Call to Action and Issue Brief: Justice System Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs—Addressing the Nation’s Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Focusing on states’ prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), this resource provides useful guidance to justice practitioners and policymakers, along with practical tools such as the PDMP best-practices checklist, a compendium of resources and references (including BJA’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit and Web site), and recommended next steps for addressing this critical public safety and public health challenge. Details and Download

Recording Now Available: BJA Privacy Webinar—The Importance of Privacy and Social Media Policies in Law Enforcement

Now online is a recording of the January 30, 2015, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) privacy Webinar titled “The Importance of Privacy and Social Media Policies in Law Enforcementat: Featuring presentations by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Connect South Dakota, the Webinar focused on privacy and social media policy development, adoption, and implementation within their entities and statewide. BJA’s suite of privacy resources was also provided for further assistance. View the Webinar

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Five in 5

The Criminal intelligence Coordinating Council’s (CICC) Five in 5 is a snapshot of law enforcement and criminal intelligence-related articles, resources, and research that may be of interest to CICC members and partners working to improve the nation’s ability to develop and share criminal intelligence. Read the Latest Edition

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Grantee Guidelines for Global Standards Package Compliance

To promote increased interoperability among justice information sharing systems, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has started issuing guidance relative to the use of the Global Standards Package. Continue to the Global Standards Package

Video Evidence: A Law Enforcement Guide to Resources and Best Practices

Designed for chiefs, sheriffs, and line officers to provide answers to straightforward questions they may have regarding properly securing, collecting, storing, and analyzing video, as well as to provide sources for training. Details and Download

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Internal DHS Employee, Contractor Credentialing, Data Access Pilot Given Green Light by Privacy Office
Because of a “major gap” in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) current ability to effectively control and manage identity, credential and access-management data (DHS ICAM data) on DHS employees and contractors, the department is creating a proprietary employee ID program called the “DHS Trusted Identity Exchange” (TIE), which is being designed in coordination with other DHS components. 
According to the Privacy Impact Assessment for the DHS Trusted Identity Exchange, “Every internal DHS system, or ‘consuming’ application, uses a unique collection of the user’s digital identity and credential data to manage access to protected resources, such as federally managed facilities, information systems, and data.” 


2014 Fusion Center Assessment Released: Three Key Takeaways
This article highlights several significant findings from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s annual report on the National Network of Fusion Centers (NNFC).  The report revealed growth in NNFC’s cost-sharing efforts among federal, state, and local levels and highlighted a major increase in the number of collaborative analytic reports produced.  Further, the report shared the centers’ maturity and vigilance in protecting privacy and civil liberties, noting there have not been any center-related privacy and civil liberties incidents in the last three to four years. 


Report: CompStat Does Reduce Crime
CompStat-style programs are responsible for a 5 to 15 percent decrease in crime in cities using the system, according to a recent study by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University’s School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute.
CompStat is a data-driven police management technique, developed in New York to reduce and prevent crime. Initially done by hand and then computerized in 1994, CompStat’s management and accountability system helps police take up strategies based on accurate data collection. 
“Specifically, a CompStat-style program is associated with a [national average of a] 13 percent decrease in violent crime, an 11 percent decrease in property crime, and a 13 percent decrease in homicide,” said Inimai Chettiar, director of the Justice program at the Brennan Center. In New York, CompStat was credited with reducing 63 percent of the crime in the city from 1994 to 2012.


MPD Unveils New Police App for Citizen Alerts,Tips
Need to get the latest alerts and tips from the Monroe, Louisiana Police Department (MPD)? There's an app for that.
MPD officials unveiled the department's newest social media tool which will allow citizens to get alerts, send messages to the department's top brass, and find other contacts and resources within the department.
Police Chief Quentin Holmes said more people utilize social media to correspond with police officials so it's important for agencies and officers to be social media savvy to improve communication with citizens.


Global Releases Two Reference Service Standards: Entity Resolution and Merge Notification
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—in response to recommendations from the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) to the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing, together with support from the Global Standards Council (GSC)—is pleased to announce that the following Global standards have been released and are available for download.
Global has approved for release the Entity Resolution and Merge Notification information exchange reference services.  When used in conjunction with one another, these two companion services are expected to assist investigators in building a complete entity—e.g., person, place, item, location—profile based on entity records from multiple justice systems and will provide investigators with additional information that could lead to criminal apprehension.  Law enforcement support systems (e.g., federated query or link analysis applications) will use these services whenever they need to determine (at some probability) whether two entities are the same based on similar attributes within a record.  These reference services are based on the success of real-world implementation of the same through the Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC). 
The OJBC federated query currently provides access to many kinds of information, including criminal history records, bench warrants, incidents, and firearm registrations.  A core characteristic of the federated query is the ability to perform entity resolution across all search results.  Technically speaking, the entity resolution capability calculates metadata about the pairwise comparison of all records—if entity resolution determines that two records are similar enough to likely represent the same entity, the metadata will indicate such.  The OJBC portal then uses this metadata (included in the XML response message) to present the search results to the end user, which allows the user to understand the likelihood that multiple search results actually represent the same real-world entity (person, vehicle, etc.).  This has all been made possible by implementing the Entity Resolution and Merge Notification services in both Hawaii and Vermont.
The Entity Resolution and Merge Notification services along with all of the Global information sharing standards, deliverables, and tools for the justice community can be found through the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST). 


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