NEWS FROM THE FIELD
DOJ Awards Grants to Strengthen Justice System’s Response to Sexual Assault
On December 15, 2015, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced seven awards totaling $2.7 million in funding through the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women’s Sexual Assault Justice Initiative (SAJI) to improve how the justice system in general, and prosecution in particular, handles sexual assault cases. The seven pilot sites will implement performance measures that reflect promising practices for prosecuting sexual assault and promoting justice for victims, receiving technical assistance from AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women and participating in the evaluation of the initiative.
The seven pilot sites that will receive funding through the OVW’s Sexual Assault Justice Initiative are Jefferson County Commission, Birmingham, Alabama; City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Cobb County Board of Commissioners, Marietta, Georgia; City and County of Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii; New Hampshire Department of Justice, Concord, New Hampshire; Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma; and County of Sauk, Baraboo, Wisconsin.
January Is National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month
This year, 2016, marks the sixth anniversary of President Barack Obama’s proclamation of January as National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention month.
In Fiscal Year 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 1,437 individuals for human trafficking -- the illegal trade and exploitation of people for commercial gain, most commonly in the form of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. From those cases, nearly 400 trafficking victims were identified and offered critical services.
Through the Blue Campaign, DHS raises public awareness about human trafficking, leveraging partnerships to educate the public to recognize human trafficking and report suspected instances. The Blue Campaign also offers training to law enforcement and others to increase detection and investigation of human trafficking, and to protect victims and bring suspected traffickers to justice.
Get more information and resources.
FBI’s New Cybercrime Investigation Tool: Cyber Dogs
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Jersey will soon be getting a cutting-edge tool to help them crack down on cybercrime. New Jersey FBI Special Agent Celeste Danzi said the cyber dog will be able to sniff out thumb drives, hard drives, and cellphones.
“He or she will be able to identify these items and find them if they’re hidden or disguised as a pen or even a tiny chip,” she said. “It could be as small as a fingernail, anything that memory can be stored in, the dog will be able to scent or alert on.”
U.S. Interagency Countering Violent Extremism Task Force Formed
Since the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) last February, the U.S. government has focused on strengthening its effort to prevent extremists from radicalizing and mobilizing recruits, especially in the United States. The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Task Force is a multi-agency collaboration that will work to advance these efforts. The new task force will coordinate government efforts and partnerships to prevent violent extremism in the United States and address gaps in the current U.S. CVE strategy.
Suspension of Federal Equitable Sharing Program
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week that it’s suspending a program that allows local police departments to keep a large portion of assets seized from citizens under federal law. The DOJ is suspending payments under this program due to budget cuts included in the recent U.S. federal spending bill.
Read DOJ’s announcement.
Read Joint Law Enforcement Letters on Asset Forfeiture.
Video: Violent Extremism Activity Indicators and Law Enforcement Strategies
The Syrian Conflict: Implications on Extremism in Your Community video was developed by the IACP Committee on Terrorism, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Counterterrorism Center. This resource can be used to increase awareness of indicators possibly related to violent extremist activity and to highlight community policing strategies and methods to combat these threats.
Access video (members-only).
January FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Now Online
Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Open for Nominations
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 a physical injury. 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. The act establishes an award to honor exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers. The medals are awarded annually by the U.S. Attorney General and are presented by the recipients’ Congressional representatives.
Nominations must be made the agency head and are due by February 15, 2016.
Learn more or nominate an officer.
Mobile Applications: Five Questions Parents Can Ask to Keep Kids Safe
Big Ideas for Smaller Agencies Newsletter – New Issue Available
National Missing Children’s Day Awards
Nominations are now open for the annual National Missing Children’s Day Awards. Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice, through OJJDP, recognizes individuals, organizations, and agencies that have made a difference in recovering abducted children and protecting children from exploitation. The awardees are recognized at the annual National Missing Children’s Day ceremony in Washington, D.C., each May.
The deadline for nominations is January 18, 2016.
IACP’s Model Policy on Missing Children (members-only).
On Demand Webinar: How Predictive Analytics Can Help Police Chiefs Cut Crime
IACP Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigation Training – Little Rock, AR (2/10–2/11)
The IACP Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigation Training hosted by the Little Rock, Arkansas, Police Department is now open for registration (limited to 50 registrants). The training will take place February 10–11, 2016. This two-day, no-cost training is open to local, state, campus, and tribal law enforcement (both officers and investigators) and their community partners (advocates, SANE nurses, prosecutors, Title IX investigators, etc.).
For more information contact Aviva Kurash, IACP Sr. Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Campus Law Enforcement Trainer Development Program on Sexual and Gender Based Violence – Montclair, NJ (3/15–3/17)
The IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women is pleased to announce the upcoming National Campus Law Enforcement Trainer Development Program on Sexual and Gender Based Violence pilot training event, held in partnership with the East Central University (Oklahoma) STTAABLE Campus Program, being held March 15–17 at Montclair State University (Montclair, New Jersey). This free training event provides an opportunity for campus law enforcement to strengthen core presentation skills, incorporate experiential learning into instruction, develop training lesson plans and content, and troubleshoot problems in the training environment while educating law enforcement about crimes of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking on campus.
For more information about this event contact Michael Rizzo, IACP Project Manager, at email@example.com. This program is supported by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
Access application form.
Learn more about the IACP’s efforts to address violence against women.
Webinar – Parental Arrest Policies and Protecting Children: Training Your Department (1/20)
On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST, the IACP, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, will host a webinar, “Parental Arrest Policies and Protecting Children: Training Your Department.” Webinar panelists will provide training guidance for police departments on parental arrest policies that safeguard children. Resources will be shared that can be utilized for roll call training in police agencies.
Badge & Tech Benefits Award Dinner to Support NLEOMF (1/20)
LEIM Conference Registration Now Open
Leading by Legacy Training, Bellingham, WA (2/22–2/24)
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IACP 2016 Call for Papers Now Open
IACP’s Annual Conference and Exposition (IACP 2016) is being held in San Diego, California, October 15-18, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center. The call for papers is now open, and we are accepting workshop submissions for the IACP 2016 educational program. The IACP 2016 educational program is designed to meet the needs of diversified audiences with cutting-edge presentations. We are looking for a wide array of topics that are innovative, engaging, inspiring, and informative for police executives around the world. Different presentation styles and tracks are available for submissions.
40 Under 40 Award for Emerging Leaders
The IACP’s new 40 Under 40 Award is designed to recognize 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession. Award winners will represent the law enforcement leaders of today as well as the leaders of tomorrow. The nomination deadline is February 1, 2016, with winners announced in September 2016.
Learn more or nominate an individual.
New and Updated Model Policies Available
The following new and updated documents are now available to IACP members via the IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center.
- Canine Encounters: Law Enforcement Interactions with Canines (Model Policy and Concepts & Issues Paper)
- Recording Police Activity (Model Policy and Concepts & Issues Paper Updates)
- Unbiased Policing (Model Policy and Concepts & Issues Paper Updates)
- Vehicular Pursuit (Model Policy Update and Concepts & Issues Paper)
Model policies are a member-only benefit; members need to login to their IACP account to access the policy center.
Access these and other model policies.
Tribal Community Policing Webinar Series
Register today to attend the Tribal Community Policing Webinar Series! Topics include:
- Hiring in the Spirit of Service and Tribal Tradition (January 14, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST)
- Information Sharing: Working with Tribal, Local, State, and Federal Partners to Improve Communication and Data Sharing (January 21, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST)
- Strategies for Improving Cultural Awareness for Law Enforcement in and around Indian Country (January 28, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST)
For more information, contact Jennifer Styles at 703-647-6804 or Styles@theiacp.org
Register or learn more.
Poll: Improving Police-Community Relations
2016 Mid-Year PIO Section Conference
IACP Questionnaire on Body-Worn Cameras and Victim Impact
IACP is asking law enforcement to share their opinions regarding the use of body-worn cameras and impact considerations for the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking for a new National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women.
Access the questionnaire.
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