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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Information Sharing News News Archive

DHS OCIO’s ICAM Speeds Access to Mission IT, Increases Cybersecurity, and Saves Money

In a recent Information Sharing Environment (ISE) blog, the work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Program is highlighted.  ICAM and its DHS Trusted Identity Exchange (TIE) are delivering forward-thinking access and data-protection solutions that make DHS networks more efficient and secure for all DHS mission users.  TIE is a centralized enterprise service that may eliminate the use of untrustworthy or out-of-date identity data for access decisions to systems, data, and facilities, while ensuring the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of all users.

Source: ISE
Orlando Police to Add 450 Body Cameras to Officers After USF Study

The Orlando Police Department plans to equip patrol officers with body cameras, adding 450 cameras over the next four years. The decision follows a study by the University of South Florida to explore "the perceptions of Orlando police officers toward body-worn cameras and the effect of body-worn cameras on officer [and citizen] behavior." Researchers studied 100 police officers, 50 of which wore cameras while on duty and 50 did not. In a presentation to the Orlando City Council, Chief John Mina said it will cost about $1.69 million to get the program up and running, including the purchase of 100 cameras a year and the storage of their footage. He estimated the annual data-storage costs for the body cams would be about $460,000.

BJA Debuts Body-Worn Camera Toolkit

In direct response to President Barrack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the Bureau of Justice Assistance has developed the Body-Worn Camera Toolkit—an online clearinghouse of resources designed to assist law enforcement agencies in planning and implementing body-worn camera (BWC) programs. The toolkit consolidates and organizes the growing body of knowledge about BWC programs into key topic areas, such as research, policy, technology, and privacy.

Source: BJA
Youth Focused Policing Agency Self-Assessment Tool

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has published a new assessment tool for evaluating law enforcement policy and practice in the prevention and response to juvenile offenses, reoffenses, and victimization. The tool—Youth Focused Policing Agency Self-Assessment, supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice—is designed to assist agencies in early identification of trends, resources, and community partnerships that may identify best practice responses for improving the safety and well-being of youth.  The results serve as the foundation for an action plan to implement new or enhance existing strategies to improve agency response.

Source: IACP
Justice Department Will Spend $20 Million on Police Body Cameras Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Justice plans to launch a pilot program aimed at expanding the use of body cameras worn by police officers. Federal officials plan to award nearly $20 million in funding to dozens of departments. In addition, another $1 million will be set aside so that the Bureau of Justice Statistics can determine how to study the actual impact of the cameras. A White House task force on policing, created in the wake of the unrest last year in Ferguson, Missouri; New York; and other cities, issued a report in March that did not recommend that officers have to wear body cameras, but it said that these cameras have been shown to reduce use of force by police and complaints against officers.

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