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: https://iir.adobeconnect.com/p2ew41cvsl0/. 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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DHS Expands Access to Virtual Cybersecurity Training

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding access to its Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) program to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government employees—part of the department's efforts to build a strong cyber workforce that can keep up with evolving technology and increasing cybersecurity risks.

The online program, which is sponsored by DHS and supported by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), contains more than 800 hours of training on topics such as ethical hacking and surveillance, risk management, and malware analysis, as well as preparation exams for security certifications. The free, governmentwide program includes more than 150 demos and 3,000-related materials, including videotaped lectures and hands-on virtual labs where users can practice what they have learned on a "sandbox" network.

Source: GCN
Plans Move Forward in Establishing Intelligence Center in Hidalgo County, Texas

Texas will soon have a more effective way to target border crime via an intelligence center operated by law enforcement in Hidalgo County. The establishment of the Texas Transnational Intelligence Center was part of House Bill 11, which was recently signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The intelligence center will be operated by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office and the McAllen Police Department with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Source: valleycentral
White House Orders All Federal Sites Go HTTPS By the End of 2016

In a bid to close potential vulnerabilities in the government's Web presence, the White House is mandating every public federal Web site switch to a more secure Internet connection standard within about a year and a half. The connection technology, Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), provides site visitors more privacy and confidence while they are looking at official government Web sites. The secure protocol also prevents a lot of Web surfing behavior from being watched or toyed with. Come December 31, 2016, every public federal site must be protected with HTTPS.

Source: Nextgov
Transformation of the DHS/DOJ Fusion Process Technical Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Department of Justice Fusion Process Technical Assistance (TA) Program (TA Program) and fusion centers nationwide are undergoing an exciting stage in their evolution. With the maturation of the National Network of Fusion Centers, the TA Program is evolving to meet the expanding needs of fusion centers. This growth will require a TA Program that is capable of working with both fusion centers and their key stakeholders to address expectations and facilitate understanding of the benefits and value of increased partnerships.

Source: ISE
IACP Launches the Law Enforcement Cyber Center

On May 18, 2015, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) launched the Law Enforcement Cyber Center, http://www.iacpcybercenter.org.  The center is an online portal that is designed to educate and build the capacity of justice and public safety agencies to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and respond to cyberthreats and cybercrimes. The center is designed to address three principal areas: cybercrime investigation, digital forensics, and information systems security.

Source: IACP

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