NEWS FROM THE FIELD
DOJ Releases Report on Requests for Information from News Media
The U.S. Justice Department today released its first annual report following former Attorney General Eric Holder’s pledge in February 2014 to make public information related to law enforcement requests for information from, or records of, members of the news media.
The report exemplifies the DOJ’s continuing commitment to increased transparency in its interactions with the media and to ensure that news-gathering activities by members of the news media are not unreasonably impaired by law enforcement activities. The report covers authorizations made during the 2014 calendar year and includes information provided by department divisions, including the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices.
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U.S. Border Patrol Striving to Recruit Women
The Border Patrol plans to hire 1,600 agents by the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2015. Not all the slots must go to women, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection got a federal exemption to target women.
The unprecedented female recruitment effort comes after the Border Patrol was overwhelmed last summer by a surge of women and children on the southern border, mostly Central Americans coming through Texas’s Rio Grande Valley. There are fewer immigrants than last summer, but the number of families increased this month, and the region remains the border's busiest area for illegal immigration. Currently, only 5 percent of agents in the Rio Grande Valley are female, 150 of 3,000.
Thailand Suspects Network of People Was Involved in Bangkok Shrine Bombing
Thailand has said international terror groups were unlikely to be behind the Bangkok shrine bombing as it appealed for Interpol’s help in finding the man accused of being the prime suspect.
The widening of the inquiry on Thursday—also appealing to passengers of international airlines to come forward with evidence—came as national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said the bombing may have involved a network of people, suggesting as many as 10 people could have played a part.
Police-Community Task Force Against Human Trafficking
Human trafficking—when people are forced or coerced to work, usually in the sex trade —is a big problem in Orange County, California, experts say, although tracking the number of victims at any time is imprecise. “One thing for sure is with the Internet it has just exploded,” said Anaheim Sgt. Juan Reveles, a task force member. “Every single day, there are hundreds of girls available.”
The task force seeks out young victims and, instead of arresting them, provides them social services to help get them off of the streets. Since forming in 2004, the agency has assisted 450-plus victims of human trafficking who came here from 36 different countries. The task force is led by the Anaheim Police Department and includes the District Attorney’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, and the Sheriff’s Department. The Irvine Police Department is expected to join the task force this year.
This year, the task force added 13 faith-based organizations to support victim’s everyday needs, such as long-term housing, education and employment.
Philippine Government to Form Anti-Cybercrime Team
The Republic of the Philippines Department of Justice will form a team of experts to go after cyber criminals. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, in her speech during launching and signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulation of the Cyber Crime Prevention Act of 2012, said the government has a lot of catching up to do against cybercrime offenders who have had about a three-decade head start.
“It is our mandate to ensure that while crimes ought not to go unpunished, that wherever cybercriminals may be found, the full force of the law must apply,” she said. The team will be composed of anti-cybercrime professionals “equipped with the requisite expertise, backed up by adequate resources and operating under an ethical framework to ensure that we can deliver justice.”
Last year, the PNP recorded 614 cybercrime-related cases, 22 percent of them were scam-related, 16 percent involved cyber libel, 11 percent were on voyeurism, and 9 percent involved identity theft.
IACP Traffic Safety Dispatch–Aug. 2015
Establishing Relationships between Police and the Private Sector Brochure
The IACP Private Sector Liaison Committee recently completed a brochure, Public-Private Partnerships, highlighting the importance of establishing relationships between law enforcement and the private sector to address public safety concerns and crime in their community. The brochure includes suggestions for creating public-private relationships in your community and examples of how other communities across the country have used these relationships to start effective programs which address public safety and crime.
Updated Online Training Module: Clearance Methods for Sexual Assault Cases
End Violence Against Women International’s (EVAWI’s) Clearance Methods module offers guidance for law enforcement officers, investigators, and supervisors on how to clear or otherwise close sexual assault cases. In this most recent revision, users will find a thorough explanation of the various methods for closing a sexual assault case, including an expanded discussion of recent updates to the FBI guidelines for exceptional clearance.
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Study on Internet Technology Uses for Police and Privacy Issues
New Internet-based technology may aid criminal justice agencies through tools such as better criminal databases, remotely conducted criminal trials, and electronic monitoring of parolees in the community, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
Researchers say that while there are many promising technologies that could aid the criminal justice field, many of the developments raise issues related to civil rights, privacy rights, and cybersecurity that must be addressed before the improvements can be fully realized.
The RAND report is based upon feedback from an expert panel of 16 practitioners and technology experts convened to discuss what upcoming Internet technologies may be valuable and what the technology likely will do for criminal justice efforts. The panel included members from groups such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Probation and Parole Association, as well as technology experts from groups such as IBM and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Free Webinar on Neurobiology of Sexual Assault
EVAWI offers a 90-minute webinar given by Dr. Rebecca Campbell on The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault. It is available for free in our webinar archives, so it can be accessed at any time.
Along with the audio recording of the webinar, slides are provided in PDF format, with either three slides per page or one slide per page. A transcript of the webinar is also available, along with the responses to chat questions submitted by webinar participants. These questions were adapted for a general audience, and responses were co-authored by former Sgt. Joanne Archambault along with EVAWI's Research Director, Dr. Kim Lonsway.
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No-Cost Leading By Legacy Training–Dennis, MA (Sept. 15–17)
NIJ Seminar on Strengthening Law Enforcement-Community Relations (Sept. 18)
Recent events on the national stage such as the events in Ferguson and Baltimore, combined with media images of officers atop armored vehicles, dressed in military fatigues, and armed with rifles, have thrust the issue of police-community relations to the national spotlight. With the public demanding increased legitimacy and accountability from law enforcement agencies, how do police executives develop and support a culture of policing that reinforces the importance of community engagement in managing public safety—while also enhancing officer morale?
Time & Place:
Friday, September 18, 2015
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Office of Justice Programs, Third Floor Ballroom
810 Seventh Street Northwest
Moderator: Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs
Panelists: Charles H. Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department; Sue Rahr, Executive Director, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission; and Anthony A. Braga, Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology, Rutgers University, and Senior Research Fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard University
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ted Robinson at Theodore.D.Robinson@usdoj.gov or 202-616-1739.
Project Safe Neighborhoods No-Cost Training–Eastern District, WI (Sept. 15, 16, 17)
Free Webinar: How Predictive Analytics Can Help Police Chiefs Cut Crime (Sept. 17)
No-Cost Webinar: Officer Safety During Domestic Violence Calls (Sept. 10)
TAs part of its continuing focus on officer safety and wellness, IACP has partnered with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to a develop a webinar that examines the officer safety considerations that arise when responding to a domestic violence call. This webinar examines the complexities and challenges faced by officers when interacting with offenders, victims, and witnesses and identifies tactics and protocols for ensuring officer, victim, and civilian safety, and presents quantitative research and case studies to demonstrate the dangers of responding to and managing on-scene investigations of domestic violence calls.
The live webinar will be held at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, September 10th.
NIC Web Broadcast on Veterans Treatment Courts (Aug. 26)
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be conducting a live-streaming Internet broadcast on justice-involved veterans, highlighting the lifesaving role being played by veterans treatment courts across the country. The three-hour broadcast titled “Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way,” will be aired live on Wednesday, August 26, at noon EST.
Law enforcement personnel are encouraged to register even if you are unable to watch the broadcast live. NIC will send an update with a link for registered participants after the show has been edited, and you may view the broadcast at any time.
INSIDE THE IACP
IACP International Vice Chair – Open for Nominations
In October 2015, the current IACP International Vice President (IVP), Ms. Barbara Fleury, finishes her term as IVP. Mr. Patrick Stevens, the current IACP International Division Vice Chair, moves up to become our next International Vice President, which vacates the position of International Division Vice Chair. In participating in the selection of the International Division Vice Chair, members are essentially participating in the selection of the future IACP International Vice President (two years forward), as the Vice Chair moves up to become the International Vice President.
Nominations are made by members of the IACP International Policing Division Steering Committee (IPDSC), and the committee then elects from the available candidates. Members of IACP can nominate a potential candidate indirectly to any member of the IPDSC, as only IPDSC members can formally nominate names to be considered. To be eligible, a potential candidate must be in the IACP membership category of “Active or Life Member,” and cannot be from the same country as the current International Division Vice Chair, who is from Belgium. Make sure the candidate you nominate is willing and aware of your nomination. IPDSC committee members must nominate candidates no later than midnight EDT September 24, 2015.
If you have questions or care to make a nomination through an IPDSC member, please contact Mr. Paul Santiago, Director of the International Policing Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +1-703-647-7350.
No-Cost Leading by Legacy Webinar: Social Media Strategies for Smaller Agencies (Sept. 29)
On September 29, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, IACP’s Leading by Legacy program is hosting a free webinar on Developing an Effective Social Media Strategy for Smaller Agencies.
Learn more about the Leading by Legacy program.
Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women (Oct. 24–25)
The IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women, supported by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, is pleased to announce the upcoming Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women training on October 24 & 25 at the 122nd IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.
This free event is an opportunity for law enforcement to develop strategies for responding to and investigating violence against women crimes including domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Information on the use of technology for stalking, strangulation, risk assessment and more will be highlighted. Those registered for the event will receive a complimentary two-day (Saturday & Sunday) pass to the IACP Conference.
For more information about this event contact Teri Duesbery, IACP Project Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Learn about IACP’s efforts to address violence against women.
Poll: Effective Communication with Communities
IACP Launches No-Cost Online Training on Child Trafficking
The IACP, in collaboration with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) at the U.S. Department of Justice and theViolent Crimes Against Children Section of the Criminal Division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is pleased to announce the launch of the Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series of Frontline Officers online training course. This training is available to law enforcement officers only and builds on the Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series for Frontline Officers toolkit developed by the IACP, the COPS Office, and the FBI.
This training will educate frontline officers on how to recognize and respond to victims of child sex trafficking. This is a series of training videos which depicts sworn law enforcement officers demonstrating alterative responses to different types of scenarios involving child sex trafficking. At the end of this training, participants will be able to:
• Recognize the physical and behavioral indicators of child sex trafficking
• Respond appropriately
• Refer for investigation
The no-cost, interactive course is self-paced and available 24/7. For more information, contact Cari Jankowski at 1-800-843-4227 x 802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your agency have your own online learning management system? This training is also available in a SCORM 2004 compliant version. If you would like this online training hosted on your own system, please email your request to email@example.com.
For information on the system requirements to take the course, visit our getting started page.
122nd IACP Annual Conference and Exposition – Register Now
The advance registration period for IACP 2015 ends on September 9, 2015, so register now to secure the lower advance rate and save over 21% in registration fees.
With more than 200 education workshops and 650 exhibitors, the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition is the largest and most important law enforcement event of the year—more than 14,000 public safety professionals come here to learn new techniques, advance their knowledge and careers and equip their department for ongoing success. When you bring your team to IACP 2015, your agency will achieve better results and operate more efficiently and effectively.
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