is a favored and increasing tool of criminals who seek to conceal their identities in order to commit crimes. It is also a way for people who are not authorized to work in this country to get work illegally, and often cause an enormous heartache to the people who are the real owners of the identities that have been stolen. But before I talk about these two issues, I would like to note a few recent adjustments that we've made to some of our existing programs in response, frankly, to the feedback we have gotten from the IACP and others in the law enforcement community."

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