Highlights from this issue include:
• Virtual Reality Comes to Public Safety
• What Are the Most Important Firearms Skills for Staying Alive?
• Training to Fight Cybercrime
• Distance Learning Up Close: Part I
• How to Avoid Career Ending Mistakes
• And Much More!
The Role of Crime Forecasting
“Predictive Policing: The Role of Crime Forecasting in Law Enforcement Operations,” a research report published by the RAND Corporation, is available as an eBook which can be downloaded free of charge or purchased in a print format. See www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR233.html.
The report defines predictive policing as the use of analytical techniques to identify promising targets for police intervention with the goal of preventing crime, solving past crimes and identifying potential offenders and victims.
Key findings of the report include:
• Predictive policing methods are not equivalent to a crystal ball, but they can enhance proactive policing and improve intervention strategies.
• There are four primary categories of predictive policing methods; each includes options to suit the capabilities and requirements of different police departments.
The research was sponsored by the National Institute of Justice and conducted in the RAND Safety and Justice Program within the RAND Justice, Infrastructure and Environment. The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution which helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.
App Teaches How to ID and Report Human Trafficking
According to the International Labor Organization, in 2012, there were an estimated 5.5 million children in the trafficking industry. Yet, the U.S. Department of State estimates only 0.4% of trafficking victims have been identified. Redlight Traffic, a program of the Seattle Kiwanis Memorial Fund, is helping combat this crime with an app for smartphones which features crowdsourcing.
The app, available for iPhone® and Android smartphones, teaches users how to recognize trafficking victims and provides a way for users to notify authorities of potential trafficking cases. For more information, see RedlightTraffic.org.
IPICD Completes Scientific Study on The WRAP™ Restraint System
The Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths, Inc. (IPICD) has completed a pioneering, retrospective, case series review of The WRAP Restraint System. The WRAP is a full body, temporary physical restraint consisting of three parts (ankle strap, leg wrap and locking shoulder harness system) which provides for the emergency stabilization of a person. According to the study’s project manager, John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., “We analyzed several variables after The WRAP Restraint System had been applied to individuals by police officers in a variety of field settings from a total of four police departments in two states during the period 2005-2009.” This seminal study (N = 128) answered several questions, including: if The WRAP was safe for the people on whom it was applied; when and how was The WRAP used; who was restrained in The WRAP; and what other force options were used by officers to restrain individuals who were placed into The WRAP? The issue of positional asphyxia is discussed from a scientifically-based perspective, including how using The WRAP may avoid this controversy.
Select findings included, but were not limited to, users reporting that The WRAP was 100% effective; no one died after being placed into The WRAP; and no associated additional injuries were identified during application of The WRAP. Three officers were reported present when The WRAP was applied. Data analysis identified four reasons for applying The WRAP: 1) to avoid individual self-harm; 2) to avoid officer harm; 3) to avoid self- and officer harm; and 4) to assist with a medical blood draw. Based upon the study’s findings, The WRAP is effective and safe. The 112 page report also contains 18 best practices recommendations. Expert witnesses, lawyers, law enforcement trainers, police, jail, prison, juvenile facility administrators, managers, officers, and others who research, purchase, teach, or use restraint devices will find The WRAP report invaluable, insightful, instructive, and easily understood. More information about the study, including its Executive Summary, can be found at www.ipicd.com.
New Mobile Forensic Examiner Training and Certification Available from Cellebrite
Cellebrite, the leading developer and provider of mobile forensic solutions, recently announced the launch of a new, higher quality, standardized mobile forensics training curriculum, culminating in a formal Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME) credential.
Cellebrite is the first to offer three different delivery models – classroom-based training, live online training, and self-paced online training – which improve Cellebrite customers’ access to training which meets their budgetary, scheduling and learning style requirements. Training information and registration is available at http://www.cellebritelearningcenter.com/.
The program empowers mobile forensic, investigative, and intelligence professionals in law enforcement, military, and corporate environments to employ mobile forensics best practices in their everyday work and, when applicable, to defend their practices with confidence in a court of law.
In recognition of the worldwide demand for effective mobile forensic training, Cellebrite retained industry veteran Buddy Tidwell to develop and deliver the comprehensive mobile forensic training curriculum. Under Tidwell’s direction as Director of Worldwide Training, the training is being delivered with four components and three certification levels:
• An eight hour training course covering the fundamentals of digital evidence on mobile devices will focus on how mobile phones and other devices store data, and the best practices to use to isolate and preserve the data in preparation for legally defensible extraction and analysis.
• A 16 hour training course covering logical extraction and analysis – focused on rapid responders who need actionable intelligence from a variety of handsets in varying environmental conditions – will culminate in the Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (CCLO) credential.
• A 24 hour training course covering physical extraction, decoding and analysis – focused on all the features and functions of the UFED Physical Analyzer software – will culminate in a Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA) credential.
• After earning the CCLO and CCPA credentials, trainees will be eligible to test their knowledge of all three domains. Written and practical exams will evaluate information retention and the ability to use the full range of features comprised by Cellebrite mobile forensics tools. Following successful completion of these exams, the trainee is eligible to earn the Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME) credential, administered directly by Cellebrite and available in the fourth quarter. Customers who hold legacy certifications will be eligible for equivalency testing to obtain their CCME.
“In keeping with our mission to set the industry standard for mobile forensics, we identified the need for a world-class training program which not only standardizes mobile forensic processes using our UFED tools, but also meets our customers’ requirements for a high-quality curriculum and flexible delivery models,” said Tidwell. “We are confident that students who obtain the CCME certification will have the skills they need to ensure the accuracy of investigations and operations which rely on mobile forensic data.”
Cellebrite piloted the new curriculum throughout the summer of 2013, delivering each of the classes to nearly 50 forensic professionals. “Cellebrite’s training exceeded my expectations for a class which could deliver its material clearly and in a way that I could put to immediate use in my work,” said Doug Erkkila, a detective with the Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario, Canada) Police Department who participated in one class in June. “Aside from learning the product, I learned a lot about mobile forensics which, after ten years, I’ve found is growing faster than computer forensics. With the information I received in the three day Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst course, I got a lot of training for the time and price, and can now utilize features and processes which help me obtain better quality evidence and intelligence. This is a course I would recommend to a new technical investigator to bring him or her up to speed.”
To deliver the new curriculum, Cellebrite is relying on both internal training staff and authorized training partners who have been certified and trained by Cellebrite. More information is available at http://www.cellebritelearningcenter.com/.