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

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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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.

Source: SEARCH
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.

Source: IACP
Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Remain Important for the Future of Cybersecurity Information Sharing

Privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties (P/CRCL)as they relate to the public and private spaceare increasingly woven into the work of countering terrorism and violent extremism. P/CRCL also plays an important role in cybersecurity conversations. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 created the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) with a mandate to share terrorism-related information “in a manner consistent with national security and with applicable legal standards relating to privacy and civil liberties.” As a result, the ISE recognizes that the exchange of sensitive information comes with the responsibility to understand evolving privacy concerns and to identify policy challenges and institutional best practices that apply to this environment.

At the 2016 International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, the nexus between cybersecurity and P/CRCL was a central theme. As noted by Marc Groman, Senior Advisor for Privacy at the Office of Management and Budget and Chair of the Federal Privacy Council, privacy and cybersecurity efforts require coordination and are “independent but interdependent.” Cybersecurity programs implemented by ISE partners should incorporate the principals of Privacy by Design by ensuring that privacy is considered at all stages during the program design process.

Source: PM-ISE
Violent Criminal Apprehension Program Part 1: Sharing Information to Stop Serial Offenders

FBI crime analysts recently provided training on the Bureau's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) Web platform in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Personnel from regional law enforcement agencies were gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona, for an introduction to the FBI’s ViCAP, whose mission is simple: share information to help solve serial crimes. ViCAP Web is the only national law enforcement database that contains both investigative and behavioral information related to specific types of cases. 

Source: FBI

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