Violent Criminal Apprehension Program Part 2: The Highway Serial Killings Initiative
To raise awareness among law enforcement agencies—and the public—about highway serial killings and to focus ViCAP resources on helping to solve these cases, in 2004 the FBI began the Highway Serial Killings (HSK) Initiative, with support from the trucking industry.
Without ViCAP—part of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime—local law enforcement agencies investigating one of these cases may have no way of knowing a murder in their jurisdiction is similar to killings committed elsewhere. Since the initiative began, ViCAP analysts have compiled a list of more than 750 murder victims found along or near U.S. highways, as well as nearly 450 potential suspects.
The database is constantly monitored for cases that meet the HSK criteria. When cases are identified, ViCAP analysts can provide information to local law enforcement agencies regarding these cases—anything from timeline data to advice on what records to subpoena to suggesting a point of contact at another police department with similar cases.
Addressing the Challenges of Maintaining a Robust State and Regional Information Sharing Environment
Fiscal Year 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science Funding Bill Released
The House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee. The bill funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies.
The legislation contains $56 billion in total discretionary funding, an increase of $279 million over fiscal year 2016 and $1.4 billion above the President’s request for these programs. The bill targets these increases to programs of national importance, such as federal law enforcement, national security (including cybercrime and counter-terror activities), economic development, illegal drug efforts, trade enforcement, and space exploration programs. The bill also includes legislative provisions to protect the Constitutional rights of all Americans and to limit bureaucratic overreach.
SEARCH Offers Resource for Developing Common Charge Tables
As system interoperability grows, it is important for justice stakeholders to share charge information in order to improve the overall accuracy of the respective data systems involved in the justice process.
However, the justice community has developed multiple ways to represent and describe offenses in their data systems—in fact, such terms as “offenses,” “crimes,” and “charges” are often used interchangeably. These differences underscore the need to align charge data between data systems.
SEARCH has prepared a new Technical Brief as a resource to stakeholders seeking to develop common charge tables. It analyzes a collection of common charge tables used in six states to determine the core elements a charge table should include and identifies appropriate NIEM elements for each.
IACP Launches New Leading by Legacy Online Resource Toolkit
The International Association of Chiefs of Police's (IACP) Leading by Legacy program began in 2009 and held its first training in July of 2010. The Leading by Legacy training course is an intensive and interactive 2.5 day event covering a host of leadership and management topics. One of the foundational elements of the Leading by Legacy program is the Leading by Legacy Resource Toolkit. Initially available via CD-ROM, the toolkit was limited in its ability to quickly update and meet the ever-changing challenges of today’s smaller departments.
With the support of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), we are pleased to announce the launch of our new Leading By Legacy Online Resource Toolkit! This online toolkit provides first line supervisors, command staff, and police executives with information that will aid in their individual, organizational, and community legacies. The resources provided in this toolkit are intended to increase leadership skills, promote departmental stability, and facilitate community needs in smaller agencies. The online toolkit also features resources used and developed by Leading by Legacy trainers and advisors.