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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BJA Debuts Body-Worn Camera Toolkit
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.


Youth Focused Policing Agency Self-Assessment Tool
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.


Justice Department Will Spend $20 Million on Police Body Cameras Nationwide
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

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.



Police Should Increase Use of Digital Communication Tools
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. 


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