News Archive

NIBRS 2021: Are You Ready?

April 22, 2019

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

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

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: Success Story

April 22, 2019

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

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

PERF Annual Meeting

April 22, 2019

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

The Purpose and Impact of the CLOUD Act

April 22, 2019

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

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

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

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center

April 22, 2019

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

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

April 22, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) team, invites you to this no-cost webinar on May 2, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., ET.

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

This session will:

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

 

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)—The Martinsburg Initiative

April 22, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) team, invites you to this no-cost webinar on May 2, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., ET.

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

This session will:

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

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

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

LEO Near Miss

April 12, 2019

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

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

Enhancing School Safety and Preventing School Shootings

April 12, 2019

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

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

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

Technology Initiatives Assessment

April 12, 2019

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

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

The Importance of Culture in Policing in Indian Country

April 12, 2019

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

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

Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion Mentor Program

April 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement

April 5, 2019

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

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

Office of Justice Programs Blog

April 5, 2019

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

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

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

School Violence Prevention Program: Grant Funding Opportunity

April 5, 2019

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

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

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

VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program: Video Series

April 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

National Terrorism Advisory System

April 5, 2019

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

BJA: Funding Information and Resources

March 29, 2019

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

Webinar: Cyber Leaders and the Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation Program

March 29, 2019

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

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

Date:  April 2, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., ET

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

National Institute of Justice Journal

March 29, 2019

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

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

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

March 29, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) team, invites you to this no-cost webinar on April 10, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., ET.

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

This session will:

  • Highlight the roles of peer specialists across multiple programs.

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

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

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

Federal Commission on School Safety: Report Released

March 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Officers, Students, and Community Join the TEAM

March 22, 2019

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

Overdose Death Rates by State: New Maps and Tables

March 22, 2019

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

Webinar: Cyber Threat Landscape Update Spring 2019

March 22, 2019

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

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

  • Current and emerging malware and threat trends

  • New tactics, techniques, and procedures

  • Active malicious cyber actors

  • How to combat these perpetrators and protect your networks

    Date:  April 11, 2019

    Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

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

March 22, 2019

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

Nomination deadline:  May 17, 2019

National Sheriffs’ Association: Annual Conference and Exposition

March 22, 2019

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

Where:  Louisville, Kentucky

When:  June 15–19, 2019

Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Officer Safety Initiatives

March 15, 2019

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

  • National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide

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

  • Supporting the Blue Public Awareness and Education Campaign

Webinar: Trauma-Informed Policing

March 15, 2019

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

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

Webinar: Implementing Evidence-Based Policing

March 15, 2019

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

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

  • Establishing collaborations with research institutions.

  • Examples of practitioner led-research in police agencies.

  • Benefits of regular data analysis.

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

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

2019 SEARCH Symposium

March 15, 2019

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

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

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

March 15, 2019

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

National Public Safety Partnership: Expanding to New Sites in 2019

March 8, 2019

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

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

Research and Evaluation on Policing: Webinar

March 8, 2019

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

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

Date:  March 20, 2019

Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

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

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

FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2018

March 8, 2019

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

National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) FY2019

March 8, 2019

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

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

2019 National Cyber Crime Conference

March 1, 2019

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

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

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

March 1, 2019

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

Facial Recognition Use Case Catalog for Law Enforcement

March 1, 2019

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

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

March 1, 2019

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

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

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

March 1, 2019

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

Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators

February 22, 2019

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

Federal Justice Statistics, 2015–2016

February 22, 2019

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

ASCIA Spring Conference

February 22, 2019

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

Development and Validation of a Resilience Training Model at the Academy

February 22, 2019

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

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

February 22, 2019

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

NamUS offers several core services:

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

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

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

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

Taking Collaboration to the Next Level: Webinar

February 15, 2019

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

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

Date:  February 21, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

White House Releases National Drug Control Strategy

February 15, 2019

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

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

February 15, 2019

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

Program Takes Multi-Faceted Approach to Active Shooter Training

February 15, 2019

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

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

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

February 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

BJA Building Analytical Capacity: No-Cost Interactive Online Workshops

February 8, 2019

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

  • Understanding Hot Spot Mapping for Police Executives

  • Crime Analysis Tactics, Strategies, and Special Operations

  • Tactical Crime Analysis:  Stopping Emerging Patterns of Crime

  • 12 Questions Executives Should Ask About Their Crime Analysis Capabilities

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

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

February 8, 2019

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

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

February 8, 2019

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

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

February 8, 2019

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

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

Date: Wednesday, February 13

Time:  2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., ET

Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs: Seeking Nominations

February 8, 2019

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

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

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

BJA-Funded Success Stories

February 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

Standards and Testing: Requests for Comment and Information

February 4, 2019

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

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

Fourth Generation Nerve Agents

February 4, 2019

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

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

BJA Grant Applicant Education Series

February 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

2. Submitting Your Application: Avoid These Common Mistakes

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

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

  • The importance of using the application checklist. 

  • How applications are successfully submitted.

  • How subawards can be incorporated into an application. 

  • How to attach documents.

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

National Intelligence Strategy 2019

February 4, 2019

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

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

Preventing Near Repeat Residential Burglary

January 25, 2019

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

National Criminal Justice Training Center

January 25, 2019

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

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

January 25, 2019

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

Date:  Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET

What’s New in Blue: Video Series

January 25, 2019

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

Criminal Victimization—2017

January 25, 2019

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

A Behavioral Study of American “Homegrown” Terrorist Offenders

January 22, 2019

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

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

January 22, 2019

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

Date:  Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

Improving the Identification and Reporting of Hate Crimes

January 22, 2019

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

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

Center for Cyber and Homeland Security

January 22, 2019

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

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: Webinar

January 22, 2019

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

Investigation and Prosecution Legal Templates: National White Collar Crime Center

January 14, 2019

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

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

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

January 14, 2019

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

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

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

Body-Worn Cameras: What the Evidence Tells Us

January 14, 2019

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

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

Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage

January 14, 2019

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

Reflections on Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement

January 14, 2019

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

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

How States Invest Byrne JAG Funding

January 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery: Nomination Period Open

January 7, 2019

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

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

2019 OJP Grant Application Resource Guide

January 7, 2019

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

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

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

Protecting Against Stress and Trauma: Research Lessons for Law Enforcement

January 7, 2019

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

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

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

The Federal Commission on School Safety: Final Report

January 7, 2019

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

Crime Analysis on Demand

December 14, 2018

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

The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Resource Center

December 14, 2018

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

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

Byrne JAG Promising Practices

December 14, 2018

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

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

Police Body-Worn Camera Legislation Tracker

December 14, 2018

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

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

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

  • Privacy issues continue to surface.

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

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

Other useful links:

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

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

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

December 14, 2018

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

National Incident-Based Reporting System: Managing Change

December 7, 2018

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

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

DOJ Annual Report on Indian Country: Investigations and Prosecutions

December 7, 2018

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

 

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

Crime Analysis Toolkit: Update Efforts

December 7, 2018

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

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

Open Data and Policing: Police Data Initiative Best Practices Guides

December 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

December 7, 2018

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

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

 

National Use-of-Force Data Collection

December 3, 2018

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

Body-Worn Cameras in Law Enforcement Agencies

December 3, 2018

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

Law Enforcement Cyber Center: Webinar

December 3, 2018

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

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

Date:  Thursday, December 13, 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., ET

Crime Gun Intelligence

December 3, 2018

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

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

DOJ Awards Over $56 Million

December 3, 2018

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

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

The National White Collar Crime Center: Online Training

November 26, 2018

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

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

Terror Threat Snapshot: November 2018

November 26, 2018

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

Defining and Solving Cold Cases: Webinar

November 26, 2018

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

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

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

November 26, 2018

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

Date:  November 28, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m., ET

Striking a Balance: Research, Science, and Policing

November 26, 2018

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

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

2017 Hate Crime Statistics Released

November 19, 2018

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

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

Animal Cruelty as a Gateway Crime

November 19, 2018

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

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

Using Emergency Declarations to Address the Opioid Epidemic

November 19, 2018

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

Evidence-Based Policing: A Practical Approach

November 19, 2018

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

Date:  November 27, 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

New Active Shooter Standard

November 19, 2018

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

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

Active Shooter Training for First Responders

November 13, 2018

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

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

2018 National Drug Threat Assessment

November 13, 2018

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

Justice Reinvestment Initiative Solicitation Announcement

November 13, 2018

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

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

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

November 13, 2018

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

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

Key questions to be answered in the session:

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

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

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

Date:  Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Roll Call Mental Health Training: Video Training Series

November 13, 2018

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

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

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

November 5, 2018

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

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

Risk Management in Law Enforcement

November 5, 2018

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

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

Report on Alerting Tactics

November 5, 2018

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

  • Nationwide alert originator best practices for reaching communities.

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

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

Library of Byrne JAG Promising Programs

November 5, 2018

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

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

Promising Strategies for Strengthening Homicide Investigations

November 5, 2018

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

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

October 29, 2018

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

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

Date:  October 29, 2018

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

Marijuana’s Impact on California

October 29, 2018

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

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

October 29, 2018

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

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

A Message to Law Enforcement From the Office of Justice Programs

October 29, 2018

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

2017 National Network of Fusion Centers: Final Report

October 29, 2018

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

Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide

October 22, 2018

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

DHS Develops Terrorism Prevention Research Findings

October 22, 2018

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

Cyber Exploits—Understand the Threat

October 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

Crime in the United States 2017

October 22, 2018

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

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

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

October 22, 2018

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

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

First Responder Burnout Prevention

October 8, 2018

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

Panelists will discuss:

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

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

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

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

Date:  October 11, 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET

Overdose: Case Study and Resource

October 8, 2018

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

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

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

ODMAP:  http://www.hidta.org/odmap/

National Risk Management Center

October 8, 2018

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

2018 Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace

October 8, 2018

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

Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems by Law Enforcement Agencies

October 8, 2018

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

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

National Public Safety Partnership

October 1, 2018

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

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

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

Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center

October 1, 2018

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

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

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

National Cyber Strategy

October 1, 2018

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

Responding to Persons Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

October 1, 2018

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

VALOR Officer Safety

October 1, 2018

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

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

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

September 24, 2018

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

Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators

September 24, 2018

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

Terror Threat Snapshot: September 2018

September 24, 2018

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

Police Data Initiative: Law Enforcement Open Data Sets

September 24, 2018

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

National Gang Violence Prevention Week

September 24, 2018

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

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

Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program

September 17, 2018

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

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

Date:   September 20, 2018

Time:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m., ET

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

The National Fusion Center Association - Annual Training Event

September 17, 2018

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

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

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

September 17, 2018

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

Campus Safety Special Feature

September 17, 2018

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

Perceptions of Methamphetamine in Indian Country

September 17, 2018

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

Fentanyl Safety for First Responders

September 10, 2018

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

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

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

  • Actions first responders can take to protect themselves from exposure

  • Actions first responders can take when exposure occurs

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

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

Civilian Oversight of the Police in Major Cities

September 10, 2018

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

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

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

September 10, 2018

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

Date:  Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

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

September 10, 2018

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

Date:  Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time:  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., ET

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

September 10, 2018

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

Date:  Monday, September 17, 2018

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

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

September 4, 2018

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

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

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

Ethics Toolkit: The International Association of Chiefs of Police Resource

September 4, 2018

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

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

September 4, 2018

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

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

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

Using Shotguns as Less-Lethal Weapons

September 4, 2018

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

50-State Report on Public Safety

September 4, 2018

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

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

Practical Approaches to Sustaining Innovative Policing Initiatives

August 24, 2018

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

OJJDP Extends Deadlines for Gang Suppression Funding Opportunities

August 24, 2018

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

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

New Deadline:  October 4, 2018

Terror Threat Snapshot - August 2018

August 24, 2018

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

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

August 24, 2018

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

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

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

August 24, 2018

Webinar:

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

Date:  August 29, 2018

Time:  2:00 p.m., ET

New National Fusion Center Association Video

August 17, 2018

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

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

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

“Harmonizing Police Technology Acquisitions With Policing Strategy”

August 17, 2018

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

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

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

  • Include technology considerations in strategic planning.

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

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

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

August 17, 2018

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

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

“Recent Violent Crime Trends in the United States”

August 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Incident Response Tool for Schools Webinar

August 17, 2018

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

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

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

August 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

August 14, 2018

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

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

Researchers Improve Accuracy by Combining Testing Methods for Emerging Recreational Drugs

August 14, 2018

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

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

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

National Association for Justice Information Systems’ 39th Annual Conference

August 14, 2018

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

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

  • October 8–11, 2018, Boulder, Colorado

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

Policing the Connected World

August 14, 2018

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

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

Crime Gun Intelligence Center Resources Now Available

August 6, 2018

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

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

August 6, 2018

 

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

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

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

Center for Internet Security

August 6, 2018

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

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

August 6, 2018

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

Officer Safety and Wellness Group Meeting Summary

August 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

July 27, 2018

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

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

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

Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge

July 27, 2018

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

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

Partners for Progress—Serving Safely

July 27, 2018

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

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

 

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

July 27, 2018

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

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

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

July 27, 2018

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

 

Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model

July 23, 2018

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

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

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

  • Define thresholds for interventions.

  • Create a central reporting system to deal with threats.

Focused Deterrence Strategies for Law Enforcement Agencies

July 23, 2018

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

Nationwide Cyber Security Review

July 23, 2018

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

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

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

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

July 23, 2018

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

Humanizing Your Agency Through Social Media: Webinar

July 23, 2018

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

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

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

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

July 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Cybercrime: Resources for New and Existing Cybercrime Units

July 13, 2018

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

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

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

July 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

July 13, 2018

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

Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

July 13, 2018

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

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

Website: www.campusdrugprevention.gov

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Rapid DNA Initiative

July 9, 2018

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

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

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

July 9, 2018

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

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

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

Violence Reduction Response Center: Leveraging Resources for Justice Practitioners

July 9, 2018

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

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

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

July 9, 2018

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

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

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

July 9, 2018

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

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

The Project Safe Neighborhoods FY 2018 - Grant Announcement

June 22, 2018

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding under the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  The PSN Program is designed to create and foster safe neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, including, but not limited to, addressing criminal gangs and the felonious possession of firearms.  The program’s effectiveness depends on the ongoing coordination, cooperation, and partnerships of local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies—and the communities they serve—engaged in a unified approach led by the U.S. Attorney in all 94 districts.  Acting decisively in a coordinated manner at all levels will help reverse the rise in violent crime and keep American citizens safe.  PSN provides the crucial funding, resources, and training for law enforcement, prosecutors, and their PSN teams to combat violent crime and make their communities safe through a comprehensive approach to public safety that marries targeted law enforcement efforts with community engagement, prevention, and reentry efforts.

National Institute of Justice’s Policing Strategic Research Plan 2017–2022

June 22, 2018

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) developed the Policing Strategic Research Plan to describe the current and projected efforts of NIJ to advance policing practices in the United States.  The strategic goals outlined in the plan should be viewed as both interrelated and vital to better understanding and finding solutions to the challenges of policing.  This document should be of interest to researchers (academic, governmental, and industrial); federal, state, local, and international government partners; and justice policymakers and practitioner communities.  Findings from the activities that fall within this strategic plan will be disseminated among these constituents and partners in ways designed to achieve the greatest impact.

2019 Crime Victims’ Service Awards Nomination Period Now Open

June 22, 2018

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) annually recognizes individuals, teams, programs, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. On April 13, 2018, an awards ceremony was held in Washington, DC, to honor individuals, organizations, teams, and programs for their outstanding efforts on behalf of crime victims.

Individuals may nominate one or more worthy candidates, including individuals, programs, organizations, teams, or a coalition of individuals and programs.  Nominees can include, but are not limited to, federal, state, local, or tribal professionals and volunteers in direct victim services and allied professions. Victims and survivors of crime are eligible for the Special Courage Award.  Previous award recipients, regardless of award category, are not eligible for subsequent awards. View past recipients in the OVC Gallery.  Elected officials are not eligible for consideration.  Candidates nominated but not selected in previous years are eligible for consideration.

Why Sharing Data Matters to Your Agency and Community: International Association of Chiefs of Police Blog

June 22, 2018

The Ferndale, Michigan, Police Department (FPD) was approached by the University of Michigan with a proposal for collaboration regarding the publication of “open data.”  Open data is a term for any form of data that can be downloaded and manipulated by members of the public.  As part of the agreement, the university would provide students to work on the cleaning and publishing of data and the FPD would provide the data, along with the mechanism to publish it. FPD saw this as an opportunity to leverage the skills of these students, build relationships, and benefit the community.

FPD convened a community task force that included residents, community groups, representatives from academia, and other key stakeholders to recommend which data set topics would be made publicly available. The community was most interested in community engagement metrics and data about the FPD officers.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) blog is posting a series of articles highlighting community understanding of and respect for law enforcement. This project is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

For additional information regarding open data sharing, visit the Police Data Initiative, a law enforcement community of practice that includes leading law enforcement agencies, technologists, and researchers committed to engaging their communities in a partnership to improve public safety built on a foundation of trust, accountability, and innovation.

House Homeland Security Committee Released Its June Terror Threat Snapshot

June 22, 2018

The House Homeland Security Committee’s Terror Threat Snapshot is an assessment of the growing threat that America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists.

The most recent Snapshot included a remembrance of the Manchester Arena bombing, which left 22 dead and 116 injured.  Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May joined families of victims at the Manchester Cathedral service.  The Dean of Manchester said it was for "those whose lives were lost and those whose lives have been changed forever.”

The Snapshot outlined France’s warning of the risk posed by 40 radicalized prisoners who are due to be released over the next 18 months. There are 20 scheduled for release in 2018 and another 20 in 2019. Authorities remain concerned over prison radicalization and taken bold steps to reduce the issue.

Addressing cases of homegrown Islamist extremism in the United States, the Snapshot continued to identify such cases and indicated that since 2013, there have been 153 homegrown jihadist cases in the United States.

Medal of Valor

June 18, 2018

Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency service officers perform brave and selfless acts every day in the line of duty.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has opened the nomination period for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to recognize these public safety officers for their valiant actions.  An act of valor is defined as going above and beyond the call of duty and exhibiting exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life.

Nominations must be submitted through the Medal of Valor page by or at the direction of the chief executive officer of the nominee’s employing public safety agency.  Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on July 31, 2018.  Agencies may nominate multiple public safety officers for the same incident, and individual officers can be nominated for multiple incidents. Please note that separate online nominations must be submitted for each incident and for each officer who participated in the incident.  For questions about the nomination process or submission, please contact MedalOfValor@usdoj.gov or visit the FAQ page.

2018 Bureau of Justice Assistance Destination Zero Conference

June 18, 2018

The Destination Zero (DZ) Program, a Bureau of Justice Assistance program and collaborative effort between the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program, is designed to assist law enforcement agencies in improving the health and safety of their officers across the United States.  The DZ Program is proud to recognize officer safety and officer wellness programs that proactively engage employees in initiatives that increase overall officer wellness and/or reduce line-of-duty injuries or deaths.

The 2018 Destination Zero Conference: Saluting Innovative Officer Safety and Wellness Programs will be held August 2–3, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona.  This year’s conference will highlight previous DZ award winners and finalists from the following categories: general officer safety, officer traffic safety, officer wellness, and comprehensive safety.

Attendance at the DZ Conference is limited to law enforcement personnel. Agency identification will be required at registration check-in.

Benefits and Advantages of Transitioning to the National Incident-Based Reporting System

June 18, 2018

The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) was implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement.  NIBRS captures details on each single crime incident—as well as on separate offenses within the same incident—including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property involved in the crimes.

Unlike data reported through Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s traditional Summary Reporting System—an aggregate monthly tally of crimes—the NIBRS data goes much deeper because of its ability to provide circumstances and context for crimes. It includes reporting up to ten offenses within a single incident and additional aspects about each event, like location, time of day, and whether the incident was cleared. Ultimately, NIBRS will improve the detail and overall quality of crime data, which will help law enforcement and communities around the country use resources more strategically and effectively.  The following articles outline many of the advantages of the transition:  Summary Reporting System to NIBRS: The Path to Better UCR Data and Questions NIBRS Can Answer.

The UCR Program is actively working to increase NIBRS participation by partnering with the Bureau of Justice Statistics on the National Crime Statistics Exchange, working with advocacy groups to emphasize the importance of NIBRS data for the public and the law enforcement community, and transitioning the UCR program to a NIBRS-only data collection by January 2021.  The FBI has documented the efforts of two states, Minnesota and Georgia, as they to work to achieve their transitions to NIBRS.  For more information about the NIBRS transition, contact the NIBRS staff of the FBI’s UCR Program via telephone at (304) 625-9999 or email at UCR-NIBRS@fbi.gov.

The National Governors Association Resource Center for State Cybersecurity Helps Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

June 18, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the National Governors Association (NGA) Resource Center for State Cybersecurity announced that it will help four states—Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin—modernize their cybersecurity plans and infrastructure. The new initiative, Policy Academy on Implementing State Cybersecurity, offers states a new opportunity to defend themselves against increasingly advanced and globalized cyberthreats. 

The NGA will provide states with technical assistance to implement and operationalize cybersecurity planning. The Policy Academy will convene the NGA, industry experts, federal officials, private sector experts, research organizations, and academia to advise the four state teams, each selected by its governor to develop and share best practices in cybersecurity. 

Those who are interested in learning more about the NGA should contact Jeff McLeod, Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, NGA Center for Best Practices, at jmcleod@nga.org or (202) 624-5311.

The U.S. Department of Justice Announces the First Grants Under the STOP School Violence Act

June 18, 2018

On June 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the U.S. Department of Justice’s first grants under the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018) at the 24th Annual Joint Conference of the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police and the 88th Annual Montana Police Protective Association. 

The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 appropriated funds for both the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office to improve school safety programs. 

BJA was appropriated $50 million dollars as part of this Act and has two solicitations that are currently available for states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes.

BJA STOP School Violence Assessment and Technology Reporting Program

BJA STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program

COPS SVVP Information and Details on the Upcoming COPS Solicition

“Backing the Blue”-Office of Justice Programs Blog

June 1, 2018

Countering a threat and carrying on while under assault, even after being struck, is a skill that officers must learn. It's a daunting prospect, but one that hundreds of thousands of brave men and women sign up knowing they may have to face. And our nation is stronger for it.

~Alan R. Hanson, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General

In a recent Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Blog article, “Backing the Blue,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson focused on OJP’s efforts to protect and support law enforcement.  He provides examples of how, through agency programs and partners, OJP supports the wellness and safety of law enforcement.  One of these efforts is the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program, providing tactical instruction on handling violent incidents.

Human Trafficking Task Force E-Guide: Resources to Support Task Forces

June 1, 2018

Due to the complex nature of the crime, perpetrators often operate unnoticed, and those who suffer are not likely to self-identify as victims of human trafficking.  Trafficking victims do not always see themselves as victims, often blaming themselves for their situation. This makes discovering this crime more difficult because victims rarely self-report, and the time and resources required to uncover violations can be significant.

Developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance, this guide is a resource to support established task forces and provide guidance to agencies that are forming task forces.  Its purpose is to assist in the development and day-to-day operations of an anti-human trafficking task force and to provide fundamental guidance for effective task force operations.

The content has been carefully screened and evaluated by anti-human trafficking victim service providers, law enforcement officials, and prosecutors.  It is a living document; as new practices and resources that have proven helpful to these task forces become available, OVC’s Training and Technical Assistance Center will incorporate them to enhance the effectiveness of this guide.

Prosecutor-Led Diversion Toolkit: Helping to Build the Next Generation of Prosecutor-Led Diversion Programming

June 1, 2018

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation and NORC at the University of Chicago, in collaboration with and administration by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, developed the Prosecutor-Led Diversion Initiative to sustain and create pre-trial prosecutor-led diversion programs with a substance abuse, mental health, and/or human trafficking component.

Although the concept of diversion has been an important part of the criminal justice system for many years, the challenges of rising incarceration costs, limited system resources, and the desire for more effective criminal justice system outcomes have led prosecutors to apply diversion to new and more challenging populations. 

This online toolkit is intended as a resource to help prosecutors design, implement, and evaluate these new prosecutor-led diversion options.  More broadly, this toolkit is also a resource for other criminal justice system stakeholders (law enforcement, the defense, the judiciary, probation and pretrial services, social service providers, policymakers, and the general public) to better understand prosecutor-led diversion and why it matters.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Strategy

June 1, 2018

In an age of brand-name breaches, we must think beyond the defense of specific assets—and confront systemic risks that affect everyone from tech giants to homeowners.  Our strategy outlines how DHS will leverage its unique capabilities on the digital battlefield to defend American networks and get ahead of emerging cyber threats.

~Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

In May 2018, DHS released a new five-year strategy that provides a framework to execute DHS’s cybersecurity responsibilities in order to keep pace with the evolving cyber risk landscape.  The intent is for this strategy to enable the harmonization and prioritization of DHS planning, programming, budgeting, and operational activities across all DHS cybersecurity mission areas.  It will focus on coordinating departmental cybersecurity activities to ensure a unity of effort.

This strategy sets forth a five-part approach to manage national cyber risk aimed at ensuring the availability of critical national functions and fostering efficiency, innovation, trustworthy communication, and economic prosperity in ways that are consistent with our national values and that protect privacy and civil liberties:

  • Risk Identification

  • Vulnerability Reduction

  • Threat Reduction

  • Consequence Mitigation

  • Enable Cybersecurity Outcomes

Mass Violence and Terrorism: Toolkit and Training Series

June 1, 2018

Incidents of mass violence and terrorism—bombings, mass riots and shootings, hijackings, bioterrorism attacks, and other human-caused disasters—present unique challenges to the communities in which they occur.  These incidents require a coordinated, cross-sector approach among federal, state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; and nonprofit organizations to drive an effective response.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)—in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Office for Victim Assistance and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism—developed the Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit, to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible.

Lessons learned from past incidents indicate that through advanced planning (which includes the establishment of victim assistance protocols), and by developing and maintaining multidisciplinary partnerships, communities are better prepared to engage a holistic approach to victim assistance to ensure that each victim’s needs are met. However, this toolkit also contains materials that will aid communities’ responses to victims even if they have not planned for an incident. 

This Web training series highlights the importance of communities, states, and regions planning a response to incidents of mass violence and terrorism using the OVC Toolkit resource.  This webinar provides a detailed overview of how to use the Toolkit. Customized technical assistance is available to city, county, and state-level organizations to help implement the Toolkit.  If you would like to request mass violence and terrorism customized technical assistance, please contact OVC by email at TTAC@ovcttac.org.

Opportunity to Participate in the National Public Safety Partnership

May 25, 2018

The National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) provides an innovative framework to enhance federal support of state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution authorities in aggressively investigating and prosecuting violent criminals. PSP’s strategic focus emphasizes the U.S. Department of Justice’s priority to reduce violent crime by providing critical capacity-building resources to law enforcement and prosecutors to increase public safety in local communities. PSP has proven to be a successful model for enhancing participating sites’ crime-fighting capacity. The PSP program is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods suite of programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime.

If interested in applying to participate in this opportunity, complete the Statement of Interest and submit to BJA NTTAC at BJANTTAC@ojp.usdoj.gov by 11:59 p.m., ET, on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Social Media Bootcamp: Webinar to Learn How to Build a Resilient Reputation

May 25, 2018

Date:  May 29, 2018

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

The Justice Clearinghouse is hosting a no-cost social media bootcamp webinar, during which participants will get a tour of the major platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor, Snapchat and Facebook.  The webinar will provide a helpful list of best practices for each platform that government agencies can use to improve engagement within their respective communities.

The Justice Clearinghouse is a community of justice and public safety professionals.  The organization advocates an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and resolving the challenges affecting the justice arena.

Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Analytical Capacity: Technology Integration in West Memphis, Arkansas

May 25, 2018

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) for the webinar “Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Analytical Capacity: Technology Integration in West Memphis, Arkansas” on Thursday, May 31, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET. During this webinar, presenters from the West Memphis, Arkansas, National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) site and the West Memphis, Arkansas, Police Department will review a recent technology integration effort undertaken by the department to enhance its data-driven policing mission.

This webinar will review how the recent technology integration effort undertaken by the West Memphis, Arkansas, Police Department, as part of the West Memphis, Arkansas, PSP, enhanced its data-driven policing mission. Participants will learn how the agency implemented an innovative software program that integrated disparate data systems into one searchable and analyzable application. Presenters will also discuss key strategies and lessons learned for law enforcement technology and data integration projects that can be applied to other jurisdictions nationwide.

Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholarships for Law Enforcement Officers: Application Deadline June 8, 2018

May 25, 2018

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.

NIJ is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ seeks to provide objective and independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision making of the criminal justice community to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

NIJ is seeking applicants for the 2018 class of LEADS Scholars. Applicants should be mid-career, in-the-ranks leaders within their agencies and have a personal dedication to advancing the policing field through research. Applicants must be sworn officers and cannot be current NIJ grantees.

The LEADS Scholars program grew out of a desire to support and develop the next generation of law enforcement leadership in America. In 2014, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to establish an annual award of ten, three-year scholarships for research-minded law enforcement officers. The program has since grown to 40 men and women officers across the country, who have formed a strong network of individuals committed to using evidence and data to inform law enforcement policy and practice.  NIJ LEADS Scholars are pioneers in the evidence-based policing movement who present and publish frequently about their research and findings.

Officer Health, Stress, and Suicide: Research on Police Health, Stress, and Suicide

May 25, 2018

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.

In a podcast offered by the COPS Office as part of its monthly podcast series, The Beat, Dr. John Violanti, a research professor at the University of Buffalo and retired New York State police trooper, discusses his research on police health, police stress, and suicide, as well as the need for departments to support officer mental health and wellness. In 2017, more officers committed suicide than were killed in the line of duty.

One of Dr. Violanti’s current research efforts is examining the suicide rate of police officers versus the general population as a way to determine whether and how departments can utilize the data to improve mental health services for officers. 

Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies 2018 Spring Conference: U.S. Attorney General Delivers Remarks

May 22, 2018

On May 7, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered remarks at the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA) 2018 Spring Conference.  He emphasized that the administration’s goal is to bring down the rate of violent crime, homicides, opioid prescriptions, and overdose deaths.  In 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will invest more than $100 million in state and local crime labs to make them faster, more efficient, and effective, in an effort to reduce the backlog and free up other resources to reduce violent crime and drug abuse.  DOJ, through the Bureau of  Justice Assistance's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, also will provide grant funding to identify previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits, test them, and then assign personnel to pursue new investigative leads to help provide closure for sexual assault victims throughout the country and help put their assailants behind bars.  AG Sessions added that it is critical to address the growing encryption (or “going dark”) problem.  DOJ is working with stakeholders in the private sector, in law enforcement, and in Congress to find a solution to this problem.

Honoring Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers: IACP Leadership Awards

May 22, 2018

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is proud to honor law enforcement agencies and officers that exhibit leadership, excellence, and professionalism through the 2018 Leadership Awards Program.  Nominate an agency or individual doing incredible work in the field. Simply download the nomination form, complete it, and email it to awards@theiacp.org by June 1, 2018. All award winners will be recognized at the 2018 IACP Annual Conference.  The awards program features several categories, including the following:

  • The IACP Leadership in Homeland Security Award honors excellence and significant contributions to overcoming homeland security challenges. All federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement, public safety or criminal justice agencies, task forces, or multiagency collaborative efforts that have made a substantial contribution to Homeland Security efforts, either during a single event or over time, are eligible to apply.

  • The IACP/Thomson Reuters Excellence in Criminal Investigations 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 2017 calendar year.  An investigation nominated for this award in a previous year is ineligible.

Police Executive Research Forum Annual Meeting

May 22, 2018

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) on May 29 through June 1, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. All registrants will be welcome to attend all meetings, sessions, and events sponsored by PERF, MCCA, and NEIA during the Annual Meeting. The registration fee is $425. 

Grant Funding Opportunity: Community Policing Development(CPD) Program

May 22, 2018

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office recently opened a competitive solicitation for the 2018 Community Policing Development (CPD) Program.  The CPD grant program is designed to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, development of innovative community policing strategies, field-directed law enforcement microgrants, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope.  The COPS Office has designed the CPD solicitation to address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing.

Up to $10 million is available through this year's program, and all awards are subject to the availability of funds.  Applications are due by June 7, 2018, at 7:59 p.m., ET.

The AMBER Advocate Newsletter: OJJDP Releases the Spring 2018 Edition

May 22, 2018

 

The mission of the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program (AATTAP) is to safely recover missing, endangered, or abducted children through the coordinated efforts of law enforcement, media, transportation, and other partners by using training and technology to enhance response capacities and capabilities and increase public participation.

The AATTAP publishes quarterly issues of the AMBER Advocate Newsletter.  The spring 2018 issue of the AMBER Advocate Newsletter features the following articles:

  • AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program Administrator Jim Walters' vision for the future of child protection
  • Faces of the AMBER Alert Network
  • The role an Idaho AMBER Alert played in the recovery of two sisters
  • AMBER Alert in Indian Country
  • AMBER Alert in international news