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

Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST)

The Global Justice Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST) provides a way for users to explore, discover, and learn about beneficial Global solutions. Whether tackling a justice information sharing business problem, targeting a general area of interest, or looking for a specific Global publication, the GIST has an answer.
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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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Establishing a Privacy Officer Function Within a Justice or Public Safety Entity: Recommended Responsibilities and Training

This resource provides useful guidance for justice and public safety agencies wanting to establish a privacy officer function, including privacy officer qualifications, recommended responsibilities, and a comprehensive resource section which features privacy-related tools and a list of available privacy training. Details and Download

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Fusion Centers: Have They Found Their Sweet Spot?

Ever since fusion centers were created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to improve information-sharing between governments, they've often been criticized for their ineffectiveness. But if recent state investment in the centers is any indication, faith in the work they do may be on the rise.

Rick “Ozzie” Nelson, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Government Technology that as public-safety grant funding from the federal government has slowed, states are dedicating more of their own money to finance fusion centers. He believes that is a solid indicator that the centers “have found their sweet spot” when it comes to intelligence-gathering and communications activities.

NIEM in November is Back and it's Better than Ever!

NIEM is hosting its second annual NIEM in November event on November 4th at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. This year, NIEM in November will be a half-day event (12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) filled with presentations, demonstrations, awards, and round tables highlighting the NIEM community’s work.

If you're in the Washington, DC, metro area, come meet with us in person. Outside the DC area? Jump online and attend virtually. Last year, we had three virtual attendees for every in-person participant!

NIEM in November will include:

  • Networking with the NIEM community
  • Overview of 2014 program successes
  • Walk-through of NIEM open source capabilities and resources
  • NIEM in Action presentation and Q&A
  • Best of NIEM Awards
  • Community round table and success stories
  • NIEM leadership address

Registration and more information can be found at

DHS Science and Technology Unveils ‘New Visionary Goals’

New visionary goals for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) “will drive S&T’s strategic plan and serve as the directorate’s North Star,’” said Dr. Reginald Brothers, DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology.

The visionary goals that were outlined were finalized following an extensive collaboration effort that yielded input and suggestions from thousands of stakeholders in government, academia and the nation’s private sector industrial base. They are the following:

  • Screening at Speed: Security that Matches the Pace of Life
  • A Trusted Cyber Future: Protecting Privacy, Commerce and Community
  • Enable the Decision Maker: Actionable Information at the Speed of Thought
  • Responder of the Future: Protected, Connected, and Fully Aware
  • Resilient Communities: Disaster-Proofing Society



BJA Crime Analysis Consortium Resources
The collection and analysis of crime data and information is challenging for law enforcement agencies. The Bureau of
Justice Assistance (BJA) recognizes the enormous benefit that crime analysis capability can bring to law enforcement
agencies. BJA funds several projects that offer guidance, training, and technical assistance to law enforcement
regarding crime analysis. The growing need for an analytic solution can be found through the following BJA projects
designed to directly support and assist the state, local, and tribal law enforcement agency.
Information Sharing: Are We Safer?

After the September 11 disaster, the lack of appropriate information sharing within the federal government community was highlighted as a key weakness by the 9/11 Commission. Its final report states that "agencies uphold a 'need-to-know' culture of information protection rather than promoting a 'need-to-share' culture of integration."

Since then, there have been many changes, with the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence being most significant and visible. But other changes have been implemented that have sought to help, including the PATRIOT Act's removal of some barriers that once restricted the sharing of information between the law enforcement and intelligence communities.



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