News Archive

BJA Debuts Body-Worn Camera Toolkit

May 22, 2015
In direct response to President Barrack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the Bureau of Justice Assistance has developed the Body-Worn Camera Toolkit—an online clearinghouse of resources designed to assist law enforcement agencies in planning and implementing body-worn camera (BWC) programs. The toolkit consolidates and organizes the growing body of knowledge about BWC programs into key topic areas, such as research, policy, technology, and privacy.
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Youth Focused Policing Agency Self-Assessment Tool

May 21, 2015
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has published a new assessment tool for evaluating law enforcement policy and practice in the prevention and response to juvenile offenses, reoffenses, and victimization. The tool—Youth Focused Policing Agency Self-Assessment, supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice—is designed to assist agencies in early identification of trends, resources, and community partnerships that may identify best practice responses for improving the safety and well-being of youth.  The results serve as the foundation for an action plan to implement new or enhance existing strategies to improve agency response.
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Justice Department Will Spend $20 Million on Police Body Cameras Nationwide

May 20, 2015
The U.S. Department of Justice plans to launch a pilot program aimed at expanding the use of body cameras worn by police officers. Federal officials plan to award nearly $20 million in funding to dozens of departments. In addition, another $1 million will be set aside so that the Bureau of Justice Statistics can determine how to study the actual impact of the cameras. A White House task force on policing, created in the wake of the unrest last year in Ferguson, Missouri; New York; and other cities, issued a report in March that did not recommend that officers have to wear body cameras, but it said that these cameras have been shown to reduce use of force by police and complaints against officers.

 

Report Identifies Criminal Justice Needs Related to Digital Evidence

May 19, 2015

A new report describes the results of a National Institute of Justice-sponsored research effort to identify and prioritize criminal justice needs related to digital evidence collection, management, analysis, and use. "Digital Evidence and the U.S. Criminal Justice System: Identifying Technology and Other Needs to More Effectively Acquire and Utilize Digital Evidence," presents specific needs to improve utilization of digital evidence in criminal justice. Several top-tier needs emerged from the analysis, including education of prosecutors and judges regarding digital evidence opportunities and challenges, training for patrol officers and investigators to promote better collection and preservation of digital evidence, tools for detectives to triage analysis of digital evidence in the field, development of regional models to make digital evidence analysis capability available to small departments, and training to address concerns about maintaining the currency of training and technology available to digital forensic examiners.

A companion document, Interactive Tool for Ranking Digital Evidence Needs, presents the prioritized needs and allows users to see how their priorities would change when the importance of different digital evidence objectives are changed.

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Police Should Increase Use of Digital Communication Tools

May 18, 2015
Citizens want more ways to report crime and to help support crime reduction efforts in their neighborhoods by leveraging new technologies, according to a recent survey. The research was released by Accenture in April. The survey, which included 2,000 U.S. citizens, found that more than two-thirds believe that the effectiveness of police services would be increased by greater use of technology. The survey found that 86 percent of respondents said they want more police services available online, and 71 percent said they want better mobile access to police services and public safety information. The survey also found that 91 percent want their police forces to offer new ways to report crime and 92 percent want increased information sharing on police services. 

 

License Plate Readers Double Stolen Car Recoveries

May 15, 2015
A report is available on the results of a randomized field experiment with license plate readers (LPRs) conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the Mesa, Arizona, Police Department to target the problem of auto theft. The experiment sought to determine whether and to what extent LPR use improves the ability of police to recover stolen cars, apprehend auto thieves, and deter auto theft. The National Institute of Justice-funded project examined the operations of a specialized four-car police auto theft unit that worked in auto theft hot spots over a period of time both with and without LPR devices. The study showed that LPR use considerably enhanced the productivity of the auto theft unit in checking license plates, detecting stolen vehicles and plates, apprehending auto thieves, and recovering stolen vehicles. The use of LPRs resulted in eight to 10 times more plates checked, nearly three times as many "hits" for stolen vehicles and twice as many vehicle recoveries. Click on the title to read Combating Auto Theft in Arizona: A Randomized Experiment with License Plate Recognition Technology. (This report is the result of a National Institute of Justice-funded project but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice.)
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Inter-Agency Geospatial Collaboration at Work

May 14, 2015
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is providing geospatial assistance to the National Network of Fusion Centers in three major areas: develop a way ahead in coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support the training of center geospatial analysts, facilitate center access and use of DHS Infrastructure Program data, and review center analytic production efforts to reduce duplicity.  This effort is intended to empower line analysis as well as share information and resources across the National Network and with other partners.
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Evidence-Based Policymaking Webinar

May 13, 2015
On May 20, 2015, BJA and the National Criminal Justice Association will present “EvidenceBased Policymaking: Lessons From the Field.” This Webinar will take a close look at the Evidence-Based Policymaking: A Guide for Effective Government report from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative and highlight two examples from the field.  
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The Open Justice Broker Is Now Open Source

April 30, 2015
The Board of Directors of the Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC) recently released the core components of the Open Justice Broker (OJB) publicly under an open source license.  Along with the open source release, the OJBC is expanding its membership options to enable a wider range of participation from jurisdictions and justice agencies across the United States.
 
The OJB provides a platform that can guide agencies, jurisdictions, and their industry partners in implementing integrated justice solutions in conformance with justice community standards. For some time, initiatives such as Global and NIEM have provided guidance on how to implement these solutions.
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Emergency Response Tech Headed for Broader Distribution

April 29, 2015
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun transferring a Web-based, app-driven emergency response system to a nonprofit center that will disseminate it more widely among emergency responders at all levels of government. 
 
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate said it was in the process of transitioning its Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS), developed in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to the Worldwide Incident Command Services Corporation (WICS). WICS is a California-based nonprofit that provides technical and operational support to the NICS user community.
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FBI Forensic Spotlight: Next Generation Identification

April 28, 2015
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division took biometric identification to the next level when the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System—now the FBI’s largest information technology system—became fully operational. Seven years in the making, this new system expands upon and replaces the 15-year-old Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).

 

DOJ’s Global Publishes Video Evidence: A Law Enforcement Guide to Resources and Best Practices

April 27, 2015
With the growing use of smartphones, personal handheld devices, and security cameras, video footage capturing criminal incidents is becoming an increasingly important tool for law enforcement to help solve crimes and protect communities.  In support of these efforts, the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, published Video Evidence:  A Law Enforcement Guide to Resources and Best Practices.  This resource, designed for chiefs, sheriffs, and line officers, provides answers to common questions regarding properly collecting, securing, storing, and analyzing video and also recommends sources of training.
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Our Latest Tool to Combat Cyber Attacks: What You Need to Know

April 24, 2015
In a White House blog, answers are provided to common questions regarding President Barrack Obama’s Executive Order (EO) 13636 on cybersecurity.  These include the purpose for the EO and its anticipated goals, the types of malicious cyber-enabled activities addressed, anticipated outcomes of applied sanctions, additional ways to respond to cyberthreats, and how the U.S. government will best use the order to combat cybercrime.
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The FBI’s Cyber Action Team—Rapidly Responding to Major Computer Intrusions

April 23, 2015
The Cyber Action Team (CAT) was established by the FBI’s Cyber Division in 2006 in order to provide rapid incident response on major computer intrusions and cyber-related emergencies. CAT is composed of cyber experts who are capable of being almost anywhere in the world within 48 hours, providing investigative support and answering critical questions that are essential in moving the case forward.  Since the inception of CAT, the FBI has investigated hundreds of cyber crimes within the U.S. and interests abroad.
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New NASCIO Survey Details State Government IT Challenges

April 22, 2015
With cybersecurity as one of the critical duties for the nation’s state chief information officers, there is one big problem they all share in their mission to protect state IT assets: attracting and retaining the personnel talent they need.
 
According to a National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) workforce survey released Thursday, nearly 92 percent of the states indicate that salary rates and pay-grade structures are human resources obstacles that make it difficult to hire new employees and retain the staff they have.
 
Eighty-six percent of states reported difficulties in recruitment to fill vacancies. And 46 percent reported that it can take between three and five months to fill senior-level IT positions.
 
Read NASCIO’s full report here.
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Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot

April 21, 2015
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently published the Privacy Impact Assessment for the CBP 1:1 Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot, which addresses the privacy risks of using facial recognition software at an air port of entry.  The pilot is currently evaluating CBP’s use of facial recognition technology as a tool to assist in the confirmation of identity. The pilot will determine the viability of this technology in identifying imposters and determine integration into current CBP entry processes.
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Seattle PD Turns to Hackathon, YouTube for Video Transparency

April 20, 2015
The Seattle, Washington Police Department (SPD) has worked proactively to increase transparency and accountability regarding its use of body-worn cameras.  Historically, the SPD burned approximately 7,000 disks per month to meet public records requests, with significant resources devoted to manual redaction.  To ease this demand, the SPD hosted a hackathon to locate proposed tools for automatic video redaction.  The SPD is now testing these tools, and as part of an ongoing evaluation, posting the results on SPD’s BodyWornVideo YouTube page.
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Internal DHS Employee, Contractor Credentialing, Data Access Pilot Given Green Light by Privacy Office

April 17, 2015
Because of a “major gap” in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) current ability to effectively control and manage identity, credential and access-management data (DHS ICAM data) on DHS employees and contractors, the department is creating a proprietary employee ID program called the “DHS Trusted Identity Exchange” (TIE), which is being designed in coordination with other DHS components. 
 
According to the Privacy Impact Assessment for the DHS Trusted Identity Exchange, “Every internal DHS system, or ‘consuming’ application, uses a unique collection of the user’s digital identity and credential data to manage access to protected resources, such as federally managed facilities, information systems, and data.” 
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2014 Fusion Center Assessment Released: Three Key Takeaways

April 16, 2015
This article highlights several significant findings from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s annual report on the National Network of Fusion Centers (NNFC).  The report revealed growth in NNFC’s cost-sharing efforts among federal, state, and local levels and highlighted a major increase in the number of collaborative analytic reports produced.  Further, the report shared the centers’ maturity and vigilance in protecting privacy and civil liberties, noting there have not been any center-related privacy and civil liberties incidents in the last three to four years. 

 

Report: CompStat Does Reduce Crime

April 15, 2015
CompStat-style programs are responsible for a 5 to 15 percent decrease in crime in cities using the system, according to a recent study by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University’s School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute.
 
CompStat is a data-driven police management technique, developed in New York to reduce and prevent crime. Initially done by hand and then computerized in 1994, CompStat’s management and accountability system helps police take up strategies based on accurate data collection. 
 
“Specifically, a CompStat-style program is associated with a [national average of a] 13 percent decrease in violent crime, an 11 percent decrease in property crime, and a 13 percent decrease in homicide,” said Inimai Chettiar, director of the Justice program at the Brennan Center. In New York, CompStat was credited with reducing 63 percent of the crime in the city from 1994 to 2012.
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MPD Unveils New Police App for Citizen Alerts,Tips

April 14, 2015
Need to get the latest alerts and tips from the Monroe, Louisiana Police Department (MPD)? There's an app for that.
 
MPD officials unveiled the department's newest social media tool which will allow citizens to get alerts, send messages to the department's top brass, and find other contacts and resources within the department.
 
Police Chief Quentin Holmes said more people utilize social media to correspond with police officials so it's important for agencies and officers to be social media savvy to improve communication with citizens.
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Global Releases Two Reference Service Standards: Entity Resolution and Merge Notification

March 23, 2015
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

March 18, 2015
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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

March 17, 2015
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

March 12, 2015
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

February 20, 2015

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.

 

Faster Data, Better Law Enforcement

February 6, 2015
The U.S. Department of Justice’s research and development arm is funding software development that makes it easier to store and transfer data for criminal investigations.
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Recording Now Available: BJA Privacy Webinar—The Importance of Privacy and Social Media Policies in Law Enforcement

February 3, 2015
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 Enforcement” at  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.
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Touting Prevention, Police Put Crime Info Online

January 23, 2015
For more than two decades, law enforcement agencies have used data to figure out crime patterns and target “hot spots” in communities.
 
Now, a growing number of police departments are going further by making some of that information available to the public online. They see it as a way to inform residents about criminal activity in their neighborhood and, in turn, help reduce crime.

 

BJA Privacy Webinar—The Importance of Privacy and Social Media Policies in Law Enforcement

January 22, 2015

On January 30, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, EST, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), will be hosting a privacy Webinar titled “The Importance of Privacy and Social Media Policies in Law Enforcement.” This Webinar will feature panelists from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Connect South Dakota (Connect SD) system who will share how they established, implemented, and trained personnel on privacy protections within their information sharing system and social media processes.  To access the Webinar on January 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., EST, select https://iir.adobeconnect.com/r48tmyrx65x/ (for video) and dial (866) 200-5786 and enter Access code 2614808 to hear the audio conference.

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DOJ Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit Now Available

January 22, 2015
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to share the recently launched Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit from the Department of Justice. The toolkit is available on the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) web site.
 
The Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit is a one-stop clearinghouse of information and resources for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies interested in establishing a naloxone program. Naloxone is a potentially lifesaving drug known for effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other opioid overdose.
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Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras: Assessing the Evidence

December 23, 2014
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center has released findings from a literature review of the current evidence on the challenges and benefits of body-worn video camera technology for law enforcement.
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Initiatives to Strengthen Community Policing

December 22, 2014
In an effort to bolster initiatives to strengthen community policing, the White House recently released a review that addresses the acquisition of equipment from the federal government to law enforcement agencies.  In addition, as a part of this community policing effort, an executive order is being drafted to create a Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and an investment package has been proposed that will increase resources to law enforcement agencies as they engage with the communities they serve.
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New Resource on Corrections Health Information Sharing

December 19, 2014
With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) have released Corrections and Reentry: Protected Health Information Privacy Framework for Information Sharing.
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Courts Plunge Into the Digital Age

December 18, 2014
If you walked into a courthouse a decade ago, you might have seen file clerks pushing carts and searching for case folders, paralegals lugging stacks of paperwork to the clerk’s office, and staffers entering mounds of documents by hand into a computer system, if there was one.
 
That picture has been changing dramatically in many courthouses across the country. States are moving to systems in which documents are submitted electronically, file rooms are disappearing, and the judicial system is going paperless.

 

Resource Guide for Enhancing Community Relationships and Protecting Privacy and Constitutional Rights

December 16, 2014
For many years, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented
Policing Services (COPS Office) have been developing guides, publications, Webinars, checklists,
and tools for law enforcement on community policing, building trust, diversity training, protecting
privacy, safeguarding First Amendment rights, ensuring procedural justice, preventing racial
profiling, and related topics. BJA and the COPS Office have partnered to gather these resources
into a comprehensive guide to better assist your department or agency in your ongoing efforts to
build stronger community-police relations as you fulfill your dual role of preserving the peace and
maintaining the public’s trust.
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Justice Department Announces New Rules to Curb Racial Profiling by Federal Law Enforcement

December 12, 2014
The Obama administration has formally announced long-awaited curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement, but the new rules will not cover local police departments, which have come under criticism in recent months over allegations that their officers profile suspects.
 
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., expanded Justice Department rules for racial profiling to prevent FBI agents from considering gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in addition to race and ethnicity, when opening cases. The department also is banning racial profiling from national security cases for the first time.
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Justice Department to Create Dedicated Cybersecurity Unit

December 11, 2014
The Justice Department is creating a dedicated cybersecurity unit within its criminal division, a top official revealed recently.   The unit will provide legal guidance on electronic surveillance investigations and will work with Congress on cybersecurity legislation, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said during a speech at Georgetown University’s law school, according to prepared remarks.
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Excellence in Our Nation’s Fusion Centers: Congratulations to This Year’s NFCA Awardees!

December 9, 2014

The Annual National Fusion Center Association Training event is one that our community eagerly awaits each year.

Some of the highlights of this year’s presentations can be seen at ise.gov (one on operational use of HSIN, and one on Sensitive But Unclassified information sharing). There are approximately 2,800 men and women assigned to our nation’s 78 fusion centers who work tirelessly to keep our nation safe. They support our critical infrastructure, provide keen analytic insights into physical and cyber threats in an all priority crimes and all hazards environment, train our first responders on the criminal threats their communities face, and develop innovative strategies to protect the homeland and each of our hometowns while prioritizing the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

 
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NIST Document to Protect Federal Information in Nonfederal Information Systems

December 5, 2014
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published draft recommendations for ensuring the confidentiality of sensitive federal information residing on the computers of contractors and other nonfederal organizations working for the government.
 
Developed in collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the guidance is intended for federal agencies, as called for in a 2010 Executive Order on the treatment of “Controlled Unclassified Information,” or CUI. The deadline for submitting comments on the draft document, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations (Draft Special Publication 800-171), is January 16, 2015.
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Impact of Body-Worn Cameras Webinar

December 3, 2014
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) will present a Webinar titled “The Impact of Body Worn Cameras: The Phoenix SPI” on December 10, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., eastern time. The Phoenix Police Department, with assistance from their research partner Arizona State University, recently completed a process and impact evaluation of their quasi-experimental design study. This Webinar will describe their approach and results of their body-worn camera study, including lessons learned, from both the research and practitioner perspective.

 

DOJ Releases Guide to Help Law Enforcement Strengthen Relationships With Communities

December 2, 2014
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recently announced the release of the Resource Guide for Enhancing Community Relationships and Protecting Privacy and Constitutional Rights, designed to assist law enforcement officers in building stronger community-police relations. The document includes several products developed by the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) that address privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties as well as First Amendment-protected events.
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SAR Training for Hometown Security Partners

November 24, 2014

The Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI) offers no-cost online training on suspicious activity reporting (SAR) for various public safety disciplines.   The suite of Hometown Security Partners trainings includes training for law enforcement, private sector security, fire, EMS, probation and parole and corrections, public safety telecommunications, emergency management, and the maritime sector.  These trainings offer guidance on how to identify and report suspicious activity in the course of your daily duties.

The SAR online trainings are available at http://nsi.ncirc.gov/training_online.aspx.
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Resources to Assist Law Enforcement Agencies in Responding to First Amendment-Protected Events

November 21, 2014
The Bureau of Justice Assistance, with the support of the CICC and the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, developed multiple resources to support law enforcement agencies as they prepare for and respond to First Amendment-protected events.
 
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New National Incident-Based Reporting System E-Bulletin Released

November 17, 2014

The Office for Victims of Crime has released the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) e-bulletin, Eight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service Providers, a new online resource to help victim service organizations understand the importance of crime data in their work. NIBRS is a system for reporting crimes known to the police and offers comprehensive information and nationwide data about crime incidents that might be of key interest to victim service providers, policymakers, and law enforcement. The e-bulletin describes how victim service providers can use NIBRS to:

  • Gain a better understanding of specific types of victimization.
  • Determine disparities between victims known to law enforcement and those receiving victim services.
  • Identify underserved groups of crime victims.

 

Live from NFCA Annual Training Event: No wrong door for SBU information sharing

November 14, 2014

After years of hard work, what seemed like an unreachable goal has finally come to fruition. The Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) Working Group has achieved integrated access between four key SBU networks: Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS), the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP, formerly LEO) , and Intelink.

 

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IACP 2014: Holder Touts Partnership With Law Enforcement

November 13, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the 121st Annual IACP Conference in Orlando, Florida, and briefed attendees on what the Department of Justice (DOJ) is doing with law enforcement agencies to keep them prepared, safe, and out of the national spotlight.

 
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DOJ Launches the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit

November 5, 2014

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit now available at www.bja.gov/naloxone.

The Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit is a one-stop clearinghouse of information and resources for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies interested in establishing a naloxone program. Naloxone is a potentially lifesaving drug known for effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other opioid overdose.

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Fusion Centers: Have They Found Their Sweet Spot?

October 31, 2014

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!

October 29, 2014

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 https://www.niem.gov/NIN

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DHS Science and Technology Unveils ‘New Visionary Goals’

October 28, 2014

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

 

 

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BJA Crime Analysis Consortium Resources

October 24, 2014
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.
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Information Sharing: Are We Safer?

October 23, 2014

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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Using Global Standards in Information Sharing: A Case Study From the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System

October 15, 2014

Recently, Kansas underwent an effort to modernize, standardize, and integrate its Criminal Justice Information System. The article shares the success of the effort and highlights the lessons learned. Through its work, the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System (KCJIS) is on its way to being a model implementation for national standards and full integration of justice information.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014: Engaging All Americans in Online Safety

October 13, 2014

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Throughout this month, DHS and its partners will host numerous events across the country and distribute resources and materials to the public. Year-round, we also engage the public through the Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign to encourage Americans to practice safe online behavior. 

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New York, New Jersey Strengthen Intelligence Sharing Efforts

October 10, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to strengthen intelligence sharing surrounding anti-terrorism efforts in the region.  The MOU will enhance intelligence exchange programs, including the rotation of analysts between fusion centers in each state, improving information sharing and criminal intelligence coordination among security and law enforcement personnel in both states.  The MOU also provides for holding joint exercises to improve coordination in protecting critical transit infrastructure and to allow law enforcement in both states to perform limited cross-border operations.

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Department of Justice Launches National Violence Reduction Network

October 3, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder and the Office of Justice Programs’ Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason launched the Violence Reduction Network (VRN), a national comprehensive approach to reduce violent crime in communities around the country. The announcement was made at the official VRN kickoff Summit, held September 29–October 1, 2014, in Washington, DC.

 

RxStat Technical Assistance Manual

October 1, 2014

NEW! New York City’s RxStat Technical Assistance Manual is now available.

RxStat is a model for advancing a shared understanding of the patterns and characteristics of problem drug use—including prescription opioid misuse—in a local jurisdiction, and it is an excellent example of a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) pilot project, which provides direct guidance and support to state and local agencies in addressing the nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.  The technical assistance manual offers practical suggestions for replicating RxStat in other jurisdictions and draws upon lessons learned in the first two years. The manual also provides detailed information on each of the datasets used in the New York City initiative, including guidance for accessing, preparing, and analyzing similar datasets available in other jurisdictions.

For more information and resources associated with BJA’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, visit https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=72.

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Information Sharing Environment’s 2014 Annual Report to the Congress

September 30, 2014
This annual report card tells the Congress and the American people how our federal, state, local, tribal, private sector, and international partners are doing in their journey to achieve the decentralized, distributed, and coordinated approach to information sharing envisioned by the Congress ten years ago when it authorized establishment of the Information Sharing Environment (ISE). 
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Tech Lessons From America’s Biggest Emergencies

September 22, 2014

Katrina. Sandy. The Boston Marathon bombing. 9/11. Some emergencies are so deeply rooted in our consciousness that they need no introduction. These tragedies are looked back upon as touchstones in America’s quest to be as prepared as possible for the next disaster. Perfection is an impossible goal, but the public officials who’ve been at the center of response and recovery efforts can’t help but reminisce on what went wrong and right, what works and what doesn’t, and how their experiences might be useful for others forced to live through a similar event. Government Technology talked with officials who’ve worked amid some of America’s biggest disasters and emergencies of recent years. They offer practical, real-world perspective that we all can learn from.

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BJA Fellow Discusses Integrating Evidence-Based Practices Into Policing

September 19, 2014
Crime analysis is an important component of integrating evidence-based practices into policing. Read BJA NTTAC’s recent blog post authored by BJA Crime Analysis Fellow Dr. Laura Wyckoff to learn more about training and technical assistance resources in crime analysis, and how law enforcement agencies of all sizes can integrate approaches such as problem-oriented policing, hot spots policing, and community policing to reduce crime in their jurisdictions.
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NYC Probation Report

September 17, 2014
With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), Fox Valley Technical College released “New York City Department of Probation’s (NYCDOP) Federal Partnership Efforts.” This case study examines several questions to tell the story of how BJA's and NIC's collaborative technical assistance partnership with NYCDOP made a difference in the successful implementation of NYCDOP’s Evidence-Based Policy and Practice Plan, and what lessons can be learned from this experience.
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Millions of FBI Files Digitized in Modernization Push

September 15, 2014

The digital conversion of more than 30 million records—and as many as 83 million fingerprint cards—comes as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fully activates its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a state-of-the-art digital platform of biometric and other types of identity information. The new system will replace the Bureau’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), and will better serve a wide range of customers including; law enforcement agencies checking criminal histories and fingerprints, veterans, government employees, and the FBI’s own Laboratory.

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Iowa City Area Law Enforcement Launches New Online Crime Maps

September 10, 2014

Through a collaborative effort between local law enforcement agencies in Iowa and an analytical software and services company, local crime statistics are being collected, processed, and presented in a publicly available analytical map.  The maps are developed by using crime data from agencies in Iowa City, Johnson County, North Liberty, and West Branch and aim to provide the public with a quick and easy way to see which crimes happen in their neighborhoods, how often, and at what times.

 

Can Body Cameras Really Reduce Ferguson Police's Use of Force?

September 9, 2014

Placing small cameras on cops is a fast-growing trend in policing. The cameras—which are small enough to fit on a vest, an officer’s collar, or on eyewear and cost $500 to $1,000 each—can be an important tool to improving evidence collection, public behavior, and police accountability. Today, more than 1,000 police departments have some or all of their officers wear body cameras, including Atlantic City, New Jersey; Ferguson, Missouri (as of last week); Los Angeles, California (one of the nation's largest police departments); Oakland, California; Phoenix, Arizona; San Diego, California; and Seattle, Washington.

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Improving Maritime Security Through Common Standards

September 8, 2014

As articulated by Mike Howell, PM-ISE Deputy Program Manager, “we don’t care what system you run internally, that is your business.  But your system must talk in standard language to other systems.” 

In line with this premise, the Maritime Information Sharing Environment (MISE) described by the National Maritime Domain Awareness Architecture Plan (NMDAAP) does not define how agencies execute their missions, manage their infrastructure, or develop their products. But it does define that the information products resulting from those mission activities are made available to others through standards-based data exchanges and common vocabulary established by the National Information Exchange Model–Maritime (NIEM-M).

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month to Launch at 2014 NASCIO Annual Conference

September 4, 2014

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced that National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) will kick off at the NASCIO Annual Conference on October 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. The program will feature remarks by White House Cyber Security advisor Michael Daniel; federal, state and local partners; and panel sessions featuring both the public and private sector.

In its 11th year, NCSAM is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its public and private partners to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security and individual cyber hygiene. NASCIO will be joined by federal partners, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the Public Technology Institute (PTI), key state and local leaders, private sector stakeholders, and members of the public for an engaging morning dedicated to this vital subject.

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Minneapolis Police Outreach to Somali Community Offers a National Model

August 26, 2014

Minneapolis police officer Mike Kirchen hopped off his bike on a recent afternoon and strolled through the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, home to the largest Somali immigrant population in the United States.

Kirchen’s work is one thread in a federally funded community-policing initiative begun in January 2013. In a groundbreaking attempt to strengthen ties with Minneapolis’ Somali community, police are working with elders and young people, probation officers, courts, city and county attorneys' offices, business owners, and law enforcement experts.

In 2011, the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded a $600,000 grant to the Washington, DC-based Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), which, in turn, chose Minneapolis’ Somali-American community as its subject.

Denise O’Donnell, Bureau of Justice Assistance Director, said preliminary indications are that the project, which is scheduled to wrap up this fall, is working.

“We expect that this work will lead to a national model that cities can implement to build stronger trust … resulting in violence reduction and prevention,” she said.

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NIEM Virtual Town Hall September 23, 2014

August 25, 2014

Join the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) program on September 23, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST) for a NIEM Virtual Town Hall! You’ll learn more about the work and success in the NIEM community—specifically with their state and local communities.

This Town Hall will feature presentations from a Best of NIEM 2013 winner—Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP)—and a representative from the NIEM Emergency Management domain. The town hall will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

Please RSVP promptly so they can accommodate all who wish to participate. To RSVP, click the URL below, or copy and paste it into your browser.

http://a3.acteva.com/orderbooking/bookEvent/A340940

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Morgan County, Ohio, Launches NENA i3-Compliant 911 Call System

August 22, 2014

While states work through issues like call mapping and end of lifecycle technology, emergency responders are often caught up in the battle to modernize. Morgan County, Ohio, worked through these issues when it upgraded to the first National Emergency Number Association (NENA) i3-compliant NextGen-911 system in the country.

NENA i3 compliance is a compliance guideline that focuses on end-to-end IP connectivity. Gateways are used to accommodate legacy wireline and wireless origination networks. This essentially creates an emergency response communications platform that is cloud based and less reliant on manual processes. NENA has been working with emergency response management teams nationwide to develop compliance guidelines and best practices for this kind of system. The end goal is local and nationwide interoperability between first responders.

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Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Line Officer Training

August 21, 2014

The Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Line Officer Training product has undergone enhancements to improve the quality of SAR training currently offered by the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) and its partners.  This new training video (Version 2) is now available on the NSI Web site and can be accessed via the following link:  http://nsi.ncirc.gov/training_online.aspx.

Enhancements to the training include:

  • New scenarios to help illustrate the benefit and importance of suspicious activity reporting
  • Improved descriptions of SAR-related behaviors and indicators
  • Ability to print a certificate of completion upon completing the training
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"Best of NIEM" Awards 2014

August 20, 2014

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) program is accepting nominations to recognize NIEM implementation projects that demonstrate how intergovernmental collaboration and innovative technology deliver results that improve performance, increase efficiency, and support government transparency.

Projects must have been implemented within the last 12 months and must demonstrate specific measurable results. Successful nominees will be those that leverage best practices and deliver innovative solutions effectively. 

The nomination submission deadline is October 3, 2014.

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Justice to Health Services Task Team Final Report

August 13, 2014

The value of stronger communication, particularly stronger interoperable “electronic” information sharing between the Justice and Health domains has been recognized by both communities. To that end, the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) embarked on an incremental collaborative process to identify high-priority justice-to-health interexchange opportunities that not only provide the most beneficial use for the justice community, but also align with the top information exchange priorities identified by the health community. 

Global dovetailed its work from the results of a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)-sponsored project led by the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute and the Urban Institute that identified 34 beneficial opportunities for interdomain information exchanges between the justice and health communities. “Used judiciously, and with the necessary legal and technical safeguards to protect privacy and confidentiality, bi-directional sharing of health information between community-based care providers and correctional institutions can be used to divert individuals from the criminal justice system (when appropriate), better provide for their health needs while under justice supervision, and prepare for a successful post-release transition to the community”Opportunities for Information Sharing to Enhance Health and Public Safety OutcomesIn turn, Global charged the Global Strategic Solutions Working Group (GSSWG) to assemble a team of justice and health practitioners to review the 34 exchanges, focusing on identifying those exchanges with the greatest potential benefit to the criminal justice community.  In a report titled “Prioritizing Justice-to-Health Exchanges Task Team Final Report,” the group outlined ten high-value exchanges that focus on sharing treatment and reentry information.  Finally, the Global Standards Council’s Justice-to-Health Services Task Team launched an effort to further explore the technical information sharing alignment between the aforementioned ten exchanges and the highest-priority health domain exchanges.  In a report titled “Aligning Justice-to-Health Priority Exchanges Task Team Final Report,” the resulting analysis suggests four priority business cases that represent the highest alignment, greatest cross-domain business benefit, and the most valuable priorities to the criminal justice treatment and reentry and Pretrial, Courts, and Supervision processes.

Global invites your attention and review of all three previously mentioned reports.  Please direct questions and comments to Global@iir.com.

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BJA’s Law Enforcement Forecasting Group Web Site Launched

August 11, 2014

The new Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Law Enforcement Forecasting Group (LEFG) Web site is now available at BJALEFG.com. The LEFG was created to identify emerging issues and explore tactics and strategies that might assist law enforcement agencies. Their primary objective is to forecast issues and concerns that require increased law enforcement resources and identify current or emerging trends, programs, and developments that could help law enforcement perform effectively in the future.

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Join the NIEM-UML for 3.0 Submission Team

August 4, 2014

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) program management office (PMO) has started developing an open standards process to update the Unified Modeling Language (UML) Profile for NIEM 3.0. With the Request for Proposal (RFP) officially issued by the Object Management Group (OMG), the 3.0 profile is officially in development. The initial submission for NIEM-UML for 3.0 will be submitted on August 18 for review at the September OMG meeting. The team’s working space is on GitHub, and we need your help with the initial submission.

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Reinforcing Americans’ Right to Privacy

July 30, 2014

On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police must obtain a warrant to search a suspect's cellphone.  This is a significant ruling, given the proliferation of digital information on smartphones and the need to protect Americans' privacy rights in the digital age.  We highlight this topic in this week’s Buzz to reinforce the emphasis that is placed on privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties within the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).  The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires ISE participants to implement protections "at least as comprehensive as" the ISE Privacy Guidelines. The ISE Privacy Guidelines maintain and build upon existing privacy protections, while continuing to enhance the sharing of terrorism and homeland security-related information.

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FBI Explores Commercial Cloud Capabilities

July 29, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is pondering moving criminal records, fingerprints, and other biometric data to the cloud. The relocation of criminal justice data would not be without challenges, but could ultimately lower costs and leave crooks with less room to hide. 

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DoD Adoption of NIEM and AFEI Webinar

July 28, 2014

The Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI) is hosting the second in a series of Webinars on the Department of Defense’s (DoD) adoption of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).  The next one is scheduled for August 14, and you don’t want to miss it!  

This hour-long Webinar will focus on how DoD’s move to adopt NIEM aligns with the Federal Information Sharing Environment (ISE) FY2015 Information Sharing Guidance and DoD Information Sharing initiatives, such as DoD Enterprise Architecture Roadmap and Joint Information Environment. Stuart Whitehead, Deputy Director for C5 Integration, Joint Staff J6, and Michael Howell, Deputy Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment, will host the Webinar.

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Updated! BJA State and Territory Fact Sheets

July 16, 2014

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is excited to release the recently updated BJA State and Territory Fact Sheets. These fact sheets can be found on our newly enhanced Web site, and provide updated state and territory statistics related to BJA investments, Byrne JAG Program highlights, crime trends, and other criminal justice information. In addition, each state has an easily accessible PDF version of the fact sheet and detailed funding information that can be used for distribution.

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HHS and Health Care Sector Expand Cybersecurity Info Sharing

July 3, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) takes cybersecurity seriously. As one of the world’s largest repositories of personal information, it has to. “We’re a big target for that,” said HHS Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Charest. “We’ve got a lot of very rich targets.” “We’ve been working to build this program since 2009,” Charest said. The centerpiece of the effort, the HHS Computer Security Incident Response Center, opened in 2011 to provide a single site for the collection, analysis and dissemination of threat information.

“That has vastly improved our security system,” Charest said. “But we didn’t stop there.” The CISO built on the federated model to address security governance and policy so that all divisions are working on the same page.

 

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BJA Director Denise E. O’Donnell Joins Governors and Members of Congress To Share Major Successes

June 17, 2014

On June 12, 2014, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Director Denise E. O’Donnell participated in a briefing held at the U.S. Senate titled “Increasing Public Safety, Reducing Recidivism and Cutting Corrections Spending.” Joined by members of Congress, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D-WV), President of the Council of State Governments, and Governor Tom Corbett (R-PA) described how they spearheaded groundbreaking efforts in their states to slow the growth of corrections spending and reinvest in strategies that increase public safety. The governors pointed to successes in their states and data from a new report, Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results, to demonstrate that bipartisan, research-driven approaches to corrections and public safety issues are generating results across the country. The Senate and House leaders speaking at the event underscored continued bipartisan leadership in these areas and priorities for the coming months.

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Welcome! Justice Department Announces Joseph F. Klimavicz as New Chief Information Officer

June 9, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Joseph F. Klimavicz will become its new chief information officer (CIO). CIO Klimavicz will provide leadership and oversight of the department’s information technology programs and services in support of the department’s technology-intensive law enforcement mission. He will replace Luke McCormack, who left the Department in November 2013. Mr. Kevin Deeley, Deputy CIO, has served as acting CIO since McCormack’s departure. Deeley will continue to serve as deputy CIO. 

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Partnership Results in Major Progress Against Cybercrime

June 6, 2014

As part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) led effort, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is playing a major role in curbing the spread of the Gameover Zeus botnet. This effort has been a great example of interagency collaboration and the partnerships between governments around the world and the private sector.

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NIEM-UML Success Story: Gang Intelligence Information Sharing

June 4, 2014

A working group made up of subject-matter experts from myriad state, local, federal, and industry organizations came together to develop the Gang Intelligence eXchange (GIX) Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD) for the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). NIEM is a community-driven, standards-based approach to exchanging information.

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Cybercrimes Enforcement: A State Perspective

May 30, 2014

The advent of the Internet created great opportunities for mankind to share information, expand knowledge, develop new commerce, and make the world seem smaller and more connected. Unfortunately, it also provided a new environment ripe for criminals to target all types of victims. As this new technology expanded, so did the various ways that criminals use cyberspace to attack individuals, corporations, and governments. In the United States, these crimes have been largely left to the federal law enforcement agencies for investigation and prosecution with limited exceptions. The challenges of investigating cyber-related crimes are many. Suspects and victims cross local, state, and international jurisdictions. Until recently, whenever state and local law enforcement agencies discussed cyber issues, it was generally about cybersecurity, which is the process of taking defensive actions to protect agency computers and databases from attack. This article will describe how these agencies are beginning to partner with federal agencies to engage various cyber criminals through proactive enforcement.