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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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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Justice-to-Health Exchanges: Understanding the Myths Surrounding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Addressing Challenges to Cross-Domain Information Sharing
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Criminal justice leaders recognize the need to exchange justice and health information to ensure the continuity of care for justice-involved individuals. However, fears and misconceptions about federal and state privacy laws have led many to believe that it is difficult (if not impossible) to create information exchanges between these domains. This Webinar will dispel the “myths” surrounding HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 and showcase how states and jurisdictions are overcoming barriers to create safe and secure justice-to-health exchanges that comply with patient privacy protections.
 
This webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET.  During this event, Kate Tipping, JD, Public Health Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Richard Fiore, ASSURE Project Sponsor, State of Alabama; and Becki Goggins, Director, Law and Policy, SEARCH, will provide an overview of these efforts at the state and national level and lead a facilitated discussion. Registration is required.
 
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State justice leaders, policymakers, and interested justice information sharing practitioners.
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BJA IADLEST Webinar for Police Professionals
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) are hosting a crime analysis-focused Webinar on Monday, March 30, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET).  The Webinar will cover key principles and best practices that may assist agencies in effectively developing and managing crime analysis programs and most important, making the best operational use of crime analysis products.  The session will cover important concerns about training (for both analysts and officers), data quality, development of policies and plans, and crafting targeted responses based on crime bulletins and reports.
 
For more information on this Webinar, including registration information, please visit https://www.bjatraining.org/media/event/getting-most-out-crime-analysis.
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COPS Building Relationships of Trust Toolkit Now Available
Building relationships of trust brings many benefits to both law enforcement agencies and the communities they protect. Developing meaningful relationships with the communities they serve can aid law enforcement officers in successfully addressing issues regarding neighborhood safety and security. The Building Relationships of Trust Toolkit provides the necessary guidance, processes, and education to build those relationships.
 
The toolkit is designed for use by both law enforcement agencies and neighborhood communities across the country to assist in building and sustaining relationships of trust. It includes six components that provide detailed information police officers and community members should consider when trying to build trusting relationships. 
 
Several of the toolkit components primarily target a law enforcement audience, including the Recommended Steps for Chief Executives, the Community Perception Survey, and the Curriculum Training Modules. The other toolkit components are intended for both law enforcement and community members, including the publication Moving to Implementation, the interactive video overview, and the Commonly Used Terms
 
The toolkit’s feature publication, Moving to Implementation, focuses on bringing communities into the public safety and policing process at the local level. Recommended Steps for Chief Executives lists actions executives can take to ensure that the process of developing relationships of trust continues. And the interactive video depicts law enforcement and community leaders from around the country providing insight into their communities and the practices that have worked best to build relationships.
 
To access the Building Relationships of Trust Toolkit overview, follow the link below:
 
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Call to Action: Justice System Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, along with partners and subject-matter experts, supported the development of a valuable new resource entitled 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 a 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.

To download this publication, refer to: https://it.ojp.gov/gist/174/Call-to-Action-and-Issue-Brief--Justice-System-Use-of-Prescription-Drug-Monitoring-Programs--Addressing-the-Nations-Prescription-Drug-and-Opioid-Abuse-Epidemic.

 

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