News Archive

Utica College's Center for Identity Management and Information Protection Releases Report: "The New Face of Identity Theft"

November 25, 2015

Utica College’s Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) has just released its report, “The New Face of Identity Theft,” coinciding with International Fraud Awareness Week.

The study, which analyzed federal case data from 2008 to 2013, was intended to serve as a follow-up to CIMIP’s 2007 study, “Identity Fraud Trends and Patterns: Building a Data-Based Foundation for Proactive Enforcement.” The 2007 study evaluated identity crime trends to provide law enforcers with proactive rather than reactive means of combating identity theft. Both studies were supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs.

Source: PR Newswire

FAA Forms National Drone Registry Task Force

November 24, 2015

On October 29, 2015, the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) released the full list of industry members who will serve on the UAS Registration Task Force.The FAA named 26 individuals representing aviation and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) trade organizations, drone and camera suppliers, and major retailers, including Walmart.

Those members will receive “expert support” from representatives of several federal agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, NASA, the Office of Management and Budget ,and the State Department. Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, and Dave Vos, who heads Google’s Project Wing effort, will serve as cochairmen.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks on Violent Crime Reduction at Meeting with the U.S. Conference of Mayors

November 23, 2015

Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, leaders of the Conference met with U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Monday, November 16.  During the meeting, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. and Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser discussed various topics, including responses to the homicide and violence spikes currently occurring in a number of cities, as well as criminal justice reform.

Source: DOJ

Department of Justice Announces 10 Tribes to Participate in Initial Phase of Tribal Access Program to Improve Exchange of National Crime Information

November 18, 2015

The Department of Justice announced the first 10 tribes to participate in an initial User Feedback Phase of the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information, a program to provide federally recognized tribes the ability to access and exchange data with national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes.

The User Feedback Phase will grant access to national crime information databases and technical support to the following tribes: the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan, the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, the Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation of Washington, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho, the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla of Oregon and the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation of Arizona.

Source: DOJ

ODNI Releases Transparency Implementation Plan

November 18, 2015

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) recently published the implementation plan for the Principles of Intelligence Transparency for the Intelligence Community.  The principles are intended to facilitate intelligence community (IC) decisions on making information publicly available while continuing to protect information when disclosure would harm national security.  The implementation plan sets IC priorities for transparency, translating the principles into concrete, measurable initiatives.

Source: ODNI

Connecticut Receives Millions in ‘Second Chance Act’ Grants for Crime Reduction Initiatives

November 17, 2015

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the State of Connecticut has been awarded over $2.3 million in grants from the United States Department of Justice under the federal Second Chance Act that will help bolster one of the state’s criminal justice efforts.  The grants, awarded to the Department of Corrections, the City of New Haven, and a variety of nonprofit organizations, will support a wide range of efforts to reduce recidivism and help turn offenders into productive members of society.

CCPD Launches Data-Driven Program to Reduce Crime, Crashes on SPID

November 13, 2015

More officers will be placed in some areas of Corpus Christi, Texas, based on where crime analysts have observed a correlation between crime and vehicle crashes. The deployment of officers is based on five years of crime and crash data analyzed by the Corpus Christi Police Department. The enforcement program is modeled after Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, a law enforcement operational model supported by a partnership among the Texas Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National Institute of Justice.

Source: Caller

SEARCH Hosts Capitol Hill Briefing on Importance of Information Sharing to Effective Criminal Justice Reform

November 12, 2015

SEARCH organized and hosted an informational briefing on Capitol Hill that focused on the key role that information-sharing plays in effective criminal justice reform—a top priority currently for lawmakers at all levels of government in the United States. As Congress reviews criminal justice reform legislation and policymakers implement reform at the state level, SEARCH’s briefing provided information on proven, effective, and low-cost solutions.

Source: SEARCH

Protecting Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in the ISE

November 10, 2015

The protection of the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties (P/CRCL) of individuals is a core tenet, foundational element, and enabler of the Information Sharing Environment (ISE). In 2005, the Administration called for the development of a protection framework. This resulted in the Program Manager for the ISE issuing in December 2006 the Guidelines to Ensure that the Information Privacy and Other Legal Rights of Americans are Protected in the Development and Use of the Information Sharing Environment (the “ISE Privacy Guidelines”) to provide uniform protections for P/CRCL in information sharing activities. The Program Manager for the ISE has consistently worked with ISE mission partners at all levels of government and across the domains to put in place safeguards to ensure the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of citizens.

Source: PM-ISE

IACP Releases 2015 Social Media Survey Results

November 9, 2015

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) released the results from the 2015 Social Media Survey at the 122nd IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. In the fall of 2015, the IACP conducted its sixth annual survey of law enforcement’s use of social media. The survey addressed the current state of practice and the emerging issues agencies are facing in regards to social media. The survey was sent electronically to law enforcement executives across the United States. A total of 553 law enforcement agencies, representing 44 states, participated in the survey.

Source: IACP

Department of Justice Announces New Guidebook on 21st Century Policing

November 6, 2015

The Department of Justice has released a new resource guide called The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Implementation Guidebook, which outlines strategies to help communities, law enforcement, and local government implement recommendations from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report.  President Obama announced the new guidebook at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Convention in Chicago. 

“The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Implementation Guide highlights specific actions for local elected and appointed government officials, law enforcement agencies, communities, and other stakeholders to support a comprehensive approach to reduce crime and build trust and legitimacy,” said Director Ronald Davis of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).  “Success will require collaboration and partnerships among these groups.”

Source: DOJ

ISE Program Manager to Speak at Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Breakfast

November 2, 2015

ISE Program Manager Kshemendra Paul will lead an INSA panel on information sharing environments. Mr. Paul and a panel of executives from the public and private sectors will discuss the benefits of virtualization. Appointed in 2010 by President Obama as the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), Mr. Paul has government-wide authority to plan, oversee, and manage the Information Sharing Environment and also serves as cochair for the White House Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee (ISA-IPC).


DHS Announces Appointment of New Members of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council

October 30, 2015

The Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the appointment of six new members to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC). HSAAC consists of university presidents and academic leaders who provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary and senior leadership on matters related to homeland security and the academic community, including student and recent graduate recruitment, international students, academic research and faculty exchanges, campus resilience, homeland security academic programs, and cybersecurity.

Source: DHS

Intelligence Community Unveils State-of-the-Art Campus

October 28, 2015

James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 7, 2015, to celebrate the opening of the Intelligence Community (IC) Campus-Bethesda. The purpose of the state-of-the-art facility, located in Bethesda, Maryland, is to develop a collaborative IC campus for the relocation of up to 3,000 intelligence professionals in the Washington National Capital area. The campus, which is conveniently located in the heart of the intelligence community, will host employees from ODNI’s National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the National Intelligence University, and Defense Intelligence Agency.

Source: ODNI

Administration Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary of With Launch of More Than 20 New Public- and Private-Sector Prizes

October 27, 2015

The Obama Administration is celebrating the five-year anniversary of, a historic effort by the federal government to collaborate with members of the public through incentive prizes to address our most pressing local, national, and global challenges. True to the spirit of the President’s charge from his first day in office, federal agencies have collaborated with more than 200,000 citizen solvers—entrepreneurs, citizen scientists, students, and more—in more than 440 challenges, on topics ranging from accelerating the deployment of solar energy, to combating breast cancer, to increasing resilience after Hurricane Sandy.

Source: White House

Chief’s Cybercrime Checklist

October 26, 2015

The Chief’s Checklist 2015 is a quick reference guide that supports police chiefs in understanding the broad topics of cybercrime and provides specific action items and resources to assist in those efforts. The checklist links to resources that elaborate on these topics in greater detail and connect chiefs to subject-matter experts for further collaboration. The information contained in the checklist highlights core information to help law-enforcement executives better protect their agencies from cyberthreats and better serve their communities.


Secret Service Launches New Web Site and Mobile App

October 23, 2015

The United States Secret Service recently announced the launch of its newly revamped Web site and a free mobile application (app). The new Web site and app will provide the Secret Service with a more innovative way to deliver important information about the agency’s missions and activities. “The new app and Web site will allow us to communicate more directly and transparently with the public,” said Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy.

Source: DHS

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015

October 22, 2015

Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity to our nation, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. 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. For tips and resources you can use and share throughout the year, visit the DHS Stop.Think.Connect toolkit. The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

Source: DHS

Information Sharing Environment (ISE) Reports Significant Progress

October 21, 2015

Over the past year, information sharing has been advanced across five mission areas:  watchlisting and screening, cybersecurity information sharing, incident management, state and regional ISEs, and maritime domain awareness. We have seen remarkable progress with Departmental ISEs with DHS; domain-specific ISEs in the maritime arena; and statewide and regional ISEs. The 2015 ISE Annual Report to the Congress serves as a progress report for the ISE across all mission areas and highlights key accomplishments of our information sharing environment partners across federal, state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and internationally.

Source: PM-ISE

Attorney General Lynch: Use-of-Force Data is Vital for Transparency and Accountability

October 8, 2015

In a press conference held at the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch reinforced the need for national, consistent data on law enforcement interactions with the communities they serve, especially with data collection on the use of force.  The Attorney General noted that the department has already taken steps to improve the accuracy and consistency of use-of-force data from law enforcement. Currently, federal authorities publish annual figures on the number of “justifiable homicides” by law enforcement.  But this reporting is voluntary and not all police departments participate, causing the figures to be incomplete. This lack of information is what has prompted the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration to work with law enforcement to improve the process.

Source: DOJ

Launching Nationwide Officer Safety Event Deconfliction

September 30, 2015

To further expand officer safety event deconfliction coverage nationwide, the Bureau of Justice Assistance launched the National Criminal Intelligence Resource Center’s Deconfliction Web site, in collaboration with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program, and the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), and in partnership with the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment. The site is the first nationwide officer safety event deconfliction solution, and it was developed by integrating HIDTA’s Case Explorer, SAFETNet systems, and RISS’s RISSafe system. This is a significant milestone in enhancing officer safety throughout the country.

Source: NCIRC

U.S. Department Of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Awards More Than $107 Million to Hire Community Policing Officers

September 29, 2015

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has announced that more than $107 million in grant funding through the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) will go to the COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The Attorney General announced funding awards to nearly 200 law enforcement agencies across the nation, aimed at creating, and in some cases protecting, 866 law enforcement positions.

Source: COPS Office

$7.5 Million Communications Upgrade Will Strengthen Local Law Enforcement

September 28, 2015

Oneida County in New York will use a state grant and county bond funding to help pay for a major $7.5 million upgrade to its emergency communications system. The project will replace the radio systems used by the Utica and Rome police and fire departments and New Hartford Police Department. Utica and New Hartford currently work on the same system that allows first responders to communicate with each other. Rome has its own system, making communication across these departments difficult. Sheriff's deputies and state police communicate over a common frequency, along with other law enforcement agencies in the county. The new systems will offer better coverage, signal strength, and channels to allow law enforcement to communicate with other agencies across county and state lines.

DOJ Gives $23 Million to Help Local Law Enforcement Buy Body Cameras

September 25, 2015

Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently announced that body-worn camera funding will be given in the form of federal grants to 73 local and tribal agencies. The grants, which will be awarded by the department’s Office of Justice Programs and require a 50/50 in-kind or cash match, will require each agency to establish a strong implementation plan and training policy before purchasing the actual cameras as well as develop a long-term plan for storing the devices.

Source: The Hill

Iowa's Leading Nation in Creation of a New App

September 24, 2015

Iowa is on the leading edge of technology in an area that has not really changed in years: driver’s licenses. In August, the Iowa Department of Transportation began testing an app designed to house a digital, legal copy of a person’s driver’s license.

Cyberthreat Information Sharing in the Energy Sector

September 23, 2015

Information sharing about cyberthreats and cybersecurity is a key element of protection for every industry. Malicious attackers share information, and their intended victims also benefit from sharing what they learn about ongoing and potential threats.

But sharing threat and security information is particularly critical for the energy sector for a variety of related reasons. First and foremost, the electrical grid and other energy-related facilities are practically the definition of critical infrastructure. Major disruption or damage to these facilities could cause serious financial and economic dislocations at a minimum, and the potential for catastrophic damage is very real.

Montana’s Criminal Intelligence System Linked to RISS

September 18, 2015

The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, working with the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) and in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), has linked Montana’s criminal intelligence system to the RISS Criminal Intelligence Database (RISSIntel). The state of Montana, PM-ISE, a vendor, and RISS worked together to develop a data exchange model that was tested and operationally deployed. Montana’s criminal investigation information can now be queried directly from RISSIntel.  Montana initiated the project with the PM-ISE as part of an effort to increase information sharing between fusion centers. The Montana project piggybacked off of a larger effort by fusion centers in the Northeast to share their information with RISS, allowing the state to continue to safeguard privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. The contribution of Montana’s information now allows RISSIntel users to conduct a federated search of more than 35 state and regional systems with the use of a single user sign-on. This project also leverages the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), Common Profile, and the Standards and Specifications Frameworks.

Source: ISE

RAND Report: Improving Information Sharing Across Law Enforcement: Why Can't We Know?

September 17, 2015

Law enforcement agencies increasingly demand sophisticated information technology capabilities to support their operations. These capabilities depend on records management systems, which maintain agencies’ case histories, and computer-aided dispatch systems, which maintain agencies’ calls for service and call response histories. There are also increasing demands to share information with regional, state, and federal repositories of criminal justice information.

While substantial progress has been made in improving the information sharing ability and affordability of key law enforcement systems, many barriers remain. This report reviews progress made on the National Information Exchange Model [NIEM], Global Reference Architecture [GRA], and the IJIS Institute’s Springboard compliance testing initiative, the sizable barriers remaining, and approaches to overcoming those barriers, helping the law enforcement community move from “why can’t we know?” to “we DO know?”.

Access the full RAND report at

To learn more about Global standards, please visit

Source: RAND

The FBI Has a New Home Base for Biometric Tech Research

September 15, 2015

On August 11, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened its 360,000-square-foot Biometric Technology Center, a brand-new facility built to support ongoing collaboration between the FBI’s Biometric Center of Excellence and the Department of Defense’s Forensics and Biometrics Agency.

Source: GCN

Analyst Professional Development Road Map

September 14, 2015

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), with the support of the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), recently released the Analyst Professional Development Road Map, which identifies a sustainable, professional career path for analysts operating within state, local, tribal, and territorial organizations. It is particularly geared for analysts supporting an agency’s intelligence function. This resource focuses on the development and enhancement of analytic-related knowledge, skills, and abilities over three overarching analyst levels (basic, intermediate, and advanced) and the minimum training recommended for achieving each level.

Source: GLOBAL

Jackson Joins the Open Data Movement

September 11, 2015

Jackson, Mississippi, is the latest city to join the open data movement with the mayor’s executive order on open data on September 1, 2015.  Mayor Tony T. Yarber is leading Jackson toward open data by establishing data policies, standardizing practices, and making key city datasets available internally and to city residents through an open data portal.

Source: GCN

Data Cop: Law Enforcement Officials See a Bigger Place for Crime Analysts in Policing

August 28, 2015

The Dane County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Office is beginning to take a deeper dive into using statistics to drive policing efforts. Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney stated that the agency does not have the budget to add officers or deputies and that the best, most cost-effective measure is intelligence-based policing--using technologies and tracking systems to make decisions regarding the deployment of resources.

Source: Cap Times

5-State Data Clearinghouse Cuts Duplicate Benefits Payments

August 27, 2015

By sharing data on food and disaster assistance beneficiaries with four partner states, Mississippi is saving about $161,000 per month, or $1.932 million a year in duplicate payments. Yet the group is not keeping its success to itself. After all, the more states that participate, the more improper payments will be found, increasing the potential for savings.

Source: GCN

U.S. Department of Justice Announces Program to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases

August 26, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice is launching an initial phase of the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information to provide federally recognized tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP will allow tribes to more effectively serve and protect their communities by ensuring the exchange of critical data.

Source: DOJ

New York To Deploy Statewide Emergency Management Software

August 25, 2015

Every New York county will now have access to free universal emergency management software that will give local governments and state agencies one system in which to register and share incident reports, resource requests, and other vital information in disaster-related situations. The new system also will update counties on local disasters and integrate telephone, radio, video, and file sharing into one application. Currently, counties across the state use a variety of software systems; some have no emergency software at all.

Source: GCN

One of the World's Biggest Law Enforcement Agencies Is Creating Its Own Dark Web

August 21, 2015

INTERPOL is creating a private dark Web network where it hopes to reverse engineer the technologies used by cybercriminals to avoid law enforcement.  The simulated dark Web will be used in a five-day INTERPOL training course to help train law enforcement officers in how criminals on the dark Web operate. The course also will include simulated dark Web takedown operations.

New Jersey Town Brings Real-Time Multimedia to 9-1-1 Calls

August 20, 2015

The Township of Lakewood, New Jersey, has upgraded its 9-1-1 emergency system with software that supports real-time multimedia communication between mobile callers and public safety answering points. The software addresses two major weaknesses within most 9-1-1 systems: location accuracy and situational awareness.

Source: GCN

Top Technology Needs in Criminal Justice

August 19, 2015

Internet-based technologies just over the horizon could dramatically change how criminal justice agencies operate, according to a new National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-supported study by the RAND Corporation. Based on feedback from a panel of practitioners and technology experts, the report identified what upcoming Internet technologies could do for criminal justice efforts.

Promising tools could reduce case backlog through remotely conducted trials, enhance law enforcement investigations by integrating criminal records across agencies, and securely monitor low-level offenders in the community rather than jail.  Many of these technological developments also raise issues related to civil rights, privacy rights, and cybersecurity that must be addressed.

Read the report.

Source: NIJ

Global Releases Minor Revisions to Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Standards

August 17, 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, is pleased to make available minor revisions to the following Global Reference Architecture (GRA) standards:

GRA Service Specification Guidelines (GRA SSG), Version 1.2:  The GRA Service Specification Guidelines (GRA SSG) is one of the key GRA Service Specification artifacts.  The GRA SSG contains practical information on how to use the GRA Service Specification Package (GRA SSP) and the sample conformant GRA package and set of templates included within it.  In addition, the GRA SSG contains the normative requirements to be followed when creating GRA SSPs.  This version incorporates minor changes by adding underscores between key words and folder names.   You may access the document by clicking on the title link above.

GRA Service Specification Package, Version 1.2, (Template):  The GRA Service Specification Package (SSP) is a package of 12 templates that developers will find useful when developing a service specification. Please refer to the Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Service Specification Guideline version 1.2.0 (above) for practical information on how to use the GRA SSP and the sample conformant GRA package and set of templates included within it.  This version incorporates a minor revision to the included Service Interface Description Document (SIDD) and additional minor changes to the technical internals.  Please refer to the "SSP Change Log" within this .zip package for additional details. You may access this package of documents by clicking on the title link above.

Source: GLOBAL

Collaboration Targets South Monterey County Violence

August 13, 2015

The South Monterey County Violence Suppression Collaboration (SMCVSC) is designed to bring various law enforcement agencies in California together to share criminal intelligence and combat violence in the South Monterey County, California, jurisdiction.  The SMCVSC facilitates the sharing of intelligence to identify people believed to be involved in street gang violence and to take action against those people to help lower the violence in the area.

Source: The Californian

Law Enforcement Agencies Face Complex Data Challenges

August 12, 2015

Many law enforcement agencies find themselves at a crossroads today. Data demands are growing exponentially—from the footage captured by body-worn cameras to fingerprint files, criminal records, and surveillance video. And while the digital media information and evidence law enforcement officers collect is vitally important, many departments lack both the staff needed to manage it and the storage needed to contain it.

As a result, many are turning to cloud solutions.

Data Sharing Helps North Carolina Detect Workers’ Comp Fraud

August 10, 2015

North Carolina is now using shared state government data to crack down on businesses that falsify and illegally cancel workers’ compensation coverage. The state's Government Data Analytics Center (GDAC) makes it possible, and real revenues are being generated as a result.

GDAC is the statewide data analytics project that facilitates data sharing and integration among participating agencies by making data sources available and helping agencies to define and develop their analytic needs.  Established in 2007 as a business intelligence program in the state controller's office, GDAC moved into the Office of Information Technology Services in 2014 and has redoubled its efforts to share data and improve government operations.

Source: GCN

Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Highlighted at Northeast Regional Intelligence Group Meetings

August 7, 2015

The Northeast Regional Intelligence Group (NRIG) recently met in Jersey City, New Jersey, to share best practices on information sharing.  The three-day event included presentations on the integration of cybersecurity into states’ fusion centers. Included in this cyber discussion were representatives from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness who provided an overview of their early experiences of cybersecurity integration in the state of New Jersey at the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC).

Source: ISE

Global Releases Two Draft Service Specifications for OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT

August 6, 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 make available the following draft standards for an open public comment period:

Draft Arrest Reporting Reference Service:  Reporting arrest information is critical in keeping justice business partners and systems up-to-date with current details regarding arrests.  This service provides the ability to report new arrests, provide updates to arrests, and is intended to assist with automating policy response to reporting arrest information.   A likely consumer of this service is any agency able to issue arrest reports, most likely law enforcement agencies.

Draft Disposition Reporting Reference Service:  Reporting disposition information is critical in keeping justice business partners and systems up-to-date with current details regarding dispositions.  This service provides the ability to report dispositions and is intended to assist with automating a policy response to reporting disposition information.   A likely consumer of this service is any agency able to issue disposition reports, most likely courts.

Deadline to review and comment is August 18, 2015.

Source: GSC

Indiana: A Showcase for the Integration of Visualization, Mobility, and Analytics

August 5, 2015

Although countless governments across the country can now claim some digital accomplishment, few have managed the wholesale transformation of government services in recent years better than Indiana, with its child and infant welfare efforts.

Over the past decade, the Hoosier State’s child welfare caseworkers have traded in notepads for mobile tools. They have also swapped out a cumbersome IT system for an innovative case management software pioneered by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. And in the state health department, officials have used highly sophisticated data analytics to take on one of the worst infant mortality rates in the country.

Source: Data-Smart

Mobile Apps Drive Fleet Management

August 3, 2015

As government agencies look for more efficient ways to manage their vehicle fleets, smartphone-based apps are providing benefits to both drivers and fleet managers.

The State Department’s Integrated Logistics Management System (ILMS) Mobile Driver tracks a global fleet of 14,000 vehicles in more than 260 locations in 176 countries, supporting more than 40 U.S. government agencies.

Source: GCN

DHS Expands Access to Virtual Cybersecurity Training

July 24, 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding access to its Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) program to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government employees—part of the department's efforts to build a strong cyber workforce that can keep up with evolving technology and increasing cybersecurity risks.

The online program, which is sponsored by DHS and supported by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), contains more than 800 hours of training on topics such as ethical hacking and surveillance, risk management, and malware analysis, as well as preparation exams for security certifications. The free, governmentwide program includes more than 150 demos and 3,000-related materials, including videotaped lectures and hands-on virtual labs where users can practice what they have learned on a "sandbox" network.

Source: GCN

Plans Move Forward in Establishing Intelligence Center in Hidalgo County, Texas

July 22, 2015

Texas will soon have a more effective way to target border crime via an intelligence center operated by law enforcement in Hidalgo County. The establishment of the Texas Transnational Intelligence Center was part of House Bill 11, which was recently signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The intelligence center will be operated by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office and the McAllen Police Department with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Source: valleycentral

White House Orders All Federal Sites Go HTTPS By the End of 2016

July 20, 2015

In a bid to close potential vulnerabilities in the government's Web presence, the White House is mandating every public federal Web site switch to a more secure Internet connection standard within about a year and a half. The connection technology, Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), provides site visitors more privacy and confidence while they are looking at official government Web sites. The secure protocol also prevents a lot of Web surfing behavior from being watched or toyed with. Come December 31, 2016, every public federal site must be protected with HTTPS.

Source: Nextgov

Transformation of the DHS/DOJ Fusion Process Technical Assistance Program

July 17, 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Department of Justice Fusion Process Technical Assistance (TA) Program (TA Program) and fusion centers nationwide are undergoing an exciting stage in their evolution. With the maturation of the National Network of Fusion Centers, the TA Program is evolving to meet the expanding needs of fusion centers. This growth will require a TA Program that is capable of working with both fusion centers and their key stakeholders to address expectations and facilitate understanding of the benefits and value of increased partnerships.

Source: ISE

IACP Launches the Law Enforcement Cyber Center

July 15, 2015

On May 18, 2015, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) launched the Law Enforcement Cyber Center,  The center is an online portal that is designed to educate and build the capacity of justice and public safety agencies to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and respond to cyberthreats and cybercrimes. The center is designed to address three principal areas: cybercrime investigation, digital forensics, and information systems security.

Source: IACP

NIST Maps the Future of Location Services in Public Safety

July 13, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Program has released the Location-Based Services R&D Roadmap.  The roadmap serves as the first installment of a larger vision for advanced public safety communications networks and covers the relevant technologies and location-based services that will boost situational awareness for emergency responders and medical services. It also serves as a continuous planning guide for public safety communications research.

Source: NIST

DOJ Establishes Policy Guidance on Domestic Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

July 10, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued agency-wide policy guidance on the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that sets standards of use and management controls of UAS by the department and its components.  The policy highlights privacy protections and makes clear that UAS use must be consistent with the protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution.  DOJ components are prohibited from using UAS for monitoring First Amendment-protected events and may only operate UAS on properly authorized investigations and activities.

Source: DOJ

DHS OCIO’s ICAM Speeds Access to Mission IT, Increases Cybersecurity, and Saves Money

May 27, 2015

In a recent Information Sharing Environment (ISE) blog, the work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Program is highlighted.  ICAM and its DHS Trusted Identity Exchange (TIE) are delivering forward-thinking access and data-protection solutions that make DHS networks more efficient and secure for all DHS mission users.  TIE is a centralized enterprise service that may eliminate the use of untrustworthy or out-of-date identity data for access decisions to systems, data, and facilities, while ensuring the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of all users.

Source: ISE

Orlando Police to Add 450 Body Cameras to Officers After USF Study

May 26, 2015

The Orlando Police Department plans to equip patrol officers with body cameras, adding 450 cameras over the next four years. The decision follows a study by the University of South Florida to explore "the perceptions of Orlando police officers toward body-worn cameras and the effect of body-worn cameras on officer [and citizen] behavior." Researchers studied 100 police officers, 50 of which wore cameras while on duty and 50 did not. In a presentation to the Orlando City Council, Chief John Mina said it will cost about $1.69 million to get the program up and running, including the purchase of 100 cameras a year and the storage of their footage. He estimated the annual data-storage costs for the body cams would be about $460,000.

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.

Source: BJA

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.

Source: IACP

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.

Source: RAND

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.)

Source: PERF

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.

Source: ISE

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.

Source: NCJA

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.

Source: OJBC

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.
Source: GCN

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.

Source: GLOBAL

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.

Source: Whitehouse

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.

Source: FBI

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.

Source: RouteFifty

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.

Source: HSDL

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.

Source: GCN

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.”

Source: HSToday

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.

Source: GCN

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.

Source: the news star

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).

Source: Global

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

About this Webinar:

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.

Who Should Attend:

State justice leaders, policymakers, and interested justice information sharing practitioners.

Source: NCJA

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


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:

Source: COPS

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:

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.

Source: FCW

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 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.

Source: GLOBAL

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 (for video) and dial (866) 200-5786 and enter Access code 2614808 to hear the audio conference.

Source: GLOBAL

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.


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.

Source: OJP

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.

Source: White House

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.

Source: BJA

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.

Source: BJA

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.

Source: Washington Post

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.

Source: TheHill

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 (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.

Source: ISE

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.

Source: NIST

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.

Source: BJA

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


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.

Source: GLOBAL

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.

Source: PM-ISE

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.

Source: Officer

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

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.

Source: BJA

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

Source: NIEM

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
Source: HS Today

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.

Source: GLOBAL

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.

Source: FCW

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.

Source: NCJA

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.

Source: DHS