IACP News 07-28-2015

Family and Youth Resources; Hacking Forum Dismantled


  • Gunmen Disguised as Law Enforcement Attacks Police Station in India

    On Monday morning, July 27, six people were killed in the northern India state of Punjab by armed gunmen disguised as police officers. Of the six killed, two were police officers and four were civilians. The gunmen fired at a passenger bus and community health center before breaking into the police station. Five bombs were also found on railway tracks located in Dinanagar, 10 miles from the border. In response to this attack, the country’s home minister, Rajnath Singh, gave the approval to increase security on their border with Pakistan. Special forces were also sent to the scene to diffuse to situation.

    Read more.

  • Interdiction for Protection of Children Initiative Saves Six Children from Ongoing Abuse

    The Utah Highway Patrolmen have created an initiative where officers’ instincts are applied in the field to assess situations and determine if individuals have been victims of abuse or human trafficking. So far, six children have been saved from future abuse with this model, ranging from 3 to 13 years of age.

    Read more.

  • NIJ Challenge Winners: Improving Law Enforcement Response with Ultra-High Speed Apps

    Real-time and individually tailored information can be critical in rapidly evolving emergency situations. To encourage software developers and public safety professionals to develop applications that could significantly improve public safety operations using public domain data and UHS bandwidth systems, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) hosted the Ultra-High Speed (UHS) Application Challenge. Three winning entries have been selected to share the Challenge prize of $150,000.

    City of Ammon, school emergency screencast application—First Prize, $75,000
    The school emergency screencast application works with a school’s existing camera systems, UHS bandwidth and gunshot detection hardware to report gunshot fire and provide live video feed to first responders in real time. This allows for a more rapid, effective, and coordinated response.

    City of Torrance, UHS mapping application—Second Prize, $50,000
    The UHS Mapping application empowers individual businesses, schools, and other building owners to share their location and other data, such as maps, floor plans, parking structures, or dangerous chemicals lists, with first responders. This information can be made available to first responders on scene in real time via mobile device, providing critical information during rapidly evolving emergency situations.

    Forensic Logic, Inc., LEAP Network video application—Third Prize, $25,000
    The LEAP network connects public CCTV with crime records and open-source GIS platforms. This allows law enforcement to search video feeds from a range of video management software live on-site, or after a crime is reported.

    Learn more about the winning UHS applicants.

  • Darkode Computer Hacking Hub Investigated and Taken Down

    Darkode—an online, password-protected forum for hackers to buy, sell, and trade information among themselves in order to unlawfully infringe on other peoples’ electronic products—was taken down recently. Twelve individuals associated with this illegal participation were criminally charged in the Western District of Pennsylvania, Eastern District of Wisconsin, District of Columbia, and Western District of Louisiana.

    “Of the roughly 800 criminal Internet forums worldwide, Darkode represented one of the gravest threats to the integrity of data on computers in the United States and around the world and was the most sophisticated English-speaking forum for criminal computer hackers in the world,” said U.S. Attorney Hickton. “Through this operation, we have dismantled a cyber hornets’ nest of criminal hackers which was believed by many, including the hackers themselves, to be impenetrable.”

    Read more.



  • SAMHSA Releases Report on Underage Drinking

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new report showing a significant decline in underage alcohol consumption among youth aged 12–20 between 2002 and 2013. The report indicates a drop in underage binge drinking but finds alcohol to still be the most widely used substance among America’s youth.

    View and download the report.

  • National Gang Center Updates Parents’ Guide to Gangs

    The National Gang Center has published an updated version of the Parents’ Guide to Gangs. This guide provides parents with answers to common questions about gangs to enable them to recognize and prevent their child’s involvement in a gang. The National Gang Center is supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

    Also, in the online video, Why Youth Join Gangs, gang researchers, practitioners, and young people who were previously involved in gangs talk about research regarding gang joining and provide insights into what you might observe when interacting with youth who are at high risk of joining a gang.

    Read Parents’ Guide to Gangs.

    Watch Why Youth Join Gangs.

  • Latest Memorial Fund Fatalities Report

    The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund conducted a 2015 mid-year law enforcement officer fatalities report. According to the preliminary data compiled, 64 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2015, a 3 percent increase over the same period in 2014 in which 62 officers were killed.

    Read the 2015 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report.

    Read the press release.

  • Domestic Violence Video Resource for Youth

    Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home is an Emmy-nominated children’s program created collaboratively by Children of Domestic Violence (CDV) and Nick News. This special segment was created to help communicate directly with young people who are either growing up with domestic violence or know someone who is. 

    This video is the first children’s television program focused on this issue. It dispels the lie that they are alone, as it features other children speaking candidly and poignantly about their experiences. This video can be a very helpful tool for schools, child welfare programs, domestic violence programs, and parents to share with their own children.

    Watch the video.

  • SMART Releases Report on Juvenile Sex Offender Registration

    The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) has released Prosecution, Transfer, and Registration of Serious Juvenile Sex Offenders. This report examines the systems of charging, adjudication, disposition, transfer, and/or sentencing that might apply to a serious juvenile sex offender.

    Access report.

    Learn more about the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

  • Resources on Neurobiology Trauma

    End Violence Against Women International (EVAW) is highlighting multiple resources about some of the training and technical assistance offered in the neurobiology of trauma field. These include:



  • Ride & Run to Remember (10/10–10/11/2015)

    The Ride & Run to Remember is a fun and exciting event to show support for law enforcement. It’s also a powerful way to support the mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by raising funds. Every dollar you raise goes toward honoring and remembering the heroes of American law enforcement. Supporters like you and your donors allow us to carry on this important work. In addition to encouraging community support for law enforcement, your participation and fundraising helps honor the contribution and sacrifice law enforcement officers make every day.

    There's an option for everyone at the Ride & Run to Remember! Whether you want to brave the athletic challenge of being a Road Warrior—completing both the Ride and the Run—or just have a great time with the 2K Walk, pick a type and join today.

    Learn more and register.

  • S&T’s July Twitter Chat: Envisioning the Next Generation First Responder (7/29/2015)

    What does it mean for a first responder to truly be protected? What can go wrong when responders aren’t reliably connected to one another? When responders are fully aware, how much more efficiently can they serve the American public?

    Join DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex team, Twitter handle @dhsscitech, on Wednesday, July 29, from noon to 1 p.m. EDT to tell us what protected, connected, and fully aware means to you! Submit your questions and comments before, during or after the chat and use the #STTechTalk hashtag to engage in the two-way discussion.

    Learn more.

  • No-Cost Leading by Legacy Webinar: Motivation (8/18/2015)

    On August 18, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, the IACP’s Leading by Legacy Program will host a no-cost webinar exploring motivation and its effects on smaller agencies. The webinar will be led by Dr. Mitchell Weintzel, who has over 26 years of law enforcement experience, 17 of which were as a Chief of Police. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of the Public Safety Executive Leadership program in the school of Criminal Justice Studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.


  • Tribal and Trafficking Webinar Series: Serving Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking—Intervention

    The MECP and AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program invite you to participate in this month’s webinar entitled, “Serving Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking—Part 2” with Leslie Briner, Commercial Sexual Exploitation Training and Policy Coordinator for YouthCare. Leslie also operates Notes from the Ground, a training and consulting practice in Seattle, focused on developing resources and capacity to respond to sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.

    Ms. Briner will expand upon last month’s webinar to discuss intervention strategies for victims of sex trafficking. She will also examine how service providers can improve intervention efforts through relationship building, harm reduction and safety planning. Participants are encouraged to review Part I prior to participating in this month’s event.

    Learn more.

  • Join the New York Yankees to Honor America’s Law Enforcement (9/11/2015)

    Come out to Yankee Stadium on Friday, September 11, as the New York Yankees face the visiting Toronto Blue Jays in a special Law Enforcement Appreciation Night game. Special ticket prices are available for this event, so gather your friends and family for an exciting game against a division rival.

    All tickets will be sold online and picked up at the Ticketmaster Will Call (Windows 16–19) on game day. Seats are first come, first serve, so act fast and secure the best seats today!

    Ticket Information

    • Section 208: $45 ($60 value) 
      ($15 from each ticket purchased will be donated to the Memorial Fund)
    • Section 135-136: $60 ($80 value)
      ($20 from each ticket purchased will be donated to the Memorial Fund)
    • Section 131: $75 ($100 value) 
      ($25 from each ticket purchased will be donated to the Memorial Fund)
    • Section 112-113: $110 ($155 value) 
      ($32.50 from each ticket purchased will be donated to the Memorial Fund)

    Read more.

    Purchase tickets.

  • Sex Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Problems and Solutions from around the Nation Webinar (7/30/2015)

    Through NCCJD’s national information and referral process, we continue to see cases of sex offenses by people with I/DD that are well outside the stereotypical instances portrayed by the media. NCCJD’s white paper and webinar on the topic will highlight current issues in the field, as well as promising practices from across the United States including the following:

    • Writing a community safety plan
    • Research from Ohio focusing on the characteristics and offense patterns of 160 individuals with DD
    • Ohio’s response to addressing the service needs of individuals with I/DD who have been convicted of committing a sexual offense
    • Specialized employment services for people with disabilities and sex offending behavior
    • Evaluations and risk assessments of people with I/DD
    • An overview of the negative impact of Megan’s Law consequences on the I/DD population
    • Right to representation and how to provide effective representation to this population

    Webinar participants will be the first to obtain NCCJD’s white paper on the topic of sex offenders with I/DD which delves even deeper into the issues addressed on the webinar. Join us for this thought-provoking and empowering webinar on July 30, 2015, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.




  • #WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday: IACP Edition

    This post is part of our ongoing “WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday blog series. The IACP is fortunate to have several staff members who served their communities and their country as law enforcement officers. While they no longer wear a badge, their dedication and commitment to law enforcement still remains. Jose Mariscal, IACP Project Manager and former Texas State Trooper is one such member of the IACP staff.

    Access post.

  • Statement of IACP President Richard Beary on the Shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • Children of Arrested Parents Webinar #4 Available Online

    On June 15, 2015, the IACP, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, held the webinar “Developing a Policy to Protect Children of Arrested Parents.” Panelists provided guidance on the planning and implementation process of a police departmental policy to protect children at the time of parental arrest.

    For those who missed the webinar or would like to review the content, the materials are now archived and available on the IACP website.

    Access webinar.

  • Leading by Legacy: Leadership and Management Training for Smaller Law Enforcement Agencies

    LBL is an intensive two-and-a-half day training course designed to provide executives, command staff, and first-line supervisors from smaller law enforcement agencies with the knowledge and skills to build legacies committed to personal development, agency stability, and the values of the community they serve. Building a legacy strengthens the capacity of individual leaders and organizations and enhances the law enforcement profession as a whole. Participants will receive a unique opportunity to learn from the nation’s top trainers from smaller and rural law enforcement agencies; network with colleagues to share experiences; and identify practical leadership strategies and resources. The course is interactive and participants will be expected to contribute in group activities and discussions, work closely with other attendees and faculty, and complete pre-training work.

    All program costs and materials are provided by IACP through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Lodging, travel, and meals are NOT provided.

    Eligible participants must

    • be an executive, command staff, or first-line supervisor;
    • anticipate serving at least three more years in their agency before transferring or retiring; and
    • serve in a smaller law enforcement agency serving a population of 50,000 people or less.

    If your agency does not fit the eligibility requirements, you will be added to the waitlist and added to the roster if space allows.

    Depending on local demand, individual agencies may be limited in the number of participants they can send, typically between 2 and 3 participants. The co-hosting agency is allowed up to 5 participants. Additional applications from the same agency will be added to the waitlist and added to the roster if space allows.

    Learn more and apply.



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