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 the 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. Details and Download

Recording Now Available: BJA Privacy Webinar—The Importance of Privacy and Social Media Policies in Law Enforcement

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 Enforcementat: 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. View the Webinar

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Five in 5

The Criminal intelligence Coordinating Council’s (CICC) Five in 5 is a snapshot of law enforcement and criminal intelligence-related articles, resources, and research that may be of interest to CICC members and partners working to improve the nation’s ability to develop and share criminal intelligence. Read the Latest Edition

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Grantee Guidelines for Global Standards Package Compliance

To promote increased interoperability among justice information sharing systems, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has started issuing guidance relative to the use of the Global Standards Package. Continue to the Global Standards Package

Video Evidence: A Law Enforcement Guide to Resources and Best Practices

Designed for chiefs, sheriffs, and line officers to provide answers to straightforward questions they may have regarding properly securing, collecting, storing, and analyzing video, as well as to provide sources for training. Details and Download

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


Our Latest Tool to Combat Cyber Attacks: What You Need to Know
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.


The FBI’s Cyber Action Team—Rapidly Responding to Major Computer Intrusions
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.


New NASCIO Survey Details State Government IT Challenges
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.


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


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