News Archive

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

October 11, 2019

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

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

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

OJJDP Launches Redesigned Website

October 11, 2019

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

2018 National Crime Victimization Survey

October 11, 2019

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

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

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

October 11, 2019

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

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

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

  • Outline the sentinel events approach.

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

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

Date:  October 22, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Starting a CyberCrime Unit: Key Considerations for Police Chiefs

October 11, 2019

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

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

 

Webinar: Rural School Safety

October 4, 2019

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

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Evaluate available research when developing a school safety plan.

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

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

Date:  October 9, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Toolkit for Youth Gang Violence Prevention

October 4, 2019

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

Updated National Emergency Communications Plan

October 4, 2019

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

Webinar: Police-Mental Health Collaborations

October 4, 2019

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

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

Date: October 8, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: Case Study: Methods to Detect Forged Documents

October 4, 2019

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

You will learn how to:

  • Recognize the value of digital forensics in fraud cases.

  • Identify methods to examine digital files and metadata.

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

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

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

Date:  October 15, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 pm., ET

Analyst Professional Development Road Map, Version 2.0

September 27, 2019

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

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

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

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

September 27, 2019

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

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

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

Date:  October 30, 2019

Time:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., ET

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

September 27, 2019

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

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

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

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

Date:  October 3, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET

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

September 27, 2019

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

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

  • Decreasing gun crime incidents.

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

  • Increasing public trust in law enforcement through community engagement.

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

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

September 27, 2019

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

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

Date: October 3, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

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

September 23, 2019

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

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

Date: September 24, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

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

September 23, 2019

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

Date:  September 25, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m., ET

Campus Safety

September 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Fall Edition of The Coalition

September 23, 2019

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

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

School Shooting Prevention

September 23, 2019

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

Registration is open!

Sarasota, Florida—October 10–11, 2019

Chicago, Illinois—October 30–31, 2019

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

Boston, Massachusetts—November 18–19, 2019

Webinar: Recognizing Gang Activity in Schools

September 16, 2019

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

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

Webinar: Brady Giglio: What Justice Professionals Need to Know

September 16, 2019

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

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

First Responders: Resources

September 16, 2019

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

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

  • Make first responders safer

  • Improve communication tool security and effectiveness.

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

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

  • Help investigate cybercrime and cases involving digital evidence.

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

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

September 16, 2019

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

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

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

Crime Mapping and Analytics

September 16, 2019

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

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

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

Webinar: What Do You Do With Evidence?

September 8, 2019

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

Date:  September 18, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

National Officer Safety Initiatives Program

September 8, 2019

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

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

Learn About the Typical Costs Associated With Using Law Enforcement Technology

September 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enhance the Work of Service Providers Responding to Crime Victims

September 8, 2019

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

Webinar: Peer-Based Recovery in Tribal Communities

September 8, 2019

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

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

Date: September 11, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET.

The Importance and Impact of Cold Case Units

August 30, 2019

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

First Responder Resource Group

August 30, 2019

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

FRRG members discussed the following resources:

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

August 30, 2019

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

Date:  September 11, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

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

August 30, 2019

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

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

Topics include the following:

  • Prevalence and venues of labor trafficking

  • Trauma-informed interviewing

  • Proactive investigation and prosecution strategies

  • Immigration relief for victims

  • Language access and working with interpreter

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

    The registration deadline is September 16, 2019.

    Location:

    Norfolk Police Department

    901 Asbury Avenue

    Norfolk, VA 23513

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

Mass Violence in America

August 30, 2019

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

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

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

August 26, 2019

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

 Date:  August 27, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: Training for First Responder Diversion Programs

August 26, 2019

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

Webinar Overview: 

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

Date:  August 29, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET

Webinar: Digital and Multimedia Forensics

August 26, 2019

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

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

Date:  August 28, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

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

August 26, 2019

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

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019 

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET

Webinar: Mastering Police Work

August 26, 2019

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

Date:  September 12, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Planning for and Responding to Active Shooter Incidents

August 16, 2019

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

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

Webinar: Zip File Forensics

August 16, 2019

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

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

Date:  August 21, 2019

Time:  1:00–2:30 PM, ET

Executive Authority During Energy Emergencies

August 16, 2019

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

Gulf States Regional Law Enforcement Technology Assistance Initiative

August 16, 2019

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

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

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

 Applications Due:  October 4, 2019

Tattoo Artists Learning to Identify Human Trafficking

August 16, 2019

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

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

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

The National Center for Victims of Crime

August 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

August 12, 2019

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

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

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

 

VALOR Initiative Pilot

August 12, 2019

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

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

Safeguarding Against Ransomware Attacks

August 12, 2019

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

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

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

August 12, 2019

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

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

Webinar: Sustainable Crime Gun Intelligence Strategies Require Policy Driven Tactics

August 2, 2019

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

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

Date:  August 6, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Victim Compensation Fund

August 2, 2019

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

A Guide to Understanding NIBRS

August 2, 2019

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

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

Law Enforcement Cyber Center

August 2, 2019

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

The LECC addresses three principal functional areas:

  • Cyber crime investigations

  • Digital forensics

  • Information systems security

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

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

August 2, 2019

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

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

Date:  August 14, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET

Tribal Access Program

July 26, 2019

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

 

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

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

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

July 26, 2019

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

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

Date:  July 30, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs

July 26, 2019

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

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

July 26, 2019

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

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

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

Learn About Project Safe Neighborhoods

July 26, 2019

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

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

July 22, 2019

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

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

National Fusion Center Association: Annual Training Event

July 22, 2019

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

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

July 22, 2019

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

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

Date: August 13, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

New VALOR Spotlight on Safety Campaign

July 22, 2019

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

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

July 22, 2019

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

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

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

Webinar: Developmentally Informed and Trauma-Informed Police Officer

July 12, 2019

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

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

Date:  July 30, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

COAP Webinar Series: Making Data Simple—Dashboards and Visualization

July 12, 2019

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

Presentation topics will include the following:

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

  • How data visualization leads to improved communication

  • Assembling the necessary components to create successful data visualization efforts

  • How data is presented to inform key stakeholders

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

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

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

July 12, 2019

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

 

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

Webinar: What Justice Professionals Need to Know About Hate Crime

July 12, 2019

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

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

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

Date:  Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: BJA Solicitation

July 5, 2019

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

What’s New In Blue

July 5, 2019

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

Improved TRIPwire

July 5, 2019

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

Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Wellness

July 5, 2019

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

Webinar: Responding to Gangs in Schools

July 5, 2019

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

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

Date:  August 1, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

2019 NAJIS Conference

June 28, 2019

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

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

Operation Broken Heart

June 28, 2019

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

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

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

Executive Leadership Seminar

June 28, 2019

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

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

Webinar: Gang Sex Trafficking

June 28, 2019

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

Date:  July 17, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

First Responder Toolbox

June 28, 2019

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

The JCAT has a comprehensive First Responder Toolbox.

National Public Safety Partnership: New Counties and Cities

June 21, 2019

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

The 10 new PSP sites are:

  1. Anniston, Alabama

  2. Oxford, Alabama

  3. Anchorage, Alaska

  4. Davenport, Iowa

  5. Wichita, Kansas

  6. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  7. Baltimore, Maryland

  8. Cleveland, Ohio

  9. Amarillo, Texas

  10. Harris County, Texas

Crime Reduction Strategies and Best Practices

June 21, 2019

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

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

June 21, 2019

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

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

Creation of the State and Local Law Enforcement Coordination Section

June 21, 2019

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

AMBER Alert Field Guide for Law Enforcement Officers

June 21, 2019

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

Creation of the State and Local Law Enforcement Coordination Section

June 21, 2019

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

A Global Unified Message Regarding Information Sharing

June 14, 2019

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

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

Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault Crimes

June 14, 2019

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

2019 National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum

June 14, 2019

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

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

  • Best practices for forensic laboratories

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

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

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

DHS S&T and Central United States Earthquake Consortium Partnership

June 14, 2019

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

Webinar: Busting Bitcoin Bandits

June 14, 2019

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

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

 Date:  July 18, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m.. – 2:15 p.m., ET

Webinar: Staffing Analysis for Criminal Investigations

June 10, 2019

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

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

  • Elements of agencywide case management and workload measurement process

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

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

Date:  Thursday, June 13, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Darknet Fentanyl Dealer Indicted

June 10, 2019

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

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

Webinar: Digital Trust

June 10, 2019

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

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

Date:  June 20, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET.

Indicators of School Crime and Safety

June 10, 2019

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

Emerging Issues in American Policing, Volume 7

June 10, 2019

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

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

  • Reviewing mental health calls in a rural police department

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

  • Addressing racial disparities in traffic stops

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

  • Providing crisis intervention training for youth

  • Examining the impact of police agency size on officer stress

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

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.