No-Cost Training Opportunities and Police-Community Relations Summit
NIJ and FBI Team Up to Test Sexual Assault Kits
Addressing the issues surrounding the testing of sexual assault kits (SAKs) is one of the most complex challenges facing the U.S. criminal justice system. What kinds of kits are not sent to the lab for testing? Once at the lab, what are the most effective ways to test and track them?
To help find the best strategies, methods and procedures for dealing with SAKs, the FBI and NIJ have formed a research partnership to develop improved practices and policies for law enforcement and crime labs.
State and local law enforcement agencies will submit their eligible SAKs to the FBI, and NIJ will gather facts and data about the processing of the cases. The goal is to develop more effective tools and strategies for evaluating the methods and procedures now used, improve practices, and inform future policies and decisions.
The FBI will enter eligible DNA profiles into the National DNA Index System (NDIS), a component of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). Experts believe that increasing the number of profiles in CODIS will increase the potential to solve other crimes.
Learn more about the partnership.
Law Enforcement Gets Involved in Ice Bucket Challenges
Law enforcement agencies across the United States are joining in the newest way to raise money for diseases and issues they consider important.
Officers and staff are getting drenched in ice water to raise awareness (and money) for ALS, autism, the Officer Down Memorial page, and other important causes, and challenging their peers to do the same.
Check out these videos of the challenge:
Massachusetts State Police
Louisiana State Police
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Kansas Highway Patrol
Hands Across Borders – Reducing DUI Deaths on U.S. Highways
Drunk driving related deaths on U.S. highways know no boundaries. That's why state police from Alabama and Tennessee—as well as Madison County and Lincoln County, Tennessee, Sheriff's offices—are teaming up this weekend and over the next three weeks for a high-visibility campaign known as Hands Across Borders.
Leading up to Labor Day weekend on Sept. 1, they'll be focusing on DUIs, seat belt violations and distracted driving. Their ultimate goal: to keep the number of DUI-related deaths on U.S. state highways and rural roads to zero.
Trafficking in Indian Country Webinar – August 28, 2014
Join MECP and the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program for Part II of Trafficking in Indian Country.
View Part I online or access handouts.
LPR Standard Released for Public Comment
On Friday, August 22, 2014, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released two draft documents related to Mobile License Plate Reader Systems (LPR) used by criminal justice agencies for a 45-day public comment period.
1. Draft Mobile License Plate Reader System Standard for Law Enforcement
2. Draft Mobile LPR System Supplier's Declaration of Conformity Requirements
Individuals wishing to obtain and provide comments on the draft documents under consideration are directed to the Federal Register notice. https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-19977 Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 6, 2014.
Free Project Safe Neighborhoods Training, September 2014
IACP, with the support of BJA, is offering five Project Safe Neighborhoods Training Sessions in September 2014, including ones in Alabama and Illinois. Follow the links below to register.
Project Safe Neighborhoods: Characteristics of Armed Persons and Building Successful Firearms Prosecution (Alabama)
Project Safe Neighborhoods: Characteristics of Armed Persons Training (Illinois)
Learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods.
Free Webinar: Best Practices for Sexual Assault Report Writing – November 16, 2014
Aimed to set law enforcement and survivors up for the best possible judicial outcomes, End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) is hosting a one-hour webinar, "Effective Report Writing: Using the Language of Non-consensual Sex," on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. (EST). The training is designed to aid and guide law enforcement on how to write a report that not only will detail necessary information to combat potential defense strategies, but also increase the likelihood of successful prosecution of the sexual assault.
Retired sergeant and executive director of EVAWI Joanne Archambault will lead the webinar, discussing the best ways to preserve the exact descriptive words of the survivor, describe the individual's feelings during the attack, employ the language of non-consensual sex, and note the entirety of the context of the victim's force, threat, or fear.
More information about the EVAWI webinar
Register for Effective Report Writing: Using the Language of Non-consensual Sex
Mid-Rank Officers Can Apply for Scholarship to Attend IACP 2014
To support the integration of evidence-based research into police operations, the National Institute of Justice is funding 10 need-based practitioner scholarships for mid-rank law enforcement officers to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Expo on October 25–29, 2014.
This scholarship program is for mid-level career police professionals with demonstrated experience partnering with academic-based or other researchers to implement research initiatives in their departments.
Scholarship recipients will be given full access to IACP conference workshops and the exhibit hall in addition to an exclusive educational program designed by NIJ and the IACP Research Advisory Committee. The scholarships are all-inclusive, covering the cost of travel, conference registration, per diem expenses and accommodations.
Applications are due by September 5 close of business. Learn more about how to apply.
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