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

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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Center Arms Deputies With Data to Fight Crime

Personnel at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Intelligence Center in Dayton, Ohio, analyze data in almost real time to support area law enforcement, and the center is an invaluable resource to local departments.  For example, one local law enforcement agency relies on the center particularly on lengthy investigations that require detectives to put all the players together in complicated cases.  

Source: Dayton News
License Plate Reader Policy Development Template for Use in Intelligence and Investigative Activities

License Plate Reader Policy Development Template for Use in Intelligence and Investigative Activities is designed specifically for law enforcement entities and fusion centers to assist their efforts in developing and implementing comprehensive privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties policies regarding the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs or LPRs) in intelligence and investigative activities.  Developed by state, local, and federal law enforcement practitioners with LPR expertise and privacy subject-matter experts, the provisions of the LPR Policy Template are intended to be incorporated into agency operational policies and day-to-day operations. Each section represents a fundamental component of a comprehensive policy that includes baseline provisions on LPR information collection; information quality; access and disclosure; redress; security, retention, and destruction; accountability and enforcement; and training. Sample language is provided for each recommended provision, as well as appendices that contain a glossary of terms and definitions, citations to federal and case law, and a draft model policy. 

Source: GLOBAL
House Passes Bill Requiring Warrants for E-Mail Searches

On February 6, 2017, the House passed a bill aimed at modernizing the United States’ aging law covering law enforcement access to e-mails and other stored files.  The current law, known as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, allows law enforcement to access any stored files without a warrant if such material is left on a third-party server for more than 180 days.  But that law was passed in 1986—three years before the invention of the Internet—when computer owners did not have the same systems as modern users, such as cloud hosting, Webmail, and online photo galleries.  The Email Privacy Act alters the previous rule to universally require warrants for such information. The same bill cleared the House in 2016 on an overwhelming 419-0 vote, but it stalled in the Senate.  

Source: Reuters
New Jersey Buys Police Body Cameras

Thirty-seven law enforcement agencies across New Jersey will share $566,000 in grants to buy 1,132 police body-worn cameras. The grants are being provided using funds from the U.S. Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. Agencies can use up to $500 in grant funds for each camera or camera package, including camera and related equipment. Police departments in 15 of New Jersey's 21 counties received awards.

Source: NJToday
NIST to Launch Ongoing Face Recognition Vendor Test

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will launch a new, ongoing “Face Recognition Vendor Test” beginning in February 2017.

The test will be aimed at evaluating the face recognition performance on cooperative images, as collected in civil and criminal identity management applications. NIST notes that the test will also evaluate accuracy on more difficult images, including in-the-wild and photo journalism images and noncooperative surveillance stills.

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