News Archive

IACP Assessment of IL3CP Shows Promising Results

October 12, 2016

Intelligence-Led Community Policing, Community Prosecution, and Community Partnerships (IL3CP) is a unique approach to community policing that extends community partnerships to include prosecutorial and community service organizations along with law enforcement. This new model connects the criminal justice system and the community through seamless communication and partnerships.

IL3CP, developed by the Rockland County, New York, District Attorney’s Office (RCDAO), synthesizes three contemporary law enforcement concepts into a collaborative approach to crime reduction. In an effort to explore the effectiveness of IL3CP, the IACP worked with law enforcement and prosecutors in Mesa, Arizona; Newport News, Virginia; and Saint Paul, Minnesota, to replicate the IL3CP concept.

In the detailed project report available today, this approach showed promising results for being a collaborative and unifying response to crime and community problems by strengthening relationships between citizens and law enforcement. While the complexity of the project did not allow for a comprehensive program evaluation, all pilot sites experienced positive results and voluntarily expanded the IL3CP concept to additional communities within their jurisdictions.

Source: IACP

House Passes Bill to Make It Easier for First Responders to Acquire New Technologies

October 10, 2016

The First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act (H.R. 5460), which requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a transparent process to review requests by first responders to use their Urban Area Security Initiative or State Homeland Security Grant Program funds to purchase equipment for which voluntary industry standards do not exist.

Introduced by Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, the legislation would make it easier for first responders to acquire new equipment and technologies they need to respond to evolving threats.

The bill, which now goes to the Senate, was praised by House Speaker Representative Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) office as a “commonsense step to help our first responders stay ahead of the curve when dealing with new threats.”

Source: HSToday

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 7, 2016

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.

NCSAM 2016 Weekly Themes

Week 1: October 3-7, 2016 – Every Day Steps Towards Online Safety with Stop.Think.Connect.™

Week 2: October 10-14, 2016 – Cyber from the Break Room to the Board Room

Week 3: October 17-21, 2016 – Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime

Week 4: October 24-28, 2016 – Our Continuously Connected Lives: What’s Your ‘App’-titude?

Week 5: October 31, 2016 –Building Resilience in Critical Infrastructure

Please visit the NCSAM Resources page to find the 2016 NCSAM One Pager with information about the weekly themes.

Source: DHS

National Fusion Center Association and the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center Rapid Deployment Project

October 7, 2016

The Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) is working with the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) and the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) to consider using the national fusion center network as a way to convene electrical infrastructure subject-matter experts who need rapid access to classified data or communications systems in the event of an emergency situation.  This effort also has the potential to develop into a long-term information exchange relationship between the energy sector and fusion centers to provide situational awareness of threats and vulnerabilities in their areas of responsibility.  


Source: ISE

Directory of Cybercrime Labs and Resources

October 6, 2016

The Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) is designed to assist police chiefs, sheriffs, commanders, patrol officers, digital forensic investigators, detectives, and prosecutors who are investigating and preventing crimes that involve technology.  The site also includes resources on training, technical assistance, and other critical information, including a comprehensive directory that allows law enforcement to connect with cybercrime experts and practitioners across the United States.  This search tool enables visitors to identify and contact local, regional, and national organizations (both private and government) that offer cyber-related services and assistance to law enforcement officials and prosecutors, for example, cybercrime units, training facilities, fusion centers, and forensic labs.  Searches may be conducted using zip code, state, keyword, or areas of expertise. 


Ocoee Police Improves Crime Analysis With New Software

October 5, 2016

For a yearly subscription cost of approximately $700, the Ocoee Police Department has begun subscribing to Internet-based software that allows officers to create their own area-specific crime maps. For example, a patrol sergeant could use the tool to improve duty assignments in a specific area. Also, area residents can use an interactive feature on the Web site to search the database and to set up personalized text alerts. 

Source: Orange Observer

Responder News: 2016 National Preparedness Report Highlights Emergency Response Collaboration

October 4, 2016

This spring, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued its 2016 National Preparedness Report which evaluates core capabilities of U.S. government agencies tasked with providing emergency preparedness and response. The findings monitored progress from the last five years with a primary focus on five mission areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.

The report highlighted several U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiatives, programs, and case studies that demonstrate the department’s interagency collaborative efforts and cross-discipline programs to better prepare emergency first responders for a wide range of situations.

The shared intelligence will allow emergency managers to build on lessons learned and identify a path forward. For example, DHS and interagency partners continue to build on work that began in 2012 to enhance the capabilities of the National Network of Fusion Centers to collect and share intelligence among fusion center customers.

Source: DHS

U.S. Department of Justice Awards Over $20 Million to Law Enforcement Body-Worn Camera Programs

October 3, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced awards totaling over $20 million to 106 state, city, tribal, and municipal law enforcement agencies to establish and enhance law enforcement body-worn camera programs across the United States. The awards, funded under the Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance's (BJA) Fiscal Year 2016 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program, will help law enforcement organizations implement body-worn camera policies, practices, and evaluation methods to make a positive impact on the quality of policing in individual communities. Under this grant announcement, BJA awarded over $16 million to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, as well as a $3 million supplemental award to continue support for body-worn camera training and technical assistance. 

Source: DOJ

FBI Releases Materials on N-Dex System

September 30, 2016

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division has released a fact sheet and a brochure on its N-DEx System. Since its inception in 2008, the N-DEx System has grown to include data from thousands of law enforcement and criminal justice data sources, and is available at no cost to agencies or users wishing to search the hundreds of millions of records available through the system or participate by sharing their data. The investigative nature of the system is a force-multiplier, allowing agencies to access even more data in less time and make connections between seemingly unrelated information not previously available.

You can download the brochure from and the fact sheet from

Source: FBI

Somerset Police Create Database of Surveillance Cameras

September 19, 2016

A community is joining forces with its police department to help combat crime.

Somerset police are asking residents and businesses to register their surveillance cameras with the department.

"You see that a lot of these crimes that go onwhether they're robberies, burglaries, whatever they arethey're being solved by surveillance camera footage," Police Chief George McNeil said.

That's why McNeil enacted the Somerset Camera Registry Program. Think of it as a database, simply a way to allow police to more quickly access footage in areas where crimes may have occurred.

Source: turnto10

Take the Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge: Available Soon for 2016-2017 School Year

September 16, 2016

What do more than 870,000 students across the nation have in common?

Since 2012, they have all completed the FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge. Available through a free Web site at, this initiative promotes cyber citizenship by teaching students in third through eighth grades how to recognize and respond to online dangers through a series of fun, interactive activities.

Now entering its fifth season, the FBI-SOS program has seen increased participation each year. From September 2015 through May 2016, nearly a half-million students nationwide finished the activities and took the exam. We look forward to even more young people completing the program in the school year ahead. The challenge begins September 1.

Source: FBI

ISE Reports Accomplishments, Identifies Goals in 2016 Annual Report

September 14, 2016

The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) reported the continued progress of terrorism-related information sharing and identified goals for the coming year in the recently released 2016 ISE Annual Report to the Congress.

The ISE is the central initiative to strengthen responsible information sharing across communities, agencies, and levels of government to implement goals set forth by President Obama in the 2012 National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding (NSISS). Over the past year, information sharing has advanced across state and regional ISEscybersecurity information sharingdomain awarenessinteroperabilitysensitive but unclassified information sharingidentity, credential, and access management; and countering violent extremism.

Source: PM-ISE

2016 IJIS Institute Mid-Year Briefing

September 12, 2016

The IJIS Institute's Mid-Year Briefing on September 1416, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia, is a must-attend conference focused on technology, information sharing, and safeguarding standards.  Connect with technology executives and leaders from industry and government at this unique event and engage in constructive dialogues about technology trends, issues, and solutions. 

Source: IJIS

NICS, A Communication Platform for First Responders, Now Available Worldwide

September 9, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has announced the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS), an information sharing tool for first responders, is now available worldwide.

NICS is a mobile, Web-based communication platform that enables responders on scene at a developing incident to request and receive assistance from remote experts, such as a university researcher or topographic expert, in real time. Conversely, experts can observe an evolving situation and volunteer relevant material or resources.

Source: Newswise

Victimized by a Cyber Scammer? Don’t Forget to File a Complaint With the IC3

August 25, 2016

The FBI is putting a more public face on its Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) with a billboard campaign to increase awareness of the center as a mechanism for reporting suspected Internet crime to the FBI.  FBI field offices taking part in the billboard campaign also participate in Operation Wellspring.  Through that project, local law enforcement agencies can tap the FBI's complaint database and its analytical capabilities to create intelligence packages for their geographic regions, including local criminal enterprises and criminals. The FBI said that the database can link different methods of criminal operations back to allied or central organizations and sniff out layers of criminal activities.

Source: FBI

MAGLOCLEN Proudly Announces the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center’s Connection to RISSNET

August 24, 2016

The Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN) is pleased to welcome the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center (IIFC) to the group of partner-agency systems connected to RISSNET, sharing criminal intelligence information via RISSIntel.  The IIFC intelligence database is now available for real-time, online searching.  The Northeast Fusion Center Intelligence Project aims to implement the ability of fusion centers in the northeast region to utilize their existing intelligence system by connecting to RISSIntel, which is accessible via RISSNET and currently provides for the real-time, online search of more than 35 state, regional, and National Virtual Pointer System (NVPS) participant-agency connected systems simultaneously without requiring users to log on to separate, individual systems.  

Source: PM ISE

Readout of DHS Secretary Johnson's Call With State Election Officials on Cybersecurity

August 23, 2016

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson hosted a phone call with members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and other Chief Election Officials to discuss the cybersecurity of the election infrastructure. It is critically important to continue to work to ensure the security and resilience of our electoral infrastructure, particularly as the risk environment evolves. Representatives from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) also participated in the call.

During the call, Secretary Johnson offered assistance in helping state officials manage risks to voting systems in each state's jurisdiction. While DHS is not aware of any specific or credible cybersecurity threats relating to the upcoming general election systems, Secretary Johnson reiterated that DHS, the Election Assistance Commission, NIST, and DOJ are available to offer support and assistance in protecting against cyber attacks. He also recognized the important work already being done in the states to ensure the integrity and security of the nation's elections.

As part of the ongoing effort, the Secretary also announced that DHS is convening a Voting Infrastructure Cybersecurity Action Campaign with experts from all levels of government and the private sector to raise awareness of cybersecurity risks potentially affecting voting infrastructure and promote the security and resilience of the electoral process. 

Source: DHS

Urban Institute Justice Policy Center Releases State Breakdown on Body-Worn Camera Policy

August 22, 2016

Public support for police body-worn cameras has increased after several high-profile shooting deaths in the United States. Several states are considering passing or have already passed legislation to address policy concerning body-worn cameras. Many states are grappling with how to strike a balance between privacy and transparency. The Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center has released a new state-by-state breakdown looking at where states are and where they are headed.

Source: Urban Institute

Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State to Place Gun Owners on FBI Database

August 9, 2016

Hawaii's governor signed into law a bill on June 23, 2016, making it the first state to place its residents who own firearms in a federal criminal record database and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation database called "Rap Back" will allow Hawaii police to be notified when a firearm owner from the state is arrested anywhere in the United States.  The law could affect gun owners outside Hawaii, because the state requires visitors carrying guns to register.

Source: Reuters

Cybersecurity Resources for State and Local Law Enforcement

August 8, 2016

The National Consortium for Advanced Policing (NCAP) recently released the Cybersecurity Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement and an accompanying issue brief: A Policy Roadmap to Enhance Capabilities.  The guide was created to help state and local law enforcement agencies protect themselves, as well as businesses and community members, from cyber-related threats.  The issue brief is a companion to the guide and focuses on how policymakers at federal, state, and local levels, in both the executive and legislative branches of government, can take steps to improve the cyber authorities and capabilities of state and local law enforcement.

The guide is available at

The issue brief is available at

The LECC Web site, including the resources mentioned above, is available at


FLETC Cybercrime Conference

August 5, 2016

In the 21st century, technology is ingrained into the fabric and function of our society. But the larger the role technology plays in our lives, the more opportunities unscrupulous individuals, criminal organizations, and those acting in bad faith have to commit cyber-related crimes. Given this threat, our law enforcement professionals are faced with the challenge of investigating crimes in a space where technology is constantly changing. Consequently, the knowledge of how to best combat cybercrime can become quickly perishable.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is committed to making the fight against cybercrime a priority. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center recently hosted its inaugural Cybercrime Conference. The conference brought together more than 150 cybercrime subject-matter experts from academia, private industry, and the federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement communities to exchange ideas and best practices at FLETC’s headquarters in Glynco, Georgia.

Source: DHS

DHS Releases Revised National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin

July 22, 2016

In the aftermath of the June 12 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a revision to its National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin, which promotes public vigilance and awareness. The bulletin describes the government's counterterrorism efforts and ways in which the public can be prepared and stay informed. Individuals are urged to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

Source: NCCPSafety

Securing Our Communities: Resources for Small and Medium Businesses

July 21, 2016

The recent shooting in Orlando, Florida, reminds all Americans that the threat of violence exists in our communities. The ideology or motivation behind each attack may vary, but in common we have seen an evolution toward more independent, unaffiliated attacks inspired by extremist groups. Extremist individuals can find inspiration and encouragement through social media with geographically dispersed but like-minded extremists.

These tragedies often leave people, and particularly business owners or those organizing public events, wondering what they can do. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Hometown Security initiative was created to share tools and resources for small and medium size businesses as well as people who organize public gatherings that extremists may consider appealing and easily accessible targets. Through this initiative, we encourage community partners to Connect. Plan. Train. Report.

  • Connect with a local Protective Security Advisor or first responder
  • Plan for emergencies, including active shooters
  • Train your employees and exercise your plans
  • Report suspicious activities
Source: DHS

2016 National Forum on Criminal Justice: Integrating Policy, Research, and Technology to Improve Public Safety

July 20, 2016

Sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), and the IJIS Institute (IJIS), the National Forum on Criminal Justice showcases programs, research, and technologies that help justice practitioners and decision makers in states, local communities, and tribal nations address pressing public safety issues. It is the only criminal justice conference that brings together leaders from federal, state, local, and tribal government and the public and private sector to share real-world strategies and solutions from around the country. 

The 2016 National Forum will be held August 7-10 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

Source: NCJA

New York's Top Cop Embraces Smartphone Revolution

July 7, 2016

The New York Police Department has implemented a $160 million mobility initiative that equips all 36,000 officers with a smartphone and every patrol car with a tablet computer. Further plans call for use of body-worn cameras, gunshot sensors, and surveillance cameras. Commissioner Bill Bratton has stated that officers are able to respond more quickly, and he has offered to share the city's software and statistical models with interested departments. 

Source: FT

Orlando Crime Scene Video Analysis Goes High-Tech With $1.3 Million Grant to UCF

July 6, 2016

A $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Justice is funding a new two-year project that may revolutionize the way police monitor and analyze crime scene surveillance video footage with technology developed at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

For the first time, UCF computer scientists will develop and test computer vision technology that will automate the process of monitoring and reviewing thousands of hours of video streams fed-in from multiple cameras.

FBI Hosts Meeting of International Law Enforcement Group

July 5, 2016

Director James Comey is hosting a meeting of the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (FELEG), an international coalition of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States who share criminal intelligence and collaborate on operations to combat transnational crime.

Members of the FELEG include representatives from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Australian Commission, Australian Federal Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the U.K. National Crime Agency, and the New Zealand Police. Within the FBI, the FELEG’s operational point of contact is Associate Executive Assistant Director David J. Johnson from the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch.

Source: FBI

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Creating a Victim Assistance Plan

July 1, 2016

This month, the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) will launch a new multimedia Web training series to introduce the Web-based toolkit Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources to civic, government, and business sectors that are interested in developing a comprehensive victim assistance plan. Lessons learned from past incidents indicate that with advanced planning (including establishing victim assistance protocols) and developing and maintaining multidisciplinary partnerships, communities are better prepared to engage a holistic approach to victim assistance to ensure that each victim's needs are met. The Web training will provide an in-depth overview of partnerships, planning, response, and recovery.

Source: OVC

Violent Criminal Apprehension Program Part 2: The Highway Serial Killings Initiative

June 30, 2016

To raise awareness among law enforcement agencies—and the public—about highway serial killings and to focus ViCAP resources on helping to solve these cases, in 2004 the FBI began the Highway Serial Killings (HSK) Initiative, with support from the trucking industry.

Without ViCAP—part of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime—local law enforcement agencies investigating one of these cases may have no way of knowing a murder in their jurisdiction is similar to killings committed elsewhere. Since the initiative began, ViCAP analysts have compiled a list of more than 750 murder victims found along or near U.S. highways, as well as nearly 450 potential suspects.

The database is constantly monitored for cases that meet the HSK criteria. When cases are identified, ViCAP analysts can provide information to local law enforcement agencies regarding these cases—anything from timeline data to advice on what records to subpoena to suggesting a point of contact at another police department with similar cases.

Source: FBI

Addressing the Challenges of Maintaining a Robust State and Regional Information Sharing Environment

June 29, 2016

As a means of monitoring and advancing the priority actions identified during the 2015 “Addressing the Challenges of a Robust State and Regional Information Sharing Environment: A Summit of State Policy Leaders,” an Implementation Working Group (IWG) was established.  IWG members include representatives from the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Division of State and Provincial Police (S&P), the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), and the IJIS Institute and are supported by the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE).

A summary of the “Priorities for Action” was identified during the summit with the progress to date.

Source: PM-ISE

Fiscal Year 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science Funding Bill Released

June 3, 2016

The House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee. The bill funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies.

The legislation contains $56 billion in total discretionary funding, an increase of $279 million over fiscal year 2016 and $1.4 billion above the President’s request for these programs. The bill targets these increases to programs of national importance, such as federal law enforcement, national security (including cybercrime and counter-terror activities), economic development, illegal drug efforts, trade enforcement, and space exploration programs. The bill also includes legislative provisions to protect the Constitutional rights of all Americans and to limit bureaucratic overreach.

SEARCH Offers Resource for Developing Common Charge Tables

June 2, 2016

As system interoperability grows, it is important for justice stakeholders to share charge information in order to improve the overall accuracy of the respective data systems involved in the justice process.

However, the justice community has developed multiple ways to represent and describe offenses in their data systems—in fact, such terms as “offenses,” “crimes,” and “charges” are often used interchangeably. These differences underscore the need to align charge data between data systems.

SEARCH has prepared a new Technical Brief as a resource to stakeholders seeking to develop common charge tables. It analyzes a collection of common charge tables used in six states to determine the core elements a charge table should include and identifies appropriate NIEM elements for each.

Source: SEARCH

IACP Launches New Leading by Legacy Online Resource Toolkit

June 1, 2016

The International Association of Chiefs of Police's (IACP) Leading by Legacy program began in 2009 and held its first training in July of 2010. The Leading by Legacy training course is an intensive and interactive 2.5 day event covering a host of leadership and management topics. One of the foundational elements of the Leading by Legacy program is the Leading by Legacy Resource Toolkit. Initially available via CD-ROM, the toolkit was limited in its ability to quickly update and meet the ever-changing challenges of today’s smaller departments.

With the support of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), we are pleased to announce the launch of our new Leading By Legacy Online Resource Toolkit! This online toolkit provides first line supervisors, command staff, and police executives with information that will aid in their individual, organizational, and community legacies. The resources provided in this toolkit are intended to increase leadership skills, promote departmental stability, and facilitate community needs in smaller agencies. The online toolkit also features resources used and developed by Leading by Legacy trainers and advisors.

Source: IACP

Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Remain Important for the Future of Cybersecurity Information Sharing

May 31, 2016

Privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties (P/CRCL)as they relate to the public and private spaceare increasingly woven into the work of countering terrorism and violent extremism. P/CRCL also plays an important role in cybersecurity conversations. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 created the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) with a mandate to share terrorism-related information “in a manner consistent with national security and with applicable legal standards relating to privacy and civil liberties.” As a result, the ISE recognizes that the exchange of sensitive information comes with the responsibility to understand evolving privacy concerns and to identify policy challenges and institutional best practices that apply to this environment.

At the 2016 International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, the nexus between cybersecurity and P/CRCL was a central theme. As noted by Marc Groman, Senior Advisor for Privacy at the Office of Management and Budget and Chair of the Federal Privacy Council, privacy and cybersecurity efforts require coordination and are “independent but interdependent.” Cybersecurity programs implemented by ISE partners should incorporate the principals of Privacy by Design by ensuring that privacy is considered at all stages during the program design process.

Source: PM-ISE

Violent Criminal Apprehension Program Part 1: Sharing Information to Stop Serial Offenders

May 27, 2016

FBI crime analysts recently provided training on the Bureau's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) Web platform in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Personnel from regional law enforcement agencies were gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona, for an introduction to the FBI’s ViCAP, whose mission is simple: share information to help solve serial crimes. ViCAP Web is the only national law enforcement database that contains both investigative and behavioral information related to specific types of cases. 

Source: FBI

New Jersey Takes Consolidated, Fusion Center-Style Approach to Cybersecurity

May 26, 2016

In post-9/11 America, states have accepted more responsibility in protecting their citizens. And as the firm grip of technology tightens around our daily lives and the most basic operations of government, one state is stepping up to the proverbial plate as a leader in the cybersecurity field.

The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) took root within the state’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) as a counterpunch to the escalating online threats posed by a widening cast of bad actors. The mission: Find the threats, mitigate the threats, and share the intelligence gathered in the process with everyone else.

According to Chief Information Security Officer Dave Weinstein, the statewide program is modeled after the Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and leverages a multi-pronged strategy to head off potentially damaging attacks.

Building Bridges in the Ocean State: Automating Privacy Policy Enforcement to Enable Information Sharing

May 16, 2016

A May 24, 2016, Webinar will be hosted to share how Rhode Island automated privacy policy and access controls in a cross-boundary juvenile criminal history exchange.  Learn about this first use-case of electronic privacy automation using the Global Reference Architecture (GRA) and the Global Privacy Technical Framework for sharing information across domains.

Source: NCSC

ICE Participates in Europol-Led Effort to Identify Victims of Child Abuse

May 12, 2016

Victim identification specialists from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have been working with top experts from around the globe at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague to work unsolved cases in an effort to identify victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation. The coordinated effort of this Europol Victim Identification Task Force (VIDTF) yielded significant results: More than 250 series of child sexual abuse images and video files have been uploaded to the INTERPOL International Child Sexual Exploitation Database and additions made to more than 300 existing series.

Source: ICE

Department of Justice Releases the 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction

April 28, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice has released the 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction.  The report provides a comprehensive threat assessment of the nature and scope of the current dangers facing our nation’s children and, for the first time, dedicates an entire section to the unique challenges confronting child exploitation in Indian Country.  It examines existing efforts, assesses new threats, and highlights innovative ways in which the federal government and its partners can address child exploitation.

Source: DOJ

New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC): Information Sharing Success at the State and Local Level

April 27, 2016

The smart government model of partnerships among and across federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial stakeholders across the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) has been in existence for over a decade for a very good reason:  collaboration allows faster information sharing at all levels of government by fostering the quick dissemination of vital information to partners responding to critical incidents, from cyberattacks to terror plots.  Read more about the NJCCIC, a shining example of this collaborative approach.  Also, visit the NJ Cybersecurity site for a range of cyber resources.  

Source: PM-ISE

Hacker Lexicon: What Are White Hat, Gray Hat, and Black Hat Hackers?

April 22, 2016

After much speculation over who provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a solution for hacking into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, The Washington Post reported this week that it was a “gray hat” hacker who assisted the agency.  There are three types of hackers: white hats, black hats, and gray hats—ranging from helpful to criminal.

Cyber resources are available at

Source: WIRED

FLETC Announces Cybercrime Conference

April 21, 2016

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, is hosting the FLETC Cybercrime Conference on July 68, 2016.  The purpose of this event is to foster education and awareness of the current threats and innovations that may impact today’s law enforcement officers and the manner in which they deal with cybercrime. The intent is to educate investigators with exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on labs. During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with other FLETC training division staff and partnering organizations, as well as vendors.

Source: FLETC

Cyber Training for Law Enforcement Call to Action Flyer

April 12, 2016

The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative developed a flyer to help raise awareness of the need for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement leaders to ensure that appropriate agency personnel receive cybercrime training.  The two-page flyer highlights several no-cost, federally sponsored cybercrime training opportunities available to law enforcement and partners. 

Source: GLOBAL

Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council Helps Law Enforcement Share Information and Intelligence to Prevent Crime and Terrorism

April 11, 2016

The Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) supports state, local, and tribal law enforcement and homeland security agencies in developing and sharing criminal intelligence and information nationwide.  The effective sharing of criminal intelligence is essential to prevent not only criminal activity but terrorism-related events as well.  Since 2001, numerous efforts and initiatives have been developed to improve law enforcement’s ability to share information and intelligence.  These efforts include the national fusion center initiative, the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, and the continued implementation of intelligence-led policing. 

Source: PM-ISE

40th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Technology Exposition

April 8, 2016

The 40th Annual IACP Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Training Conference and Technology Exposition is scheduled for May 2325, 2016,  in Dallas, Texas. IACP's LEIM Training Conference and Technology Exposition provides chiefs, IT managers, technology specialists, criminal justice practitioners, researchers, and industry-leading solution providers with a forum in which to share information, best practices, and lessons learned in law enforcement information management.

The LEIM Conference features a mix of plenary sessions and concurrent workshops that are organized in Executive, Operational, and Technical tracks. In addition to the formal educational program, the conference also includes a Technology Exposition which typically features 60–70 exhibits from industry-leading solution providers and corporate sponsors.

Source: IACP

NASCIO and NIEM Working Together: Advancing Information Exchange Efforts Across All Levels of Government

April 8, 2016

On April 12, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will host a Webinar with the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Program focused on familiarizing the state and local audience with NIEM and how it can help them. During the hour-long Webinar, NASCIO and NIEM will discuss ways to advance information sharing across all levels of government and announce the 2015 Best of NIEM Winners. Please find more information here.

Source: NASCIO

Coordinating Cybersecurity Programs

April 7, 2016

Cyberattacks, resilience of critical infrastructure, and related cybersecurity concerns are escalating at exponential rates and so are the many governmental programs attempting to mitigate the risks for all citizens as well as government and industry. As a wide range of threats expand, and cyberterrorists, cybercriminals, and other nefarious actors transform their capabilities into new forms of attack, the demand for faster and more effective responses and ways of prevention grow as well. Cybersecurity programs are in place throughout many federal agencies, state/local organizations, and consortia, and the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment is prioritizing its efforts on cyber information sharing efforts that focus on the domestic nexus of national security and public safety.

Recently, the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) released a call to action document intended to equip state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) law enforcement partners with useful tools to investigate cybercrimes and train appropriate agency personnel to tackle cybercrime issues.

Source: PM-ISE

JCAT Releases 2016 Intelligence Guide for First Responders

April 4, 2016

Recently, the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT) released the 2016 Intelligence Guide for First Responders. The guide was produced for first responders by first responders and was designed to improve information sharing among state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions and the federal government.  Some topics included in the resource are handling and protecting information, how to gain access to Internet-based U.S. government systems, and understanding the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. 

Source: IIR

Global Releases Reference Service Standard: Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service Specification

April 1, 2016

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—in response to recommendations from the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) to the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing, together with support from the Global Standards Council (GSC)—is pleased to announce that the following Global standard have been released and is available for download.

Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service: Offender tracking systems generate vast amounts of data; however, community corrections agencies that operate offender tracking programs report that it is often difficult to share this data. This problem is most clearly manifested in cases where an agency is ending its contractual relationship with one offender tracking provider and moving to another. Agencies have expressed a desire to automatically transfer as much information as possible (e.g. demographic data, location data, violation and alert data) from a previous provider to populate the data fields of the new providers software. This capability would allow the retention of important historical data and streamline the client re-enrollment process. This project was an effort to develop the models and technical components, in the form of a service specification, specific to the transfer of offender tracking information between systems. The goal of this project was to develop a Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Service Specification Package (SSP) for the transfer of offender tracking information (offender tracking record) from one offender tracking system to another. Further, it is envisioned that this SSP could provide a foundation for future information exchange initiatives between multiple criminal justice agencies and the various offender tracking system providers that operate in this country. The capability for automated information sharing across jurisdictions and provider software platforms would greatly enhance public safety.

The Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service—along with all of the Global information sharing standards, deliverables, and tools for the justice community— can be found through the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST).

Source: GLOBAL

NYS Upgrades Its Facial Recognition Software to Catch Persons of Interest

March 31, 2016

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has upgraded its facial recognition software to make it more difficult to obtain a driver's license under false pretenses. The software uses algorithms of facial characteristics to compare driver's license images with other DMV images. The program has been upgraded to double the number of measurement points mapped to each driver's photograph. The new software is expected to improve the system's ability to combat identity theft and other fraud.

Chattanooga Police Launch New Program to Prevent Crashes by Using Intelligence-Led Policing

March 30, 2016

The Chattanooga, Tennessee, Police Department (CPD) is launching a new effort citywide to address serious and fatal crashes.  The plan, called Special Traffic Operations Plan (STOP), is designed to focus on high-crash areas in Chattanooga to decrease crash rates and change driving habits.  The initiative was developed using intelligence-led policing (ILP), which is one of the CPD’s three policing strategies.  With ILP, agency personnel gather data instead of just reacting to crime.  In this case, officers were able to identify high-risk areas and the times of day those areas are most at risk by focusing on several illegal actions.

Source: WRCBTV

Minneapolis Council Committee Approves $4 Million Contract for Police Body Cameras

March 29, 2016

The Minneapolis City Council’s Public Safety Committee has approved a $4 million contract that will allow the city to outfit all of its police officers with body cameras by the end of the year. The city plans to spend $6.4 million over the next five years on cameras, software, and additional staff members to review the footage and respond to public records requests. The committee expects to spend about $1.6 million this year with an estimated annual cost of $1.2 million thereafter. A federal grant will cover $600,000 of this year’s expenses.

Source: StarTribune

State Police Launch Body Camera Pilot Program

March 28, 2016

The Delaware State Police has launched a body-worn camera pilot program. The state's pilot program will focus on different body cameras, mounting styles, evidence management, and data storage solutions. Initially, 25 of the state's 712 uniformed troopers will don the cameras during the 60-day feasibility study.  

Source: DelawareOnline

National Institute of Justice to Fund Research on Video Technology

March 25, 2016

As part of a project titled "Optimizing the Use of Video Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes," the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) will conduct a performance evaluation of various existing video analytics technologies that can be deployed on both fixed and random scanning video surveillance systems. The project will leverage Chicago's vast video surveillance network, the extensive experience of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Office of Emergency Management & Communications, and research from the academic engineering team at IIT.

All interested vendors of such technologies are invited to take part in this evaluation process. Submitted analytics software/tools should be (a) compatible with Genetec video system and software, (b) capable of analyzing both low- and high-resolution video and images, (c) able to analyze video from both high bandwidth 30 frames per second HD feeds as well as cellular backhauled images at 510 frames per second, (d) able to analyze video from low-light nighttime conditions as well as in various weather conditions such as rain or snow, and (e) generate alerts in situations observed in a video stream including, but not limited to, detection of suspicious events, objects left behind, area intrusion, crowd gathering, direction deviation and/or post event evaluation including vehicle and color recognition, symbol recognition, etc. The performance of the video analytics software will be evaluated by assessing the accuracy of its generated alerts on a set of video streams obtained from the CPD camera network. 


FBI Launches Web Site Aimed at Countering Violent Extremism Among Teens

March 24, 2016

The Federal Bureu of Investigation (FBI) has launched a new, free program called "Don't Be a Puppet: Pull Back the Curtain on Violent Extremism," which includes an interactive Web site with activities, quizzes, videos, and other materials to teach teens how to recognize violent extremist messaging and how to resist self-radicalization and possible recruitment. No registration is required to sign up for the program, which has potential applications for school resource officers, coaches, school administrators, and parents and families.

Source: FBI

Senate Aging Committee and Department of Homeland Security Unveil New Scam Perpetrated Against Our Nation’s Seniors

March 4, 2016

The Senate Special Committee on Aging, led by Chairman Susan Collins and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, unveiled a new, disturbing scam perpetrated against our nation’s seniors.

Senators Collins and McCaskill announced the top 10 frauds targeting our nation’s seniors in a comprehensive anti-fraud resource for seniors titled, “Fighting Fraud: U.S. Senate Aging Committee Identifies Top 10 Scams Targeting Our Nation’s Seniors.”  The guide is designed to inform and help protect seniors from some of the most pervasive and malicious scams and frauds, as was discovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol in an investigation dubbed “Operation Cocoon".

Community Policing Tour: Phase Two

March 3, 2016

In the second phase of the Community Policing Tour, the U.S. Attorney General will visit six jurisdictions that are effectively implementing recommendations from the 21st Century Policing Task Force Report.  These recommendations are organized around six main topic areas or “pillars:” Building Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media, Community Policing and Crime Reduction, Officer Training and Education, and Officer Safety and Wellness.

Source: DOJ

DHS Cybersecurity Efforts Complement White House's Cybersecurity National Action Plan

March 2, 2016

The White House announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), an important new initiative to bolster our Nation’s cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) highest priorities, and DHS has recently made significant progress increasing the cybersecurity posture of our government, our citizens, and our critical infrastructure.

Source: DHS

Global Releases Draft Service Specifications for OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT

February 22, 2016

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—in response to recommendations from the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) to the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing, together with support from the Global Standards Council (GSC)—is pleased to make available the following draft standards for an open public comment period:

Draft Juvenile Education History Query/Response Service: The Juvenile Education History Query/Response Service (JEHQRS) is designed to support sharing of educational background information between Juvenile Justice Decision Makers who are often responsible for performing youth risk assessments and State Educational Agencies (SEA). The JEHQRS allows a requesting juvenile justice related entity (e.g., Department of Probation) to request educational history information for a specific student from a State Educational Agency in conjunction with an intake assessment.  Assessments are typically performed on intake by Juvenile Probation personnel.

Draft Person Photo Search Request Service: The Person Photo Search Request Service (PPSReqS) provides the capability to request photos and demographic data from a Photo Imaging Network (PIN) and DOT photo systems matching provided criteria. The service will take various combinations of Name, Date of Birth (DOB), Social Security Number (SSN), Operators License Number (OLN) and State Fingerprint Identification (SID) as input criteria.

Draft Person Photo Search Results Service: The Person Photo Search Results Service (PPSResS) provides photos and demographic data from a Photo Imaging Network (PIN) and DOT photo systems.   

Draft Inmate Status Reporting Service: The Inmate Status Reporting Service (ISRS) service provides correctional institutions the capability to report inmate records at predefined events within the inmate supervision life cycle. This service receives inmate records from correctional institutions.

To review and comment on each service, please go to

DEADLINE to review and comment on the services is March 08, 2016.


Source: GLOBAL

DHS Cybersecurity Efforts Complement White House's Cybersecurity National Action Plan

February 22, 2016

The White House announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), an important new initiative to bolster our Nation’s cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) highest priorities, and DHS has recently made significant progress increasing the cybersecurity posture of our government, our citizens, and our critical infrastructure.

Source: DHS

Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards

February 19, 2016

Each year at the National Forum on Criminal Justice, the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) honors five outstanding criminal justice programs for providing effective services to address crime-related issues in their communities. NCJA is particularly interested in programs that are innovative and can document concrete results.

Nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 15, 2016. 

Source: NCJA

National Governors Association Released “A Governor’s Guide to Criminal Justice”

February 18, 2016

Governors play a critical role in ensuring public safety, overseeing the state agencies responsible for implementing policies and programs such as corrections, state police, and juvenile justice. To help them define and achieve their priorities, governors rely on expertise and support from a core team of advisors including policy staff, legal counsel, and cabinet secretaries. Those criminal justice policy advisors serve as a primary source of information and play an integral role in the development of state policy.

Although much has been written for policymakers on effective criminal justice programs and initiatives, little has been written specifically for governors on how best to leverage the tools and authorities they have to build effective criminal justice systems. This guide is intended to fill that gap.

Source: NGA

DHS to Showcase Cybersecurity Research

February 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funds a variety of cybersecurity research through academia, small businesses, industry and government, and national labs. On February 1719, 2016, DHS will showcase some of the results of that funding.

The 2016 Cyber Security Division R&D Showcase and Technical Workshop, held in Washington, DC, will highlight the status of the latest cybersecurity research, enable collaboration among the researchers and government agencies, and connect the technologies to transition partners. 

Source: GCN

IACP Law Enforcement Cyber Center Offers Experts Database

January 29, 2016

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) offers law enforcement professionals a comprehensive database to connect with cybercrime experts and other practitioners across the nation. Users can search for and contact local, regional, and national organizations, both private and government, that offer cyber-related services and assistance to law enforcement officials and prosecutors. You can search by ZIP Code, state, keyword or areas of expertise, and obtain organization information to include contact information and a list of capabilities.


FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2015

January 26, 2016

Statistics released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report revealed overall declines in the number of property crimes reported and overall increases in the number of violent crimes reported for the first six months of 2015 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2014. The report is based on information from 12,879 law enforcement agencies that submitted data to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program for the first six months of 2014 and 2015.

Source: FBI

DNI Clapper Announces Leadership of Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

January 25, 2016

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper announced that Tonya Ugoretz will lead the  Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) with Deputy Maurice (Mo) Bland and Research Director Thomas (Tom) Donahue rounding out the leadership team. 

In February 2015, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the DNI to establish the CTIIC, which received congressional authorization and funding in the December omnibus bill.

CTIIC will fuse intelligence and “connect the dots” regarding malicious foreign cyber threats to the nation so that relevant departments and agencies and policymakers are aware of these threats in as close to real time as possible.  

Source: ODNI

Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor Announce Selection of Phase II Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams

January 19, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Labor announced the selection of six new Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams.  These teams will lead Phase II of the ACTeam Initiative, an interagency effort to streamline federal criminal investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking offenses.

The six new ACTeams will be based in Cleveland, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Newark, New Jersey; Portland, Maine; Portland, Oregon; and Sacramento, California.  Each team will serve under the leadership of the local U.S. Attorney and the highest-ranking federal investigative agents in the regional field offices of the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Department of Labor.

Source: DOJ

DHS Releases Updated Law Enforcement Resource Guide on U and T Visas

January 15, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released updated guidance for law enforcement on resources available to victims of serious crimes, including human trafficking. The U and T Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide provides federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officials with helpful information to support the investigations and prosecution of crimes involving qualified immigrant victims. The department is committed to supporting law enforcement investigations and the prosecution of crimes of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious harm, as well as civil and criminal investigations into labor exploitation and abuse.

Source: DHS

State Task Force Pushes for Information Sharing Between Police and Schools

January 14, 2016

A state task force is looking for ways to make schools safer, focusing on closer communication between teachers and police. "Sometimes people rely too much on technology and they forget the human element. The human element is much more important," said Herrin High School Principal Dr. Terry Ryker. The School Security and Standards Task Force, overseen by the Illinois Board of Education, has released a preliminary report recommending educators share more private student information with police during emergency situations.

Source: WSILTV

President Obama Signs Cybersecurity Act of 2015 to Encourage Cybersecurity Information Sharing

January 13, 2016

President Obama recently signed into law an omnibus spending bill that contained the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (the Act). The Act creates a voluntary cybersecurity information sharing process designed to encourage public and private sector entities to share cyberthreat information.  Under the Act, the federal government will create a process for sharing both classified and unclassified cyberthreat indicators and defensive measures with the private sector, including information relating to certain cybersecurity threats and best practices.

Global Releases Two Reference Service Standards: Arrest Reporting and Disposition Reporting

January 8, 2016

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—in response to recommendations from the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) to the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing, together with support from the Global Standards Council (GSC)—is pleased to announce that the following Global standards have been released and are available for download.

Arrest Reporting Reference Service:  Reporting arrest information is critical in keeping justice business partners and systems up-to-date with current details regarding arrests.  This service provides the ability to report new arrests, provide updates to arrests, and is intended to assist with automating policy response to reporting arrest information.   A likely consumer of this service is any agency able to issue arrest reports, most likely law enforcement agencies.

Disposition Reporting Reference Service:  Reporting disposition information is critical in keeping justice business partners and systems up-to-date with current details regarding dispositions.  This service provides the ability to report dispositions and is intended to assist with automating a policy response to reporting disposition information.   A likely consumer of this service is any agency able to issue disposition reports, most likely courts.

The Arrest Reporting and Disposition Reporting services—along with all of the Global information sharing standards, deliverables, and tools for the justice community— can be found through the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST).

Source: GLOBAL

FBI Releases 2014 Crime Statistics From the National Incident-Based Reporting System

December 23, 2015

The FBI released details on more than 5.4 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2014. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest report, NIBRS 2014, provides a diverse range of information about victims, known offenders, and relationships for 23 offense categories composed of 49 offenses. It also presents arrest data for those offense categories, plus 11 more offenses for which only arrest data are collected. NIBRS 2014 provides agency-level offense data by state; however, there are no estimates for agencies that did not submit NIBRS data to the UCR Program.

Source: FBI

"Joint Elements" From U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue

December 22, 2015

The second annual meeting of the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue took place on Monday, December 7, 2015, in Washington, DC, and reinforced and broadened cooperation on cyber issues as envisioned during the 2014 U.S.-EU Summit. The participants jointly affirmed specific areas of collaboration and cooperation as follows:

  • International Security in Cyberspace
  • Internet Governance Developments in 2015 and 2016
  • U.S.-EU Cyber Related Work Streams
  • Upcoming Events
  • Promotion and Protection of Human Rights Online
  • Global Cyber Capacity Building

New York Releases See Something, Send Something App

December 21, 2015

In an effort to thwart potential terrorist attacks, New York has announced the release of the See Something, Send Something app that lets users who spot suspicious activity, such as an unattended backpack or briefcase in a public place, send a photo or message to authorities. The message is routed to the New York State Intelligence Center, after which local police assess the situation and deploy stronger efforts if needed.

Source: GCN

DHS Science & Technology Awards $7.8 Million for Cyber Physical System Security Research

December 18, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the award of five contracts totaling $7.8 million for research on technologies to help defend against attacks on cyber physical systems. Awarded through Broad Agency Announcement HSHQDC-14-R- B00017, these projects are part of the DHS S&T Cyber Security Division’s larger Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSSEC) program.

Source: DHS

Justice Department Announces New Accreditation Policies to Advance Forensic Science

December 17, 2015

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates announced that the Justice Department will, within the next five years, require department-run forensic labs to obtain and maintain accreditation and require all department prosecutors to use accredited labs to process forensic evidence when practicable. Additionally, the department has decided to use its grant funding mechanisms to encourage other labs around the country to pursue accreditation. The new policies arose out of recommendations made by the National Commission of Forensic Science (NCFS), which was established to advance the field of forensic science and make suggestions to the Attorney General on how to ensure that reliable and scientifically valid evidence is used when solving crimes.

Want to Obtain FBI Records a Little Quicker? Try New eFOIA System

December 16, 2015

The FBI recently began open beta testing of eFOIA, a system that puts Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests into a medium more familiar to an ever-increasing segment of the population. This new system allows the public to make online FOIA requests for FBI records and receive the results from a Web site where they have immediate access to view and download the released information.

Source: FBI

Global Releases Draft Service Specification for OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT

December 10, 2015

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—in response to recommendations from the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), a Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing, together with support from the Global Standards Council (GSC)—is pleased to make available the following draft standards for an open public comment period:

Draft Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service:  Offender tracking systems generate vast amounts of data; however, community corrections agencies that operate offender tracking programs report that it is often difficult to share this data. This problem is most clearly manifested in cases where an agency is ending its contractual relationship with one offender tracking provider and moving to another. Agencies have expressed a desire to automatically transfer as much information as possible (e.g., demographic data, location data, violation, and alert data) from a previous provider to populate the data fields of the new providers software. This capability would allow the retention of important historical data and streamline the client re-enrollment process. This project was an effort to develop the models and technical components, in the form of a service specification, specific to the transfer of offender tracking information between systems. The goal of this project was to develop a Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Service Specification Package (SSP) for the transfer of offender tracking information (offender tracking record) from one offender tracking system to another. Further, it is envisioned that this SSP could provide a foundation for future information exchange initiatives between multiple criminal justice agencies and the various offender tracking system providers that operate in this country. The capability for automated information sharing across jurisdictions and provider software platforms would greatly enhance public safety.

To review and comment on each service, please go to

DEADLINE to review and comment is December 23, 2015.

Utica College's Center for Identity Management and Information Protection Releases Report: "The New Face of Identity Theft"

November 25, 2015

Utica College’s Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) has just released its report, “The New Face of Identity Theft,” coinciding with International Fraud Awareness Week.

The study, which analyzed federal case data from 2008 to 2013, was intended to serve as a follow-up to CIMIP’s 2007 study, “Identity Fraud Trends and Patterns: Building a Data-Based Foundation for Proactive Enforcement.” The 2007 study evaluated identity crime trends to provide law enforcers with proactive rather than reactive means of combating identity theft. Both studies were supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs.

Source: PR Newswire

FAA Forms National Drone Registry Task Force

November 24, 2015

On October 29, 2015, the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) released the full list of industry members who will serve on the UAS Registration Task Force.The FAA named 26 individuals representing aviation and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) trade organizations, drone and camera suppliers, and major retailers, including Walmart.

Those members will receive “expert support” from representatives of several federal agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, NASA, the Office of Management and Budget ,and the State Department. Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, and Dave Vos, who heads Google’s Project Wing effort, will serve as cochairmen.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks on Violent Crime Reduction at Meeting with the U.S. Conference of Mayors

November 23, 2015

Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, leaders of the Conference met with U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Monday, November 16.  During the meeting, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. and Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser discussed various topics, including responses to the homicide and violence spikes currently occurring in a number of cities, as well as criminal justice reform.

Source: DOJ

Department of Justice Announces 10 Tribes to Participate in Initial Phase of Tribal Access Program to Improve Exchange of National Crime Information

November 18, 2015

The Department of Justice announced the first 10 tribes to participate in an initial User Feedback Phase of the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information, a program to provide federally recognized tribes the ability to access and exchange data with national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes.

The User Feedback Phase will grant access to national crime information databases and technical support to the following tribes: the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan, the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, the Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation of Washington, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho, the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla of Oregon and the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation of Arizona.

Source: DOJ

ODNI Releases Transparency Implementation Plan

November 18, 2015

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) recently published the implementation plan for the Principles of Intelligence Transparency for the Intelligence Community.  The principles are intended to facilitate intelligence community (IC) decisions on making information publicly available while continuing to protect information when disclosure would harm national security.  The implementation plan sets IC priorities for transparency, translating the principles into concrete, measurable initiatives.

Source: ODNI

Connecticut Receives Millions in ‘Second Chance Act’ Grants for Crime Reduction Initiatives

November 17, 2015

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the State of Connecticut has been awarded over $2.3 million in grants from the United States Department of Justice under the federal Second Chance Act that will help bolster one of the state’s criminal justice efforts.  The grants, awarded to the Department of Corrections, the City of New Haven, and a variety of nonprofit organizations, will support a wide range of efforts to reduce recidivism and help turn offenders into productive members of society.

CCPD Launches Data-Driven Program to Reduce Crime, Crashes on SPID

November 13, 2015

More officers will be placed in some areas of Corpus Christi, Texas, based on where crime analysts have observed a correlation between crime and vehicle crashes. The deployment of officers is based on five years of crime and crash data analyzed by the Corpus Christi Police Department. The enforcement program is modeled after Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, a law enforcement operational model supported by a partnership among the Texas Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National Institute of Justice.

Source: Caller

SEARCH Hosts Capitol Hill Briefing on Importance of Information Sharing to Effective Criminal Justice Reform

November 12, 2015

SEARCH organized and hosted an informational briefing on Capitol Hill that focused on the key role that information-sharing plays in effective criminal justice reform—a top priority currently for lawmakers at all levels of government in the United States. As Congress reviews criminal justice reform legislation and policymakers implement reform at the state level, SEARCH’s briefing provided information on proven, effective, and low-cost solutions.

Source: SEARCH

Protecting Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in the ISE

November 10, 2015

The protection of the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties (P/CRCL) of individuals is a core tenet, foundational element, and enabler of the Information Sharing Environment (ISE). In 2005, the Administration called for the development of a protection framework. This resulted in the Program Manager for the ISE issuing in December 2006 the Guidelines to Ensure that the Information Privacy and Other Legal Rights of Americans are Protected in the Development and Use of the Information Sharing Environment (the “ISE Privacy Guidelines”) to provide uniform protections for P/CRCL in information sharing activities. The Program Manager for the ISE has consistently worked with ISE mission partners at all levels of government and across the domains to put in place safeguards to ensure the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of citizens.

Source: PM-ISE

IACP Releases 2015 Social Media Survey Results

November 9, 2015

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) released the results from the 2015 Social Media Survey at the 122nd IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. In the fall of 2015, the IACP conducted its sixth annual survey of law enforcement’s use of social media. The survey addressed the current state of practice and the emerging issues agencies are facing in regards to social media. The survey was sent electronically to law enforcement executives across the United States. A total of 553 law enforcement agencies, representing 44 states, participated in the survey.

Source: IACP

Department of Justice Announces New Guidebook on 21st Century Policing

November 6, 2015

The Department of Justice has released a new resource guide called The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Implementation Guidebook, which outlines strategies to help communities, law enforcement, and local government implement recommendations from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report.  President Obama announced the new guidebook at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Convention in Chicago. 

“The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Implementation Guide highlights specific actions for local elected and appointed government officials, law enforcement agencies, communities, and other stakeholders to support a comprehensive approach to reduce crime and build trust and legitimacy,” said Director Ronald Davis of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).  “Success will require collaboration and partnerships among these groups.”

Source: DOJ

ISE Program Manager to Speak at Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Breakfast

November 2, 2015

ISE Program Manager Kshemendra Paul will lead an INSA panel on information sharing environments. Mr. Paul and a panel of executives from the public and private sectors will discuss the benefits of virtualization. Appointed in 2010 by President Obama as the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), Mr. Paul has government-wide authority to plan, oversee, and manage the Information Sharing Environment and also serves as cochair for the White House Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee (ISA-IPC).


DHS Announces Appointment of New Members of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council

October 30, 2015

The Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the appointment of six new members to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC). HSAAC consists of university presidents and academic leaders who provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary and senior leadership on matters related to homeland security and the academic community, including student and recent graduate recruitment, international students, academic research and faculty exchanges, campus resilience, homeland security academic programs, and cybersecurity.

Source: DHS