Investigation and Prosecution Legal Templates: National White Collar Crime Center
The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) provides a nationwide support system for law enforcement and regulatory agencies tasked with the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime. Through the NW3C, the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), U.S. Department of Justice, has made available more than 100 legal templates to assist practitioners in the investigation and prosecution of high-tech crime cases. These law enforcement-sensitive templates are available to criminal justice practitioners through NW3C’s secure portal. They include language for search warrant affidavits, consent forms, nondisclosure and delay notices, and multiple forms related to cell site location information.
Law Enforcement Cyber Center: http://www.iacpcybercenter.org/
Information Sharing is Key to Stopping Human Trafficking: The Western States Information Network®
The Western States Information Network (WSIN) is one of the six Regional Information Sharing Systems® (RISS) Centers that provide critical information sharing, investigative support services, and officer safety deconfliction. The RISS Program offers electronic access to law enforcement resources through a secure, nationwide network called RISSNET. Through RISSNET, authorized agencies have access to RISSIntel™, a criminal intelligence database that enables law enforcement personnel to deconflict their investigative subjects, and to RISSafe, an officer safety event deconfliction system that allows agencies to deconflict their operations to avoid “blue-on-blue” incidents.
RISS offers law enforcement agencies a full range of diverse services and programs to assist agencies, including use of surveillance equipment, training and publications, and use of analytical staff to help apprehend, prosecute, and convict criminals such as human traffickers. RISS’s analytical services are particularly useful to smaller agencies that do not have enough resources or officers to devote to time-consuming human trafficking investigations.
RISS Program Information: https://www.riss.net/
Body-Worn Cameras: What the Evidence Tells Us
Body-worn cameras for law enforcement can provide real-time information about officers' assignments and interactions. In recent years, the technology has been widely embraced by U.S. law enforcement agencies and communities. This National Institute of Justice Journal article provides an overview of current research on body-worn cameras and recommends additional research to more fully understand the value of the technology for the field.
BJA Body-Worn Camera Tool Kit: https://www.bja.gov/bwc/
Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage
The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) was tasked with examining the nation’s ability to respond to and recover from a catastrophic power outage of a magnitude beyond modern experience, exceeding prior events in severity, scale, duration, and consequence. The report recommends that the United States should respond to this problem in two overarching ways: (1) design a national approach to prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic power outages that provides the federal guidance, resources, and incentives needed to take action across all levels of government and industry and down to communities and individuals; and (2) improve our understanding of how cascading failures across critical infrastructure will affect restoration and survival.
Reflections on Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement
In August 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) convened a meeting of 40 rank-and-file officers as part of a roundtable discussion regarding their roles in implementing their agencies’ community policing policies and operations. The officers came from departments across the country and explored a wide range of issues from the viewpoint of those who work on the ground.
The meeting provided insights and recommendations for ways in which officers, law enforcement leaders, and communities can work together to reduce crime—in particular illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime. They also discussed the need to support officer morale, safety, and wellness and explored emerging issues such as the growing opioid epidemic, providing forthright assessments of the current state of policing.