The January/February 2016 edition is our annual SWAT/Tactical Ops issue.
Highlights from this issue include:
• Primary to Secondary: An Easy Transition
• Appropriate Response to the Active Shooter Threat
• Developing Antiterrorism Response Plans
• Body-worn Camera Policy Development and Associated Issues
• How to Advance Your Education and Career – Part I
• Testing and Evaluating the Springfield Range Officer® Compact
• And Much More!
- January 2016
More Gangs Are Running Sex Trafficking Rings
By Leischen Stelter
Across the nation there has been a dramatic rise in gang-controlled sex trafficking rings. Gangs are turning to sex trafficking because it’s highly profitable and less risky. Here's how police can identify and help victims and build cases to prosecute sex traffickers.
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- January 2016
Use of Force Training: A Career-Long Commitment
By Leischen Stelter
To ensure officers understand exactly how they can legally use force, an agency must first have clear and concise policies. After those policies have been established and vetted, the agency must deliver regular and ongoing use of force training throughout the length of every officer’s career to ensure officers fully understand those policies. The problem in many agencies is that officers do not receive such ongoing training. Learn more about the critical time when officers should receive further training.
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Releases Resource Catalog for Law Enforcement
The DHS State and Local Law Enforcement Resource Catalog summarizes and provides links to training, publications, newsletters, programs and services available from across DHS to law enforcement partners. You can download the catalog at http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/oslle-resource-catalog-volumeiii-3-19-2015.pdf.
New Organization to Offer Professional Certification in Body-worn Cameras, Aerial Drones and Surveillance Systems
The International Association of Public Safety Camera-based Systems Professionals, a 501 C(3) organization, was recently formed to offer body-worn camera, aerial drone and surveillance system professional certification for public safety managers, technicians and expert witnesses. The Association’s programs consist of a rigorous curriculum of study offered by the Association and nationally recognized expert trainers and organizations, followed by an independently evaluated, comprehensive examination leading to certification. Lt. Daniel Zehnder, an officer with a large Nevada law enforcement agency, serves as Executive Director. The Association’s programs will launch in June 2016. To host a training program, or for more information, please contact Daniel Zehnder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Terror View” Smartphone App Provides Lifesaving, Real-time Information on Terrorist Threats
For the first time, threat information which was previously only seen by senior government officials is being made available to the public – without compromising national security. TerrorView, a product from ConteGoView, Inc., uses proprietary technology and on the ground intelligence experts to gather and analyze data from over 100,000 sources, enabling users to track terrorist, cyber and biological threats throughout the world and down the block.
Joshua Katz, a former elite Army Ranger, covert intelligence officer in the CIA and senior adviser to the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is the founder of TerrorView. He started developing TerrorView in 2014 when he became convinced that information about potential terrorist attacks wasn’t being accurately or thoughtfully provided to the American public.
TerrorView provides the answers by scanning information and “chatter” found in thousands of public places, giving the user unprecedented access to information, analysis and recommendations on their smartphones. The app provides analyzed data which makes users better informed and prepared, lessening the fear they experience even in their daily routines.
“Terrorism is on the top of everyone’s mind every day and it will be for generations to come,” Katz said. “Sadly, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. We built TerrorView to be the one place where people can go to get relevant information and a clear understanding of what’s taking place and what you should – and shouldn’t – be concerned about.
A limited data version of TerrorView can be downloaded for free from the App StoreSM and Google Play™. Users can get full access for $4.99 a year through an in-app purchase. To learn more about the app or to download it, visit
FBI Active Shooter Report Available on JUSTNET
In 2014, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initiated a study of “active shooter” incidents. The goal of the FBI study was to provide federal, state and local law enforcement with data so they can better understand how to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from these incidents.
In this study, the FBI identified 160 active shooter incidents, noting they occurred in small and large towns, in urban and rural areas, and in 40 of 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Though the incidents occurred primarily in commerce and educational environments (70.0%), they also occurred on city streets; on military and other government properties; and in private residences, health care facilities, and houses of worship. The shooters victimized young and old; male and female; family members; and people of all races, cultures, and religions.
The findings establish an increasing frequency of incidents annually. During the first seven years included in the study, an average of 6.4 incidents occurred annually. In the last seven years of the study, that average increased to 16.4 incidents annually. This trend reinforces the need to remain vigilant regarding prevention efforts and for law enforcement to aggressively train to better respond to – and help communities recover from – active shooter incidents.
The findings also reflect the damage which can occur in a matter of minutes. In 63 incidents where the duration of the incident could be ascertained, 44 (70%) of 63 incidents ended in five minutes or less, with 23 ending in two minutes or less. Even when law enforcement was present or able to respond within minutes, civilians often had to make life-and-death decisions and, therefore, should be engaged in training and discussion on decisions they may face.
A full copy of the report can be downloaded at https://justnet.org/whats_new.html#Publications
You can also view the FBI’s Active Shooter training video, “Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event” at https://justnet.org/whats_new.html#Publications.
Second Annual Public Safety Camera-based Systems Symposium Announced
The second annual Public Safety Camera-based Systems Symposium will be held on June 6-8, 2016, and hosted by the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). The Utah P.O.S.T. accredited symposium will be held on the SLCC campus, a short drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport. Sponsored jointly by the Institute for the Prevention of In-custody Deaths (IPICD) Center for Excellence in Event Reconstruction (CEER) and the International Association of Public Safety Camera-based Systems Professionals (IAPSCSP), symposium topics include, but are not limited to, legal updates; Body-Worn Camera (BWC) product developments; BWC policy issues; BWC operational and tactical issues; BWC tactical team issues; BWC file storage issues; BWC file tagging issues; BWC public records issues; BWC recording for EMS and emergency departments; developing BWC competency-based training; how to use BWC in recruit and in-service dynamic training; disciplinary issues involving video or audio; drones; plus more. Individual programs will be offered during the three day symposium which can be applied toward professional certification requirements by the IAPSCSP. Various BWC manufacturers will showcase their products and answer questions. To register, or for more information, please visit www.ipicd.com/ceer.