Contagious Disease Planning/Response, Affirmed Consent Law, and New Report on Eyewitness Identification
FBI Study Shows Active Shooter Incidents Becoming More Frequent
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations just released A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013, which includes 160 incidents, including those in recent years, such as the shootings at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary School, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Fort Hood, the Aurora (Colorado) Cinemark Century 16 movie theater, the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, and the Washington Navy Yard, as well as numerous other tragic shootings.
Among the findings was evidence that active shooter incidents are becoming more frequent, averaging 16.4 incidents annually over the last seven years (2007–2013), as opposed to 6.4 incidents annually for the first seven years of the study (2000–2006).
Access the report.
IACP's Model Policy on Active Shooter.
Campus Affirmed Consent Law Passed
California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires colleges and universities in the state to adopt anti-sexual-assault policies that radically rewrite what constitutes consent. The legislation, SB 967, comes during heightened concerns across the United States over whether higher education institutions have failed to conduct adequate investigations into sexual assaults.
Under the new law, the standard for consent to sexual activity in campus judicial hearings shifts from whether or not a person said "no" to whether both partners said "yes." The new law would require all campuses in the state to use the standard as a condition of receiving state funds for student financial aid and only applies to campus disciplinary hearings.
Digital Forensics Used to Find Missing Teens
Digital forensics is dramatically changing the way cases are worked and solved. While technology has created new portals for predators searching for victims, it’s also leaving telltale trails for police.
With 90 percent of U.S. adults now carrying a cellphone, the devices have become the one constant in many people’s lives. Police use that almost constant phone activity to verify a suspect’s or witness’ statement and provide a log of a person’s movements and activities. Smartphones can even be an eyewitness, recording a crime in progress.
When two 13-year-old Andover girls went missing last week, the first place detectives looked was for the digital clues in their iPods and smartphones. It worked. The girls were soon found in the basement of a 23-year-old man, who is now charged with felony criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and solicitation of a child.
VSP Finds a Method for Enforcing Distracted Driving
Texting while driving became a primary offense in Virginia on July 1, 2013. To enforce this law—making the roads and drivers safer—the Virginia State Patrol has troopers patrolling the highway in unmarked vehicles. They patrol in teams, so one can drive, while another takes a picture of the driver texting, who is then pulled over and ticketed.
The program has been effective so far. In just eight hours of police work, the Virginia State Police ticketed 26 people.
Groundbreaking Report on Eyewitness Identification
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced the release of a groundbreaking report, authored by a multi-disciplinary committee of leading experts at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), on the state of the science of eyewitness identification. The report sets forth a series of recommendations for enhancing the reliability of eyewitness identifications and strengthening the value of this evidence in court.
Among the report’s recommendations for improving the reliability of eyewitness IDs are
Access the report.
IACP's Model Policy on Eyewitness Identification
Report on Overuse of Pretrial Detention
The nonprofit Open Society Foundation has released a new report Presumed Guilty: The Global Overuse of Pretrial Detention. Around the world, an estimated 1 in 3 prisoners, or 3.3 million people, are held in pretrial detention, according to the new report. The report is the first examination of global pretrial conditions, and includes statistical analysis, first-person accounts, and case studies of successful reforms.
Access the report or a summary of the recommendations.
Resources for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)
Free Law Enforcement Training Guide on Huntington's Disease
No-Cost Training: Communication Techniques for Pretrial Justice Reform Partnerships: Oct. 25, 2014 (Orlando, FL)
No-Cost Line Officer PSN Characteristics of Armed Persons Training: Oct. 25, 2014 (Orlando, FL)
Free Training on Juvenile Interview and Interrogation: Nov. 20-21, 2014 (Columbus, OH)
Webinars on Sexual Assault and Child Abuse
Effective Report Writing: Using the Language of Non-Consensual Sex – A good report is more than an accurate summary of the facts. A good report anticipates potential defense strategies and provides the information necessary to counter them. This webinar is designed to help officers and investigators write reports that will support successful prosecution.
Learn more or register here.
Giving Voice to the Last Silent Victims – Male survivors of child sexual abuse are among the most underserved of all victim populations. This webinar will address common dynamics associated with male victimization, common tactics that predators use against boys, and how these issues can be overcome.
Learn more or register here.
Could This Be Child Abuse? Recognizing Abusive Injuries for Nonmedical Personnel – This webinar will provide participants information on patterns of bruising, burns, and broken bones that can be suggestive of abuse and neglect.
Duluth PD Hosts the Women's Leadership Institute This November – Join Us!
Free Contagious Disease Planning and Response Special Order
The IACP has re-released the Special Order on Pandemic Flu Planning and Response as an awareness and planning tool for police agencies in light of the introduction of the Ebola virus into the United States and the continuing spread of Enterovirus D68. The Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities are taking appropriate measures to contain these viruses. Nonetheless, this is a good time for police departments to examine their contingency plans for dealing with widespread communicable diseases and the possible impact a pandemic illness could have on a department's ability to continue service to and protection for their communities.
Download document here.
Smaller Agency Pre-Conference Webinar: Oct. 9, 2014
Are you a law enforcement executive from an agency serving a population of 50,000 or fewer? Join us for a webinar on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern to find out how you can make the most of your experience at the IACP 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Smaller agency police chiefs will share their tips on training events, networking opportunities, and conference activities that are geared toward the unique needs of smaller law enforcement agencies.
Free Leading by Legacy Leadership Development Course: Nov. 12-14, 2014 (Niceville, FL)
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