Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates and FBI Director James B. Comey Deliver Statement on Going Dark Risk
On July 8, 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates and FBI Director James B. Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about growing challenges to public safety and national security that have eroded their ability to obtain electronic information and evidence pursuant to a court order or warrant. This method in law enforcement is also known as “Going Dark.” Their goal in this statement was to explore approaches that protect the integrity of technology and promote strong encryption to protect privacy, while still allowing lawful access to information in order to protect public safety and national security.
Read the statement.
NLEOMF Bonds Available to Fund U.S. Law Enforcement Museum
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) announced that it is releasing nearly $100 million worth of high-yield, non-rated, tax-exempt bonds to build the only national museum dedicated to telling the story of law enforcement in the United States. The congressionally-authorized museum will complement the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and will complete the development of a National Center for Law Enforcement that will highlight and archive law enforcement achievements and history. More importantly, the center will provide a unifying place to strengthen the ties between law enforcement and the communities they serve through knowledge, compassion, and dialogue.
To effectively fulfill its vision, the NLEOMF has created three important priorities: the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, the soon-to-be-built National Law Enforcement Museum, and educational programming consisting of officer safety and wellness initiatives, as well as programming and events for the general public. Once open, the museum will serve as a platform to fortify ties between the community and law enforcement. Ultimately, it will become an important place to improve the lines of communication between those who protect and those who are protected—making the United States safer for all.
Heroin Use Rising among High-Income Women
According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, heroin use has doubled among the female demographic and more than doubled among non-Hispanic whites. Even populations with incomes higher than $50,000 and private health insurance have increased their use of the addictive drug. Professionals attribute this spike to increased prescribing of opioid painkillers over the past two decades. These pills and drugs are easy to access and appear to be less dangerous than street drugs. To try and counter this problem, the CDC advises that states oppose prescription drug abuse and make treatment more readily available, such as Suboxone, which silences an addict’s cravings.
Study Reveals Suicide Attempts Most Common in Newer Soldiers
The JAMA Psychiatry generated a research study in order to understand the groups most impacted by suicide attempts and deaths in the Army. They recorded nearly 10,000 suicide attempts on almost 1 million active duty Army members from 2004-2009. The results were appalling.
Attempts and suicide deaths were found to be more common among whites, as well as individuals with no college education and those who enlisted early into the Army. Women were also recorded to have more suicide attempts than men, but less deaths.
JAMA proposes that due to an atmosphere that encourages mental toughness, soldiers are discouraged to seek help. Prevention efforts are being taken to rectify this situation. Psychologist Craig Bryan, associate director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, believes that by dubbing certain intervention terminology with military jargon, soldiers would be less embarrassed to ask for help. An example of this is for soldiers to focus positive thoughts in a “survival kit,” not a “hope box.”
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The Role of the Traffic Reporter Video
The Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Subcommittee has released a new video: “Traffic Incident Management: The Role of the Traffic Reporter.” This video is an introduction to some of the ways traffic reporters play an important role in traffic incident management. It also outlines two important initiates traffic reporters should educate the public of: move over laws and move it laws. The overall goal of the traffic reporter is to keep the public aware and informed of traffic reports and laws to lessen future risks. This video provides pointers and statistics to show how integral the traffic reporter’s role is in managing traffic safety.
Access the video here.
2016 EVAWI Conference Scholarships for Law Enforcement
End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) is extremely pleased to announce that their grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) includes funding to support scholarships for sworn law enforcement professionals to attend their 2016 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Engaging Men & Boys in Washington, D.C.
The scholarship will cover the full cost of the conference registration; however, travel expenses are not covered. If you have a grant, you can check with your grant manager to see if grant funds can be used to cover some or all of your travel expenses.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of multidisciplinary professionals who will rate them using standardized criteria. These criteria are designed to assess the following areas:
- Level of current and future responsibility for sexual assault response and investigation
- Availability of training opportunities for sexual assault response and investigation
- Availability of funds to support conference participation, e.g., agency, community, personal
- Demonstrated support from the applicant’s agency for conference participation
- Evidence for the potential impact in improving knowledge and skills in this area
New Law Enforcement Training Course on Drug Courts
Law enforcement officers in your court and community are now able to learn how the Drug Court model increases public safety, reduces recidivism, and provides alternatives to incarceration. This no-cost, online, self-paced course teaches behaviors and symptoms related to trauma and mental health disorders (as well as skills to respond more effectively).
Through The Beat, officers will identify specific roles that establish and strengthen the connections between law enforcement and Drug Courts in order to improve collaboration, support, and positive program outcomes. The Beat gives insight to effective strategies for developing team relationships in order to increase cooperation and establish a non-adversarial approach with Drug Court team members.
Learn more and register here.
Toolkit for Reducing the Use of Isolation in Juvenile Justice
Research is well established that isolation and solitary confinement can be harmful to youth, particularly youth with behavioral health needs. The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) has recently released a new toolkit intended to guide policy and practices to decrease the use of isolation within juvenile justice facilities. The “CJCA Toolkit for Reducing the Use of Isolation” presents a synthesis of best practices proposed by over 40 youth corrections leaders from across the United States, providing guidance for juvenile justice administrators, agencies, and secure facilities to change cultures that rely on isolation to manage behavior and accommodate administrative needs.
Download the toolkit.
Smaller Agency No-Cost Technical Assistance
IACP’s Smaller Law Enforcement Agency Training and Technical Assistance program, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, is offering customized technical assistance consultations to local law enforcement agencies that serve populations of 50,000 or fewer. We can assist with designing shift schedules, developing community surveys, and creating strategic plans. Other technical assistance needs will be considered as well.
For information about technical assistance services, contact Jennifer Styles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-647-6804.
IACP Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigation Trainings
IACP is now accepting registration (limited to 50) for the two IACP Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigation Training law enforcement classes. This two-day no-cost training is open to local, state, and campus law enforcement (both officers and investigators) and their community partners (advocates, SANE nurses, prosecutors, title IX investigators, etc.).
1. Hosted by South Bend, Indiana, Police Department, August 18–19, 2015.
2. Hosted by Seattle Pacific University, Office of Safety and Security, Seattle, Washington, September 17–18, 2015
For more information contact Aviva Kurash.
Q & A Webinar on Parental Arrest Policies to Safeguard Children (July 30, 2015)
What is law enforcement’s role in minimizing trauma to children at the time and following parental arrest? What should police executives consider when developing and implementing a policy to safeguard children of arrested parents?
On Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST, the IACP, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), will host a webinar, “Preparing to Launch: Q & A on Implementing Parental Arrest Policies to Safeguard Children.”
Panelists will share their experience in developing and implementing a parental arrest policy in a mid-sized police department. Webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask panelists their own questions regarding law enforcement agency parental arrest policies and procedures. Resources will be provided to assist law enforcement agencies in developing and implementing a policy in their agency.
Register for the webinar.
Webinar: Using Bioinformatics in DNA Analysis (July 29, 2015)
Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is an exciting technology that could enhance the capabilities of forensic DNA analysts. But there are several challenges to implementing an MPS system in a crime laboratory, including training and education, functionality, and genetic marker systems; validation criteria and study design; policy and data procedure developments; and perceived admissibility and privacy issues. NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence presents a four-part webinar series to address these and other topics.
Join NIJ on July 29 at 1:00 PM EST for their third webinar, Bioinformatics, to learn about the different software tools available for data processing, STR, mtDNA, and SNP analysis. Discussion will focus on the potential benefits of this technology, including increased ability for mixture deconvolution and interpretation.
U Visa and Language Access Training in NC (August 17, 2015)
The Huntersville Police Department is hosting a free training on the use of the U Visa and crime scene language access best practices to improve law enforcement’s and prosecutors’ work with immigrant and limited English proficient (LEP) victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
This training will discuss how providing qualified interpreters at crime scenes and U Visa certification play crucial roles in improving community, victim, and law enforcement officer safety. Attendees will build their skills for effective use of the U Visa and provision of language access when working with immigrant and LEP victims and witnesses and to improve community policing in immigrant communities.
This project is a collaboration between the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), Aequitas, and VIDA Legal Assistance Inc.
21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (August 21–August 25, 2017)
Dr. Michael Pollanen, president of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS), is honored to be hosting the 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS), August 21–25, 2017, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The theme of IAFS 2017 will be Inter-Professional Collaboration in Forensic Science.
Questions about IAFS 2017, email email@example.com.
Registration Open for Training on Truancy Prevention and Reduction (September 21, 2015)
The National Center for School Engagement is offering “Best Practices in Truancy Prevention and Reduction” on September 21, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. This training will focus on best practices for schools and communities seeking to launch or expand school attendance efforts. The training will highlight examples of successful approaches that school districts and community collaborations use.
View the agenda.
Learn about the National Center for School Engagement.
Read more about “Best Practices in Truancy Prevention and Reduction.”
Drive to 25K Campaign a Success!
The IACP’s membership is now at an all-time high of 25,078 in 115 countries! This level of membership provides the organization with the diversity and support it needs to continue to grow and provide cutting-edge resources, training, and networking opportunities to members in the field. Thank you again to all our members, for making the Drive to 25K a success.
DRE Annual Conference—Registration Deadline Approaching
Since 1995, this annual training conference has helped DREs and other health and safety professionals stay up-to-date on drug trends, legal issues, and innovative technology. Planning is well under way for the IACP DRE Section’s Annual Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving, co-hosted by the Ohio Drug Evaluation and Classification Program.
Last year, this exceptional educational experience drew more than 850 attendees, including DUI enforcement officers and trainers, drug recognition experts, prosecutors, toxicologists, medical and school professionals, and highway safety advocates.
The deadline for pre-registrations for the DRE Conference is July 24, 2015, as long as space is available.
Learn more or register.
Roll-Call Training Video Questionnaire—Domestic Violence
The IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women is creating a roll call training video on promising practices for responding to and investigating crimes of domestic violence. To help determine the content for this video, IACP is asking law enforcement to complete a questionnaire.
Please take the short survey.
New IACP Resource—Doctor’s Visit Checklist
The IACP Center for Officer Safety and Wellness, in cooperation with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, recently developed a Doctor’s Visit Checklist. This document addresses common medical conditions that may affect law enforcement personnel and encourages proactive dialogue between an officer and his or her doctor.
Access the digital copy.
For additional hard copies, contact the Center for Officer Safety and Wellness firstname.lastname@example.org.
IACP Signs Joint Letter on Email Privacy Act of 2015
The IACP signed a joint law enforcement letter submitted to a U.S. House member and copied to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, which cautions the federal government to “ensure that law enforcement, with appropriate judicial supervision and approval, maintain its ability to access and recover digital evidence in order to protect the public and successfully prosecute those guilty of crimes.”
Read the letter.