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DOJ Announces $41 Million Grant to Address Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits
On September 10, 2015, New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has partnered with the New York City District Attorney’s Office to reduce or eliminate the number of sexual assault kits that go unsubmitted or untested through a new DOJ grant initiative that will provide $41 Million to 20 jurisdictions to help address the backlog of untested sexual assault kits.
This new initiative aims to find out why kits often remain untested and to ensure new kits are tested promptly. They plan on examining evidence collection systems, storage methods, police practices, prosecutorial policies, and laboratory procedures, which may have contributed to the current backlog. In addition, they will support victim-centered approaches that promote effective, efficient responses, as well as making sure jurisdictions implement policies and procedures that advance the timely and effective testing of kits, while providing support for survivors.
Read Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s remarks.
DEA Leads Massive Takedown of Synthetic Drug Traffickers
On September 16, 2015, the DEA, NYPD, and a group of other state, local, and federal agencies announced a massive takedown that targeted the local sale of dangerous designer synthetic drugs made in China. This takedown will likely interrupt illegal money flow from U.S. synthetic drug sales to conflict countries such as Yemen, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. This massive scheme is estimated to have imported at least 100 kilograms of illegal synthetic compounds, which is enough to make around 1,300 kilograms of dried product, or about 260,000 retail packets.
The indictment that was released involved 10 defendants related to this smokable synthetic cannabinoid (SSC), 6 of whom were arrested on the evening of September 15, 2015. As of the announcement on September 16, the other four had not yet been arrested.
FirstNet Early Builder Project Deployed Successfully in Atlantic City
Large concerts can easily overwhelm a city’s communications infrastructure as thousands of fans compete to send messages, pictures, and videos from their phones. Massive amounts of network usage from thousands of people can degrade data transmission, resulting in a dangerous situation for first responders if they need to use the same cellphone network and towers. Therefore, recent beach concerts in Atlantic City, New Jersey, provided an ideal opportunity to test JerseyNet, the state’s public safety broadband network and a FirstNet Early Builder project focused on the use of deployable communications assets.
State Police Investigators Assigned to College Rape Cases
New York State Police plan to assign 12 senior investigators to help campus and local police statewide deal with college date rapes under the state’s new consent law.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that campus sex assaults constitute “an epidemic” that schools have been reluctant to discuss, with crimes apparently committed by a small percentage of male repeat predators, and victims reluctant and sometimes discouraged from coming forward. The law extends protocols established at state institutions to private schools, requiring they adopt student codes requiring affirmative consent before sex. It specifies students’ right to make reports to police of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.
DHS App Saves Precious Time During Missing Person Searches
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responders Group recently released a mobile app that provides step-by-step instructions on search plans for first responders and response teams. It was developed with the support of search and rescue (SAR) teams around the United States and provides search guidance, protocols, and strategies. The app uses data from more than 150,000 missing person cases across the United States and provides a wealth of information for more than 40 scenarios, identifies high probability areas where a person goes missing, breaks down categories of lost people with behavior profiles, provides a checklist of questions to ask about the individual, and provides guidance for snow and water incidents.
The K9 Hero Portrait Project
The K9 Hero Portrait Project is a nonprofit organization that creates a long-lasting legacy and pays tribute to each hero painted in its program. Not only does the project bring awareness to the public about the working dogs, it provides law enforcement and military handlers portraits of their K9 partners at no cost to them.
Whether military, law enforcement, or search and rescue, the stories of these amazing heroes are shared. If the hero was killed in action, the project helps bring closure to the tragic and emotionally painful event for the handlers.
Smart Cities Council Landmark Readiness Guide
Cities around the world are being forced to become smarter due to rapid urbanization, aging infrastructure, climate change, and strong economic competition, among others. The Smart Cities Council has launched the newest version of the Smart Cities Readiness Guide at its first Smart Cities Week event.
The guide is the leading framework for government leaders to enhance the livability, workability, and sustainability of their cities and has been downloaded by thousands of city leaders and stakeholders around the world. It was designed with input from top smart city and urban planning experts in addition to top global technology companies. This guide helps leaders assess their current technologies and readiness to become a smart city. The new version of the guide includes many new case studies, a new chapter on waste management, sections on the new ISO 37120 Smart City standard, and more emphasis on the role citizens play.
Video: Fighting Metals Theft: Perspectives from Law Enforcement and Industry
As part of a continued and comprehensive effort to fight the crime of metals theft across the country, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today released a video, Fighting Metals Theft: Perspectives from Law Enforcement and Industry, aimed at helping local law enforcement address the growing epidemic. ISRI, with assistance of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), produced the 6:19 video featuring interviews with top law enforcement leaders and recycling industry experts. It also takes a close look at the success the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland has had in fighting metals theft through the creation of a centralized unit.
Watch the video here.
The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact—Volume 3
This report documents the impact of the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use in Colorado. Colorado has served as an experimental lab for the United States to determine the impact of legalizing marijuana. This is an important opportunity to gather and examine data and facts on this issue. Citizens and policy makers should have sufficient data to make an informed decision.
This is the third annual report on the impact of Colorado legalizing marijuana. It is divided into 11 sections with each providing data on the impact of legalization prior to and during the creation of the marijuana industry in Colorado.
Access the report.
911 and Emergency Management Coordination and Collaboration Best Practices
The National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA) recently released a paper that aims to promote collaboration and coordination between 9-1-1 authorities and emergency management authorities. Harriet Miller-Brown, NASNA’s president, noted that there is still room to improve the way 9-1-1 authorities and emergency management authorities work together. She said, “This paper is a tool that local and state 911 managers and authorities can use to identify practical things they can do to ensure that 911 becomes part of what emergency managers do.”
Read the report.
Winning Back Your Community: What Every Police Leader Needs to Know (Nov. 2, 2015)
Free training on police-community relations is being offered to Virginia sworn law enforcement officers of any rank who engage in directing agency operations and assist in forming departmental policies. The training will use findings from social science research to identify factors that influence citizen satisfaction with police and then provide real-life case study examples to illustrate solutions.
Location: James City County Police Department, Williamsburg, Virginia
Date: November 2, 2015
Learn more or register.
Witness to History: Boston Marathon Bombing Panel (Oct. 7, 2015)
The April 15, 2013, terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon finish line rocked the United States and put Boston on high alert. Boston police officers, firefighters, and EMS rushed to help the hundreds of wounded bystanders. The five-day manhunt for the attackers ended just outside Boston in suburban Watertown, Massachusetts.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required; space is limited. Any questions please email email@example.com or call 202-737-7869.
RSVP by September 28, 2015.
S&T to Demonstrate Wearable Technologies for First Responders (Sept. 23, 2015)
The EMERGE Accelerator program for Wearable Technology for First Responders was announced earlier this year and was looking for innovators to develop new technologies that will help responders save lives and carry out their mission. The ideas focus on body-worn electronics, advanced sensors, and integrated voice and data communications embedded in a responder’s gear.
Participants will be demonstrating their concepts and prototypes to the investor community and industry on September 23 in San Francisco, California. Technologies up for display include mouth guards that use bone conduction technology for communication, devices for sensory impaired users that can help first responders locate people in difficult environments, a triage language translator for patients to communicate with first responders, and protective gloves with embedded equipment controls to remotely control devices. Following the showcase, participants will work on testing and evaluating their technologies with first responders as well as finding sources for more potential technologies.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Golf Classic (Nov. 1–6, 2015)
Be a part of the “World’s Largest Law Enforcement Golf Event.” The 16th Annual National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Golf Classic will be held November 1-6, 2015, at some of the most requested courses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. NLEOM invites any golfer, male or female with or without a USGA handicap, to participate in this year’s event. One hundred percent of the golf tournament proceeds are contributed to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The money raised supports maintenance of the Memorial, the annual Candlelight Vigil, research, and the campaign to build the National Law Enforcement Museum.
Entries are limited to the first 720 golfers. You can contact the tournament office by phone at 843.482.0672 or by email at NLEOMGC@aol.com for additional information.
Download registration form.
On Demand Webinar: How Predictive Analytics Can Help Police Chiefs Cut Crime
LEIM 2016 Call for Presentations Now Open
The 40th Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Conference, which provides training, professional development, and a national forum for law enforcements executives, operational managers, and technology and research staff to share practices and lessons learned on an array of technologies, is open for presentation proposals.
Submit proposals here.
2015 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition Approaching
Join us in Chicago October 24–27, 2015, for the 122nd IACP Annual Conference and Exposition!
Every year, the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition supplies you and your department with powerful advantages, bringing together an unmatched educational program, renowned keynote speakers, community-building special events, and the largest collection of tactical equipment and technology solutions available for law enforcement.
Join thousands of dedicated professionals from federal, state, county, local, and tribal agencies at IACP 2015—you and your team will get the intelligence, strategies, and solutions you need to sharpen your edge and better serve and protect.
Poll: What Do You Wish You Had More Training In?
IACP Supports Modernizing U.S. Crime Reporting
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in conjunction with the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA), today released a joint position paper in support of modernizing the nation’s crime reporting system. To that end, the associations expressed their strong support for the adoption of the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) to replace the Summary Reporting System (SRS) within the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.
Read position paper.
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