News Archive

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.

Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing

May 31, 2019

The U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing recognizes individual state, local, or tribal sworn rank-and-file police officers, deputies, and troopers for exceptional efforts in effective policing. The awards will be presented by the U.S. Attorney General at a ceremony honoring the recipients in Washington, DC, at the Great Hall of the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Department Building. 

By distinguishing and rewarding these efforts, the U.S. Department of Justice strives to promote and sustain its national commitment to policing and to advance proactive policing practices that are fair and effective.

Nominations must be submitted by 8:00 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

Data-led Governing: Raising the Bar for States’ Criminal Justice Policy and Practice: Solicitation

May 31, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding for a new initiative designed to establish standards for the collection, analysis, and use of state- and local-level data in criminal justice policy and practice decision making, including data-sharing protocols and resource allocation decisions.  This program furthers the U.S. Department of Justice’s mission to reduce crime and recidivism by helping state governments improve their capacity to set goals for their criminal justice systems, measure whether they are achieving those goals, and use results to make data-driven policy decisions and allocate scarce resources effectively.

Applications Due:  July 16, 2019

Ten Keys to Improving Emergency Alerts, Warnings & Notifications

May 31, 2019

Emergency alert, warning, and notification (AWN) systems protect lives and property by identifying information about an impending threat, communicating that information to those who need it, and facilitating timely protective actions. 

To enhance this critical information sharing across all AWN systems, SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, developed the Ten Keys to Improving Emergency Alerts, Warnings, and Notifications.

Operation Safe Summer II

May 31, 2019

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Atlanta Field Office recently announced the results of Operation Safe Summer (OSS), a collaborative effort by 27 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, led by the FBI’s Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking task force.

From May 1, 2019, to May 24, 2019, 231 missing and/or exploited children were located.  The operation’s goal was to combat all forms of child exploitation and make our community safer for our children heading into the summer months. With an emphasis on prevention, OSS concentrated much of its efforts on locating and identifying those vulnerable children before they were targeted by sexual predators.  The end of OSS coincided with National Missing Children’s Day on May 25.

According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC):

  • In 2018, more than 23,500 runaways were reported to NCMEC, and one in seven were likely victims of child sex trafficking.

  • In 2016, 11% of endangered runaways were believed to be involved in gangs.

    It is estimated that, as of March 2019, there were 419 missing/runaway children on the streets of the five-county Metro Atlanta region.

The N-DEx 4.0 IEPD is Published for Public Comment

May 28, 2019

The National Data Exchange (N-DEx) 4.0 Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD) is ready for public review and comments.  The N-DEx 4.0 IEPD will be available for 30 working days.  The goal of this IEPD is to simplify, streamline and increase efficiency in performing data integration efforts between criminal justice agencies and the N-DEx System. 

Key features: 

  • Combined the N-DEx IEPDs v2.1 Incident and Arrest (IA) and v2.1 Incarceration Booking Probation and Parole (IBP2) IEPDs.
  • Updated code tables (to include new code values and elements within National Information Exchange Model, National Incident Based Reporting System).
  • Removal of extraneous elements within the IEPD (to decrease the size and complexity of the IEPD).
  • Offers a generic information report type, “Information” Report Type.
  • Created an all-inclusive structured payload option (to provide integrators the option of using Logical Entity eXchange Specifications (LEXS) 5.0 for data submissions (Publish/Discover (PD)).

Please email all comments and feedback to the N-DEx Program Office at ndex@leo.gov

Investment Road Map: Powerful Video Analytics and Sensor Fusion Surveillance Technologies

May 24, 2019

With support from the National Institute of Justice, an expert panel on security surveillance technology has devised an “investment road map” to identify priority needs to guide development of new video and other monitoring tools to fight crime and improve public safety. The panel’s final report identifies a set of innovation needs as well as a list of common objects and behaviors the new video technology should be able to recognize.

Emerging Trends in the Evolving Opioid Epidemic

May 24, 2019

While the opioid overdose epidemic justifiably dominates national and state-level headlines, a significant issue is reemerging: cocaine, methamphetamine (meth), and stimulants are inflicting harm in a growing number of towns, cities, and states.

The National Governors Association recently released an issue bulletin to provide information on the opioid overdose epidemic and the need to be aware of the reemergence of stimulants.

Webinar: Next Steps and Considerations for Providing Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Services

May 24, 2019

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Bureau of Justice Assistance leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) team, will focus on steps for implementation, including how to start the conversation with management and clinical staff, what technology/technical skills are required (and how to use the videoconferencing platform), and ensuring patient privacy and security.  Finally, presenters will review a hands-on checklist developed by Operation PAR that includes helpful strategies for clinicians to start, manage, and end treatment sessions using videoconferencing.

This is the second webinar in a series that explores the use of videoconferencing to enhance and expand patient access to and engagement in opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment services.  The first installment, COAP Webinar Series:  Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Outpatient Clinics: Using Behavioral Telehealth, explored lessons learned from six MAT clinics in Florida, where Operation PAR instituted the use of videoconferencing. Click here to view that recording.

Date:  May 29, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET

Project Safe Neighborhoods: Working Together to Stop Violent Crime and Make Communities Safer

May 24, 2019

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

In an effort to reduce violent crime, the U.S. Department of Justice has taken steps to strengthen the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program and other initiatives.  Read the press release and see the corresponding memo to United States Attorneys to learn more.

The video PSN: Working Together to Stop Violent Crime and Make Communities Safer provides a short summary of the PSN strategy, highlighting how it is community-based, targeted, and comprehensive - https://www.justice.gov/psn/video/project-safe-neighborhoods

The report, PSN One-Year Progress Report (March 2019), highlights elements of the PSN strategy, the status of implementation across the country, recent successes, and resources to support PSN programs.

Analysis of 2018 Use of Deadly Force by the Phoenix Police Department

May 24, 2019

The Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department recently released a report, developed by the National Police Foundation, regarding the record number of officer-involved shootings in 2018.  According to the report, the Phoenix Police Department was involved in 44 critical incidents in 2018 that resulted in an officer firing his or her weapon.

The report presents nine recommendations to reduce the number of officer-involved shootings.  Chief William’s executive summary of the report outlines and prioritizes each recommendation.

Virtual Instructor Lead Training

May 20, 2019

The Homemade Explosives (HME) and Precursor Awareness course provides foundational knowledge on HMEs and common precursor materials. Participants will learn how to define HMEs and how they can be used in attacks.  In addition, participants will learn how to identify common precursor chemicals and materials used to make HMEs.

Designed for small groups of up to 50 participants, this 60-minute training is delivered by a live instructor and will be offered several times between May 14 and August 15, 2019.  All participants must have a Federal Emergency Management Agency student ID to register.

Strategies for Policing Innovation: BJA Solicitation

May 20, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the Strategies for Policing Innovation Program.  This program furthers the U.S. Department of Justice’s mission by assisting state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, specifically through support of innovative and evidence-based policing practices, more effective information sharing, and multiagency collaboration. The Strategies for Policing Innovation Program augments the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, which is focused on reducing violent crime.

Applications Due:  June 11, 2019

PSN Program:  https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_Id=74

BJA Grant Applicant Education Series

May 20, 2019

Through the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) YouTube channel, applicants can learn how to successfully apply for BJA’s FY19 funding initiatives. Applicants will also learn about eligibility and budget requirements and other frequently asked questions related to BJA funding.  The following webinars are available:

Webinar: Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program

May 20, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is hosting a no-cost informational webinar about the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP).

In 2017, the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA launched a free, user-friendly, mobile-capable tool known as ODMAP to track the location of suspected fatal and nonfatal overdoses and the administration of naloxone by first responders.  ODMAP links first responders and relevant record management systems (RMS) to a mapping tool to track suspected overdoses across jurisdictions and support efforts to mobilize an immediate response to a sudden increase or spike in overdose events.  An Application Programming Interface method allows an agency or state’s RMS to share data with ODMAP without creating additional reporting.

Date: May 24, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET

2019 National Drug Control Strategy: Performance Reporting System

May 20, 2019

The 2019 National Drug Control Strategy presents a clear and concise plan for substantially reducing the impact of the opioid crisis on the lives of Americans. The strategy also addresses the reemerging threat posed by cocaine and the growing threat of synthetic drugs. The strategy provides the nation with policies to address source-country drug production with international partners, interdict drugs on the high seas, stop their trafficking across U.S. borders, support domestic law enforcement in disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations, prevent drug use, and treat those with substance use disorders and help them to maintain long-term recovery.

The Performance Reporting System (PRS) describes the National Drug Control Strategy’s two-year and five-year performance measures and targets for each strategy goal and objective established for reducing drug use, availability, and the consequences of drug use.

Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science Scholars Program

May 10, 2019

The Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholars program supports the professional development and research capacity of mid-career, sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to advancing the police profession through science.

The National Institute of Justice is partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the RAND Corporation, and the Police Executive Research Forum to award ten three-year scholarships for research-minded law enforcement officers. The program has grown to 50 officers across the country, who have formed a strong network committed to using evidence and data to inform law enforcement policy and practice. 

Applications are due on May 31, 2019.

Collaborative Reform Annual Review

May 10, 2019

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has released a new report, “Law Enforcement Solutions By the Field, For the Field: Collaborative Reform Annual Review.”  This report highlights the progress of the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC). 

Law enforcement agencies interested in receiving technical assistance through the CRI-TAC should visit the COPS Office website at: https://cops.usdoj.gov/collaborativereform.

Responding to the 2019 Solicitation for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

May 10, 2019

Hosted by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with funding support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this webinar will review the FY2019 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program application process. This grant program provides awards of $100,000 to $750,000 for states, local governments, and federally recognized tribal authorities for a 24- to 36-month period.

There are three grant categories:

  • Category 1: Collaborative County Approaches to Reducing the Prevalence of Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses in Jails

  • Category 2: Strategic Planning for Law Enforcement and Mental Health Collaboration

  • Category 3: Implementation and Expansion

     Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

BJA Solicitation: https://www.bja.gov/funding/JMHCP19.pdf

Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative

May 10, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding to address illegal firearm-related crime and forensics. This initiative furthers the U.S. Department of Justice’s mission and is consistent with the principles of BJA’s National Public Safety Partnership project by assisting state, local, and tribal law enforcement in reducing crime. This initiative is a partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to utilize intelligence, technology, and community engagement to swiftly identify guns used during the commission of crime, as well as their sources, and to effectively prosecute perpetrators.

 Applications Due: June 11, 2019

BJA and the National Resource and Technical Assistance Center team are conducting a webinar that will serve as an overview of the 2019 Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) solicitation.  This webinar will review eligibility, program-essential elements, and roles and responsibilities of a CGIC.

Date:  May 16, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Webinar Registration:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4899696890600237836?utm_source=Website+Signup&utm_campaign=07c73d3842-May+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cc7e50d847-07c73d3842-109332417

VALOR Blog

May 10, 2019

The VALOR Blog is a forum for law enforcement experts from across the country to share their stories with their brothers and sisters in law enforcement.  The bloggers are chosen from all aspects of the profession, including agency type and size, and from all ranks.  They will share lessons learned, best practices, and behavioral changes that sparked meaningful individual and agency improvement in the areas of officer safety and wellness.https://www.valorforblue.org/Blog

Improving the Safety and Wellness of the Nation’s 800,000 Law Enforcement Officers

May 6, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice has released two complementary reports that focus on the mental health and safety of the nation’s federal, state, local, and tribal police officers.

The first report, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress, includes 22 recommendations to Congress ranging from supporting programs to embed mental health professionals in law enforcement agencies to supporting the development of model policies and implementation guidance, enabling law enforcement agencies to make substantial efforts to reduce suicide.

The case studies report, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies, provides an overview of multiple successful and promising law enforcement mental health and wellness strategies. This document aims to inform Congress, state and local government officials, and the law enforcement field.

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies: https://ric-zai-inc.com/ric.php?page=detail&id=COPS-P371

Confronting the Opioid Epidemic and Halting Illicit Substances at the Source

May 6, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) currently leads U.S. government efforts to interdict illicit opioids and their analogues at or before reaching U.S. borders. In fact, DHS is seizing and blocking more fentanyl shipments than ever before.  

In Fiscal Year 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) together seized almost 5,000 pounds of fentanyl combined—or more than 1.2 billion lethal doses and enough to kill every American by overdose four times.  ICE Homeland Security Investigations seized more than 1 million pounds of illegal narcotics, including 2,737 pounds of fentanyl and 7,103 pounds of heroin. ICE made more than 11,400 narcotics-related criminal arrests over the same period—of which more than 720 were for fentanyl-related offenses.

Using Murder Data to Help Justice Professionals Work Cases and Solve Crimes

May 6, 2019

Founded in 2015, the Murder Accountability Project (MAP) is the nation’s most comprehensive accounting of case information for more than 752,000 homicides going back to 1976. More than a simple database, MAP exists to educate the public about unsolved murders and also assist law enforcement. MAP provides historical information and data patterns that may help law enforcement gain insight into strategies for successful investigations that catch killers.

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

  • Detectives can use the data to test theories about offenders who may have committed crimes across multiple jurisdictions or over very long periods.

  • Police supervisors can use MAP’s website to identify difficult-to-solve case types to aid in resource allocation.

  • Law enforcement professionals can easily determine crime patterns in their communities, counties, states, and even regions.

    Date:  Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Southwest Border Rural Law Enforcement Information Sharing and Interdiction Assistance Grants

May 6, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding under Southwest Border Rural Law Enforcement Information Sharing and Interdiction Assistance Grants, which provide funding to rural law enforcement agencies along the southwest border of the United States to support efforts to reduce violent crime.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m., ET on July 2, 2019.

School Resource Officer Training Conference

May 6, 2019

The National Criminal Justice Training Center is accepting registrations for the 10th Annual School Resource Officer Training Conference, to be held on June 18–20, 2019, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

This event seeks to address school violence and youth victimization concerns using crime-prevention and response strategies.  Presenters will examine the impacts of trauma on youth and effective strategies for working with students experiencing mental illness and learning disabilities.

The event also offers a preconference event, Threat Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Team Training for K-12 Schools, on June 17, 2019. 

The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Releases New Template

April 26, 2019

The Fusion Center Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Policy Development Template, released as part of the Global Justice Information Initiative, was developed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the joint DHS/DOJ Fusion Process Technical Assistance Program.

Version 3.0 will assist fusion center personnel in updating their centers’ existing privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties policies to reflect changes in law and implementation experience related to the information that the centers collect, receive, maintain, archive, access, and disclose.  Provisions contained in the template help centers comply with requirements of the DHS Homeland Security Grant Program Guidance, the ISE Privacy Guidelines, and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative.

Police-Mental Health Collaborations

April 26, 2019

Increasingly, law enforcement officers are the first, and often the only, responders to calls involving people who have mental health needs. With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Council of State Governments Justice Center recently released a framework to help law enforcement agencies across the country better respond to the growing number of calls for service involving this population.  The framework provides considerations regarding the development and sustainment of a Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC), including several examples of current programs.

Supporting this need, BJA recently released a new funding opportunity, Improving Justice and Mental Health Collaboration: Training and Technical Assistance to Grantees and the Field, to improve justice and mental health collaboration.  In addition, BJA provides background on PMHCs and the different response models in the PMHC Toolkit.

BJA Solicitation:  https://www.bja.gov/funding/JMHCPTTA19.pdf

AMBER Alert Program Best Practices

April 26, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice released updated guidelines to help states and regional offices recover abducted children through America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts.  Published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, this guide provides a “what works” approach, based on the input of those who lead and oversee AMBER Alerts, as part of larger missing persons and child protection programs at the state and regional levels.

Webinar: Law Enforcement Investigations on the Darknet

April 26, 2019

In this no-cost webinar, hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center, the co-founder of the Tor Project will share and explore various case studies that involve utilizing information found on the darknet as a part of criminal investigations.  The webinar will use real-world, darknet-based examples that have been selected for a law-enforcement audience.  Participants will learn about different methodologies that can be used to de-anonymize threat actors, the different tools and approaches involved in conducting these types of investigations, best practices, and lessons learned.

This webinar is intended for law enforcement personnel.  Please register using your agency-issued email.

IACP Technology Conference

April 26, 2019

The 2019 International Association of Chiefs of Police Technology Conference brings leading practitioners together to explore law enforcement technology opportunities and challenges.  Attendees will learn how to apply the latest technology to create efficient solutions and to keep pace with sophisticated cyber-enabled crimes. 

The 2019 conference will be held on May 20–22 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

NIBRS 2021: Are You Ready?

April 22, 2019

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is responding to law enforcement’s call to upgrade and update the nation’s crime statistics by working to transition to a National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)-only data collection by January 1, 2021.  Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to start implementing NIBRS now.  Switching to a NIBRS-only data collection will improve the nation’s crime data through rich details and greater specificity of offenses.  This will make NIBRS the nationwide standard for collection of crime data.

Anticipating inquiries about the transition, the FBI has compiled a new document with answers to frequently asked NIBRS-related questions—NIBRS: 30 FAQs. The FBI remains committed to assisting all agencies in making the switch.

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: Success Story

April 22, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) is one of the critical investigative tools that led authorities to believe that Samuel Little may be the worst serial killer in American history. Using this tool, police agencies across the country were able to corroborate at least 34 of Little's confessions.

By his own admission, Little allegedly killed as many as 90 victims in at least 19 states over the course of 35 years.  He denied all allegations against him until experts from BJA, the FBI’s Violent Crime Apprehension Program (ViCAP), and the Texas Rangers elicited confessions from him in early 2018.  Many of Little’s alleged crimes occurred in jurisdictions that had received SAKI grants, which enabled at least 11 cities to close cold cases linked to him.  BJA shared information from Little’s confessions with the SAKI sites, helped locate cases based on Little’s confessions, helped sites assess any available evidence for DNA testing, and facilitated interviews with Little to close their cases.

PERF Annual Meeting

April 22, 2019

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Annual Meeting is being held in conjunction with the conferences of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute Associates (NEIA) from May 28 through May 31, 2019, in Miami Beach, Florida.  All registrants are welcome to attend all meetings, sessions, and events sponsored by PERF, MCCA, and NEIA during the Annual Meeting. 

The Purpose and Impact of the CLOUD Act

April 22, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced the public release of a new white paper on the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, known as the CLOUD Act.  The CLOUD Act was enacted in March 2018 and updates the legal framework for how law enforcement authorities may request electronic evidence needed to protect public safety from service providers while respecting privacy interests and foreign sovereignty.

The white paper describes the interests and concerns that prompted the enactment of the CLOUD Act and provides a concise, point-by-point distillation of the effect, scope, and implications of the Act, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

CLOUD Resources:  https://www.justice.gov/dag/cloudact

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center

April 22, 2019

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center online TTA Network Resource Directory provides information on current OVC-funded TTA projects and resources for those providing victim-oriented services.  The directory features projects on a wide range of topics, such as human trafficking, law enforcement, mental health and well-being, tribal, and more.  In addition, the directory provides easy access to OVC’s instructional design standards, training aids, and a national calendar of crime victim assistance-related events.

COAP Webinar Series: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)—The Martinsburg Initiative

April 22, 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 on May 2, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., ET.

This training is designed to expand participants’ understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effects they can have on the brain and the body. Participants will learn about tools for mitigating these effects. In addition, participants will be introduced to The Martinsburg Initiative, an innovative school, police, community partnership in Martinsburg, West Virginia, that is striving to apply the science of ACEs prevention.

This session will:

  • Provide a comprehensive understanding of the correlation among ACEs, toxic stress, and trauma.
  • Demonstrate how prolonged toxic stress can have lasting negative effects on the brain and the body.
  • Identify specific strategies that can be used to mitigate the negative effects of ACEs.
  • Describe how The Martinsburg Initiative is implementing the science of ACEs prevention to strengthen families and empower communities.

 

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)—The Martinsburg Initiative

April 22, 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 on May 2, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., ET.

This training is designed to expand participants’ understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effects they can have on the brain and the body. Participants will learn about tools for mitigating these effects. In addition, participants will be introduced to The Martinsburg Initiative, an innovative school, police, community partnership in Martinsburg, West Virginia, that is striving to apply the science of ACEs prevention.

This session will:

  • Provide a comprehensive understanding of the correlation among ACEs, toxic stress, and trauma.
  • Demonstrate how prolonged toxic stress can have lasting negative effects on the brain and the body.

  • Identify specific strategies that can be used to mitigate the negative effects of ACEs.

  • Describe how The Martinsburg Initiative is implementing the science of ACEs prevention to strengthen families and empower communities.

LEO Near Miss

April 12, 2019

LEO Near Miss is a reporting system for law enforcement officers initiated by the Police Foundation in 2013 and funded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.  A near miss, or close call, is any incident that could have resulted in a law enforcement officer’s serious injury or death.  The LEO Near Miss Reporting System and Database is a platform that enables sworn law enforcement officers from across the country to share the details of incidents in which an officer was almost seriously injured or killed, providing valuable takeaways and lessons learned for improving officer safety.  Stories shared through the system are now available in video format. 

Sharing your story is an anonymous, secure, nonpunitive, and confidential process.

Enhancing School Safety and Preventing School Shootings

April 12, 2019

In 2018, North Carolina, like other states, found itself in the position of responding to school shootings with statewide actions.  As a result, the Governor’s Crime Commission established the Special Committee on School Shootings (SCSS) to develop recommendations to strengthen school safety.  The SCSS recently released a report that includes 33 recommendations to enhance school safety and prevent school shootings, 22 of which are categorized under five broad themes:  training, physical security, threat intelligence and assessment, school and law enforcement partnerships, and possible statutory modifications or changes.

The committee’s work and the resulting report were funded using Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) dollars.

BJA's JAG Program:  https://www.bja.gov/jag/

Technology Initiatives Assessment

April 12, 2019

To support technology adoption and integration, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), through the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), developed the Technology Initiatives Assessment Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program. Through this specialized TTA program, BJA NTTAC supports state, local, and tribal justice agencies with enhancing or expanding their capabilities to use technology for strategic decision making, as well as for responding to and preventing crime.

Through a comprehensive review of an agency’s technical resources and capabilities, BJA NTTAC’s TTA resources aim is to provide actionable recommendations across the technology landscape.

The Importance of Culture in Policing in Indian Country

April 12, 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.

In the latest episode, Chief Francis Bradley, Sr., Hualapai Nation in Peach Springs, Arizona, discusses the importance of culture in policing in Indian Country. 

Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion Mentor Program

April 12, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion Mentor Program to begin on October 1, 2019.  This program is part of the training and technical assistance (TTA) resources available to local jurisdictions through BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP).

The Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion Mentor Program will provide communities interested in starting a diversion program with the opportunity to learn from established or innovative programs that have shown success in meeting their communities’ treatment needs.  The mentor sites selected through this application process will serve as models for individuals and teams interested in starting a program or for established programs interested in learning innovative practices.

Deadline:  May 10, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., ET

Should you have any questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to COAP@iir.com.

Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement

April 5, 2019

As part of a governmentwide effort to address the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Department of Justice created the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team in 2018 to leverage the power of federal and international partnerships to combat the complex and deadly threat of online drug sales. 

The J-CODE is delivering results through coordinated efforts and the commitment of the nation’s law enforcement agencies to address opioid sales on the Darknet.  Building on the success of last year’s Operation Disarray, the J-CODE team led Operation SaboTor between January and March 2019.  These concentrated operations in the United States and abroad led to 61 arrests and shut down 50 Darknet accounts used for illegal activity.  Agents executed 65 search warrants, seizing more than 299 kilograms of drugs, 51 firearms, and more than $7 million ($4.504 million in cryptocurrency, $2.485 million in cash, and $40,000 in gold).

Office of Justice Programs Blog

April 5, 2019

The March 20, 2019, edition of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) blog, Human Trafficking:  Hidden in Plain Sight, authored by Matt M. Dummermuth, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, OJP, discusses OJP’s commitment to fighting human trafficking.  For example, in fiscal year 2018, OJP granted more than $67 million to fight trafficking at the national, state, local, and tribal levels.

In addition, from mid-2017 to mid-2018, grantees through the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) reported serving a record number of nearly 9,000 human trafficking clients and training more than 76,000 professionals who can assist in identifying victims and helping them on their path to recovery.  

OVC offers a nine-part video series, Faces of Human Trafficking, to raise awareness of human trafficking.  The series is intended to support the outreach and education efforts of service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the community.

School Violence Prevention Program: Grant Funding Opportunity

April 5, 2019

The 2019 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) is a competitive grant program, offered through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), which provides funding directly to states, units of local government, Indian tribes, and public agencies (including school districts and local law enforcement agencies) to improve security at schools and on school grounds.  Awards may include funding for measures that may provide a significant improvement in security, such as training for local law enforcement officers to prevent school violence against others and self; and acquisition and installation of technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency.

Applications are due by May 31, 2019, at 7:59 p.m., ET. 

In addition, both the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the COPS Office offer grants to improve security within our nation’s schools and on school grounds through evidence-based programs of the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program.

VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program: Video Series

April 5, 2019

The VALOR Program, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has launched a new video series on Social Media Officer Safety.  The series is intended to help officers protect their digital footprints.

  • Part One covers foundational information on how personally identifiable information (PII) is discovered on the internet.

  • Part Two explores relevant law enforcement examples of how PII has been found and used against law enforcement officers.

  • Part Three looks at best practices for sanitizing your online presence to protect your digital footprint. 

To view the series, users must have a valid VALOR account, which is restricted to law enforcement professionals. 

National Terrorism Advisory System

April 5, 2019

Since 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has used the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin to highlight the continuing terror threat to the U.S. homeland, examples of the U.S. government’s counterterrorism efforts, and recommendations on how to help, be prepared, and stay informed.  An informed, vigilant, and engaged public remains one of the greatest assets to identify potential terrorists and prevent attacks. 

BJA: Funding Information and Resources

March 29, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation's criminal justice system.  Grant funding is one way this is achieved, and current BJA funding opportunities are available on the BJA funding website.   The site contains detailed information about grant opportunities, applicant eligibility, and application requirements, as well as directions on how to apply.  The BJA funding website also includes links to BJA grant applicant education webinars, instructions to sign up for funding notifications, and frequently asked questions.

Webinar: Cyber Leaders and the Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation Program

March 29, 2019

The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, offers a dynamic approach to fortifying the cybersecurity of government networks and systems. 

This no-cost webinar will address the evolution of CDM to meet new challenges and provide new capabilities for agencies.

Date:  April 2, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., ET

CDM Program:  https://www.dhs.gov/cisa/cdm

National Institute of Justice Journal

March 29, 2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Journal, published several times a year, features articles to help criminal justice policymakers and practitioners stay informed about new developments.  The NIJ Journal presents research-based information that can help inform policy decisions and improve understanding of the criminal justice system.

Each issue of the NIJ Journal focuses on a single theme, allowing the articles to dive into one specific topic from different scientific points of view.  In the latest issue, NIJ scientists and staff members share some current developments in policing and law enforcement on topics such as using artificial intelligence to address criminal justice needs and new approaches to digital evidence acquisition and analysis.

COAP Webinar Series: What’s in a Name? The Role of Peer Specialists

March 29, 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 on April 10, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., ET.

To support people on their paths to recovery from substance use disorders, the use of peer specialists in peer recovery support services (PRSS) is increasing across diverse criminal justice settings. Peer specialists offer the benefits of their own experience with recovery; they provide hope and social support and can change the outcomes for those in recovery.

This session will:

  • Highlight the roles of peer specialists across multiple programs.

  • Explore the work from an “insider” vantage point: by peer specialists working in the field.

  • Discuss the value of implementing peer specialists at all of the criminal justice intercepts.

  • Identify the support needs of peer specialists and common ethical PRSS considerations.

Federal Commission on School Safety: Report Released

March 29, 2019

The Federal Commission on School Safety's final report highlights, among other products, the Office of Justice Program’s (OJP) OJP's toolkits on police-mental health collaboration and helping victims of mass violence; research on indicators of school crime and safety; and a guide on preventing school-based bullying with related research. Its findings highlight the central role that state and local agencies can and should play in protecting students and ensuring that the academic environment is conducive to learning.

The report's recommendations range from assisting schools in developing positive climates and feelings of connectedness to encouraging training for those who work with children to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness.

The commission underscored funds available through the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, which provides funding for evidence-based programs to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes. The act authorized nearly $47 million for grants from OJP's Bureau of Justice Assistance last fall, as well as $25 million through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Visit the OJP Blog for additional information on this report and other OJP news.

OJP Blog:  https://ojp.gov/ojpblog/blogs-2019/2019-blog-Fed-Report-School-Safety.htm

Officers, Students, and Community Join the TEAM

March 22, 2019

The Teaching, Educating, and Mentoring School Liaison Program (TEAM) is a school-based, law-related education program taught by specially trained law enforcement officers. TEAM is a proactive effort to make schools and communities safer, promote responsible citizenship, and encourage positive character traits. The program can be tailored to something as brief as one session on an area of particular need for a school or expanded to a longer series of sessions on a variety of topics.  The program helps build a relationship between the community and local law enforcement, and school administrators know whom to contact if they have an issue.

Overdose Death Rates by State: New Maps and Tables

March 22, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added 2017 data to its Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) database for drug overdose deaths.  The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) has extracted WONDER data and has published maps and tables that show overdose death rates for each state for all drugs, prescription drugs, and illicit drugs with a further breakdown for opioids, which is available in its Research Clearinghouse.

Webinar: Cyber Threat Landscape Update Spring 2019

March 22, 2019

The cost of cybercrime worldwide will reach $2 trillion by 2019, a massive increase from 2015’s $500 billion costs.  While the statistics on the costs of cybercrime are mindboggling, there are very real ways law enforcement and justice professionals can arm themselves to fight cybercrime.

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, will provide information regarding the changing cyber threat environment that local and regional government law enforcement organizations should be aware of, including:

  • Current and emerging malware and threat trends

  • New tactics, techniques, and procedures

  • Active malicious cyber actors

  • How to combat these perpetrators and protect your networks

    Date:  April 11, 2019

    Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Call for Nominations: IACP/Thomson Reuters Excellence in Criminal Investigations Award

March 22, 2019

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is seeking nominations for the IACP/Thomson Reuters Excellence in Criminal Investigations Award.  This award recognizes exceptional innovation in managing and conducting criminal investigations, with the goal of sharing information to advance the art and science of criminal investigations.  Eligible agencies, departments, police units, or task forces must engage or participate in criminal investigations.  The nominated investigation must be currently ongoing or have been completed in the 2018 calendar year. An investigation nominated for this award in a previous year is ineligible.

Nomination deadline:  May 17, 2019

National Sheriffs’ Association: Annual Conference and Exposition

March 22, 2019

The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) Annual Conference and Exhibition provides a platform for lively debate on law enforcement issues that matter most, sheriff and police officer training and exhibits that are second to none, networking opportunities, and the latest in programs and training in crime-fighting techniques.  There are more than 60 seminars and workshops covering all aspects of the responsibilities of a sheriff’s office, including, but not limited to, law enforcement, jail operations, service of process, prisoner transportation, court security, and judicial security.

Where:  Louisville, Kentucky

When:  June 15–19, 2019

Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Officer Safety Initiatives

March 15, 2019

BJA knows that officer safety encompasses a wide range of issues aside from tactics; it also includes physical, emotional, and mental factors. All contribute equally to an officer’s safety.  In support of the President’s officer safety-focused Executive Order, BJA’s National Officer Safety Initiatives (NOSI) Program currently addresses law enforcement safety in three program areas:

  • National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide

  • National Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Program, including VALOR Initiative training and resources

  • Supporting the Blue Public Awareness and Education Campaign

Webinar: Trauma-Informed Policing

March 15, 2019

On March 18, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), in collaboration with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), will present “Building Trauma-Informed Police Responses in Your Agency: Training and Tools.” 

This webinar will provide an overview of trauma-informed policing for officers, law enforcement agencies, and communities. Presenters will describe the phenomenon of trauma, share data about traumatic exposure, and introduce online training and tools developed by IACP and Yale, with support from OJJDP, to help agencies build trauma-informed responses.

Webinar: Implementing Evidence-Based Policing

March 15, 2019

During this no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, two Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) scholars will share their experience, practical advice, and research for implementing evidence-based policing.  The webinar will include:

  • Tips for implementing evidence-based policing in your organization.

  • Establishing collaborations with research institutions.

  • Examples of practitioner led-research in police agencies.

  • Benefits of regular data analysis.

  • Creating a business intelligence specialist role:  where to start, getting it approved, and how to work within your city’s government to make this role a reality and priority.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

2019 SEARCH Symposium

March 15, 2019

The 2019 SEARCH Symposium is designed for justice and public safety officials, academic and agency researchers, technical developers, operational managers, and practitioners, as well as justice reform advocates from local, state, and federal agencies and organizations across the nation. Symposium participants will learn and share information on the most critical contemporary issues in justice information management and operations.

The symposium is scheduled for July 23–24, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, located in Arlington, Virginia.

Sheriffs Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in the Community and in the Jails

March 15, 2019

Law enforcement has increasingly become the primary point of contact for individuals living with mental illness, and the presence of these individuals in jail and prison populations has grown to crisis proportions. This report, developed by the Major County Sheriffs of America, in partnership with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and supported by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, identifies innovative practices that have proven successful in reducing the arrest and incarceration of individuals living with mental illness in jurisdictions across the country.

National Public Safety Partnership: Expanding to New Sites in 2019

March 8, 2019

The National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) was launched in June 2017 by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to serve as a DOJ-wide initiative that enables cities to consult with and receive coordinated training and technical assistance (TTA) and an array of resources from DOJ's programmatic and law enforcement components to support state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the investigation, prosecution, and deterrence of violent crime, especially crime related to gun violence, gangs, and drug trafficking. PSP offers selected sites a three-year commitment from DOJ to deliver no-cost, customized TTA and an array of resources from DOJ to enhance local violence reduction strategies. To date, more than 30 cities have participated in PSP.  Additional information on the PSP approach is available on the PSP Website.    

Law enforcement agencies from local, county, and tribal jurisdictions may submit a letter of interest to join PSP in 2019. To be considered for selection, jurisdictions must be experiencing a precipitous increase in violent crime, have sustained levels of violence that far exceed the national average, be presently under-resourced in their capacity to drive down violent crime, and demonstrate readiness to participate in this collaborative initiative. Sites interested in joining must complete the TTA Request and Statement of Interest Form no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on April 11, 2019. Selected cities will be notified by May 3, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on Policing: Webinar

March 8, 2019

The purpose of this no-cost webinar is to highlight and discuss the unique aspects of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research and Evaluation on Policing solicitation, which seeks to fund investigator-initiated, randomized controlled trial studies of approaches to the challenges of policing in the United States that address the strategic priorities and objectives identified in NIJ’s Policing Strategic Research Plan, 2017–2022.

This webinar will address the solicitation purpose, goals, and expectations.  A question-and-answer session will conclude the webinar.

Date:  March 20, 2019

Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

NIJ’s Policing Strategic Research Plan:  https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/250915.pdf

Research and Evaluation on Policing Solicitation:  https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2019-15543.pdf

FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2018

March 8, 2019

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently released its Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics Report for 2018.  The report revealed overall declines in the number of violent crimes and property crimes reported for the first six months of 2018 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2017. The report is based on information from 14,509 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six months of comparable data to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) FY2019

March 8, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding to address the issue and impact of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) at law enforcement agencies. This program supports DOJ’s mission by improving (1) state and local jurisdictions’ capacities to respond to violent crime and (2) the functioning of the criminal justice system through the investigation and prosecution of cases resulting from SAK evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA.

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m., ET, on April 9, 2019.

2019 National Cyber Crime Conference

March 1, 2019

The 2019 National Cyber Crime Conference (NCCC) will be held from April 29 to May 1, 2019, in Norwood, Massachusetts. 

The NCCC is hosted by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  The NCCC has distinguished itself as one of the premier annual cyber training events for law enforcement, offering hundreds of individual training sessions.  The event will provide extensive training regarding the most recent and challenging cyber concerns for law enforcement.

School Resource Officers, School Law Enforcement Units, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

March 1, 2019

This guidance document was developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), which is a one-stop resource for education stakeholders to learn about topics such as data privacy and confidentiality.  The resource consists of 37 commonly asked questions about schools’ and school districts’ responsibilities under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) relating to disclosures of student information to school resource officers, law enforcement units, and others.  It seeks to explain and clarify how FERPA protects student privacy, while ensuring the health and safety of students and others in the school community.

Facial Recognition Use Case Catalog for Law Enforcement

March 1, 2019

The IJIS Institute recently announced the release of the Law Enforcement Facial Recognition Use Case Catalog, a joint effort by the Law Enforcement Imaging Technology Task Force (LEITTF) composed of IJIS Institute and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) members.  The intention of this white paper is to briefly describe facial recognition systems and their parameters, determine the ways in which facial recognition is being used, and document cases that demonstrate the technology’s ability to protect the public.  The objective is to empower public safety practitioners and industry innovators to communicate the ability of facial recognition to policymakers and the public, while reducing misunderstanding and minimizing the potential misuse.  A conclusion section completes the catalog, including four recommended actions for law enforcement leaders.

Research and Evaluation on Policing, Fiscal Year 2019: New Solicitation

March 1, 2019

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice seeks applications for funding for investigator-initiated, randomized controlled trial studies of approaches to the challenges of policing in the United States that address the strategic priorities and objectives identified in NIJ’s Policing Strategic Research Plan, 2017-2022. Applicants are required to identify the strategic priority and relevant objective(s) that their proposal addresses on the title page of their application’s program narrative.  Applications proposing research involving partnerships with criminal justice or other agencies, are to include a strong letter of support, signed by an appropriate decision-making authority from each proposed, partnering agency.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 7, 2019.

A Preliminary Report on the Police Foundation's Averted School Violence Database

March 1, 2019

The Police Foundation, in collaboration with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, implemented the Averted School Violence (ASV) database to provide a platform for sharing information about averted incidents of violence in institutions of elementary, secondary, and higher education. The ASV project defines an incident of averted school violence as a violent attack planned with or without the use of a firearm that was prevented before any injury or loss of life occurred. This preliminary report analyzes 51 averted incidents of school violence selected from the ASV database to begin to improve our understanding of averted school attacks. The report begins with a case study of one averted attack and then details findings on the 51 averted incidents in the study. It concludes with recommendations for law enforcement and school administration to improve school safety. A companion report “A Comparison of Averted and Completed School Attacks from the Police Foundation Averted School Violence Database” (Langman and Straub 2018) compares these 51 averted attacks with 51 completed attacks and presents findings on the similarities and differences.

Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators

February 22, 2019

The National Counterterrorism Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators.  This report provides a description of indicators of violent extremist mobilization and is intended to provide a road map of observable behaviors that could inform whether individuals or groups are preparing to engage in violent extremist activities. 

Federal Justice Statistics, 2015–2016

February 22, 2019

In January 2019, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report describing annual activity, workloads, and outcomes of the federal criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment.  Findings are based on data from the U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, U.S. Sentencing Commission, and Federal Bureau of Prisons.  This report presents data on arrests and investigations by law enforcement agency and growth rates by type of offense and federal judicial district. It also examines trends in drug arrests by the DEA and includes the most recent available data on sentences imposed and their lengths by type of offense.

ASCIA Spring Conference

February 22, 2019

The Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA) 2019 Spring Conference will be hosted by the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation at Gulf Shores, Alabama, on May 5–8, 2019.  The conference is restricted to members, invited guests, and corporate partners.

Development and Validation of a Resilience Training Model at the Academy

February 22, 2019

Presented by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Be on the Lookout (BOLO) series supports the publication and dissemination of experiences and implications discovered during ongoing research in the field with the goal of regularly communicating these resources to the law enforcement community.  The BOLO contains field-driven, evidence-based resources that will help illuminate the nature, function, context, costs, and benefits of community policing innovations.  The latest edition highlights a study that followed recruits in a resilience training program at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Police Department Police Academy as it develops strategies and techniques to enhance its members’ ability to cope with stress and maintain their physiological and psychological health.  

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

February 22, 2019

The National Institute of Justice, through the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), is committed to bringing people, information, forensic science, and technology together to help resolve missing and unidentified person cases throughout the United States.

NamUS offers several core services:

  • Nationwide information clearinghouse offering free, secure, easy-to-use, online technology to help expedite case associations and resolutions

  • Free-of-charge forensic services including forensic odontology and fingerprint examination, as well as forensic anthropology and DNA analyses, through the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification laboratories

  • Investigative support from seasoned staff members who provide case consultations and support criminal justice efforts to drive missing and unidentified person case resolutions

  • Training and outreach from NamUs subject experts, including assistance with planning and facilitating Missing Person Day events across the country

Taking Collaboration to the Next Level: Webinar

February 15, 2019

The Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) initiative is hosting a no-cost webinar on law enforcement collaboration titled “Taking Collaboration to the Next Level.”  This online, interactive webinar will engage participants on the use of collaboration to improve performance and outcomes in law enforcement.

This webinar will discuss what collaborative policing means and the principles that make it effective; the use of collaboration to address gun violence and the problems concerning individuals in mental health crises in three SPI sites; and methods for assessing and improving collaboration.

Date:  February 21, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

White House Releases National Drug Control Strategy

February 15, 2019

On January 31, 2019, Jim Carroll, the newly sworn-in Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), released the Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy, which establishes the President’s priorities for addressing the challenge of drug trafficking and use.  The strategy is intended to guide and focus federal government efforts along three fundamental elements, which are complementary and mutually supporting: prevention, treatment and recovery, and reducing availability.

Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates

February 15, 2019

In January 2019, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released the report that presents statistics describing firearm possession by state and federal prisoners serving sentences in 2016.  The report describes firearm possession during the crimes for which prisoners were serving time and by type of offense; how the firearms were used during the crime; types of firearms possessed; and methods, sources, and processes of obtaining the firearms.  Findings are based on BJS’s 2016 Survey of Prison Inmates (SPI), formerly known as the Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities.  The SPI self-report data were collected through face-to-face interviews with a national sample of state and federal prisoners.

Program Takes Multi-Faceted Approach to Active Shooter Training

February 15, 2019

The Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC), a National Institute of Justice program, has recently added a new model program to its school safety website that highlights the school safety educational program implemented by the City of Falls Church, Virginia.  The First 12 Minutes is a multi-faceted program that provides training to administrators, teachers, and school staff, all within a three-hour window, at no charge to the participating schools. This program includes active shooter response and Stop the Bleed training.

Training Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97wV30HpMmw&feature=youtu.be

Why Agencies Should Transition to the National Incident-Based Reporting System

February 15, 2019

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will transition to a National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)-only data collection in January 2021.  This will make NIBRS the nationwide standard for collection of crime data.

At the recommendation of major law enforcement associations, the FBI is committed to the NIBRS transition and to facilitating the NIBRS transitions of law enforcement agencies across the nation.

The Summary Reporting System (SRS) has been the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s traditional system of crime data since 1930, but NIBRS is designed to be more detailed and comprehensive.  NIBRS includes data on separate offenses within criminal incidents plus dozens of details, such as location types, property losses, clearances, and relationships between victims and offenders.  On the FBI website, the article “Questions NIBRS Can Answer” discusses in more detail some of the ways NIBRS can provide more useful information about crime than SRS.

The FBI UCR Program is actively working with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, state UCR Programs, and law enforcement organizations to promote the NIBRS transition.  As part of this effort, the FBI has updated its NIBRS Web page with helpful features and resources.

BJA Building Analytical Capacity: No-Cost Interactive Online Workshops

February 8, 2019

The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides a series of free interactive online workshops in which agency teams of executives, commanders, and analysts create customized action plans to address specific crime analysis challenges within their departments.  The workshops assist executives and their teams in identifying how to support actionable analysis within their own departments and use that analysis to drive operations. Topics include the following:

  • Understanding Hot Spot Mapping for Police Executives

  • Crime Analysis Tactics, Strategies, and Special Operations

  • Tactical Crime Analysis:  Stopping Emerging Patterns of Crime

  • 12 Questions Executives Should Ask About Their Crime Analysis Capabilities

Crime Analysis Toolkit:  https://it.ojp.gov/CAT

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community 2019

February 8, 2019

On January 29, 2019, the Director of National Intelligence, Daniel R. Coats, in public testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, presented the Worldwide Threat Assessment and outlined the most significant global security threats facing the nation. Recognizing that global threats comprise a diverse set of issues and factors, Director Coats framed the analysis by identifying areas of risk and concern that could have direct effects on the quality of life and security for Americans.  Director Coats also provided Intelligence Community updates on a range of threats and concerns in regions across the globe.

The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit’s Las Vegas Review Panel: Key Findings

February 8, 2019

On October 1, 2017, over 22,000 people gathered for a music festival at an open-air concert venue in Las Vegas, Nevada. On the final night of the festival, Stephen Craig Paddock opened fire into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.  As part of the investigative assistance provided by the FBI to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), FBI Las Vegas Division requested that the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) conduct a post-attack analysis of Paddock.  The BAU was asked to examine the possible motives behind Paddock’s shooting and to identify Paddock’s pre-attack behaviors.  In response to the request, the BAU convened a diverse group of experts to form the Las Vegas Review Panel (LVRP). This multi-disciplinary panel was comprised of experts in threat assessment, psychology, psychiatry, research, cyber behavioral analysis, law, and child sexual exploitation.  The LVRP’s analysis as outlined in the following report highlight 10 key findings.

Serving Safely—Enhancing Policing for Persons With Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities

February 8, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Vera Institute of Justice are hosting a no-cost webinar titled “Serving Safely:  Enhancing Policing for Persons With Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities”

People living with mental illnesses (MI) and intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are disproportionately represented in contacts with police, which can lead to stressful and dangerous conditions for everyone involved. Through Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities, law enforcement agencies can request help to respond safely and effectively to incidents involving persons with MI and I/DD. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of Serving Safely, describe the types of assistance available, introduce the multidisciplinary project team responding to these requests, and highlight new product development.

Date: Wednesday, February 13

Time:  2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., ET

Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs: Seeking Nominations

February 8, 2019

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is seeking nominations for its annual NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards. These awards honor successful criminal justice programs that use promising practices to address important crime and justice issues in communities.

The NCJA will honor these winning programs during an Awards Luncheon at the 2019 Forum on Criminal Justice, September 15–18 in Arlington, Virginia.

Nominations for outstanding programs must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., ET, on Friday, March 29, 2019.  Nominations will be accepted online, or by email to bbroida@ncja.org.

BJA-Funded Success Stories

February 4, 2019

The Success Stories website is designed to identify and highlight BJA-funded statewide, local, and/or subgrantee projects that have demonstrated success or have shown promise in meeting the objectives and goals of the BJA funding program while positively impacting communities.

The current feature story highlights how support from the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) has dramatically reduced gang-related crimes in Compton, California.

If you have a Success Story you would like to submit, sign in or register at My BJA to access the Success Story Submission form.  Once you sign in to your My BJA page, you will be able to add a success story via the link below the “My Success Stories” section.

Feature Story: https://www.bja.gov/SuccessStory/public-safety-partnership-supports-compton-in-fight-against-gang-violence.html?utm_source=feature_story&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=successstories

Standards and Testing: Requests for Comment and Information

February 4, 2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has released draft standards documents for semiautomatic pistols and patrol rifles for law enforcement.  The draft standards documents specify minimum performance requirements and test methods.

NIJ is asking the public, especially members of law enforcement, to review the drafts and submit comments by Tuesday, March 19, 2019.  The final versions of these documents are anticipated to be published in late 2019 as new NIJ Standards for Law Enforcement.

Fourth Generation Nerve Agents

February 4, 2019

Several new resources are now available to help emergency responders and health-care workers develop specific guidance and training to protect themselves and save lives during incidents involving fourth generation nerve agents, also known as Novichoks or A-series nerve agents. 

Following the incidents in the United Kingdom in 2018 involving a fourth generation agent, the White House National Security Council convened a federal interagency working group to identify and develop resources to help the emergency response community prepare for and respond to a fourth generation agent incident, should one ever occur in the United States.  The resources are available for U.S. emergency response professionals seeking to learn more about the agent used in the United Kingdom. and how to protect themselves and respond if such incidents ever occur in their communities.  No illicit use or manufacture of a fourth generation agent or other nerve agent is known to have occurred in the United States, and there is no known threat of nerve agent use in the United States.

BJA Grant Applicant Education Series

February 4, 2019

To assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities, BJA is hosting a series of educational webinars.

1. The Federal Funding Process: What New and Seasoned Applicants Should Consider:

February 5, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET

Applying for an Office of Justice Programs grant can be a challenging process.  This no-cost webinar will educate participants on the necessary steps for a first-time applicant, explain how the OJP grant process works, and focus on what applicants should understand when applying for funding.

Registration:  https://ojp.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=ojp&service=6&rnd=0.6350181767806004&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fojp.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b000000048bdaa8b0427303aac13d9849d43f8806ff16253439e68195812e1059231f7d59%26siteurl%3Dojp%26confViewID%3D114677720478134192%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAAQtYO9nzxsafovfsmZdFmSpYZ6R2gG4xk4OnaFj2-bihQ2%26

2. Submitting Your Application: Avoid These Common Mistakes

February 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET

This no-cost webinar will provide guidance for applicants on how to avoid common application mistakes.  Attendees will learn:

  • The importance of using the application checklist. 

  • How applications are successfully submitted.

  • How subawards can be incorporated into an application. 

  • How to attach documents.

Registration:  https://ojp.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=ojp&service=6&rnd=0.7219454373981813&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fojp.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004488d6a1dbe8eb599b6983ec64093ef93a9735c7215d3d141da3deea1b3ed071e%26siteurl%3Dojp%26confViewID%3D114680478582189548%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAAQ67x0VwxXl-i45w6fx7k5X3v47pz0I_KkgzVbA8ABbxg2%26

National Intelligence Strategy 2019

February 4, 2019

On January 22, 2019, the Director of National Intelligence, Daniel R. Coats, unveiled the 2019 National Intelligence Strategy (NIS).  The NIS is the guiding strategy for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) and will drive the strategic direction for the nation’s 17 IC elements for the next four years.

The 2019 strategy is the fourth iteration for the NIS and seeks to make our nation more secure by driving the IC to be more integrated, agile, resilient, and innovative.

Preventing Near Repeat Residential Burglary

January 25, 2019

One of the biggest challenges in policing is anticipating where and when crime will occur in order to efficiently deploy police resources.  The near repeat phenomenon is a known crime pattern that can inform police intervention and deployment strategies.  The near repeat pattern for burglary can be used to inform the testing of different intervention strategies to prevent additional burglaries.  This project was funded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

National Criminal Justice Training Center

January 25, 2019

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) is designed to equip criminal justice professionals with the proper training and tools to effect lasting and meaningful change in their communities.  NCJTC delivers training in a variety of ways to accommodate your needs, including online On Demand training, on-site training at select locations throughout the United States, and training at your own facility. 

Emerging Legal Issues in Tech—From the Cloud Act to Hacking Back

January 25, 2019

This webinar, hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center and sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will include topics on the Cloud Act, Border Searches of Technology, Right to be Forgotten, Revisions to Federal Rules of Evidence, Hacking Back and the Law, and Compelled Decryption.  The no-cost event is intended for law enforcement personnel and those who are directly attached to or work in support of a law enforcement agency.

Date:  Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET

What’s New in Blue: Video Series

January 25, 2019

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has developed a new video series, What’s New in Blue, 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 and training classes or for sharing with colleagues and across social media.

Criminal Victimization—2017

January 25, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Statistics recently released a report that presents national data on criminal victimization reported and not reported to police in 2017 and the annual change in criminal victimization from 2016.  The report examines personal crimes (such as robbery and aggravated assault) and property crimes (such as household burglary and motor vehicle theft).  It also includes data on domestic violence, intimate partner violence, injury to victims, and weapon use.  Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which collects information from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older.

A Behavioral Study of American “Homegrown” Terrorist Offenders

January 22, 2019

There is no uniform profile of a jihadist terrorist, but individuals who become radicalized to terrorism tend to follow a predictable process.  Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, this research provides evidence that individuals in the process of becoming dangerously radicalized exhibit predictable and detectable behaviors.  In this study, researchers examined detailed forensic biographies of 135 American jihadism-inspired homegrown terrorists.  Biographies included court documents, online communications posted by terrorist offenders, media profiles, and interviews with family members.  All of the subjects were judged to have become radicalized while living in the United States.  The research provides several findings and policy recommendations.

The Importance of Learning From Averted and Completed School Attacks: Webinar

January 22, 2019

The National Center for Campus Public Safety has launched a free webinar series, “Campus Public Safety Online.”  The first webinar will offer an overview of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services-funded Averted School Violence (ASV) database and its application to higher education.  The database is a free resource for those who play a role in school safety across the country at both the K-12 and higher education levels.  The ASV database is used to collect, analyze, and share information on both averted and completed acts of violence in schools that have occurred post-Columbine. 

Date:  Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

Improving the Identification and Reporting of Hate Crimes

January 22, 2019

On October 29 and 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Hate Crimes Enforcement and Prevention Initiative hosted a law enforcement roundtable in Washington, DC, on improving the identification and reporting of hate crimes.  This roundtable explored promising practices and challenges in identifying, reporting, and tracking hate crimes with the overarching goal of generating ideas for actionable steps both locally and for the greater law enforcement community.  During this roundtable, DOJ announced several resources, including a new hate crimes website, information on how to request free hate crimes technical assistance via the Office of Community Policing Services’ Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Center, update on hate crimes prosecutions, and several examples of trainings from the Community Relations Service.

U.S. DOJ Hate Crimes Website:  https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes

Center for Cyber and Homeland Security

January 22, 2019

The Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) at George Washington University is a nonpartisan “think and do” tank whose mission is to carry out policy-relevant research and analysis on homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity issues.  By convening domestic and international policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and academia, CCHS develops innovative strategies to address and confront current and future threats.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: Webinar

January 22, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program team, invites you to attend a no-cost webinar on January 24, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., ET, concerning medication-assisted training (MAT).  MAT is a practice that pairs Food and Drug Administration-approved medications with non-drug therapies such as counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy.  Research has shown that MAT significantly increases patients’ adherence to treatment, reduces illicit opioid use compared with non-drug approaches, and is more effective than either behavioral intervention or medication alone.

Investigation and Prosecution Legal Templates: National White Collar Crime Center

January 14, 2019

The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) provides a nationwide support system for law enforcement and regulatory agencies tasked with the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime.  Through the NW3C, the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), U.S. Department of Justice, has made available more than 100 legal templates to assist practitioners in the investigation and prosecution of high-tech crime cases. These law enforcement-sensitive templates are available to criminal justice practitioners through NW3C’s secure portal. They include language for search warrant affidavits, consent forms, nondisclosure and delay notices, and multiple forms related to cell site location information.

Law Enforcement Cyber Center:  http://www.iacpcybercenter.org/

Information Sharing is Key to Stopping Human Trafficking: The Western States Information Network®

January 14, 2019

The Western States Information Network (WSIN) is one of the six Regional Information Sharing Systems® (RISS) Centers that provide critical information sharing, investigative support services, and officer safety deconfliction. The RISS Program offers electronic access to law enforcement resources through a secure, nationwide network called RISSNET. Through RISSNET, authorized agencies have access to RISSIntel™, a criminal intelligence database that enables law enforcement personnel to deconflict their investigative subjects, and to RISSafe, an officer safety event deconfliction system that allows agencies to deconflict their operations to avoid “blue-on-blue” incidents.

RISS offers law enforcement agencies a full range of diverse services and programs to assist agencies, including use of surveillance equipment, training and publications, and use of analytical staff to help apprehend, prosecute, and convict criminals such as human traffickers.  RISS’s analytical services are particularly useful to smaller agencies that do not have enough resources or officers to devote to time-consuming human trafficking investigations.

RISS Program Information:  https://www.riss.net/

Body-Worn Cameras: What the Evidence Tells Us

January 14, 2019

Body-worn cameras for law enforcement can provide real-time information about officers' assignments and interactions. In recent years, the technology has been widely embraced by U.S. law enforcement agencies and communities. This National Institute of Justice Journal article provides an overview of current research on body-worn cameras and recommends additional research to more fully understand the value of the technology for the field.

BJA Body-Worn Camera Tool Kit:  https://www.bja.gov/bwc/

Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage

January 14, 2019

The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) was tasked with examining the nation’s ability to respond to and recover from a catastrophic power outage of a magnitude beyond modern experience, exceeding prior events in severity, scale, duration, and consequence.  The report recommends that the United States should respond to this problem in two overarching ways: (1) design a national approach to prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic power outages that provides the federal guidance, resources, and incentives needed to take action across all levels of government and industry and down to communities and individuals; and (2) improve our understanding of how cascading failures across critical infrastructure will affect restoration and survival.

Reflections on Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement

January 14, 2019

In August 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) convened a meeting of 40 rank-and-file officers as part of a roundtable discussion regarding their roles in implementing their agencies’ community policing policies and operations. The officers came from departments across the country and explored a wide range of issues from the viewpoint of those who work on the ground.

The meeting provided insights and recommendations for ways in which officers, law enforcement leaders, and communities can work together to reduce crime—in particular illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime. They also discussed the need to support officer morale, safety, and wellness and explored emerging issues such as the growing opioid epidemic, providing forthright assessments of the current state of policing.

How States Invest Byrne JAG Funding

January 7, 2019

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) has developed a series of one-page fact sheets highlighting how Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funding is spent by the field. These new topical fact sheets showcase spending in 19 specific areas of the justice system.

In addition, NCJA has created state-specific fact sheets showcasing how each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia spends its funding.  There is an overview of total Byrne JAG spending by project.

The JAG program, specifically authorized under 34 U.S.C. §§ 10151 - 10158 and managed through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams. 

BJA's JAG Program: https://www.bja.gov/jag/

Total Spending Overiew: http://www.ncja.org/byrne-jag-investments-and-impact/expenditures-by-project-type

Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery: Nomination Period Open

January 7, 2019

Every day, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers engage in exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty. Often, such acts place the officers involved at personal risk of injury or result in their sustaining physical injuries. To honor these acts of bravery, Congress passed the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-298), creating the Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery and the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) award. The medals are awarded annually by the U.S. Attorney General and are presented by the recipients’ congressional representatives.

The CBOB Nomination Period is open and nominations are due by 11:59 p.m., ET, on February 15, 2019.

2019 OJP Grant Application Resource Guide

January 7, 2019

The 2019 Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Grant Application Resource Guide provides guidance to assist OJP grant applicants in preparing and submitting applications for OJP funding, as well as information that may help potential applicants making the decision whether to apply for funding. It addresses a variety of policies, statutes, and regulations that apply to many (or in some cases, all) OJP program applicants or to grants and cooperative agreements awarded in Fiscal Year 2019. Some OJP programs may have program solicitations that expressly modify a provision of this guide; in such cases, the applicant is to follow the guidelines in the solicitation as to any such expressly modified provision.

OJP's program offices include the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking.

Current OJP Funding Opportunities:  https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm

Protecting Against Stress and Trauma: Research Lessons for Law Enforcement

January 7, 2019

On January 25, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., ET, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is hosting the next Research for the Real World seminar to bring together a panel of law enforcement practitioners and leading researchers in the field of stress and trauma.

Panelists will discuss the current research evidence and practical benefits of targeted stress-management interventions and how to promote officer mental wellness. The panelists also will explore what additional research is needed to best support officer health and wellness, potentially highlighting priority areas for future research.

Register to attend in person, livestream virtually, or be notified when the panel recording is available.

The Federal Commission on School Safety: Final Report

January 7, 2019

The Federal Commission on School Safety recently released its final report with recommendations on how schools can prevent, protect and mitigate, and respond to a school shooting or other significant threat. The report contains nearly 100 recommendations, including doing more to address mental health issues and ensuring interoperability of local law enforcement and school communications equipment.

Crime Analysis on Demand

December 14, 2018

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) offers training and technical assistance (TTA) to law enforcement agencies to enhance their capabilities.  The BJA NTTAC supports a wide range of TTA for state, local, tribal, or territorial criminal justice agencies under the Crime Analysis on Demand TTA program.  Examples of this support can be found in the fact sheet below. 

The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Resource Center

December 14, 2018

According to provisional counts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoses—including illicit drugs and prescription opioids—killed more than 72,000 Americans in 2017, a two-fold increase in ten years.

Responding to this epidemic is one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s top priorities.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) aims to reduce opioid abuse and the number of overdose fatalities, as well as mitigate the impacts on crime victims by supporting comprehensive, collaborative initiatives.  To help jurisdictions design and implement their COAP program, BJA launched the COAP Resource Center.  The materials in the COAP Resource Center support effective state, local, tribal, and territorial responses to the opioid epidemic.

Byrne JAG Promising Practices

December 14, 2018

The National Criminal Justice Association recently launched the new Library of Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Promising Practices.  This searchable library highlights Byrne JAG-funded programs across the country and allows users to showcase promising practices, generate new ideas, and potentially replicate successful programs.

The library contains over 200 calendar-year 2016 program examples from all 50 states and Washington, DC, to demonstrate how Byrne JAG dollars are being invested throughout the nation.  Users can browse the entire librarysearch by keyword, or filter entries by state, purpose area, or 22 different project types.

Police Body-Worn Camera Legislation Tracker

December 14, 2018

Laws governing how and when police body-worn cameras can be used and whether the footage is released vary considerably across the country. The Urban Institute has developed a legislation tracker to find out more about passed and pending state legislation.  Recently, the Urban Institute updated the tracker and published an article on five new trends in state body-worn camera legislation:

  • States are developing evidence-based model policies and standards.

  • There’s no nationwide standard on when footage is considered public record.

  • Privacy issues continue to surface.

  • State guidelines regarding officer viewings of body camera footage before investigations are rare but needed.

  • It’s not just about state legislation (but also includes local agencies’ policies and processes).

Other useful links:

Full Article:  https://www.urban.org/urban-wire/five-trends-police-body-camera-legislation

BJA Body Worn Camera Toolkit: https://www.bja.gov/bwc/

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

December 14, 2018

The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), which is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides funding through a competitive grant program to support the jurisdictional reform of approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in sexual assault kits (SAKs) that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory. SAKI aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases by assisting jurisdictions in establishing sustainable change in practices, protocols, and policies as they relate to untested SAKs and sexual assault response.

National Incident-Based Reporting System: Managing Change

December 7, 2018

Since 1930, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has collected crime data through the Summary Reporting System (SRS), compiling and reporting total figures on key categories of crimes from participating law enforcement agencies.  On January 1, 2021, the FBI will retire the SRS and transition to the UCR Program’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). NIBRS is a more robust database that takes UCR Program data to the next level by capturing wide-ranging details on crime incidents and separate offenses within the same incident, including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property.  Law enforcement agencies around the country have started making the transition to NIBRS and are already seeing the benefits.  The video highlights agencies that are implementing NIBRS.

NIBRS Overview:  https://ucr.fbi.gov/nibrs-overview

DOJ Annual Report on Indian Country: Investigations and Prosecutions

December 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released its annual report on Indian country investigations and prosecutions. The report showed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) closed 12.5 percent more investigations in 2017 than in 2016 and that 79.5 percent of Indian country criminal investigations opened by the FBI were referred for prosecution.

 

The majority of criminal offenses committed, investigated, and prosecuted in Tribal communities are adjudicated in Tribal justice systems. In much of Indian country, Tribal law enforcement and Tribal justice systems hold criminals accountable, protect victims, provide youth prevention and intervention programs, and confront precursors to crime, such as alcohol and substance abuse. These efforts are often in partnership with federal agencies or accomplished with support from federal programs and federal funding opportunities.

Crime Analysis Toolkit: Update Efforts

December 7, 2018

The Nationwide Crime Analysis Capability Building Project was initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), to identify and evaluate promising practices to assist jurisdictions in enhancing their crime analysis capacity.  This toolkit provides resources from three real time crime center sites—Charlotte–Mecklenburg, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; and Tempe, Arizona—and publicly available crime analysis resources that can help advance criminal justice decision making and enhance the impact of crime analysis. The toolkit was designed to enable users to explore resources and refine their approaches.

BJA is leading an effort to review the toolkit and identify new resources that should be included.  The link below provides access to the current resource.  If you have recommendations for resources to include or comments on existing content, please email cicc@iir.com

Open Data and Policing: Police Data Initiative Best Practices Guides

December 7, 2018

The Police Data Initiative (PDI), managed by the National Police Foundation through funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, promotes the use of open data to encourage joint problem-solving, innovation, enhanced understanding, and accountability between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. 

The Police Foundation recently released a five-part Best Practices Guide series, covering topics that reflect the process of developing and releasing open data for the first time through real-word examples.  Topics include creating a data plan and choosing types of data sets to release, creating new open data sets, sharing open data sets with the community, regularly updating data, and using open data as an opportunity for further community engagement.

PDI Website:  https://www.policedatainitiative.org/

Research in the Ranks: Empowering Law Enforcement to Drive Their Own Scientific Inquiry

December 7, 2018

Law enforcement is increasingly expected to ground policies and practices in evidence, and evidence-based policing is rightfully encouraged as the new gold standard of practice. Somewhat absent from the discussion, however, has been the reality that most law enforcement agencies lack the capacity to identify and incorporate research results into policy and practice.

To support these officers and acknowledge their unique role in advancing the law enforcement profession, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to create the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholars program and the LEADS Agencies program. The goal of both programs is to empower law enforcement agencies throughout the country to answer many of their own research questions and to proactively integrate existing research into their policies and practices.

 

National Use-of-Force Data Collection

December 3, 2018

Law enforcement use of force has long been a topic of national discussion.  The opportunity to analyze information related to use-of-force incidents and to have an informed dialogue is hindered by the lack of nationwide statistics. To address this topic, representatives from major law enforcement organizations are working in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to develop the National Use-of-Force Data Collection.  With a national data collection, data users can view use-of-force incidents involving law enforcement from a nationwide perspective. The goal of the resulting statistics is not to offer insight into single use-of-force incidents, but to provide an aggregate view of the incidents reported and of the circumstances, subjects, and officers involved.

Body-Worn Cameras in Law Enforcement Agencies

December 3, 2018

In November 2018, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released a new report, Body-Worn Cameras in Law Enforcement Agencies, 2016, that shows that nearly half of state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States had acquired body-worn cameras (BWC) by 2016. According to the report, among the agencies that have acquired BWC, 60 percent of local police departments and 49 percent of sheriffs’ offices had fully deployed their BWCs in 2016.

Law Enforcement Cyber Center: Webinar

December 3, 2018

The Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) is a collaborative project among the National White Collar Crime Center, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Police Executive Research Forum and is funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The LECC was developed to enhance the awareness, expand the education, and build the capacity of justice and public safety agencies to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and respond to cyberthreats and cybercrimes. It is intended to be a national resource for law enforcement and related justice and public safety entities. During this no-cost webinar, participants will review the website and learn about the many valuable resources that can be utilized.

Date:  Thursday, December 13, 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., ET

Crime Gun Intelligence

December 3, 2018

The National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board is a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)-administered body consisting of chiefs of police, forensic laboratory directors, ATF executives, and executives from state and federal prosecutors’ offices. The board advises and makes recommendations on national policy related to crime gun intelligence and issues best practices for local crime gun intelligence programs.   

Recently, the National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board released the document Crime Gun Intelligence: Disrupting the Shooting Cycle to suggest best practices and policy recommendations for departments wanting to implement crime gun intelligence as a part of their overall violent crime strategy.  Crime Gun Intelligence (CGI) utilizes evidence-based technology to provide law enforcement with a unique tool to enhance comprehensive violent-gun-crime strategies. CGI combines all available information on crime guns and shootings to identify and disrupt the shooting cycle and reveals leads not otherwise available to assist in identifying offenders who are illegally purchasing or transferring firearms and the offenders who use them to commit violent crimes.

DOJ Awards Over $56 Million

December 3, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced awards of more than $56 million in grant funding awarded through DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to enhance state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement safety and wellness. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and National Institute of Justice awarded grants to law enforcement departments; local jurisdictions; and training, technical assistance, and research organizations throughout the United States. The funds will be used to provide services designed to protect officers and improve overall public safety.

DOJ is committed to ensuring officer safety. Over the past year, the department has partnered with all levels of law enforcement, local organizations, and members of the community to reduce violent crime and make American neighborhoods safer, including the reinvigoration of Project Safe Neighborhoods.  Recently, the department hosted a law enforcement roundtable and announced funds and technical assistance resources to help law enforcement investigate and prosecute hate crimes. Also, a new grant was announced to provide multidisciplinary, scenario-based active shooter training to help protect and equip first responders across the country.

The National White Collar Crime Center: Online Training

November 26, 2018

The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) provides a nationwide support system for law enforcement and regulatory agencies tasked with the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime.

NW3C offers more than 30 free online training opportunities for law enforcement. These self-paced, interactive online courses cover topics related to cyber investigations, digital forensics, financial crime investigations, and more; and they can be accessed 24/7 from any desktop or laptop computer. Specialized mobile products are also available for your phone or tablet, providing quick access to information on the go. NW3C’s online training is ideal for rural and tribal law enforcement agencies that may not have the budget for travel to on-site classes.

Terror Threat Snapshot: November 2018

November 26, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee recently released November’s Terror Threat Snapshot, a monthly assessment of the committee’s continuing effort to highlight the growing threat that America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists.  The snapshot includes recent developments, plots, attacks, and operations against several Islamist terrorist groups.

Defining and Solving Cold Cases: Webinar

November 26, 2018

Hosted by the Police Foundation, this no-cost webinar will outline how to define and categorize cold cases as well as provide key considerations and strategies for investigators handling cold cases to increase solvability.  This webinar is intended for police departments seeking to increase their understanding of cold case investigations and improve cold case investigative outcomes.

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

COAP Webinar Series: Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Outpatient Clinics

November 26, 2018

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) team, invites you to this no-cost webinar.  This session will highlight lessons learned from six medication-assisted treatment clinics in Florida, which instituted the use of videoconferencing to enhance and expand service delivery. Videoconferencing refers to providing assessment, treatment, and recovery services online.

Date:  November 28, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m., ET

Striking a Balance: Research, Science, and Policing

November 26, 2018

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) established its Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Agencies program to help law enforcement agencies meet these growing expectations.  The program’s objective is to help agencies become more effective through better use of data, analysis, research, and evidence. 

This article provides considerations for the proper application of science and research in police administration. 

2017 Hate Crime Statistics Released

November 19, 2018

On November 13, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released Hate Crime Statistics, 2017, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest compilation regarding bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation. The 2017 data, submitted by 16,149 law enforcement agencies, provides information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes.

In 2017, law enforcement agencies reported 7,175 hate crime incidents, up from 6,121 in 2016.  The incidents included 8,437 offenses motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity. Please note that the UCR Program does not estimate offenses for the jurisdictions of agencies that do not submit reports.

Animal Cruelty as a Gateway Crime

November 19, 2018

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recently released the report Animal Cruelty as a Gateway Crime.  The National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals collaborated with the COPS Office on this report to increase awareness of the dangers of animal cruelty and abuse.  Animal abuse has long been linked with other forms of antisocial behaviors and criminal violence.  It is estimated that animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people, four times more likely to commit property crimes, and three times more likely to have records for drug or disorderly conduct offenses.

This project was designed to build the capacity of all participating law enforcement agencies to recognize that animal cruelty crimes can serve as precursors to more violent crimes, as co-occurring crimes to other types of offenses, and as interrelated crimes to other offenses such as domestic violence and elder abuse. Armed with this knowledge, law enforcement officers can take steps both to solve current crimes and to prevent future crimes.

Using Emergency Declarations to Address the Opioid Epidemic

November 19, 2018

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices recently released a white paper, Using Emergency Declarations to Address the Opioid Epidemic: Lessons Learned From States.  This paper provides details on how states have used their emergency powers to provide governors with new avenues to enhance their capabilities, coordination, and collaboration across state and local agencies to inform opioid response efforts. The following eight states have activated their emergency powers in response to the opioid epidemic: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Evidence-Based Policing: A Practical Approach

November 19, 2018

During this no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse and sponsored by the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners, justice practitioners will learn how the National Institute of Justice is developing a framework for evidence-based policing that is rigorous and practical. It identifies the types of data, analysis, research, and evidence that any law enforcement agency should want to have to be as effective as possible.

Date:  November 27, 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

New Active Shooter Standard

November 19, 2018

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has created the NFPA 3000TM (PS) Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program.  This new provisional standard from the NFPA 3000TM (PS) addresses all aspects of community response to an active shooter, from identifying hazards and assessing vulnerability to planning, resource management, incident management at a command level, competencies for first responders, and recovery. It applies to all communities regardless of size or geographic location.

The standard is based on four main principles: unified command, integrated response, planned recovery, and whole community involvement.

Active Shooter Training for First Responders

November 13, 2018

On November 1, 2018, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University announced an $8.7 million grant to provide multidisciplinary, scenario-based active shooter training to first responders across the country.

The ALERRT program will provide in-person training to an estimated 15,000 first responders, in addition to the 9,000 individuals who received the training in 2017. 

2018 National Drug Threat Assessment

November 13, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, recently released the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, which is a comprehensive strategic assessment of the threat posed to the United States by domestic and international drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs. The report combines federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement reporting; public health data; open source reporting; and intelligence from other government agencies to determine which substances and criminal organizations represent the greatest threat to the United States. 

Justice Reinvestment Initiative Solicitation Announcement

November 13, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for tribal, state and local jurisdictions to participate in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative grant program. This program furthers the Department’s mission to prevent and respond to crime and other public safety-related problems.

Every justice agency has a role to play in simultaneously preventing crime, apprehending and prosecuting perpetrators, facilitating appropriate sentencing and treatment, and preserving communities’ security. BJA offers this grant program, Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Reducing Violent Crime by Improving Justice System Performance, for sites to apply and expand the Justice Reinvestment approach to identify and respond to crime and other public safety problems, explore innovative and cost-saving strategies, and to reinvest in strategies that can decrease crime and reduce recidivism. This approach will help build the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to analyze, identify, and respond to drivers of both violent crime and high costs (Category 1) and to test innovative tools to facilitate coordinated information sharing and analysis among justice partners (Category 2).

Intelligence-Driven Strategies: Creating an Integrated Approach for Justice Agencies

November 13, 2018

During this no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, justice practitioners will gain a better understanding of how security is enhanced and crime reduced through intelligence-driven strategies.

Attendees, whether narcotics detectives, gang intelligence officers, jail administrators, or patrol deputies, will learn some of the modern-practical applications that harness the power from knowledge produced by the convergence of the latest intelligence methodologies and technologies.

Key questions to be answered in the session:

  • What are the real-world applications of technology in generating actionable intelligence in correctional and law enforcement environments?

  • What are the critical success factors associated with implementing intelligence-led philosophies (e.g., best practices and lessons learned)?

  • How can facilities or departments of any size or level of expertise leverage technology to manage the intelligence cycle and stay ahead of the latest trends?

Date:  Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Roll Call Mental Health Training: Video Training Series

November 13, 2018

The Guidance Center, in partnership with three California law enforcement agencies—the Long Beach Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department—has developed a no-cost, Web-based, video training series to assist law enforcement officers in readily identifying the signs of mental illness in the field and equip them with the tools to safely and effectively address these encounters.

The series includes eight, 7- to 10-minute videos, formatted to be shown during roll call, before the officers go into the field.  Topics include nonviolent de-escalation tactics, how to assess serious mental illness, potential suicides, strategies for children, understanding autism, writing effective holds, and self-care.

DOJ Announces Millions in Funding to Battle the Distribution of Opioids and to Assist Children Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

November 5, 2018

In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses, an increase from the 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of these deaths can be attributed to opioids, including illicit fentanyl and its analogues.

At the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Opioid Summit on October 25, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced $35 million in funding to support law enforcement agencies in combating the illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription opioids and another $35 million to establish new programs to provide services to child victims of the opioid crisis.  DOJ also recently announced a total of almost $320 million in unprecedented funding to combat the opioid crisis in America.

Risk Management in Law Enforcement

November 5, 2018

In the course of executing their duties, law enforcement agencies are vulnerable to costly lawsuits by officers and community members for claims of misconduct, harm, or violation of rights—lawsuits that can undermine not only the financial security of the agencies but also the well-being of the officers and the public they serve. To help law enforcement identify and minimize these risks, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Strategic Applications International convened a forum that included representatives of labor unions, local government, law enforcement agencies, and the community.

This report, which details the discussions of the forum, covers all aspects of risk management, including departmental leadership's role, recruitment policies, and police-community relations.

Report on Alerting Tactics

November 5, 2018

The Alerting Tactics, produced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, is designed to provide recommendations on effective combinations of alerting tactics for various incident types based on lessons learned from practitioners. This report examines:

  • Nationwide alert originator best practices for reaching communities.

  • Effective combinations of current and emerging alerting tools and practices to improve overall public response.

  • Considerations for integrating future technologies (e.g., advanced sensor alerting) and technology platforms (e.g., Next Generation Television [Next Gen TV]) to address current alerting gaps and challenges. 

Library of Byrne JAG Promising Programs

November 5, 2018

The Library of Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Promising Programs contains examples of promising programs in all 50 states and Washington, DC, funded by Byrne JAG in calendar year 2016. This library demonstrates how JAG is invested in other jurisdictions to help users generate ideas and potentially replicate promising programs in such focus areas as law enforcement, drug treatment and enforcement, prevention and education, and mental health.

Each library entry contains a program description and links to related agencies, program information, and other resources. Users can browse the full library, search by keyword, or filter entries by purpose area, project type, or state.

Promising Strategies for Strengthening Homicide Investigations

November 5, 2018

With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Police Executive Research Forum conducted a multiyear project to assess homicide investigation practices in five cities:  Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, and Pittsburgh. The project sites were chosen based on criteria that included a recent rise in homicide rates, homicide clearance rates that were decreasing and/or below the national average, and a commitment by the police departments’ leaders to improving homicide investigation procedures.  This report summarizes the lessons learned from those studies.

Center for Task Force Training™ (CenTF) Critical Components of Task Force Success: Webinar Series

October 29, 2018

The Center for Task Force Training™ (CenTF) is proud to continue its 2018 webinar series.  These no-cost webinars cover key strategies that are critical to task force operations in today’s law enforcement environment. 

The next webinar in the series is titled Challenges in Combating the Opioid Epidemic.  This webinar will address the challenges facing multijurisdictional task forces and their communities as they fight growing opioid trafficking and abuse.  The discussion will include best practices for organizing and maintaining an opioid task force, building effective partnerships between law enforcement and the community, and how to identify and partner with other public safety efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

Date:  October 29, 2018

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

Marijuana’s Impact on California

October 29, 2018

The California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area recently released a report on the impact that the legalization of marijuana for medical use has had in California, as well as the impacts of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  The report details the increased use of marijuana by teens and young adults, the increase in drivers testing positive for marijuana who are involved in a fatal car crash, and other issues that California is seeing as it relates to marijuana.

U.S. Department of Justice Smashes Records for Violent Crime, Gun Crime, Illegal Immigration Prosecutions, Increases Drug and White Collar Prosecutions

October 29, 2018

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) charged the largest number of violent crime and firearm defendants in its history.  According to data from the Executive Office of United States Attorneys (EOUSA), the number of defendants charged with criminal felony offenses increased by nearly 15 percent from more than 71,200 defendants in FY 2017 to more than 81,800 in FY 2018. 

In FY 2018, DOJ charged the largest number of violent crime defendants since EOUSA started to track this category more than 25 years ago (more than 16,800)—surpassing by nearly 15 percent the previous record set last year.  During this same period, DOJ charged more than 15,300 defendants with federal firearms offenses, which is 17 percent more than the previous record.

A Message to Law Enforcement From the Office of Justice Programs

October 29, 2018

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America and providing grants for the implementation of these crime-fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers.  To this end, OJP recently released a video describing its available resources, which are dedicated to giving law enforcement professionals the tools they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.

2017 National Network of Fusion Centers: Final Report

October 29, 2018

The National Network of Fusion Centers Final Report documents the results of the annual Fusion Center Assessment. The assessment provides a comprehensive picture of the performance of the National Network of Fusion Centers, measures the effectiveness of Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funding, and guides partners to focus on mission areas with the greatest potential benefit.

Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide

October 22, 2018

Developed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, this guide is intended to identify the critical elements of violent crime reduction efforts and to put before the law enforcement community a sample of the remarkable array of programs, services, and assistance available from the U.S. Department of Justice. This guide recognizes the complex challenges confronting today's law enforcement executives and offers ideas on how to approach the extraordinarily difficult problem of developing effective tactics and strategies to deal with those challenges.

DHS Develops Terrorism Prevention Research Findings

October 22, 2018

To counter the continually growing and changing threat of violent extremism, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has developed a free and publicly accessible research findings dashboard that hosts more than 1,500 catalogued research documents on terrorism prevention and countering violent extremism.  This dashboard is an agile, multidisciplinary knowledge‑based capability that helps to systematically develop a landscape of the existing research in this topic area across multiple disciplines, including social and behavioral science.

Cyber Exploits—Understand the Threat

October 22, 2018

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) has developed an online Cyber Training Series designed to increase understanding of the broader categories of cyber-attacks.  It introduces specific terminology and real-world applications in three modules:

  • Cyber Explore—Fundamentals of Cyber: Designed for professionals new to the cyber realm. 

  • Cyber Aware—Anatomy of a Hack:  Designed to demonstrate to users where network and system vulnerabilities may be while helping them to understand common hacking methods.

  • Cyber Exploits—Understand the Threat: Designed to increase understanding of the broader categories of cyber-attacks.  It introduces specific terminology and real-world applications so that users can recognize the threat when they see it.

Crime in the United States 2017

October 22, 2018

In late September 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released the 2017 Crime Statistics.  After two consecutive years of increases, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 0.2 percent in 2017 when compared with 2016 data. Property crimes dropped 3.0 percent, marking the 15th consecutive year that the collective estimates for these offenses declined.

The Crime Data Explorer (CDE) is an interactive online tool that enables law enforcement, media representatives, academia, and the public to easily search for and find data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system.

Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science Programs - Strategic Research Plan 2018–2023

October 22, 2018

The Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Program develops the research capacity of midcareer law enforcement personnel who are committed to advancing and integrating science into law enforcement policies and practice. 

The National Institute of Justice developed the LEADS Strategic Plan for 2016–2013 to describe its current and projected efforts to increase the use of evidence and science in law enforcement and to support practitioner-led research.  This document will be of interest to researchers (academia, government, and law enforcement); federal, state, and local government partners; and stakeholders in the justice system.

First Responder Burnout Prevention

October 8, 2018

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) team, is hosting a no-cost webinar to discuss first-responder burnout prevention.  This session will examine the causes of burnout with consideration given to stresses arising from response to the opioid epidemic.

Panelists will discuss:

  • Methods to identify burnout in first responders or their partners.

  • Impact of responding to a public health problem that is chronic in nature.

  • Stress that arises from responding to calls involving critical incidents/accidents.

  • Collateral consequences of the opioid epidemic regarding the abuse and neglect of children.

Date:  October 11, 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET

Overdose: Case Study and Resource

October 8, 2018

Fentanyl is a dangerous, powerful Schedule II narcotic responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths within the United States. The threat of fentanyl is real and is not limited to drug users.  It also poses a threat to law enforcement, public health works, and first responders who could unknowingly come into contact with the narcotic. 

The Alameda County, California, Narcotics Task Force was recently highlighted in a news story following firsthand use of naloxone/NARCAN® to save a task force member’s life.  In the video, Northern California HIDTA Director Mike Sena encourages first responders to expand the use of naloxone/NARCAN® and the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) in the field. 

ODMAP provides real-time overdose surveillance data across jurisdictions to support public safety and health efforts to mobilize an immediate response to an overdose spike.  It links first responders on scene to a mapping tool to track overdoses, stimulating real-time response and strategic analysis across jurisdictions. 

ODMAP:  http://www.hidta.org/odmap/

National Risk Management Center

October 8, 2018

In response to the increasingly complex threat environment and the corresponding demand from industry for greater integrated support from the U.S. federal government, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is refocusing its analysis and planning capabilities by establishing the National Risk Management Center (NRMC).  The NRMC provides a centralized home for collaborative, sector-specific, and cross-sector risk management efforts to better protect critical infrastructure.

2018 Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace

October 8, 2018

In July 2018, the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) released its 2018 Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace report, which highlights current threats and future trends in foreign intelligence efforts to steal U.S. intellectual property, trade secrets, and proprietary information via cyberspace.

Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems by Law Enforcement Agencies

October 8, 2018

The Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC) has added an expanded subsite specific to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to JUSTNET, the website of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System.  As a program of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the NLECTC System is the conduit between researchers and criminal justice professionals in the field for technology issues.

JTIC staff members designed the UAS home page to showcase video content and provide direct links to a new page of agency success stories, frequently asked questions about public safety and UAS, and information on how an agency can start a UAS program. The new subsite also features an updated collection of resource materials and publications. 

National Public Safety Partnership

October 1, 2018

The National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) was established in June 2017 under the direction of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  PSP serves as a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)-wide program that enables cities to consult with and receive coordinated training and technical assistance and an array of resources from DOJ to enhance local violence reduction strategies.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance recently highlighted the PSP site Birmingham, Alabama, as a success story where the promise of PSP is working - https://www.bja.gov/SuccessStory/PSP-Birmingham-All-the-tools-in-the-toolbox-approach-turns-a-city-around.html

PSP Website - https://www.nationalpublicsafetypartnership.org/Home#home

Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center

October 1, 2018

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) is a training and technical assistance (TTA) resource to help state, local, and tribal justice agencies achieve safer communities.

BJA NTTAC’s TTA is designed to meet the unique needs of criminal justice practitioners and agencies.  BJA NTTAC’s TTA services include:

  • Assistance implementing evidence-based programs
  • Curriculum development
  • Data analysis
  • Classroom and virtual training
  • Research and information requests
  • Strategic planning assistance

National Cyber Strategy

October 1, 2018

On September 20, 2018, The White House released the 2018 National Cyber Strategy, outlining the steps the federal government is taking to advance an open, secure, interoperable, and reliable cyberspace.  The strategy focuses on hardening federal cybersecurity and deterring malicious actors from launching digital attacks against the United States. The strategy offers four overarching goals: improve national security; boost the digital economy; combat cyberthreats; and advocate for Internet freedom.

Responding to Persons Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

October 1, 2018

This series of publications from the International Association of Chiefs of Police offers guidelines for law enforcement officers responding to situations involving individuals reasonably believed to be persons in crisis. The series addresses how officers can best make judgments regarding the mental state and intent of individuals and offers model policies for the use of special skills, techniques, and abilities to effectively and appropriately resolve situations while minimizing violence.

VALOR Officer Safety

October 1, 2018

The VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program recently launched an update to the VALOR Officer Safety mobile app.  With a contemporary look and an array of additional features, the VALOR Officer Safety app is more prepared than ever to provide law enforcement officers with cutting-edge training. 

Users can stay connected with the VALOR Program through the app and will receive important VALOR Program information through announcements, access links to all of VALOR’s social media accounts, and be able to view upcoming VALOR trainings that are open for registration.

Below Ten: Combating Drugs, Guns, and Human Trafficking at the U.S. Southwest Border

September 24, 2018

Developed by Strategic Applications International and sponsored by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Below Ten project was designed to apply community policing principles to the unique crime challenges faced by communities on the southwestern border of the United States.  It focuses on three cities located on or below Interstate 10—Nogales, Arizona; Pharr, Texas; and San Diego, California—and their efforts to respond to a wide range of problems related to guns, drugs, and human trafficking.

Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators

September 24, 2018

Released by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), this booklet provides indicators of violent extremist mobilization.  These indicators are intended to provide a road map of observable behaviors that could inform whether individuals or groups are preparing to engage in violent extremist activities.  The indicators are grouped by their assessed levels of diagnosticity—meaning how clearly NCTC judges the behavior demonstrates an individual’s trajectory toward terrorist activity.

Terror Threat Snapshot: September 2018

September 24, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee recently released September’s Terror Threat Snapshot, a monthly assessment of the committee’s continuing effort to highlight the growing threat that America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists.  The snapshot includes recent developments, plots, attacks, and operations against several Islamist terrorist groups.

Police Data Initiative: Law Enforcement Open Data Sets

September 24, 2018

The Police Data Initiative promotes the use of open data to encourage joint problem solving, innovation, enhanced understanding, and accountability between communities and law enforcement agencies that serve them.  The site provides a consolidated and interactive listing of open and soon-to-be-opened data sets that more than 130 local law enforcement agencies have identified as important to their communities.  The site provides critical and timely resources, including technical guidance; best practices; success stories; how-to articles; and links to related efforts.

National Gang Violence Prevention Week

September 24, 2018

On September 14, 2018, President Donald J. Trump proclaimed the week of September 16 through September 22, 2018, as “National Gang Violence Prevention Week.”  He noted that the Department of Justice is partnering with state, local, and tribal law enforcement to bolster efforts to combat criminal gangs through comprehensive violent crime reduction initiatives, such as Project Safe Neighborhoods.   

The National Gang Center is a DOJ-funded resource for current information, training, and technical assistance to assist law enforcement and communities with gang reduction. National Gang Center:  https://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/

Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program

September 17, 2018

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)-supported Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) Resource Center is an online one-stop shop for information about the COAP initiative.  

On September 20, 2018, COAP will host the “Strategies for Reaching Overdose Survivors, Including Peer Support” webinar. This webinar will introduce nontraditional responses to overdoses with a focus on the use of peer support specialists—individuals with lived experience who are themselves in recovery.             

Date:   September 20, 2018

Time:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m., ET

Webinar Registration:  https://registration.iir.com/COAP/7715

The National Fusion Center Association - Annual Training Event

September 17, 2018

The National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) will host its 2018 Annual Training Event at the Hilton Mark Center Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, on November 6–8.

It is anticipated that more than 700 fusion center employees, as well as federal and local partners, will come together to share innovative ideas and business practices for enhancing fusion center capabilities and the National Network’s contribution to public safety.  Experts will provide in-depth instruction on a wide variety of topics to include cybersecurity, domestic terrorism, federal partner collaboration, private sector engagement, and social media monitoring.

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: 48 Hours and Beyond: Webinar

September 17, 2018

Sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Center, this webinar will discuss the transition from short- to long-term assistance; how to execute productive outreach plans; understanding immediate/acute, intermediate/transitional, and long-term needs of survivors; how to honor victims and survivors; and how to get involved in exercise planning.

Campus Safety Special Feature

September 17, 2018

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service has released the Campus Safety Special Feature, highlighting resources from the Office of Justice Programs and other federal sources regarding crime and safety on college and university campuses. The website provides access to reports regarding crime and safety on campus. 

Perceptions of Methamphetamine in Indian Country

September 17, 2018

The Office of Community Orientated Policing Services (COPS) has released a report titled Perceptions of Methamphetamine in Indian Country: Interviews With Service Providers in Ten Western Tribes.  The purpose of this study was to determine the nature, extent, and effects of methamphetamine trafficking, distribution, and manufacturing in Indian country.  A further goal was to determine what, if any, other illegal drugs or substances posed problems for tribal agencies and the programs and policies that are needed to help solve this complex public safety problem. 

Fentanyl Safety for First Responders

September 10, 2018

Our nation’s first responders—including law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services (EMS) providers—are increasingly likely to encounter fentanyl and other synthetic opioids during the course of their daily activities, such as responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests, and searches.

To help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered, a Federal Interagency Working Group coordinated by the White House National Security Council developed a resource titled Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

Informed by expertise from the medical, public health, law enforcement, fire/EMS, and occupational safety and health disciplines, and developed in collaboration with 24 other stakeholder associations and organizations, these science-based recommendations include the following:

  • Actions first responders can take to protect themselves from exposure

  • Actions first responders can take when exposure occurs

  • Actions first responders can take when they or their partners exhibit signs of intoxication

Fentanyl: The Real Deal - Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Yc9lSaSKls

Civilian Oversight of the Police in Major Cities

September 10, 2018

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) collaborated with the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) to conduct a survey of MCCA member agencies to develop a better understanding of oversight programs in their various forms, how they have evolved over time, and the challenges to implementing them.  Since the 1950s, when civilian oversight was first implemented in some American police departments, its use has grown and a variety of new forms have developed.  Established to improve community relations, enhance transparency, and increase accountability, all of these programs have the ultimate goal of improving the quality of local policing and thereby increasing public safety.

This publication discusses the results of that survey and the outcome of the roundtable held to discuss it, providing an overview of civilian oversight in major city police agencies.

Practical Approaches to Sustaining Innovative Policing Initiatives - Webinar September 13, 2018

September 10, 2018

The Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) program is a collaborative effort among the Bureau of Justice Assistance, CNA, state and local law enforcement agencies, and researchers.  SPI will present a webinar titled “Practical Approaches to Sustaining Innovative Policing Initiatives.” This online, interactive seminar will engage the law enforcement community, along with state and local government officials, on how SPI sites are planning and sustaining innovative initiatives. Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of thinking and planning for program sustainment from the beginning of the project as well as hear from SPI sites that are in various phases of project implementation and sustainment.

Date:  Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: The First 24 to 48 Hours - Webinar September 13, 2018

September 10, 2018

Sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Center, this webinar will discuss steps to execute a response plan, including what to expect during response committee meetings, communication strategies, factors to consider when setting up a Family Assistance Center, challenges with victim identification and death notifications, and key elements of volunteer and donation management.

Date:  Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time:  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., ET

Effective Mechanisms for Violent Gang Task Force Management - Webinar September 17, 2018

September 10, 2018

This webinar, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will focus on the importance of leveraging multijurisdictional criminal justice partnerships. It will also explore how to gain and sustain agency support of the task force’s mission.  The discussion will include best practices for hiring and training task force personnel and how to identify the type of experts who should be sought when developing a violent gang task force.  In addition, ways to identify major violent street gangs and how to target specific community needs in combating gang violence will be discussed.

Date:  Monday, September 17, 2018

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

From CitiStat to GunStat: A Data-Driven Strategy to Address Gun Crime

September 4, 2018

The Police Foundation, in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is hosting a webinar on a data-driven strategy to address gun crime.  CitiStat was a data-driven management strategy designed to monitor and improve the performance of all city services in real time and was founded on the core concepts of CompStat.  As gun crime became prioritized within the process, the CitiStat model was utilized to focus solely on the targeted enforcement and prosecution of felony gun crimes; soon it became known on a national level as GunStat. Police departments and prosecutor’s offices across the country have implemented GunStat programs, which provide real-time information to police and prosecutors about felony gun cases as they progress through the criminal justice system. 

This webinar is intended for jurisdictions across the country that are seeking to implement or improve an existing GunStat program to address precipitous increases in gun crime.

Date:  Thursday, September 6, 2018, 2:00 p.m., ET.

Ethics Toolkit: The International Association of Chiefs of Police Resource

September 4, 2018

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Ethics Toolkit is designed to provide guidance, instructional assistance, and resources to chief executives, planners, instructors, supervisors, and officers on the topic of ethics in policing.  Law enforcement administrators agree that upholding professional ethics and integrity is critically important for the profession.  From reports and articles to relevant training opportunities, this resource offers material devoted to achieving and maintaining the highest levels of ethical standards while it ensures continual relevancy to modern policing.

Making It Safer: A Study of Law Enforcement Fatalities Between 2010–2016

September 4, 2018

The report Making It Safer: A Study of Law Enforcement Fatalities Between 2010–2016 was released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) to support law enforcement by providing an in-depth analysis of cases involving line-of-duty deaths and, through that research, to make policing safer.  The information developed through this detailed analysis is meant to enact change, augment current policies, improve training curricula, and increase awareness of current trends contributing to law enforcement deaths and injuries.

This report encompasses a seven-year study from 2010 to 2016 that analyzed 1,016 line-of-duty deaths. Armed with this information, researchers were tasked with determining whether any commonalities existed that could be utilized as learning tools to prevent future deadly calls or fatal encounters.

Podcast:  https://cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2370

Using Shotguns as Less-Lethal Weapons

September 4, 2018

In 2017, when the Corvallis, Oregon, Police Department moved away from everyday use of shotguns in favor of patrol rifles, it decided to repurpose its 12-guage pump-action shotguns for use as less-lethal weapons.  The shotguns were fitted with orange stocks labeled “less-lethal” and orange fore-ends.  The department uses a less-lethal shotgun round made of a polymer material that is designed to “pancake,” or flatten on impact. The shells of the ammunition are transparent, with an orange band and label for high visibility.

50-State Report on Public Safety

September 4, 2018

With support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center has released the “50-State Report on Public Safety.”  This Web-based resource combines data analyses with practical examples to help policymakers craft impactful strategies to address their states’ specific public safety challenges.

This resource features more than 300 data visualizations comparing crime, recidivism, and state correctional practices across all 50 states. The report couples these data with the latest research on strategies that work to improve public safety and more than 100 examples of public safety innovations drawn from every state in the country. With three core goals, 12 strategies, and 37 action items, the report provides a playbook that policymakers can customize to tackle the issues most relevant to their communities.

Practical Approaches to Sustaining Innovative Policing Initiatives

August 24, 2018

The Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) program is a collaborative effort among the Bureau of Justice Assistance, CNA, state and local law enforcement agencies, and researchers.  On September 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., ET, SPI will present a webinar titled “Practical Approaches to Sustaining Innovative Policing Initiatives.”  This online, interactive seminar will engage the law enforcement community, along with state and local government officials, on how SPI sites are planning and sustaining new innovations. Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of thinking of and planning for program sustainment from the beginning of the project as well as hear from SPI sites that are in various phases of project implementation and sustainment.

OJJDP Extends Deadlines for Gang Suppression Funding Opportunities

August 24, 2018

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has extended the application period for the following FY2018 funding opportunities:

The OJJDP FY 2018 Gang Suppression Planning Grants Program is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) suite of programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime.  The PSN suite is composed of several initiatives, including Strategies for Policing Innovation, Innovative Prosecution Solutions, Crime Gun Intelligence Centers, and the National Public Safety Partnership.  These initiatives will coordinate proactively with the PSN team in the district of the respective U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) to enhance collaboration and strengthen commitment to reducing violent crime.  Applicants must demonstrate this coordination with their USAO districts’ PSN teams in their submissions. 

New Deadline:  October 4, 2018

Terror Threat Snapshot - August 2018

August 24, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee recently released August’s Terror Threat Snapshot, a monthly assessment of the committee’s continuing effort to highlight the growing threat that America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists.  The snapshot includes recent developments, plots, attacks, and operations against several Islamist terrorist groups.

Operation Darkness Falls: Arrest of One of the Most Prolific Dark Net Fentanyl Vendors in the World

August 24, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced several arrests, charges, and guilty pleas as a result of “Operation Darkness Falls,” a joint operation targeting people and organizations that sell fentanyl and other drugs over the dark net. 

According to court documents, Matthew Roberts and Holly Roberts, both 35 and of San Antonio, Texas, were charged earlier this year with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and other crimes.  The Roberts created and operated several dark net marketplace accounts, including MH4LIFE, TRAPPEDINTIME, FASTFORWARD, and MRHIGH4LIFE. They operated these accounts on dark net marketplace websites including Dream Market, Silk Road, AlphaBay, Darknet Heroes League, Nucleus, and several others.  They used these accounts between 2011 and May 12, 2018, to possess and distribute fentanyl, MethoxyAcetylFentanyl (MAF), other fentanyl analogues, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA, LSD, marijuana, Xanax, Oxycodone, and other drugs.  MH4LIFE had the highest number of verified transactions worldwide of any fentanyl vendor based upon a review of Dream Market.

Learning Lessons From the School Attack That Didn't Happen—The Police Foundation’s Averted School Violence Database

August 24, 2018

Webinar:

Sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice, and the Police Foundation, this webinar will provide an overview of the Averted School Violence database and project.  Presenters will discuss the training provided in schools to help identify behavior that can lead to violence.

Date:  August 29, 2018

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

New National Fusion Center Association Video

August 17, 2018

“Fusion Centers and Preventing Threats to the Homeland” is the second in a series of videos to be developed by the Florida Fusion Center, highlighting the numerous functions and successes of fusion centers across the nation.

Protecting the homeland by preventing and mitigating threats is a key function of fusion centers.  This video describes the role fusion centers play in developing partnerships and collaborating across sectors and industries to stay ahead of and mitigate threats, including identifying indicators and behaviors that are a part of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative.  The video also highlights the importance of collecting, analyzing, and sharing information across jurisdictions and specializations nationwide.

The video is available on the National Criminal Intelligence Resource Center and is intended for use by fusion centers and partners throughout the Fusion Center Network.  It may be downloaded for use in presentations or for other fusion center purposes.

“Harmonizing Police Technology Acquisitions With Policing Strategy”

August 17, 2018

For police agencies, a major technology acquisition can be a change agent that elevates operations while building trust within communities.  But when police technology choices are not sufficiently integrated with a department’s overall policing strategy, inefficiency and disappointed expectations can follow, according to a new study supported by the National Institute of Justice.  Researchers found that a complex and varied set of factors typically drives police technology acquisition decisions—but often the department’s policing philosophy or strategy is not one of them.

The research team made recommendations for developing a better police technology model, including:

  • Incorporate evidence-based research to link the technology to the agency’s goals, organizational culture, and policing strategies.

  • Include technology considerations in strategic planning.

  • Encourage collaboration between agency decision makers and technology experts on technology decisions.

An essential takeaway from the study is that law enforcement agencies should have a robust internal technology evaluation process.

Arlington, TX: A Community Policing Story—A Guide for Law Enforcement and Community Screenings

August 17, 2018

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has released the resource titled “Arlington, TX: A Community Policing Story—A Guide for Law Enforcement and Community Screenings.”  The guide is designed to assist law enforcement and community groups in facilitating screenings and discussions of the 28-minute film Not in Our Town—Arlington, TX:  A Community Policing Story.  Produced in collaboration with the COPS Office, the film follows the Arlington, Texas, Police Department as it navigates its own series of tragedies: a gang-related death, an officer-involved shooting death of two teens, and the deaths of five officers ambushed in the neighboring city of Dallas, Texas.

This guide provides discussion questions and tips for organizing internal law enforcement agency and community screenings, information about procedural justice and legitimacy, and supplemental resources.  Used together, the film and guide can help agencies work together with personnel and community members to initiate conversations about trust building, procedural justice, and institutional legitimacy to improve relationships between police and the communities they serve.

“Recent Violent Crime Trends in the United States”

August 17, 2018

In June 2018, the Congressional Research Service released the report “Recent Violent Crime Trends in the United States.”  This resource provides an analysis of changes in violent crime since 1960, with a focus on changes from 2014 to 2016 in violent crime and homicide rates in the 48 largest cities in the United States for which violent crime and homicide data were submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.  The results of the analysis suggest the following:

  • At the national level, violent crime and homicide rates increased from 2014 to 2015 and again from 2015 to 2016, but both rates remain near historical lows.

  • Violent crime and homicide rates for the 48 largest cities in the United States with available data generally followed national-level trends, with some exceptions.  Some of the largest cities in the United States saw increases in violent crime rates, homicide rates, or both from 2014 to 2015 and/or from 2015 to 2016.  For some of these cities, violent crime or homicide rates were the highest they have been in the past 20 years.

  • In smaller communities, violent crime and homicide rates also increased from 2014 to 2015 and again from 2015 to 2016, although not as much as in the largest cities.

The report also provides a review of research on whether increases in violent crime in some cities can be attributed to a “Ferguson effect” and concludes with a discussion about select policy options that Congress could consider for providing assistance to cities experiencing increases in violent crime.

Incident Response Tool for Schools Webinar

August 17, 2018

On August 23, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)-funded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program will host the "Internet Crimes Against Children/iKeepSafe Incident Response Tool for Schools" webinar.  This webinar will discuss a free resource designed to help schools respond to technology-related incidents, including cyberbullying, sexting, hacking, and threats of violence.  The webinar will identify how school officials can use this tool to work with law enforcement and other stakeholders to investigate and develop responses to all types of technology-related incidents.

Preparing and Responding to Cyberbullying: Tips for Law Enforcement:  http://www.theiacp.org/Portals/0/documents/pdfs/IACP_NCMEC_OJJDP_CyberbullyingTipCardforLawEnforcement.pdf

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Publishes International Child Kidnapping Guide for Law Enforcement

August 14, 2018

The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention published these guidelines to help law enforcement agencies prevent and respond to cases of international kidnapping of a child by a noncustodial parent.

In 2017, more than 900 cases of international kidnapping of children across 59 countries were reported to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues. Law enforcement agencies play a critical role in the prevention and resolution of international parental kidnapping.

 A Law Enforcement Guide on International Parental Kidnapping describes law enforcement agencies’ role as initial responders and investigators of kidnapping crimes; discusses applicable laws and legal remedies for child recovery and reunification; and outlines considerations for criminal prosecution and extradition of offenders.

U.S. Department of Justice Announces $3.4 Billion in Grants to Aid Crime Victims Nationwide

August 14, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced awards totaling more than $3.4 billion to fund thousands of local victim assistance programs across the country and to help compensate victims in every state for crime-related losses. Distributed through two grant programs administered by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), a component of the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, the awards surpass every other single-year grant amount in the program’s 34-year history.  The grants are supported by the Crime Victims Fund, a repository of federal criminal fines, fees, and special assessments. The fund includes zero tax dollars.   

Most of the funds—more than $3.3 billion—are being awarded to states under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program and will support local government and community-based victim services. In 2017, VOCA grants funded more than 6,700 local organizations across the country. Over the last two years, VOCA-funded programs have reached more than 5.2 million victims, providing services ranging from emergency shelter and transportation to crisis counseling, long-term therapy, and civil legal assistance.     

Researchers Improve Accuracy by Combining Testing Methods for Emerging Recreational Drugs

August 14, 2018

Recreational drug use has been transformed in recent years by an extraordinary surge of psychoactive substances.  National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-funded researchers from West Chester University of Pennsylvania developed a drug-testing process designed to assist forensic laboratories in more easily and accurately identifying a host of emerging recreational drugs. 

The research team, led by forensic chemist Monica Joshi, chose 30 substances from five classes of psychoactive drugs; each was studied using common reagents (substances that cause a chemical reaction), and, based on the reagent analysis, several were then studied with infrared spectroscopy.  The combination of standard microcrystal tests, which rely on visual description of the crystals, and the infrared method showed that for forensic labs, "there is greater value in combination of the two techniques . . . than use of either of them alone." 

One of the goals of the project was to establish an online reference library of the microcrystals studied for use by forensic investigators. 

National Association for Justice Information Systems’ 39th Annual Conference

August 14, 2018

The National Association for Justice Information Systems (NAJIS) Annual Conference draws a broad cross-section of participants from across the country, including attendees from rural and urban jurisdictions, national associations, and representatives from agencies with large and small operating criminal justice budgets.  The conference offers an opportunity for attendees to learn, network, and share emerging trends along with best practices aimed to help improve the efficiency of government through information sharing. 

Attendees will learn about a range of topics related to justice information sharing efforts and how criminal justice practitioners and cross-functional partners are accomplishing extraordinary things together. 

  • October 8–11, 2018, Boulder, Colorado

    Registration Cost: $595 early registration (offer ends on August 15, 2018)

Policing the Connected World

August 14, 2018

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using social network analysis (SNA) to understand the organization and relationships of gangs and other criminal networks and to analyze data that can be used to focus crime-prevention efforts.  This report details the implementation of an SNA program developed by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in partnership with Yale University.  

Created as part of a violence–prevention initiative in New Haven, Connecticut, the Project Longevity SNA program emphasizes the value of community collaboration in the gathering of critical information, such as the locations and membership of these types of groups.  Noting that transparency and community involvement in data collection encourages community support, the report also describes the benefits of focused deterrence activities that reduce arrests and increase efficiency.  In addition to a detailed introduction to SNA and the ways it can be adapted to community and law enforcement needs, this report provides examples of SNA strategies used in other cities and practical guidelines for implementation.

Crime Gun Intelligence Center Resources Now Available

August 6, 2018

The Police Foundation and its partners through its National Resource and Technical Assistance Center (NRTAC) for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations initiative have developed a series of templates on key local Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) documents relevant to the development and activities of the local CGIC.   These templates were designed and developed by retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and prosecutor subject exerts, based off of existing CGIC materials already in use by high-performing local CGICs across the country.  These include a sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with all CGIC partners, a firearm recovery form, a National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) lead packet, and a gunshot detection door hanger.  The templates can be modified to fit specific agency needs.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, National Bulk Cash Smuggling Center

August 6, 2018

 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) National Bulk Cash Smuggling Center (BCSC) identifies, investigates, and disrupts bulk cash smuggling activities around the world.  The center assists federal, state, tribal, local, and foreign law enforcement authorities in their efforts to restrict the flow of funding that supports criminal enterprises.  It provides real-time tactical intelligence and investigative support and expertise in the transportation and smuggling of bulk cash.  By contacting the BCSC, law enforcement officers gain access to financial investigative expertise that will help them better follow the money trail and seize and forfeit criminal proceeds.

The BCSC provides more than expertise and support. Qualified law enforcement agencies may participate in equitable sharing arrangements from assets seized during bulk cash smuggling investigations.  Those agencies will have access to investigative and forensic resources that may not be otherwise available.  The center also disseminates a weekly electronic newsletter, The C-Note, which contains information and trends related to bulk cash smuggling.

For further information on the BCSC or to sign up for C-Note, please contact the center at BCSC@dhs.gov or (866) 981-5332.  C-Note is also available on HSIN-Intel

Center for Internet Security

August 6, 2018

The Center for Internet Security® (CIS) is home to both the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC)—the go-to resource for cyberthreat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities—and the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center™ (EI-ISAC), which supports the cybersecurity needs of U.S. state, local, and territorial election offices.  CIS information is available on the IACP Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) Website which contains a variety of information on cybersecurity best practices, tools, and threats.  

Report of the Attorney General’s Cyber Digital Task Force Released

August 6, 2018

U.S. Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions recently announced the public release of a report produced by the AG’s Cyber-Digital Task Force.  The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the cyber-enabled threats confronting the nation and catalogs ways in which the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) combats those threats.  The AG established the task force within DOJ in February 2018 and charged the group with two basic tasks:  evaluate how DOJ is responding to global cyberthreats and how federal law enforcement can accomplish its mission in this area more effectively.  The released report addresses the first task.  It canvasses a wide spectrum of cyberthreats; defines the multifaceted challenges posed by cyber-enabled crime; describes DOJ’s work in detecting, deterring, and disrupting threats; explains how DOJ collaborates with other government departments and with the private sector to respond to cyber incidents; and explores how DOJ trains and maintains a skilled workforce.

Officer Safety and Wellness Group Meeting Summary

August 6, 2018

Law enforcement officers face many hazards in the line of duty.  Though injuries from assaults and vehicular accidents are the most obvious dangers, stress, cardiovascular disease, depression, and suicide are also serious job-related risks.  Even more, these problems are more common than assaults and vehicular accidents and can have fatal consequences. 

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance formed the national Officer Safety and Wellness Group (OSWG) in 2011 to bring attention to the safety and wellness needs of law enforcement officers following a number of high-profile ambushes on police. 

In October 2017, the OSWG met to address these concerns, focusing on three main topics: (1) emotional health and organizational wellness, (2) officer suicide, and (3) felonious assaults on officers.  In addition to discussing current priorities, participants recommended a wide variety of steps to improve officer safety and wellness.  Among them were changes in organizational culture to lessen the stigma surrounding emotional distress, event response protocols for suicides, strategies to strengthen emotional resilience, and improved data collection related to felonious assaults.

Bullet-Resistant Vest Series—Fit, Care, Wear, Prepare

July 27, 2018

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a law enforcement officer, on average, is killed every 63 hours.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Training and Technical Assistance Program offers a series of roll call training videos designed to reinforce the importance of wearing a properly fitted bullet-resistant vest and properly maintaining that vest according to National Institute Justice (NIJ) standards.

In Episode 1 of the series, safety squad personnel provide an introduction to the fit, care, and wear of one of the most important pieces of equipment that an officer has access to—the bullet-resistant vest.

VALOR Program Website: https://www.valorforblue.org/

Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge

July 27, 2018

On July 13, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott of the Eastern District of California, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen announced Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), a new program that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high-impact areas, specifically fentanyl, and to identify wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers.

As part of Operation S.O.S., the Department of Justice will launch an enforcement surge in ten districts that have experienced high drug overdose death rates. The DEA Special Operations Division will coordinate efforts to ensure that leads from street-level cases are used to identify larger-scale distributors. Also, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Executive Office will send an additional two-year term Assistant United States Attorney to each participating district to assist with drug-related prosecutions.

Partners for Progress—Serving Safely

July 27, 2018

As first responders, police officers often interact with people with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, resulting in encounters that can be complex, unpredictable, stressful, and sometimes dangerous. In response to this issue, the Vera Institute of Justice, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), launched Serving Safely, a national initiative designed to improve interactions between police and persons with mental illnesses and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Serving Safely also will provide training and assistance to law enforcement and partnering agencies to improve outcomes for persons with mental illness or a developmental disability. Through these efforts, Serving Safely aims to minimize unnecessary detention and incarceration of persons with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities, grow partnerships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve, and strengthen connections to community-based treatment and services.

 

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

July 27, 2018

Every day, public safety officers risk their lives to protect America’s citizens and communities. To honor that commitment, Congress passed The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, which created the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The medal is awarded annually by the President or Vice President to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.

Deadline for Nominations:  11:59 p.m., ET, on July 31, 2018

Alerts Save Lives: A Unified Message Regarding the Need to Support Nationwide Alerts

July 27, 2018

The resource Alerts Save Lives: A Unified Message Regarding the Need to Support Nationwide Alerts was developed by Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), with the support of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), and reviewed by subject experts, including state, local, and federal law enforcement and justice practitioners.  The message defines the different alert types and stresses the important role alerts play in law enforcement and community safety. 

 

Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model

July 23, 2018

On June 12, 2018, the United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center released “Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model:  An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence.”  The guide provides schools and communities with a framework to identify students of concern, assess their risks for engaging in violence, and identify intervention strategies to mitigate those risks.

The Secret Service also recommends that among other actions, schools:              

  • Establish a multidisciplinary threat assessment team that meets regularly and establishes regular procedures.

  • Define thresholds for interventions.

  • Create a central reporting system to deal with threats.

Focused Deterrence Strategies for Law Enforcement Agencies

July 23, 2018

This Tip Sheet, developed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), offers an overview of the best practices for implementation of the focused deterrence model.  Focused deterrence is the practice of using tailored deterrence strategies to address a specific crime problem in a jurisdiction. Focused deterrence identifies the small number of individuals responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime.  The Tip Sheet also offers a case study from Madison, Wisconsin.

Nationwide Cyber Security Review

July 23, 2018

The Nationwide Cyber Security Review (NCSR) is a free, anonymous, annual self-assessment survey that is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework and is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center.  The NCSR evaluates cybersecurity maturity across the nation while directly providing actionable feedback and metrics to individual respondents in state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments.

Using the results of the NCSR, DHS delivers a biyearly anonymous summary report to Congress providing a broad picture of the cybersecurity maturity across the SLTT communities.

Additional cyber-related resources and trainings are available on the Law Enforcement Cyber Center Website.

U.S. Department of Justice Announces Regulatory Steps to Address Opioid Epidemic

July 23, 2018

On July 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the finalization of an April proposal to improve the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) ability to control the diversion of dangerous drugs in the midst of the national opioid crisis.  If DEA believes that a particular opioid or a particular company’s opioids are being diverted for misuse, DEA can reduce the amount allowed to be produced in a given year. These revised limits will encourage vigilance on the part of opioid manufacturers, help DEA respond to the changing drug threat environment, and protect the American people from potentially addictive drugs while ensuring that the country has enough opioids for genuine medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs.  The final rule enhances the roles for the state attorneys general. It requires DEA to share notices of proposed aggregate production quotas, and final aggregate production quota orders, to the state attorneys general. It also allows for a hearing, if necessary to resolve an issue of material fact raised by a state’s objection to a proposed aggregate production quota as excessive in relation to legitimate U.S. need.

Humanizing Your Agency Through Social Media: Webinar

July 23, 2018

This webinar will focus on creating and building a strong social media foundation for your agency.  Social media can be a critical part of solidifying your agency’s relationship with the community you serve.  The presenter, Kate Kimble, Public Relations Manager for Fort Collins, Colorado, Police Services, will share tips for building your agency’s reputation by engaging your audience with the stories they really want to hear.

Webinar: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

Interview with Kate Kimble:  http://justiceclearinghouse.com/resource/humanizing-your-agency-through-social-media-an-interview-with-kate-kimble/

Federal Bureau of Investigation Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters: Phase II of Study Released

July 13, 2018

The successful prevention of an active shooting frequently depends on the collective and collaborative engagement of a variety of community members: law enforcement officials, teachers, mental health care professionals, family members, threat assessment professionals, friends, social workers, school resource officers . . . and many others. A shared awareness of the common observable behaviors demonstrated by the active shooters in this study may help to prompt inquiries and focus assessments at every level of contact and every stage of intervention.

In 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published a report titled “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013.”  One hundred and sixty active shooter incidents in the United States occurring between 2000 and 2013 were included in the study sample.  In this first report, the FBI focused on the circumstances of the active shooting events (e.g., location, duration, and resolution) but did not attempt to identify the motives driving offenders, nor did it highlight observable pre-attack behaviors demonstrated by offenders. The 2014 report is referred to as the “Phase I” study.

The FBI has released Phase II of this study, which was designed to look at pre-attack behaviors of active shooters. The study looks at 63 shooters and breaks down ways to identify someone displaying behaviors that could indicate an attack.

Phase I Report:  https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/active-shooter-study-2000-2013-1.pdf/view

Phase II Report:  https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/pre-attack-behaviors-of-active-shooters-in-us-2000-2013.pdf/view

Cybercrime: Resources for New and Existing Cybercrime Units

July 13, 2018

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) recently released a new document, “Starting a CyberCrime Unit:  Key Considerations for Police Chiefs,” which offers law enforcement executives key considerations for establishing a cybercrime unit, including scope, recruitment/staffing, interagency partnerships, training, and funding.  Each key consideration area includes illustrative concepts to help executives build a cybercrime unit.

For new and existing cybercrime units, the Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) is another resource available to assist police chiefs, sheriffs, commanders, patrol officers, digital forensic investigators, detectives, and prosecutors who are investigating and preventing crimes that involve technology.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Comprehensive Gang Model Training: Registration Open

July 13, 2018

The National Gang Center is offering free training on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model (CGM) at the 2018 Comprehensive Gang Model Workshop on August 14–16, 2018, in Houston, Texas.

The OJJDP CGM supports a collaborative approach to help communities prevent and reduce gang violence. This training is designed for local teams representing juvenile and/or adult probation and parole, schools, law enforcement, social services, public health, and the community. Teams will learn how to conduct a gang assessment, build community partnerships, and develop a plan using the Model’s five core strategies. Learn more and register to attend the workshop.

Law Enforcement Guide to the CGM: https://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/Content/Documents/LE-Officials-Guide-to-OJJDP-Comprehensive-Gang-Model.pdf

Federal Prosecution of Human-Trafficking Cases: Bureau of Justice Statistics Report

July 13, 2018

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) recently released the report “Federal Prosecution of Human-Trafficking Cases, 2015,” which includes the offenses of peonage, slavery, forced labor, and sex trafficking; production of child pornography; and transport for illegal sex activity.  The report details persons investigated by federal law enforcement and referred to U.S. attorneys for human-trafficking offenses and cases prosecuted, adjudicated, and sentenced in U.S. district court, including the disposition of human-trafficking matters concluded, reasons matters were declined for prosecution, demographic characteristics of suspects charged with human-trafficking offenses, and key case outcomes, such as conviction rates and prison sentence lengths.  Findings are based on data from BJS's Federal Justice Statistics Program, with source data provided by the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Highlights:

  • In 2015, the FBI (52 percent) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (19 percent) referred the most human-trafficking suspects to U.S. attorneys.

  • Nearly 6 in 10 (59 percent) human-trafficking suspects referred to U.S. attorneys in 2015 were prosecuted in U.S. district courts.

  • In 2015, more than 9 in 10 (93 percent) human-trafficking defendants were convicted.

  • Nearly all (99 percent) of the 769 convicted human-trafficking defendants in 2015 received a prison sentence.

Blue Pencil Award of Excellence: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Wins National Award for Its Website Targeting College Drug Abuse

July 13, 2018

In July 2017, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched www.campusdrugprevention.gov to support drug abuse prevention programs on college campuses.  The website was created as a one-stop resource for professionals working to prevent drug abuse among college students, including educators, student health centers, and student affairs personnel.  In addition, it serves as a useful tool for college students, parents, and others involved in campus communities.  The DEA received a Blue Pencil Award of Excellence from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) for its work with this website.

The NAGC’s Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards is an annual international awards program that recognizes superior government communication products and those who produce them.

Website: www.campusdrugprevention.gov

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Rapid DNA Initiative

July 9, 2018

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) established the Rapid DNA Program Office in 2010 to facilitate the development and integration of Rapid DNA technology for use by law enforcement. In accordance with the Rapid DNA Act of 2017, Rapid DNA instrumentation will be implemented in two settings: (1) accredited forensic DNA laboratories for reference sample analysis; and (2) federal, state, and local law enforcement booking stations, in states that allow DNA analysis on arrestees. Much of the preparation for using Rapid DNA in a laboratory setting has been completed, and the FBI’s efforts are now focused on the standards and procedures for use of this technology in a law enforcement booking environment. The FBI has selected five states to operate as pilots for Rapid DNA analysis in 2019:  Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. 

Rapid DNA instruments were designed for reference sample DNA analysis and are similar to LiveScan capture instruments for ten print collections.  The Rapid DNA analysis of crime-scene DNA is not authorized at this time for the national DNA database.  Crime-scene samples can contain DNA from multiple individuals (mixtures), degraded DNA, and small amounts of DNA.   However, a few law enforcement agencies are using Rapid DNA in conjunction with non-CODIS databases to provide timely investigative leads and solve cases.  These agencies, along with representatives from several national law enforcement associations and the National District Attorneys Association, are participating in FBI’s Rapid DNA Crime Scene Task Force.  The task force will meet for the first time in October 2018 and consists of two focus areas:  (1) reviewing current application of Rapid DNA and identifying best practices to share with agencies establishing Rapid DNA capabilities; and (2) developing Rapid DNA for crime-scene and CODIS applications. 

Department of Justice Announces $110 Million Set-Aside Grant Program to Assist Crime Victims in Indian Country

July 9, 2018

This year, for the first time, the 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act provides for three percent of funds from the Crime Victims Fund to be used to support a broad set-aside program for Indian tribes to improve services to crime victims. 

The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program solicitation.  Under the solicitation, OVC will award eligible tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal designees grants to support a wide range of services for victims of crime.  OVC anticipates making up to $110 million available through this solicitation to support tribes to improve victim services.  The FY 2018 set-aside program has expanded the types of crimes addressed to cover victims of human trafficking, victimization as a result of opioid/drug-related crisis and child abuse and neglect, as well as victims of cybercrime and financial crime, among other areas. 

This solicitation has a streamlined, two-phase application process.  OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants.  Phase 1 applications are due on August 6, 2018.

Violence Reduction Response Center: Leveraging Resources for Justice Practitioners

July 9, 2018

On June 5, 2018, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched the U.S. Department of Justice Violence Reduction Response Center (VRRC), a new resource that connects state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, U.S. attorneys, and criminal justice practitioners with expert staff and technical assistance to respond to agency- and situation-specific crime reduction needs.  Established under the direction of the U.S. Attorney General, the VRRC serves as a one-stop shop for justice practitioners to access the most appropriate resources available, from existing DOJ programs to peers and subject experts with experience in violence-reduction strategies. The information, tools, and technical assistance accessible through the VRRC can be tailored to meet specific community needs.

The VRRC can be reached by email (ViolenceReduction@usdoj.gov) or phone [1(833) 872-5174] from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday. All voicemails and emails will receive a response within one business day. 

Integration of Social Network Analysis and Spatial Analysis: Webinar Highlighting Two Philadelphia Police Department Projects

July 9, 2018

The Justice Research and Statistics Association is hosting an Integration of Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Spatial Analysis (GIS) webinar on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.  This no-cost webinar will discuss two SNA projects undertaken by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Police Department:  The first project examined the extent of shared connections among shooting victims through network analysis; in particular, the analysis examined cross-divisional connections by combining network analysis and GIS.  The second project applied SNA to understand connections among gangs at the group level across the city.  The project focused on (1) identifying the extent and nature of positive/negative connections among gangs; and (2) developing a Web-based application that visualizes the result of SNA on a map.

Webinar Date:  July 17, 2018, 3:00 p.m., ET

Integrating Technology Systems to Enhance Data-Driven Crime Reduction Efforts: Webinar Rewind

July 9, 2018

The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) recent webinar, “Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Analytical Capacity: Technology Integration in West Memphis, Arkansas,” reviewed the technology integration project undertaken by the West Memphis, Arkansas, Police Department (West Memphis PD), as part of the West Memphis, Arkansas, National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) site, to enhance its data-driven policing mission.  Retired Chief Larry Larimore and Jessica Herbert with the West Memphis PSP site discussed the project as a whole, as well as key factors to consider when developing analytical capacity and implementing new technologies. BJA NTTAC specialist James Lah discussed the training and technical assistance delivery process and how BJA NTTAC connected West Memphis PD with the “best-fit” provider to help the department meet its goals. In addition, Captain Joe Baker of West Memphis PD discussed his agency’s technology needs, the various challenges West Memphis PD encountered, and key lessons learned. Regional Director Randy Smith with the Numerica Corporation provided the vendor perspective on approaching the integration project, including the obstacles faced and major takeaways.

For additional information about the webinar, please contact BJA NTTAC at BJANTTAC@ojp.usdoj.gov or 1(855) 252-8822.