2020

Important Police Security Expo 2020 Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Download Full PDF Press Release Here As a result of the continued effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from the state of New Jersey have cancelled August 2020 events scheduled at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and Police Security Expo Management (Sitework Associates, Inc.) have been informed by the New Jersey Department of Emergency Management that the State of New Jersey has exercised their option to…


Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program

Administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death benefits to the eligible survivors of public safety officers who are fatally injured in the line of duty; disability benefits to public safety officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty; and education benefits to the eligible spouses and children of fallen and catastrophically injured officers. With the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19, America’s law enforcement officers, firefighters and…


FBI Releases Report on 2019 Active Shooter Incidents

Twenty-eight shootings in 2019 have been designated as active shooter incidents. The report, Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2019, focuses on active shooter incidents – a specific type of shooting situation. The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing, or attempting to kill, people in a populated area. Implicit in this definition is the shooter’s use of one or more firearms. The active aspect of the definition inherently implies that…


New Crime Scene Bullet Algorithm

Crime scene bullets are often deformed from collisions which can make direct comparison difficult. Now, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new algorithm which makes matching them more accurate by dividing the markings on deformed bullets into segments and correlating those segments with reference bullets. You can read the full NIST article at https://tinyurl.com/st9waa8


New BVP Application Funding Period

The Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998, is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement. Since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions a total of $467 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests (1,395,976) as of February 2020. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to announce the…


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources for Law Enforcement

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on law enforcement and other first responders, the National Police Foundation (NPF), in collaboration with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation and Esri, has developed a COVID-19 situational awareness tool for law enforcement agencies. The tool, featuring a real-time dashboard, provides critical insights to assist executives, commanders, administrators, and other decision makers in assessing and monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on our nation’s first responders, including officer…


Pistol Practice with a Purpose

Mike Boyle Without question, these are dangerous times for the law enforcement professional. Over the last several years, the rate of attack on officers has been creeping up along with a corresponding spike in serious injuries and fatalities.   To meet this challenge and to stay safe, many officers recognize that they have to take the initiative. To cut right to the chase, spending a few hours on the range or in the gym only when the department pays you…


Confidence and Competence through Weapon Handling Practice

Todd Fletcher The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancelation of nearly all law enforcement training. This has affected in-service training, agencies hosting training courses and officers attending training conferences. As a result, it’s more important than ever to take responsibility for our own training needs.  Competence breeds confidence and many officers need more confidence in their skills to motivate them to practice voluntarily. The most skilled shooters are the ones excited about improving their skill level, even though the basic…


The Wheels of Justice May/June 2020

Sergeant James Post CORONAVIRUS AND POLICE CARS If you had told me six months ago, or even 20 years ago (when I first started this column), that I would be writing about a global pandemic, I would have volunteered you for a room at the laughing academy. But, here I am in lockdown, staring out of my office window, feeling like my dogs watching for squirrels. A new enemy of all Americans (and the rest of the world) has landed…


Legal Update May/June 2020

Larry E. Holtz, Esq. TRAFFIC STOPS: THE “OWNER IS THE DRIVER” ASSUMPTION May a law enforcement officer, consistent with the Fourth Amendment, initiate an investigative traffic stop after running a vehicle’s license plate and learning that the registered owner has a revoked driver’s license? In Kansas v. Glover (U.S. 2020), the United States Supreme Court said, “Yes.” The facts in Glover unfolded in late April 2016, when Douglas County, Kansas, Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Mehrer, while on patrol, ran a registration…