News Archive

Crime Victim Awareness Through the Decades

December 6, 2019

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

December 6, 2019

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

December 6, 2019

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

November 29, 2019

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

November 29, 2019

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.

Guide to Addressing Crime Hot Spots

November 29, 2019

Under the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) initiative the problem-oriented policing (POP) guide Understanding and Responding to Crime and Disorder Hot Spots was recently released. This guide was developed in collaboration with the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing at Arizona State University and BJA.

The POP guide examines:

  • Defining what crime hot spots are and discussing why they are important.

  • Identifying crime-concentrated areas.

  • Addressing crime hot spots with effective policing strategies.

Webinar: Mass Shootings and Victim Considerations During Prosecution

November 29, 2019

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) for their webinar “Mass Shootings and Victim Considerations.” This webinar will focus on a topical and complex subject that is likely at the forefront of many prosecutors’ minds. District Attorney George Brauchler—widely known as the prosecutor of James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado, gunman—will examine the issues district attorneys face while prosecuting mass-shooting cases. He will provide anecdotal insights and lessons learned along the way. This webinar is part of APA’s Capital Litigation Improvement Project webinar series.

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., ET

FBI Report: Hate Crime Statistics

November 29, 2019

There were over 7,000 reported incidents of hate crimes in 2018 according to the latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in its annual report, Hate Crime Statistics, 2018. While overall incidents of hate crimes remained relatively flat between 2017 and 2018, incidents of violent attacks rose. 

Of the more than 5,500 offenses classified as crimes against persons, 46 percent were for intimidation, 34 percent were for simple assault, and 18.4 percent were for aggravated assault. In addition, 24 murders and 22 rapes were classified as hate crimes. 

Law Enforcement Dog Encounters Training

November 22, 2019

The Office of Community Oriented Police Services publishes materials for law enforcement and community stakeholders collaboratively addressing crime and disorder challenges. These free publications provide best-practice approaches and access to collective knowledge from the field.

Its newest release, Law Enforcement Dog Encounters Training (LEDET): A Toolkit for Law Enforcement, is designed to help law enforcement officers deal with dog encounters. Use of force by law enforcement officers, deadly or otherwise, has become a major issue before the public. As human cases have become more visible, so have cases in which law enforcement officers have used deadly force against companion dogs. The purpose of this toolkit is to provide law enforcement agencies and officers with the information, tools, and resources necessary to handle dog encounters.

American Indian Justice Conference-December 5–6, 2019

November 22, 2019

The American Indian Justice Conference (taking place on December 5–6, 2019, in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico) is a free event that will provide training to tribal communities to enhance their response to alcohol and drug abuse, enable them to recognize how trauma impacts drug and alcohol abuse in tribal communities, and identify current trends and best practices for tribal justice systems to strengthen multidisciplinary approaches to healing and justice.

The conference, supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will feature five multidisciplinary tracks:  Alcohol and Substance Abuse; Courts and Traditional Justice; Probation, Reentry, and Policing; Strategic Planning; and Addressing Violent Crime in Native Communities.

Digital Evidence Task Force Executive Primer

November 22, 2019

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has released a publication entitled “Digital Evidence Task Force Executive Primer.” This provides law enforcement executives what they need to understand the complexities of digital evidence, consider what policy changes they may need to adopt, and how they can work with their communities and policymakers to succeed in an ever-changing environment. The document covers policy considerations, the problems associated with “going dark,” and education and outreach. 

FBI Report: Lone Offender Terrorism

November 22, 2019

A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) study of lone offender terrorist attacks in the United States takes an unprecedented look at the backgrounds, behavioral characteristics, and circumstances surrounding 52 attacks since 1972, as well as the singular perpetrators and the bystanders who often see clues but rarely act on them.

The “Lone Offender Terrorism Report,” produced by the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), analyzed domestic attacks between 1972 and 2015. Within BAU, researchers reviewed a trove of data and contextual investigative information in FBI case files and police records—as well as academic research and media accounts—to develop a richer picture of the varied circumstances surrounding dozens of lone offender attacks.

Webinar: Stepping Up Data-Driven Justice

November 22, 2019

Many communities are focusing on the small number of people who frequently cycle in and out of emergency rooms, shelters, crisis services, and the justice system—a population that disproportionately contributes to the high utilization of resources. In Part Two of a series on collecting and using data, Stepping Up and the Data-Driven Justice Project—supported by the National Association of Counties (NACo)—will host a no-cost webinar featuring counties that have implemented policies and practices that identify frequent utilizers of these systems and use this information to connect people with appropriate treatment and services.

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., ET

A Primer for Police Leaders on Futures Thinking

November 15, 2019

In a profession that tends to be reactive and responsive, futures thinking encourages police leaders and organizations to identify the future they prefer and to work to bring that future into reality.

A collaboration among the National Police Foundation, the Society of Police Futurists International, and the Futures Working Group —supported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation —this document provides guidance to public safety leaders on the potential impact of societal changes and how to appropriately apply futures thinking to such scenarios.

Webinar: Forensics and Business Email Compromises

November 15, 2019

This no-cost webinar, brought to you by the National White Collar Crime Center, will cover the types of evidence that should be collected in response to a business email compromise/Office 365 email investigation, methods of email compromise (e.g., phishing, malware), types of data at risk, and commonly seen schemes.

Date:  November 13, 2019 
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: Rapid and Effective Identification of Organic and Inorganic Gunshot Residues

November 15, 2019

Forensic laboratories and law enforcement personnel provide valuable support in the reconstruction of events and assessment of the value of evidence in firearm-related investigations. The main goal of this webinar, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), is to present a discussion of the current state of gunshot residue (GSR) detection and efforts being made to improve current capabilities.

This no-cost webinar presents the development and validation of novel methods to identify organic and inorganic gunshot residues. Electrochemical and laser-based spectroscopic techniques (LIBS) are presented as screening methods that are quicker, more selective, and more powerful than any current field-testing technique. At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand challenges faced in forensic analysis of gunshot residues.

  • Recognize the capabilities and limitations of electrochemistry, LIBS, and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry for GSR detection.

  • Identify the value of using populations that simulate casework samples for the validation and assessment of performance measures of qualitative data.

Date:  November 20, 2019 
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., ET

Joint Statement: Security of 2020 Elections

November 15, 2019

Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, FBI Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director General Paul Nakasone, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs released a joint statement regarding the security of the 2020 election. 

In the joint statement, representatives from across the federal government named election security as a top priority for the U.S. government. They also warned that adversaries will seek to interfere in the voting process or influence voter perceptions in the next election through a variety of means, including social media campaigns, disinformation operations, or disruptive or destructive cyberattacks on state and local infrastructure. To protect U.S. elections, the agencies have increased their level of support to state and local election officials. 

New Website: COAP Resource Center

November 15, 2019

The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP), funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, works to support effective responses to the opioid epidemic to reduce overdose deaths, promote public safety, and support access to treatment and recovery services in the criminal justice system. The recently updated COAP Resource Center provides many opportunities for local, state, tribal, and territorial stakeholders to address the opioid epidemic in their communities through policy efforts and practical solutions. 
Resources include the following:

Webinar: Surviving the Service: Cardiac, Cancer, Behavioral Threats, and The Role of Early Detection

November 8, 2019

Members of the uniformed services have unique occupational health risks. Tragically, each year countless men and women with law enforcement, fire and rescue services, and emergency management services lose their lives or suffer permanent disability from entirely preventable occupational health risks. Largely, this occupational risk includes fatal cardiovascular events. On November 14, 2019, the International Public Safety Association will host a no-cost webinar on health in the uniformed services.

Date:  November 14, 2019 
Time:  12:00 Noon – 1:15 p.m., ET

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Portal

November 8, 2019

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has recently updated its toolkit to include the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Portal. The SAFER Portal is a collection of best practices and protocols that provide guidance on using a multidisciplinary approach that ensures effective communication and offers policy considerations.

These updates were developed in response to the National Institute of Justice SAFER guidelines, which are found in National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach.

Congressional Testimony: Global Terrorism -- Threats to the Homeland

November 8, 2019

Last week, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray gave a statement before the House Homeland Security Committee. In his remarks, he discussed the current threats to the United States including homegrown violent extremism, cybercrime, and hostile foreign intelligence operations.

The Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice

November 8, 2019

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order last week to establish the Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice (the Commission)—the first comprehensive commission on criminal justice in nearly 50 years.

The Commission will conduct a comprehensive review of the nation’s criminal justice system, develop a strategic plan to include recommendations for moving forward, and provide guidance to federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. The Commission will study issues that are critical to ensuring that our communities are safe and that those who enforce and administer the law are properly supported.

Pilot Program: Use of Body-Worn Cameras

November 8, 2019

On Monday, October 28, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a pilot program which, for the first time, will allow federally deputized task force officers to use body-worn cameras while serving arrest warrants or executing search warrants. The DOJ partners with state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement on hundreds of federal task forces throughout the nation. Together, these task forces work to combat violent crime, stem the flow of illegal narcotics, and arrest dangerous fugitives. Several of DOJ’s partner agencies require their officers to wear body-worn cameras and have requested that their officers wear these cameras on federal task forces when the use of force is possible.

Law Enforcement Best Practices —Lessons Learned From the Field

November 1, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services examines key areas for community policing. These areas include de-escalation; crisis intervention; first-line supervisors; early intervention systems; internal affairs; recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention; and data systems.

The Law Enforcement Best Practices guide was developed in collaboration with experts and practitioners from across the country and provides best and promising practices grounded in academic research and practical experience, suitable for agencies of all sizes. In order to address the complex relationship among each of these issues, the guide provides actionable checklists to start a conversation about the actions law enforcement agencies can take to positively affect the quality of life and safety for every member of the community.

Learn How Police Agencies Can Get Survey Data at No Cost

November 1, 2019

The National Law Enforcement Applied Research and Data Platform is an effort facilitated by the National Police Foundation and funded by the National Institute of Justice. This new data-driven platform provides survey data to police agencies at no cost. The data may be used to drive policy decisions, as well as gauge the community’s perspectives on law enforcement.

The data is near-real-time, with survey content uploaded to the platform within 48 hours. Agencies that participate in the data platform are also given detailed written reports within ten days. To see what they provide, view a sample report. This report specifically focuses on the impact of technology on officer safety and wellness.

Webinar: Understanding the Darknet

November 1, 2019

As the Internet continues to evolve, new layers populate where offenders commit criminal offenses. One such area is known as the Darknet. Participants will learn how the Darknet works and how potential criminal activity is facilitated on the Darknet as a crucial part of investigating and prosecuting child exploitation cases. Additionally, participants will learn how to access other locations on the Darknet.  This no-cost webinar is hosted by the Midwest Regional Child Advocacy Center.

Date:  November 7, 2019 
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: The Opioid Crisis: One State's Approach to Supporting the Health and Wellness of Its First Responders

November 1, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program team, invites you to participate in this no-cost webinar. It will feature representatives from the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). Topics will include how first responders are becoming trauma-informed, practical applications of putting trauma-informed strategies in place, and innovative state and local programs (including training programs and support initiatives). The role of leadership and integrated system responses will be highlighted, including OhioMHAS’s new first responder liaison, who serves as a resource to first responders, their agencies, behavioral health care providers, and the community at large. Additionally, the Ohio Aiding Safety Services with Incident Survival Techniques (ASSIST) program will be introduced. Ohio ASSIST provides post-critical incident seminars to first responders and their families.

Date:  November 6, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

New Website: SLATT Program

November 1, 2019

The updated State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program website is now live and will house new and updated resources to help you in your efforts in countering terrorism. The SLATT Program, supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has been undergoing curriculum and website revitalization efforts to reflect a more role-based approach to identifying what terrorism looks like, understanding how to report it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and preparing to respond to an incident. As part of the revitalization effort, on-site training courses are being developed in order to provide content tailored to different roles: law enforcement, emergency managers, crime analysts, and intelligence analysts.

Please note, for security purposes, all previous user accounts were deactivated and are now obsolete. Information regarding the sign-up and vetting process for new SLATT user accounts will be available soon.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 2019 Toolkit

October 25, 2019

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. NCSAM 2019 emphasizes personal accountability and stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s overarching message—Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.focuses on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and e-commerce security.

The 2019 NCSAM Toolkit is a comprehensive guide that promotes positive, lasting cybersecurity habits.

Webinar: U.S. Department of Justice Tribal Access Program Overview

October 25, 2019

The Tribal Access Program (TAP) provides federally recognized tribes with enhanced ability to access and exchange data with the national crime information databases for both criminal justice and noncriminal justice purposes. It also provides training and software and biometric/biographic kiosk workstations to process finger and palm prints.

To assist and educate interested tribes, TAP will host a TAP Overview webinar on Monday, October 28, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., ET. To register for this no-cost webinar, email TAP.App@usdoj.gov.

BJA Programs Supporting Law Enforcement

October 25, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation’s criminal justice system. BJA’s grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide government jurisdictions (state, local, tribal, and territorial) and public and private organizations with the cutting-edge tools and best practices they need to support law enforcement, reduce violent and drug-related crime, and combat victimization.

BJA supports a wide suite of programs designed to help law enforcement. The following document provides information on these programs and includes both the associated websites and BJA policy leads.

To learn more about BJA, visit www.bja.gov, or follow BJA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DOJBJA) and Twitter (@DOJBJA).

The Strategies for Policing Innovation Initiative, Reflecting on Ten Years of Innovation

October 25, 2019

Over the past ten years, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, in partnership with CNA’s Institute for Public Research, has supported law enforcement agencies across the country in implementing innovative policing approaches through the Strategies for Policing Innovation Initiative (SPI, formerly the Smart Policing Initiative). SPI supports not only the development and implementation of innovative policing strategies, but also the research partnerships that result in in-depth analyses and rigorous evaluations of these strategies to advance what is known about effective and efficient policing practices. This report examines SPI’s accomplishments since its inception in 2009 and explores some of the major themes across SPI initiatives in both policing and policing research.

Community Policing in Action: Photo Contest

October 25, 2019

The sixth annual U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services “Community Policing in Action” Photo Contest is currently open and accepting submissions. This contest is an opportunity to visually share examples of community policing in action with other law enforcement and community stakeholders.

Each state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agency is invited to submit one photo that reflects the agency’s positive community engagement and trust building with community members, stakeholders, local government officials, and others.

Brief overview on how to enter a complete submission:

  • Select or snap a photo that best conveys your agency’s community policing ethos. Horizontal images are preferred.

  • Fill out the required Permission and Release to Law Enforcement Agencies Form and Privacy Consent, Waiver, and Release Authorizing Use and Disclosure of Photographic Image Forms for each recognizable individual.

  • Write a brief description of the photo and how it reflects your department’s positive community engagement.

Submissions will be accepted through Monday, November 4, 2019, at 8:00 PM, ET.

DHS Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence

October 18, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence explains how DHS will use the tools and expertise that have protected and strengthened the country from foreign terrorist organizations to address today’s evolving challenges.

Webinar: The Investigation and Prosecution of Gang-Related Crimes: An Introduction

October 18, 2019

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse and sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association, will serve as a primer for basic gang investigation and prosecution.  It will focus on different types of gangs, the importance of documenting gang members and gangs, and the tools that prosecutors need to have in order to be successful in court.

This webinar will discuss:

  • How to determine if a case is gang-related

  • What evidence is needed for a gang prosecution

  • Benefits of prosecuting a case as a gang crime

    This is the first of a three-part series on gang-related crime.  The other webinars in this series include:

  • January 23, 2020:  The Changing Face of Gangs and Criminal Organizations

  • March 31, 2020:   Challenges and Issues in Investigating & Prosecuting Gang-Related Crimes

Date:  October 22, 2019

Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

A Patrol Officer's Perspective

October 18, 2019

The demands of a community policing effort are different from one level of an organization to the next.  This publication, Community Policing: A Patrol Officer’s Perspective, and its companion volume, A First-Line Supervisor’s Perspective, illustrate how individual officers and supervisors can implement community policing practices in their agencies.  It contains examples of officer-led problem-solving and relationship-building, along with guidelines for understanding community policing concepts and practices.

These documents were developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

 

Webinar: The Federal Funding Process: The First Steps to Applying, How to Prepare, and Other Considerations

October 18, 2019

This webinar will explain how the Office of Justice Programs grant process works, what applicants should understand when applying for funding, and other necessary steps that a first-time applicant should understand.  In this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • What requirements applicants should prepare pre-submission (Grants.gov registration process)

  • How to find the critical elements of a solicitation

  • What to include in the application

  • Tips for developing a budget

  • How the peer review process works

Date:  October 30, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

Webinar: School Resource Officers: Conducting Formal Security and Vulnerability Assessments

October 18, 2019

In this no-cost webinar, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, the presenter will discuss the importance of conducting a formal security and vulnerability assessment as well as creating a diversified assessment team with adequate representation from various school-based groups.

Date:  October 29, 2019

Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

2018 Crime Statistics—FBI’s Annual Crime in the United States

October 11, 2019

Both violent crime and property crime fell in 2018 from the previous year, according to “Crime in the United States, 2018,” the annual crime statistics report produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program. 

The crime data was voluntarily reported to the FBI by more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies across the country.  In 2018, there were about 1.2 million violent crimes, according to the report. Nearly every category of violent crime decreased in the last year, with the exception of rape offenses, which increased 2.7 percent.

In the property crime category, there were nearly 7.2 million offenses reported in 2018. Burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts all declined in 2018 compared with 2017 data.

OJJDP Launches Redesigned Website

October 11, 2019

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has launched a redesigned website that offers a modern look and feel, enhanced technology, and a more user-friendly experience on mobile devices.  The OJJDP website now features state-of-the-art search capabilities, updated site navigation, and a simplified layout. New content includes a state support page, expanded funding information, and a multimedia page that incorporates video messages from the OJJDP Administrator, recorded webinars, training, and more.

2018 National Crime Victimization Survey

October 11, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey collects information on nonfatal crimes by surveying a nationally representative sample of U.S. households.

After declining by more than 60 percent from 1994 to 2015 (the most recent year in which a one-year decline was observed), the number of violent-crime victims rose between 2015 and 2016 and again between 2016 and 2018.

Webinar: How Justice Agencies Can Implement and Benefit From Sentinel Event Reviews

October 11, 2019

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Sentinel Events Initiative takes a learning approach to error in the criminal justice system. This approach advocates for nonblaming, forward-looking, all-stakeholder event reviews of negative criminal justice outcomes, which might include a death in custody, a routine police encounter that escalates to violence, a wrongful conviction, or a “near miss” in which a negative event is narrowly avoided.

Drawing on years of research, stakeholder input, and beta projects, NIJ launched a National Demonstration Project in 2018 to implement sentinel event reviews across the country. This webinar will describe the sentinel events approach and discuss successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the demonstration project.

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, will:

  • Outline the sentinel events approach.

  • Share how criminal justice practitioners can implement sentinel event reviews in their jurisdictions.

  • Include information about a National Demonstration Project being implemented across the country by NIJ and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Date:  October 22, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Starting a CyberCrime Unit: Key Considerations for Police Chiefs

October 11, 2019

Nearly every crime has a digital component. As such, police leaders are under increased pressure to dedicate resources to combatting cyber-enabled crime. The purpose of this document is to offer law enforcement executives key considerations for establishing a cybercrime unit, including scope, recruitment/staffing, interagency partnerships, training, and funding.  Additional resources can be found at the Law Enforcement Cyber Center website.

Review the Resources at the Law Enforcement Cyber Center:  https://www.iacpcybercenter.org/

 

Webinar: Rural School Safety

October 4, 2019

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse and sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association, will apply research-based information in a discussion to promote school safety. The discussion will allow the participants to identify and evaluate components of a school safety plan for schools located in small towns or unincorporated areas.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Evaluate available research when developing a school safety plan.

  • Identify low-cost and effective components for rural school safety plans.

  • Test assumptions regarding the components of their rural school safety plans.

Date:  October 9, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Toolkit for Youth Gang Violence Prevention

October 4, 2019

The National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) recently released the “Youth Gang Violence Prevention” toolkit, which is housed through PSP’s Public Safety Clearinghouse.  The customizable toolkit includes resources for addressing gang participation, especially among young people, and provides best practices to help state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies prevent gang violence in their jurisdictions.

Updated National Emergency Communications Plan

October 4, 2019

Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released the updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)—the nation’s road map to ensuring emergency communications interoperability at all levels of government. The NECP was updated to address the current gaps within emergency communications, reflect new and emerging technological advancements, and provide guidance to drive the nation toward a common end state for communications.

Webinar: Police-Mental Health Collaborations

October 4, 2019

Increasingly, law enforcement officers are called on to be the first, and often the only, responders to calls involving people who have mental health needs. To begin tackling that challenge, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released the Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) framework to help law enforcement agencies across the country better respond to the growing number of calls for service they receive involving this population. In this webinar, presenters will discuss the questions that law enforcement executives should consider when developing or enhancing PMHCs in their jurisdictions and share practical approaches that have been implemented in the field.

This no-cost webinar is hosted by the CSG Justice Center with funding support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Date: October 8, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: Case Study: Methods to Detect Forged Documents

October 4, 2019

Digital evidence has become an essential part of every legal matter, whether it be a criminal, civil, or internal investigation. Using a case study, this webinar session will demonstrate the methods used to determine that an email submitted as evidence in federal court had been forged. The methods demonstrated in this case study may be reliably referenced when reviewing any questionable digital documents, without the need for specialized software. This presentation will demonstrate the probative value of digital forensics in fraud investigations.

You will learn how to:

  • Recognize the value of digital forensics in fraud cases.

  • Identify methods to examine digital files and metadata.

  • Determine how to make and report on evidence-based conclusions.

  • Recall a practical example of how these methods were applied.

This no-cost webinar is hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center.

Date:  October 15, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 pm., ET

Analyst Professional Development Road Map, Version 2.0

September 27, 2019

The Analyst Professional Development Road Map, developed by the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, in conjunction with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, creates a sustainable, professional career path for analysts operating within federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial organizations.

The Road Map was first released in July 2015.  While the purpose of the resource remains the same, many of the training opportunities, certifications, and other means to further professional development for analysts have changed, warranting an update to the resource. 

The resource creates a sustainable, professional career path for analysts operating within federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial organizations. This path focuses on the development and enhancement of analytic-related knowledge, skills, and abilities over four overarching analyst levels (basic, intermediate, advanced, and supervisory) and the training recommended for achieving each level.

Applying the Evidence: Legal and Policy Approaches to Address Opioid Use Disorder in the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Settings

September 27, 2019

Communities across the country have prioritized increased access to treatment medications for opioid use disorder. Many systems that formerly discouraged or even prohibited the use of medications such as methadone and buprenorphine—including correctional facilities, drug courts, and the child welfare system—are beginning to recognize that access to these medications saves lives and forms a fundamental component of any effective program. Litigation, legislative reforms, new funding sources, leadership from policymakers, and advocacy efforts have helped create this culture shift.

The O’Neill Institute is partnering with Business for Impact at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University in sponsoring this symposium where participants will learn about trends in litigation and legislative reforms related to access to medication to treat opioid use disorder. Participants will also learn how to develop, fund, and implement best practices in their own communities to improve outcomes for people with opioid use disorders.

Attendees will include service professionals for addiction and drug policy, advocacy, health care, criminal justice reform, law enforcement, and members of the community.

Date:  October 30, 2019

Time:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: Staffing 911 Centers in the Era of NG911 (Next-Generation 911)

September 27, 2019

NG911 can provide different kinds of information to public safety agencies. Ultimately, it is a community decision to pay for technologies and staffing to support NG911 applications designed to meet community needs.

The gradual adoption of NG911 information technologies will require public safety answering points to collect and analyze data that measure staff workload and performance. Accurate current workload information will be important for determining how much additional staff time may be needed to handle work generated by NG911 capabilities.

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, will address methods for quantifying call taker and dispatcher workload for police, fire, and emergency medical services.

By the end of the webinar, attendees should have clear guidance on how to establish an effective, ongoing data collection and analysis process that can measure staffing needs when NG911 technologies are being proposed in their communities.

Date:  October 3, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET

National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations Project

September 27, 2019

The National Police Foundation, with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations Project and the Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Integration Initiative, and its partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will begin providing TTA to new FY 2019 CGIC grantees in October. 

CGICs represent an innovative and collaborative concept developed by ATF that identifies armed violent offenders for investigation and prosecution in order to reduce and prevent violent crime. CGIC operations include close collaboration among ATF, local police departments, local crime laboratories, probation and parole offices, prosecuting attorneys, crime analysts, and other partners. The goals of CGICs include:

  • Decreasing gun crime incidents.

  • Enhancing gun crime investigations, clearance rates, and prosecutorial outcomes.

  • Increasing public trust in law enforcement through community engagement.

The National Police Foundation’s TTA services will include guides and checklists, technical briefings and trainings, and quick reaction assessments provided by violent crime experts. CGIC replication sites and other selected agency points of contact may request TTA by completing the Training and Technical Assistance Request Form or by contacting the National Police Foundation at TTA@policefoundation.org or (202) 833-1460.

Webinar: Through the Looking Glass: Protecting Yourself While Conducting Internet-Based Investigations

September 27, 2019

“Through the looking glass” is a metaphorical expression meaning on the strange side, in the twilight zone, or in a strange, parallel world. While the internet can be considered a strange, parallel world, it can also be an informative, interesting, yet scary place when conducting different types of investigations. Various technologies and methods can be used to protect your identity and information while conducting internet-based investigations. This session will illustrate these technologies and methods to keep you safe when investigating online.

Hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center, this no-cost webinar will identify the methods criminals use to find your data; compare various technologies and software tools to protect your identity while  investigating online; and examine various methods to employ to hide your own tracks while conducting internet-based investigations.

Date: October 3, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Webinar: Recruiting a Diverse Police Force - Insights and Action Items From a 21-City Study

September 23, 2019

Attracting candidates from diverse backgrounds is crucial to building law enforcement agencies that can serve communities effectively and build trust among residents. To make an impact today, many agencies need a different set of solutions that can correctly identify and convert latent interest from prospective applicants.

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse and presented in partnership with the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners, will share the results of empirical studies with 21 U.S. jurisdictions to understand the motivations of those currently in the police force and to apply lessons from the science of human decision making to the process of attracting and recruiting new police officers. From expressing interest in a job, to showing up for testing, to assessing candidates fairly, the recruitment process involves several decision points that can make or break successful hiring.

Date: September 24, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Webinar: The Opioid Crisis and Its Growing Impact on First Responder Health and Wellness

September 23, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) team, invites you to this no-cost webinar, which will provide an overview of how everyday stress and trauma are impacting first responders’ resilience, wellness, and ability to function effectively in their work and home lives. It also explores what can be done to help mitigate the impact and negative effects of these experiences through education, resources, and support. The course “Vicarious Trauma for First Responders” provides an in-depth look at trauma and its impact on firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel or paramedics, disaster response workers, and law enforcement officers. The course identifies how first responders can become more effective and safer by being trauma-informed and aware of the implications and prevalence of vicarious trauma. The presenter will provide an overview of the course, and the link to the course will be included for webinar participants.

Date:  September 25, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m., ET

Campus Safety

September 23, 2019

More than 19 million students are enrolled in colleges and universities throughout the United States, challenging law enforcement and campus safety officers to respond to crime and keep students safe on campus.

In 2016, there were about 28,400 criminal incidents on college campuses reported to police and security agencies, according to the 2018 Indicators of School Crime and Safety report. This represented a 3 percent increase in reported crimes compared with 2015.

In 2016, the number of reported crimes on campus dropped in every category compared with 2001 except in terms of the number of forcible sex offenses and negligent manslaughter offenses. Between 2001 and 2016, the number of reported forcible sex offenses on college campuses increased from 2,200 in 2001 to 8,900 in 2016.

Nearly all campuses had a mass notification system that used email, text messages, or other methods to alert and instruct students, faculty, and staff members in emergency situations. In addition, programs such as the Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded National Center for Campus Public Safety exists to support campus officials in creating safer and stronger campus communities.

To learn more about crime and safety on campus, visit the following pages for additional resources from the Office of Justice Programs and other federal sources:

2019 Fall Edition of The Coalition

September 23, 2019

The magazine includes updates from the National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition (NNOAC) Board and Regional Directors, a review of the NNOAC February Conference, and additional articles, including the NNOAC President’s Report.

This issue also provides an article about a major agency issue with regard to liability.  Many of the issues are addressed in theMunicipal Liability for Failure to Train, Supervise, and Discipline” article.  There are also some very interesting success stories and articles from the NNOAC regions. 

School Shooting Prevention

September 23, 2019

Each day, law enforcement and school districts across the United States are responsible for protecting our almost 133,000 schools and 63 million students, faculty members, and staff members. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy Associates and the School Safety Advocacy Council have partnered and announced a series of two-day leadership forums for law enforcement executives and school administrators throughout the country. The forums will provide attendees with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to improve the overall security of their communities’ schools while developing coordinated plans for a crisis response.

Registration is open!

Sarasota, Florida—October 10–11, 2019

Chicago, Illinois—October 30–31, 2019

Atlantic City, New Jersey—November 13–14, 2019

Boston, Massachusetts—November 18–19, 2019

Webinar: Recognizing Gang Activity in Schools

September 16, 2019

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, in collaboration with the National Gang Center, will host a no-cost webinar titled “Recognizing Gang Activity in Schools.”  This webinar presents formal and informal techniques to recognize signs of gang activity in a school setting.  Establishing reliable evidence of gang presence in and around a school depends on sharing and validating information among school personnel, youth service providers, and local law enforcement.  Taken together, these means of authenticating information establish a more accurate picture of the level of disruption and threat to school safety posed by gang activity.

Date: September 20, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: Brady Giglio: What Justice Professionals Need to Know

September 16, 2019

In Brady v. Maryland, United States v. Giglio, and a series of subsequent cases, the U.S. Supreme Court placed affirmative duties on prosecutors and later law enforcement to disclose exculpatory information to criminal defense counsel.  This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse and certified by the National Sheriffs’ Association, will explore the history and evolution of these cases and will explore the newest issue being litigated in courts throughout the country, including the impact of disciplinary actions against public employees and the government’s Brady/Giglio obligations.  If you have heard the terms Brady List or Giglio cop and want to know more, this session is for you.  If you have not heard these terms, then this webinar is even more significant for you.

Date:  September 26, 2019 
Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

First Responders: Resources

September 16, 2019

September is National Preparedness Month in the United States, but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) focuses on preparedness all year long.  One key area of focus is that of first responders, who are often the primary line of defense for U.S. communities, responding to an evolving spectrum of natural and man-made threats. 

S&T works together with members of all first responder disciplines—law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, as well as innovators and industry—to develop capabilities that:

  • Make first responders safer

  • Improve communication tool security and effectiveness.

  • Enhance data and information sharing during daily, emergency, or joint operations.

  • Promote and sustain partnerships with responders and responder organizations across the nation at all levels.

  • Help investigate cybercrime and cases involving digital evidence.

  • Secure 9-1-1 emergency call systems from cyberattacks.

Webinar: Mindhunters: Exploiting Offender Psychology in Proactive Operations and Abuse Investigations

September 16, 2019

Learn psychological insights and practical strategies to exploit Internet sex offender dynamics. Discover how to apply the behavioral profiles of solicitation and child pornography offenders in a variety of settings, including while conducting proactive operations or pretext phone calls, crafting undercover personas, and interviewing perpetrators. The webinar will also address offender risk assessments with perspectives from prosecution and forensic psychology.

Hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center, this no-cost webinar is intended for law enforcement personnel: those who are directly attached to or work in support of a law enforcement agency. Please register using your agency-issued email.

Date:  September 26, 2019
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., ET

Crime Mapping and Analytics

September 16, 2019

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) article, “From Crime Mapping to Crime Forecasting: The Evolution of Place-Based Policing,” highlights how advances in analytical capabilities have enabled the criminal justice community to combine crime, geographic, and social data to conduct statistical analyses, identify crime patterns, and forecast where crime is likely to occur.

The article provides a brief history of crime mapping, beginning in the mid-1800s with maps showing the relationship between education level and violent and property crime in France, progressing to the introduction of problem-oriented policing in the late 1970s, and finally to the variety of intelligence-led policing approaches emerging in the 2000s. The article also describes how NIJ has played a critical role in the development of place-based policing strategies, from managing the Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety program (established as the Crime Mapping Research Center in 1997) to funding predictive policing models and geospatial policing approaches in jurisdictions across the United States.

In addition, as the criminal justice community continues to examine the use of technology to reduce crime, NIJ is supporting research that looks beyond administrative data to impacts such as investigative outputs and prosecution outcomes to develop a more holistic understanding of different policing strategies and their effects.

Webinar: What Do You Do With Evidence?

September 8, 2019

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the National Criminal Justice Training Center, is conducted as part of the Missing and Exploited Children Training and Technical Assistance Program provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  This webinar will enhance and build knowledge regarding the proper recognition, handling, and preservation of evidence. The webinar will provide information on how disciplines, within the multidisciplinary teams, can build stronger cases structured around the recognition, handling, and preservation of evidence. The presenters will provide the “do’s” and “do not’s” of handling evidence, chain of custody, how to properly store evidence, the importance of documentation, and how to recognize the importance of courtroom testimony.

Date:  September 18, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

National Officer Safety Initiatives Program

September 8, 2019

Law enforcement safety is a U.S. Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) priority. In support of the President’s officer safety-focused executive order, BJA’s National Officer Safety Initiatives (NOSI) currently addresses law enforcement safety in three key areas: law enforcement suicide, traffic safety, and a national public awareness and education campaign. BJA knows that officer safety encompasses a wide range of issues aside from tactics; it also includes physical, emotional, and mental factors.

This website provides information on funding, resources, publications, and contacts.

Learn About the Typical Costs Associated With Using Law Enforcement Technology

September 8, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), through the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP), funded a law enforcement resource entitled “Understanding Technology Cost Considerations in Law Enforcement.” This document describes the typical costs and associated factors related to using technology for law enforcement activities.

As police departments and other law enforcement agencies continue to implement strategies to enhance public safety, the daily integration of technology into operations has become vital. When adequately planned and budgeted, the use of emerging and innovative technologies can enable agencies to do more with less, increase transparency, and reduce crime. This resource helps law enforcement executives achieve their goals around technology integration by:

  • Outlining common challenges related to estimating costs, budgeting for, and managing existing and new technology.

  • Describing the breadth of tools and resources that comprise law enforcement technology.

  • Providing examples of initial costs, operating costs, maintenance costs, and disposal costs.

  • Summarizing six critical considerations that can affect technology costs for an agency, including procurement, non-equipment-related costs (e.g., staffing and training), and funding options.

As law enforcement agencies begin to assess their organization’s readiness and capability to budget for technology acquisition and integration, the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) can help agencies quantify the cost and value of current technologies through its Technology Initiatives Assessment Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program. Learn more about the types of assistance that BJA NTTAC supports in the Technology Initiatives Assessment TTA Program flyer.

Enhance the Work of Service Providers Responding to Crime Victims

September 8, 2019

The Office for Victims of Crime’s updated ePublication, “Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime,” provides guidance to support the work of victim service practitioners and program administrators. The ePublication aims to improve the quality and consistency of responses to victims of crime. Navigate the ePublication for various program, competency, and ethical standards. The selected standards focus on enhancing victim service providers’ competency and capacity to provide ethical, high-quality responses to crime victims. These model standards also help address the demands facing the victims’ services field today.

Webinar: Peer-Based Recovery in Tribal Communities

September 8, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program team, invites you to attend this no-cost webinar.

Recovery from substance use disorders is a living reality in Native American communities across the United States. This webinar provides an overview of the recovery models and movements in Indian Country and presents three programs that use peer-based supports, tribal cultural practices, and other evidence-supported approaches to promote recovery, foster positive reentry, and enhance community resilience.

Date: September 11, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET.

The Importance and Impact of Cold Case Units

August 30, 2019

The National Institute of Justice has released a new video that highlights the work of practitioners from across the criminal justice system.  The video and its companion document, National Best Practices for Implementing and Sustaining a Cold Case Investigation Unit, provide information on the importance of cold case units and the impact they can have within the criminal justice system.

First Responder Resource Group

August 30, 2019

The First Responder Resource Group (FRRG)—an all-volunteer working group that includes 150 members of state, local, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical services, emergency management, and other disciplines—recently hosted its 2019 conference in San Diego, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). Focusing on the top-priority needs of first responders with the intent to maximize their safety, this group convenes each year to explore and review developments in the field.

FRRG members discussed the following resources:

Webinar: Strategies for Policing Innovation Presents Data-Driven Decision Making

August 30, 2019

The Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) is offering a webinar on data-driven decision making. This online, interactive event aims to engage participants in a focused discussion on how to institutionalize the use of data in a law enforcement agency. SPI maintains a commitment to increasing the capacity of law enforcement agencies to use data and intelligence in decision making and to improving the use of such data. This webinar will discuss what data-driven decision making involves for a law enforcement agency, provide examples from both SPI and the National Public Safety Partnership, and discuss how to institutionalize it in an agency through innovation and officer buy-in.

Date:  September 11, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

Effective Strategies to Investigate and Prosecute Labor Trafficking in the United States

August 30, 2019

This two-and-a-half-day training, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is designed to prepare participants to identify, investigate, and prosecute labor trafficking crimes.

This course will enable investigators and prosecutors to proactively identify victims of labor trafficking and effectively investigate and prosecute offenders using best practices and a trauma-centered approach.

Topics include the following:

  • Prevalence and venues of labor trafficking

  • Trauma-informed interviewing

  • Proactive investigation and prosecution strategies

  • Immigration relief for victims

  • Language access and working with interpreter

    This training course is directed toward law enforcement investigators; federal, local, and tribal human trafficking investigators; BJA-funded Human Trafficking Task Force members; federal and local prosecutors; and crime analysts.

    The registration deadline is September 16, 2019.

    Location:

    Norfolk Police Department

    901 Asbury Avenue

    Norfolk, VA 23513

Date and Time:  Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 8:00 a.m., to Friday, September 27, 2019, 12:00 Noon, ET

Mass Violence in America

August 30, 2019

Among advanced countries, the United States has a unique problem with mass violence—defined as crimes in which four or more people are killed in an event or related series of events. Frequently, in the wake of such tragedies, policymakers and the public raise the specter of mental illness as a major contributing factor.

The National Council for Behavioral Health Medical Director Institute convened an expert panel to analyze the root causes of mass violence, its contributing factors, the characteristics of perpetrators, and the impacts on victims and society. The panel specifically examined the extent to which mental illness is or is not a contributing factor to this social pathology and developed recommendations for a broad range of stakeholders. 

Webinar: Digital Evidence: Putting the Digital Pieces Together for a Judge and Jury

August 26, 2019

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center, will discuss the technology connection of most modern criminal cases and how law enforcement investigators can assist prosecutors as they put the pieces together for a judge and jury. This webinar will provide an overview of the various types of digital evidence in criminal investigations and concepts for explaining them to a judge and jury.

 Date:  August 27, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: Training for First Responder Diversion Programs

August 26, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) team, invites you to attend this no-cost webinar regarding first responder diversion programs.

Webinar Overview: 

First responder diversion programs for individuals with opioid use disorders are rapidly increasing around the country. These innovative programs play a critical role in linking individuals who are at risk for opioid overdose to community-based treatment services. While similar in nature to crisis intervention services offered by first responders, these diversion programs are placing responsibilities on staff members that may require new knowledge, skills, and abilities.  This webinar will discuss the need for first responder training specific to diversion programs for individuals with opioid and substance use disorders. The webinar will discuss potential topics that could be included in diversion training and methods for providing it.

Date:  August 29, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET

Webinar: Digital and Multimedia Forensics

August 26, 2019

Almost every criminal investigation involves more than one form of digital evidence. In some cases, multimedia analysts need to enhance audio/video/image evidence in order to identify the actors or clarify the context of the situation, all of which may involve repeatedly viewing or hearing heinous acts (e.g., homicide, child sex abuse, torture).

The goal of this no-cost webinar, hosted by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, is to better understand the well-being of digital and multimedia forensic analysts exposed to evidence from different types of criminal cases. The key takeaway:  Research shows that the day-to-day work of a multimedia forensic analyst has a significant effect on his or her mental health, and we need to identify successful interventions to alleviate burnout and poor psychological well-being.

Date:  August 28, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Webinar: The Role of School Resource Officers in School Safety and a Review of the Averted School Violence Database

August 26, 2019

The Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, formerly known as the Office of Safe and Healthy Students within the U.S. Department of Education, and its Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center will host a webinar to discuss the role of school resource officers in school safety and provide a review of the Averted School Violence Database. 

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019 

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET

Webinar: Mastering Police Work

August 26, 2019

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, will offer key points from “The Ultimate Guide to Being a Great Police Officer: A Guide to Professional Policing.” Anyone on the law enforcement spectrum—from individuals interested in becoming police officers to those who train and lead officers—is invited to participate in the webinar.  The discussion will focus on developing the skills needed to achieve success during training and throughout one’s career, including decision making and effective communication.  The presenter will cover key patrol issues such as policing strategies, patrol techniques, enforcement issues, officer survival, and use of force. Further, the webinar will examine investigative techniques, dealing with juveniles, understanding intelligence, and report writing.

Date:  September 12, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Planning for and Responding to Active Shooter Incidents

August 16, 2019

The Beat is a monthly podcast series from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services that features interviews with experts from a variety of disciplines and provides updates on the latest developments in community policing.

This month’s series, “Active Shooter Podcast,” takes an in-depth look at issues related to planning for and responding to active shooter incidents.  The episodes feature John Montes from the National Fire Protection Association; Kathryn Floyd, a visiting fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime; and Dr. Hunter Martindale from the Advanced Law Enforcement Training Center.

Webinar: Zip File Forensics

August 16, 2019

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center, will review the effects that various Zip programs have on date/time stamps.  Participants will learn about the cause of the date/time stamp effect and dive deep into the internal structure of a Zip archive.  Attendees will learn how to manually carve Zip file elements and edit the structure to combine the carvings into a single, viable Zip file.

This webinar is intended for law enforcement personnel: those who are directly attached to or work in support of a law enforcement agency.  Please register using your agency-issued email.

Date:  August 21, 2019

Time:  1:00–2:30 PM, ET

Executive Authority During Energy Emergencies

August 16, 2019

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has released a new report: Executive Authority During Energy Emergencies:  A Road Map for Governors.  The road map is a tool that helps governors and their key advisors determine how to act when an event—whether caused by natural disaster, malicious actor, or human error—causes an energy emergency.  The road map is designed as a policy development tool, allowing a state to use all or portions of the road map as it applies to that state’s unique situation.  It should not replace the state’s emergency response plan.

Gulf States Regional Law Enforcement Technology Assistance Initiative

August 16, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced funding support to assist law enforcement jurisdictions within the five Gulf states (Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas).  The goal of this award is to enhance information and intelligence sharing to reduce crime and illegal drug trafficking.

This award will fund projects focused on gathering, analyzing, and disseminating information that is critical to investigations, reports, and crime response in suspicious-activity communities.

This initiative is expected to enhance information and intelligence sharing between local law enforcement and fusion centers, including federal and state agencies, and effectively aid communities in achieving crime reduction.  The award will leverage local and regional law enforcement partnerships and enable a secure method for sharing sensitive law enforcement information and resources. BJA seeks to fund innovative, model projects that have the potential to serve as models for other law enforcement agencies throughout the country.  

 Applications Due:  October 4, 2019

Tattoo Artists Learning to Identify Human Trafficking

August 16, 2019

Recently, the Nebraska Assistant Attorney General, Glen Parks, pointed to a study that finds that 88 percent of sex trafficking victims came into contact with a medical professional during the time they were being trafficked.  In addition, the National Human Trafficking Hotline identified nearly 300 human trafficking victims in Nebraska between 2012 and 2017, and that number increases every year. This article describes how tattoo artists are joining the fight against human sex trafficking.

The Office of Justice Programs provides information regarding funding programs and resources. These resources can be found on the OJP Human Trafficking Resource page.

The Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA) has also developed a human trafficking toolkit.

The National Center for Victims of Crime

August 12, 2019

The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. After more than 25 years, the center remains the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims’ rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives.

The National Center is, at its core, an advocacy organization committed to—and working on behalf of—crime victims and their families. Rather than focus the entire organization’s work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime.

Through collaboration with local, state, and federal partners, the National Center:

Webinar: NW3C’s Utility Suite—What is it, and how can it help in your investigations?

August 12, 2019

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), highlights the tools included within the NW3C Utility Suite. The tools that will be discussed include Quick Hashing Utility, Batch Hashing Utility, Hex Viewer, Date/Time Utility, Recycle Bin Parser, SQLite Extraction Utility, and USN Journal Converter. These tools are available to law enforcement as a free download from NW3C’s website.

This webinar is intended for law enforcement personnel: those who are directly attached to or work in support of a law enforcement agency. Please register using your agency-issued email.

Date:  August 20, 2019 
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

 

VALOR Initiative Pilot

August 12, 2019

A new resilience training program for law enforcement officers, now in the pilot stage, is finding resonance for its unique approach. The program offers stress-management techniques centered around the development of meaningful connections, along with strengthening one’s optimism, character, and gratitude.

For the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the training is the latest in the VALOR Initiative's ongoing effort to provide law enforcement officers with the skills necessary to manage the heavy stress loads they face daily, which result in high rates of officer suicide, depression, other mental health problems, and myriad impacts on their families. Central to its success to date is VALOR's partnerships with national organizations such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police and respected research centers such as the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center.

Safeguarding Against Ransomware Attacks

August 12, 2019

The recent ransomware attacks targeting systems across the country are the latest in a string of attacks affecting state and local government partners. The growing number of such attacks highlights the critical importance of making cyber preparedness a priority and taking the necessary steps to secure networks against adversaries. Prevention is the most effective defense against ransomware.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the National Governors Association (NGA), and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) are committed to supporting ransomware victims and encouraging all levels of government to proactively protect their networks against the threat of a ransomware attack. These organizations have called on state, local, territorial, and tribal government partners, along with the wider cyber community, to take three essential actions to enhance their defensive posture against ransomware. Read the article here.

Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking

August 12, 2019

First established in 2005 as the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR), NSOPW was renamed by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 in honor of 22-year-old college student Dru Sjodin of Grand Forks, North Dakota, a young woman who was kidnapped and murdered by a sex offender who was registered in Minnesota. 

NSOPW is the only U.S. government website that links public state, territorial, and tribal sex offender registries in one national search site. NSOPW presents the most up-to-date information provided by each jurisdiction.  The search criteria available for searches are limited to what each individual jurisdiction may provide.  Search results should be verified by visiting each individual jurisdiction’s public registry website for further information and/or guidance.

Webinar: Sustainable Crime Gun Intelligence Strategies Require Policy Driven Tactics

August 2, 2019

Establishing formal policies is a critical factor in implementing regional or agencywide preventive crime gun strategies. These policies can be wide-ranging in scope, affecting entire local, regional, or national populations, or narrow in scope, affecting only a single organization.

This no-cost webinar will provide attendees with an in-depth discussion into the process of developing meaningful and sustainable crime gun intelligence policies, as well as strategies that have been implemented to ensure that these policies are followed.  The new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Integrated Ballistic Information Network Minimum Required Operating Standards will be discussed, and strategies for ensuring compliance will be shared.

Date:  August 6, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Victim Compensation Fund

August 2, 2019

On July 29, 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 1327, The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The Act extends the VCF’s claim filing deadline from December 18, 2020, to October 1, 2090, and appropriates such funds as may be necessary to pay all approved claims.  The VCF has a toll-free helpline at (855) 885-1555 to answer any questions.

A Guide to Understanding NIBRS

August 2, 2019

To help educate law enforcement agencies about collecting their Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released “A Guide to Understanding NIBRS.”  This guide summarizes NIBRS data collection, addresses units of count, and provides links to relevant resources. It also highlights the number of offenses collected and shows NIBRS reporting segments with the data elements currently listed in the NIBRS technical specifications and data documentation.  In addition, the guide promotes the nationwide transition to NIBRS by January 1, 2021, and the availability of various types of UCR data—including NIBRS data—on the FBI’s Crime Data Explorer.

This latest resource is available in the toolbox for law enforcement on the FBI’s NIBRS webpage.

Law Enforcement Cyber Center

August 2, 2019

The Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) is designed to assist police chiefs, sheriffs, commanders, patrol officers, digital forensic investigators, detectives, and prosecutors who are investigating and preventing crimes that involve technology.

The LECC addresses three principal functional areas:

  • Cyber crime investigations

  • Digital forensics

  • Information systems security

The LECC is a collaborative project of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Police Executive Research Forum.  It is made possible by funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Webinar: Behind and Beyond the Walls: Peer Supports in Jail Settings

August 2, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) team, invites you to this no-cost webinar regarding peer recovery support services (PRSS).  PRSS are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes.

This webinar will highlight three different models of jail-based PRSS that bridge to community peer supports.  The guest presenters will describe the structure and outcomes of their programs and the roles of peers. They will also discuss the opportunities and challenges of running peer programs in jail settings.

Date:  August 14, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET

Tribal Access Program

July 26, 2019

On July 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new tool giving tribal governments the ability to directly input data and gain access to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Sex Offender Registry using the Tribe and Territory Sex Offender Registry System.  The system connection will be available to all tribal governments participating in the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP).

 

DOJ launched TAP in August 2015, and it has expanded yearly to provide tribes with access to national crime information systems for federally authorized criminal and noncriminal purposes. TAP allows selected federally recognized tribes to more effectively serve and protect their nations’ citizens by ensuring the exchange of critical data across the Criminal Justice Information Services systems and other national crime information systems.  Currently, more than 50 tribes are participating in TAP.

TAP Website:  https://www.justice.gov/tribal/tribal-access-program-tap

Webinar: Internet of Things Applications and Instant Networks for Law Enforcement

July 26, 2019

With advanced technology, law enforcement agencies benefit from the ability to be at the right place at the right time–and with the right tools to enable critical communications so officers have the real-time information they need.  The capabilities of smart sensors, smart surveillance, and license plate readers and recorders, coupled with the ability to readily push this data to headquarters and responding emergency workers, are continually advancing to create vast improvements in the detection, determination, and deterrence of criminal activity.

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, will provide an overview of IoT applications being adopted in public safety and real-world use cases.

Date:  July 30, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs

July 26, 2019

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services recently published a new report, “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs:  Eleven Case Studies,” designed primarily to address officer psychological health and well-being.  This document focuses on innovative, but replicable, programs in law enforcement agencies of various sizes around the country.  The publication reports on 11 case studies of programs in ten departments and one call-in crisis line. Each chapter describes the agencies’ programs and their origins, focusing on elements that can be implemented elsewhere in the effort to protect the mental and emotional health of law enforcement officers, their nonsworn colleagues, and their families.

From Crime Mapping to Crime Forecasting: The Evolution of Place-Based Policing

July 26, 2019

Mapping law enforcement report data can be an effective way to analyze where crime occurs. The resulting visual display can be combined with other geographic data (such as the locations of schools, parks, and industrial complexes) and used to analyze and investigate patterns of crime and help inform responses.

The past decade has seen advances in analytical capabilities within the criminal justice community, making it possible to add more geographic and social dimensions to statistical analyses to forecast where crimes are likely to occur.

This National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Journal article provides a brief history of crime mapping, NIJ’s critical role, and future directions of the predictive techniques currently in use.

Learn About Project Safe Neighborhoods

July 26, 2019

This video provides a short summary of the Project Safe Neighborhoods strategy, highlighting how it is community-based, targeted, and comprehensive.

Fight Against the Opioid Crisis at One-Year Mark of Operation S.O.S.

July 22, 2019

One year ago, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the formation of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), a program designed to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high-impact areas as well as identify wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers. 

Over the past year, ten districts with some of the highest drug overdose death rates in the country targeted a county in which they focused on prosecuting every readily available case involving fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and other synthetic opioids, regardless of the drug quantity. The districts worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement administration Special Operations Division to track and coordinate these street-level cases and also received additional assistance from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).

National Fusion Center Association: Annual Training Event

July 22, 2019

The National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) Annual Training Event will be held on November 5–7, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia.  The event is open to fusion center personnel; NFCA members; and federal, state, and local government partners only.

Webinar: Tribal-Federal-State Jurisdiction and its Relationship to Public Safety in Indian Country

July 22, 2019

The complexity of jurisdiction in Indian Country is reviewed in historical context from the first encounters with European nations and the establishment of the United States until today. This webinar will feature an analysis of the subsequent treaties and what they established in the recognition of tribal sovereignty.

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, features a discussion regarding the evolution, complexity, and jurisdictional challenges of administering justice in Indian Country.

Date: August 13, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

New VALOR Spotlight on Safety Campaign

July 22, 2019

Law enforcement officers know that daily stress and trauma are an inherent part of the job.  VALOR’s Mental Wellness Spotlight on Safety campaign provides a host of targeted resources to help officers better manage the negative effects of stress and trauma and remain mentally well throughout their careers.  Now through National Suicide Prevention Month in September 2019, VALOR will offer new mental wellness resources on its “Spotlight on Safety” web page. 

Drug-Free Communities Support Program: End-of-Year Report

July 22, 2019

"This year’s results show the continuing positive impact of Drug Free Communities (DFC) coalitions in their communities every day. There were 713 DFC grant recipients funded in FY 2017, supporting DFC coalitions committed to meeting the goals of the DFC program by building community capacity and reducing youth substance use.”

~James W. Carroll, Director, The Office of National Drug Control Policy

The Office of National Drug Control Policy recently released an Executive Summary and End-of-Year Report on its DFC grant program.  This report provides evaluation findings in three sections: building capacity data, strategy implementation data, and core measures outcome data.  In addition, the report gives an overview of the history and background of the DFC program.

Webinar: Developmentally Informed and Trauma-Informed Police Officer

July 12, 2019

Police officers are not social workers or psychologists, nor should they be expected to take on these roles.  Still, law enforcement professionals have daily interactions with vulnerable children and families, and officers can perform in their professional roles more effectively when they are grounded with knowledge about human development.

Sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in coordination with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, this no-cost webinar will offer key information about typical human development, coupled with information about signs and symptoms of acute traumatic exposure and strategies for officers to intervene effectively on-scene.

Date:  July 30, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

COAP Webinar Series: Making Data Simple—Dashboards and Visualization

July 12, 2019

Reviewing and discussing data with stakeholders can be challenging because people have different comfort levels with data and statistics.  Sometimes, the most effective way to communicate data findings is through the creation of effective data visualizations.  Data dashboards have become popular because they can be easily explained and interpreted by a variety of users.  This webinar will demonstrate some of the data visualization techniques used by two organizations to improve understanding of substance use, criminal justice, and public health outcomes.

Presentation topics will include the following:

  • What it takes to convince agency leadership to widely employ data visualization

  • How data visualization leads to improved communication

  • Assembling the necessary components to create successful data visualization efforts

  • How data is presented to inform key stakeholders

  • Developing strategy and public policy from the results of data visualization

Date:  Thursday July 18, 2019  Time:  2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET

Mass Attacks in Public Spaces: Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center’s Annual Report

July 12, 2019

The Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) is tasked with delivering research, training, consultation, and information sharing on threat assessment and the prevention of targeted violence, including targeted attacks against workplaces, houses of worship, schools, and other public spaces. The research and information produced by NTAC guides not only the Secret Service’s approach to preventing assassinations, called threat assessment, but also informs the communitywide approach needed to prevent incidents of targeted violence.

 

This report is NTAC’s second analysis of mass attacks that were carried out in public spaces, and it builds upon Mass Attacks in Public Spaces – 2017 (MAPS-2017).  With this latest report, the Secret Service offers further analysis and operational considerations to our partners in public safety.

Webinar: What Justice Professionals Need to Know About Hate Crime

July 12, 2019

Hate crimes and bias incidents are occurring throughout the United States, in big cities and small towns, highly publicized or going unreported. These crimes can represent the ultimate in violence, or perpetrators can spread their message of fear and intimidation through words and rhetoric.

Hate crimes are different from any other crimes you will encounter as a law enforcement officer. They can happen anywhere, and anyone can be a target. No one is safe, and there is no protection.  And they do not affect just the victim—they can affect an entire community.

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, will walk attendees through the three Rs, Recognize, Respond, and Report, so that hate crimes can be addressed properly and promptly.

Date:  Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: BJA Solicitation

July 5, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance recently announced the release of the solicitation for applications for the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP):  Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic. These demonstration projects are designed to build local capacity, foster cross-sector collaboration, and support innovation.  Under this solicitation, up to eight rural communities or regions will be selected for grant awards up to $750,000, each for a 24-month period. Applications are due by July 26.

What’s New In Blue

July 5, 2019

What’s New in Blue, offered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, is a series of short videos intended to keep viewers informed about innovative developments and critical issues in law enforcement.  This episode features Lieutenant Adrian Diaz, who is a key member in implementing the Seattle, Washington, Police Department’s Micro Community Policing Plans (MCPP).  MCPPs are designed to address the distinctive needs of each community. The plans take a three-pronged approach that brings community engagement, crime data, and police services together to get direct feedback on perceptions of crime and public safety.  Lieutenant Diaz speaks about the development of the MCPP program, discusses outcomes of the project, and provides tips for other departments looking to develop a similar program.

Improved TRIPwire

July 5, 2019

TRIPwire.dhs.gov has been improved with an easier and more intuitive user interface. TRIPwire contains tools for bombing prevention planning and outreach as well as an extensive library of videos and documents for researching threats nationwide.  Visit the new TRIPwire website to learn more about the improvements.

Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Wellness

July 5, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) understands the importance of supporting law enforcement safety and wellness by providing officers with the necessary tools and resources needed to help them better address the emotional, mental, and tactical aspects of police work. To address law enforcement safety and wellness through a multifaceted, coordinated approach, BJA and its partners support two key comprehensive and holistic initiatives—the National Officer Safety Initiatives and the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability Initiative.  This article highlights these initiatives and offers key resources.

Webinar: Responding to Gangs in Schools

July 5, 2019

The National Gang Center’s Gangs in Schools guide discusses strategies around gang activity identification and assessment; planning and implementing a collaborative approach; and prevention, intervention, and suppression.

This no-cost webinar highlights the importance of responding to gangs within a school setting through a collaborative approach. With input from practitioners, this webinar specifically focuses on the process and challenges of developing a collaboration between  law enforcement and school administration, as well as ways to foster and sustain a collaboration once it has been established.

Date:  August 1, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

2019 NAJIS Conference

June 28, 2019

The National Association for Justice Information Systems (NAJIS) Annual Conference will be held from September 30 to October 3, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland.  This conference aims to create a learning environment where attendees can network and share emerging trends and best practices to help improve the efficiency of government through information sharing.

The agenda will include mobile citizen engagement; emerging technologies; combatting the opioid epidemic through information sharing; body-worn cameras and digital evidence; justice information sharing (JIS) assessment; artificial intelligence and cybersecurity; using DNA to solve crimes; JIS integration—models that work; expungements and sealing criminal records; juvenile justice information sharing; sharing data to combat sex trafficking; intersection of technology and access to justice in rural communities; criminal citations and release; rebooting justice; 9-1-1 consolidation to regional dispatch centers; and the criminal justice funding landscape.

Operation Broken Heart

June 28, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced the arrest of almost 1,700 suspected online child sex offenders during a two-month, nationwide operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. The task forces identified 308 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, as well as 357 children who suffered recent, ongoing, or historical sexual abuse or were exploited in the production of child pornography.

During the months of April and May 2019, 61 ICAC task forces, located in all 50 states and composed of more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, led the coordinated operation known as “Broken Heart.”  During the operation, the task forces investigated more than 18,500 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes targeting children and delivered more than 2,150 presentations on internet safety to more than 201,000 youth and adults.

For more information, visit the ICAC Task Force webpage. For state-level Operation Broken Heart results, please contact the appropriate state ICAC task force commander. Contact information for task force commanders is available online.

Executive Leadership Seminar

June 28, 2019

The Center on Policing at Rutgers University, in collaboration with the IJIS Institute and the National Police Foundation, will jointly host an executive leadership seminar on September 4–5, 2019, in Sayreville, New Jersey, at the Middlesex Fire Academy. The seminar is the first of a three-course offering in the Advancing Public Safety Technology Professional Development Program.

The two-day seminar, “Promises and Perils of Law Enforcement Information Technology,” is designed for executives in state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies and organizations.  The seminar will offer case studies on current and emerging information technologies, focusing on the benefits these technologies can bring to improving law enforcement operations, as well as the potential challenges that an agency may face with adoption of advanced technologies. Lessons learned and proven strategies will be discussed for mitigating risks associated with technology adoption.

Webinar: Gang Sex Trafficking

June 28, 2019

Sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice, this no-cost webinar, “Inside the Life, A Survivor’s Story,” will provide a firsthand account from Allison, a survivor of gang sex trafficking, and the everyday life sacrifices made to make the situation livable.  Attendees will gain insight into Allison’s story of being sexually abused at a very young age, kidnapped by gang members, and forced into trafficking; and how her rescuer was, in fact, the real trafficker.

Date:  July 17, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

First Responder Toolbox

June 28, 2019

The mission of the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT) is to improve information sharing and enhance public safety.  In coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the JCAT collaborates with other members of the Intelligence Community to research, produce, and disseminate counterterrorism intelligence products for federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government agencies and the private sector and advocates for the counterterrorism intelligence requirements and needs of these partners throughout the Intelligence Community.

The JCAT has a comprehensive First Responder Toolbox.

National Public Safety Partnership: New Counties and Cities

June 21, 2019

On June 3, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the addition of 10 counties and cities as National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) sites.  PSP provides a framework for federal assistance to state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials and prosecutors in combating violent crime, especially gun crime, drug trafficking, and gang violence. To date, more than 30 cities have joined PSP to work with several DOJ components—including the Office of Justice Programs; the Office on Violence Against Women; the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and the U.S. Marshals Service—to develop evidence-based, data-driven solutions to meet their unique violent crime challenges.

The 10 new PSP sites are:

  1. Anniston, Alabama

  2. Oxford, Alabama

  3. Anchorage, Alaska

  4. Davenport, Iowa

  5. Wichita, Kansas

  6. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  7. Baltimore, Maryland

  8. Cleveland, Ohio

  9. Amarillo, Texas

  10. Harris County, Texas

Crime Reduction Strategies and Best Practices

June 21, 2019

Over the years, researchers and practitioners have supported the implementation of numerous policing strategies to prevent crime and increase public safety. Some of these strategies have proved to be effective in preventing crime and enhancing public safety, while some have shown promising outcomes that contributed to community outreach, technology adoption, crime mapping, resource allocation, and data collection.  This website, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center, provides several highlighted resources that can help law enforcement decision makers build awareness of effective crime reduction and policing strategies.

What’s New In Blue: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center

June 21, 2019

What’s New in Blue, offered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, is a series of short videos intended to keep viewers informed about innovative developments and critical issues in law enforcement.  The episodes feature informative discussions about ideas worth spreading throughout American policing in a format useful for viewing in roll call or training classes or for sharing with colleagues and across social media.

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center is highlighted in this latest episode.  The presenter, Dr. J. Pete Blair, Professor of Criminal Justice and the Executive Director of the ALERRT Center at Texas State University, also discusses the importance of coordinating responses among law enforcement, fire services, and the medical community to respond to active shooter/critical incidents.

Creation of the State and Local Law Enforcement Coordination Section

June 21, 2019

On May 2, 2019, Attorney General William P. Barr approved the creation of the State and Local Law Enforcement Coordination Section (SLEC-S) within the Office of Legislative Affairs. As of June 3, 2019, the SLEC-S will be responsible for ensuring that the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) leadership is properly informed of state and local law enforcement’s top priorities, while working to ensure that DOJ has an impactful presence within the state and local law enforcement community. The SLEC-S will serve as the primary liaison with state and local law enforcement and all supporting entities. Initially, the SLEC-S will develop a strategic plan for direct engagement between DOJ and the state and local law enforcement community.

AMBER Alert Field Guide for Law Enforcement Officers

June 21, 2019

This guide is designed to help law enforcement better understand how to avoid or mitigate critical pitfalls in a child abduction case. These pitfalls can include delays in requesting an AMBER Alert because officers do not know whom to call and what core information to provide for an effective alert. It is also critical for law enforcement officers to know that they may contact the AMBER Alert Coordinator early in the case to discuss options for the alert, even as information is coming together in the investigation.

Creation of the State and Local Law Enforcement Coordination Section

June 21, 2019

On May 2, 2019, Attorney General William P. Barr approved the creation of the State and Local Law Enforcement Coordination Section (SLEC-S) within the Office of Legislative Affairs. As of June 3, 2019, the SLEC-S will be responsible for ensuring that the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) leadership is properly informed of state and local law enforcement’s top priorities, while working to ensure that DOJ has an impactful presence within the state and local law enforcement community. The SLEC-S will serve as the primary liaison with state and local law enforcement and all supporting entities. Initially, the SLEC-S will develop a strategic plan for direct engagement between DOJ and the state and local law enforcement community.

A Global Unified Message Regarding Information Sharing

June 14, 2019

The Global Advisory Committee recently released a new publication, A Global Unified Message Regarding Information Sharing.  The Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council's Criminal Intelligence/Information Technology Crossroads Committee developed this resource to assist agencies and associations with information technology (IT) and policy issues that have emerged from modern IT.

The Crossroads Committee developed and approved the information sharing best practices to help address the complex information sharing environment.

Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault Crimes

June 14, 2019

Investigating and responding to sexual assault crimes is a priority for law enforcement, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has tools to help agencies as they continue to evaluate and examine their responses to sexual assault crimes. These tools are designed to help law enforcement agencies enhance their support of survivors of sexual assault crimes and agencies’ ability to hold offenders accountable. One aspect of supporting survivors is ensuring that the law enforcement agency they report to has accessible trauma-informed and victim-centered options so they can safely report sexual assault crimes. An agency that has implemented the principles of a trauma-informed response recognizes the impact of trauma on victim behavior and carries out policies accordingly, such as waiting at least one sleep cycle to interview a victim. 

2019 National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum

June 14, 2019

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, in conjunction with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), will host  the National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum on July 18–19, 2019, in Washington, DC.

This no-cost NIJ Policy and Practice Forum will build on the momentum created during the widespread stakeholder meetings convened to discuss the drug threats and the consequences of this national epidemic on public safety, health, and the criminal justice response.  This forum will address topics at a policy level, including:

  • Best practices for forensic laboratories

  • Promotion of cooperative initiatives to leverage available funding as efficiently as possible

  • Identification and promotion of scientific research, best practices, and lessons learned for forensic science organizations and practitioners

  • Assessment strategies to improve surveillance methodologies to encourage use and collaboration of existing programs

DHS S&T and Central United States Earthquake Consortium Partnership

June 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) have partnered to develop nationally deployable decision support tools that create, enhance, and report on the data and make it available to state and local stakeholders to manage operations, allocate resources, and mitigate hazards.

Webinar: Busting Bitcoin Bandits

June 14, 2019

An underground movement of hackers is taking over victims’ telephones and draining their financial accounts.  In the past 12 months, the Regional Enforcement Allied Computer Team high-tech task force has identified more than 800 victims and nearly $50 million in losses of cash and cryptocurrency.  The presenters will explain a phenomenon known as “sim-swapping” and detail how the hackers are able to access phones, hijack social media, and ultimately steal millions of dollars. 

This no-cost webinar is intended for law enforcement personnel (those who are directly attached to or work in support of a law enforcement agency). Please register using your agency-issued email.

 Date:  July 18, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m.. – 2:15 p.m., ET

Webinar: Staffing Analysis for Criminal Investigations

June 10, 2019

The criminal investigations process is one that begins with call takers and ends when cases are prosecuted.  The following areas will be addressed during this no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse:

  • Effective quality control for preliminary investigations and use of preliminary investigation information for case screening

  • Elements of agencywide case management and workload measurement process

  • The development of goals and performance measures for specialized investigative units

  • Development of plans for gang-, drug-, and vice-related units

Date:  Thursday, June 13, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Darknet Fentanyl Dealer Indicted

June 10, 2019

Recently, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas announced the indictment of a darknet drug dealer, who has been indicted for leveraging Bitcoin’s apparent anonymity to sell fentanyl online.  The charges against him stem from the U.S. Department of Justice’s first nationwide undercover operation targeting darknet vendors.   

The investigation was part of Operation Dark Gold, a year-long, coordinated national operation that used the first nationwide undercover action to target vendors of illicit goods on the darknet.  Special agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York Field Office posed as money launderers on darknet market sites, exchanging U.S. currency for virtual currency.  Through this operation, HSI New York identified numerous vendors of illicit goods, leading to the opening of more than 90 active cases around the country.

Webinar: Digital Trust

June 10, 2019

Heading farther into the 21st century, digital ethics and trust have become increasingly important issues for police officers.  Law enforcement agencies are also expected to utilize data analysis and technology in a secure and ethical manner. The injudicious use of data, analytics, or technology by a police department may have a negative impact on public trust and may increase the difficulty of achieving effective policing in contemporary law enforcement. Leaders within law enforcement agencies will benefit from a deeper understanding of digital trust and its implications for their organizations and profession.

This no-cost webinar, coordinated as part of the National Public Safety Partnership, will explore the importance of building digital trust in law enforcement agencies. Transparent data and digital ethics create digital trust. Digital trust between police departments and their stakeholders allows for the use of promising technology while mitigating risks associated with the implementation and use of this technology.

Date:  June 20, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET.

Indicators of School Crime and Safety

June 10, 2019

The recently released annual report Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2018, produced jointly by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, presents data on school crime and safety from national surveys of students, teachers, principals, and postsecondary institutions. It contains findings on 22 indicators of school crime and safety.  Data sources include the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the School Crime Supplement to the NCVS, the School-Associated Violent Death Surveillance System, the School Survey on Crime and Safety, the Schools and Staffing Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, and the Campus Safety and Security Survey.

Emerging Issues in American Policing, Volume 7

June 10, 2019

The Vera Institute of Justice’s Policing Program develops the quarterly digest Emerging Issues in American Policing to deliver information on innovations in the field of policing to police practitioners and community members. Vera’s Policing Program gathers the material presented in the digest from leading academic journals and research publications, compiling them for easy access and analysis by justice professionals.

The latest edition of the digest, Emerging Issues in American Policing, Volume 7, focuses on topics including the following:

  • Reviewing mental health calls in a rural police department

  • Assessing government reliance on fines and fees, as related to clearance rates, police behavior, and public safety

  • Addressing racial disparities in traffic stops

  • Evaluating the impact of body-worn cameras on procedural justice

  • Providing crisis intervention training for youth

  • Examining the impact of police agency size on officer stress

To browse more policing topics, access the online archive of digests.