Crime Victim Awareness Through the Decades
In 1974, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) launched a new initiative to fund research that analyzed the needs and problems of crime victims. This initiative has flourished over the past 45 years, as NIJ has continued to play an integral role in performing and funding research on issues critical to victim recovery and evaluating victim services.
NIJ funding has spanned from early victim and witness programs, to experiments to find ways to deter intimate partner violence, to evaluation of grant programs funded by the Office for Victims of Crime to support wraparound legal services for victims.
Online Course: Designing Effective Community Responses to Radicalization to Violence
Designing Effective Community Responses to Radicalization to Violence (DECRRV) is a six-week, no-cost online course that provides an interactive, hands-on opportunity to apply design thinking methodologies to the development of community-based Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts. This course was developed by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Training and Education Division.
After taking this course, participants will be able to:
Explain how whole community approaches to CVE can build resilience to hazards.
Identify the five phases of the design thinking process and associated techniques.
Describe how design thinking methods can be used to develop a community-based program to counter violent extremism.
Utilize design thinking to develop a community engagement program to counter violent extremism.
New Website: AMBER Alert in Indian Country
A newly redesigned AMBER Alert website now features Indian Country resources. From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the refreshed AMBER Alert website now includes access to the AMBER Alert in Indian Country website, a summary of the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative, and training and technical assistance resources. The website, managed by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), provides resources to help regional and state-level AMBER Alert training and coordination efforts and links to resources that support the AMBER Alert program through national partners and OJJDP grantees.
NIBRS Transition: National Crime Statistics Exchange
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS), are spearheading the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) to increase the number of law enforcement agencies reporting detailed crime data to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). NCS-X is enrolling an additional 400 scientifically selected agencies to report to NIBRS, including all of the largest agencies in the United States. Once data from the 400 NCS-X agencies are combined with the nearly 7,000 current NIBRS-reporting agencies, the nation will have detailed crime information from law enforcement agencies that serve an estimated two-thirds of American citizens, and from which national estimates can be accurately developed.
The majority of BJS funds from this program have provided direct resources to state and local law enforcement agencies. Funds also have supported training and technical assistance and the development of statistical estimation procedures.
Stopping Fentanyl at the Border
In this article from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), scientists discuss the effectiveness of chemical screening at points of entry. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency there are large quantities of the synthetic drug fentanyl flowing into the country at ports of entry along the Southwest border. Because this drug drives a nationwide overdose epidemic, law enforcement agencies are considering technologies that might help stem the flow.
These NIST Scientists have tested whether a chemical detection technology called ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) can be used to screen vehicles for fentanyl. Their results show that IMS can be effective for this purpose and include sensitivity levels, error rates, and other performance metrics that can help authorities weigh the costs and benefits of using this technology.