COMMUNITY OUTREACH RESOURCES
Another area of implementation is the liaison of justice entities with members of the communities they serve to inform them of the thoughtful, intentional process used to develop privacy protections and to promote public confidence in the justice entity and in the safety and integrity of the information contained in justice systems.
This resource—developed by Robert Wasserman in collaboration with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), DOJ, and DHS—focuses on developing relationships of trust among law enforcement, fusion centers, and the communities they serve, particularly immigrant and minority communities, so that the challenges of crime control and prevention of terrorism can be addressed. Trust, transparency, and the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties are fundamental to effective crime control, and these principles must serve as the foundation for information and intelligence sharing efforts intended to support crime prevention and terrorism prevention activities. Through a series of facilitated sessions, the Building Communities of Trust (BCOT) effort convened privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties groups; community leaders; and law enforcement officials for an intensive dialogue. The program’s objective is to help communities understand how law enforcement is using information to protect neighborhoods and citizens, while at the same time educating law enforcement on the priorities and needs of residents and how various community members view law enforcement efforts. The resulting guidance provides advice and recommendations on how to initiate and sustain trusting relationships that support meaningful sharing of information, responsiveness to community concerns and priorities, and the reporting of suspicious activities. Building and maintaining trusting relationships between communities and law enforcement to prevent acts of crime and terrorism is the overarching theme of this document.
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 departments and agencies in their ongoing efforts to build stronger community-police relations.
Establishing a Privacy Officer Function Within a Justice or Public Safety Entity: Recommended Responsibilities and Training
Having guidance on how to establish a privacy officer role within a justice or public safety agency, regardless of the type or size of agency, is extremely valuable both to those agencies that already have privacy officers, as well as to those in the process of developing their privacy policies or instituting privacy protections within their agencies.
Provides guidance and recommendations to law enforcement agency personnel in understanding their roles and responsibilities in First Amendment-protected events. This guidance document is divided into three stages: pre-event, operational, and post-event, with each stage identifying the recommended actions of law enforcement. The resource also provides an overview of how fusion centers can support law enforcement in its public safety mission in regards to these types of events.
Responding to First Amendment-Protected Events—The Role of State and Local Law Enforcement Officers Training Video
This video is designed to assist law enforcement personnel in understanding their roles and responsibilities as they prepare for and respond to a First Amendment-protected event; to protect the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of persons and groups participating in a First Amendment-protected event; and to reinforce fundamental concepts learned at law enforcement training academies and in-service programs. At the end of the video is a short quiz with the option to print a certificate of completion.
This short video was developed as a training tool to educate viewers, particularly line officers during roll call, on the privacy and civil liberties issues they may confront in their everyday work. The video also addresses the liabilities associated with the failure to adhere to sound policy and practice. This short overview reviews and proactively emphasizes the role line officers have in the ongoing protection of citizens’ and community members’ privacy, civil rights, civil liberties, and other associated rights in the course of officers’ daily activities and calls for service.
The Role of State and Local Law Enforcement at First Amendment Events Reference Card
This resource is designed to serve as a pocket-sized reference card for line officers who are responding to a First Amendment-protected event. It provides an overview of their roles and responsibilities, as well as an overview of the rights of participants in First Amendment-protected events.
This SAR CD was developed through a joint effort of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), DOJ, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to educate law enforcement line officers not only on what kinds of suspicious behaviors are associated with pre-incident terrorism activities and how to document and report suspicious activity but also on how to ensure the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties when documenting SAR information. The CD also provides information about the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) requirement that NSI sites have privacy policies in place prior to NSI participation.
Criminal intelligence plays a vital role in the safety and security of our country. The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 28, Part 23—Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies (or 28 CFR Part 23) was issued in 1980 to ensure the privacy and constitutional rights of individuals during the collection and exchange of criminal intelligence information, and it has since been an important part of the intelligence landscape. 28 CFR Part 23 is a guideline for law enforcement agencies that operate federally funded multijurisdictional criminal intelligence systems. To facilitate greater understanding of 28 CFR Part 23, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, developed the Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies (28 CFR Part 23) online training, which focuses on the requirements of 28 CFR Part 23 and includes topics such as compliance, privacy, inquiry, and dissemination requirements; storage requirements; and review-and-purge requirements. The online training is available at www.ncirc.gov
This training is designed to present effective information sharing tools, examine the principles of 28 CFR Part 23, and address the importance of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties in the context of information sharing. Its purpose is to enhance information sharing by clarifying the various rules and regulations to ensure that agencies are more confident as they collect and share information, particularly criminal intelligence information. In addition, technical assistance can be provided through on-site system reviews, policy reviews, and other specialized problem resolution. Training and technical assistance for this project are provided through funding from BJA, DOJ.
Through a joint effort among DHS, DOJ, and BJA, this collaborative Web portal, accessible at it.ojp.gov/PrivacyLiberty
, provides access to a wide range of resources and training materials available in the Information Sharing Environment that address privacy and civil liberties protections, including many of the Global products described within this overview. Although originally intended for fusion center use, these resources can be easily adapted by law enforcement, criminal justice, public safety, and homeland security communities nationwide.
referenced in Stage 4. This update will ensure that appropriate changes are made in response to changes in applicable laws, technology, the purpose and use of the information systems, and public expectations. Once the policy is updated, entities should revisit the resources listed in each stage of the Privacy Program Cycle