October 2021

New StopRansomware.gov Web Site

Through the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the US government launched a new Web site to help public and private organizations defend against the rise in ransomware cases. This Web site is a whole government approach which gives one central location for ransomware resources and alerts. Organizations are encouraged to use this new Web site to understand the threat of ransomware; mitigate risk; and, in the event of an attack, know what steps to take next. Visit the Web…


New Law Enforcement Intelligence Publication Available

Published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office of Community Oriented Policing, and the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, Law Enforcement Intelligence – A Guide for State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies, Third Edition builds on the first two editions which primarily focused on terrorism in illustration and application.  With changes in intelligence practices and threats to the community, a deliberate effort has been made in this edition…


New Officer Health and Wellness Guidebook Released

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in partnership with the BJA, has released the Officer Health and Wellness Agency Assessment and Action Planning Roadmap. A comprehensive strategy to promote officer safety and wellness requires a multifaceted approach addressing a variety of essential topics. The information contained in this resource is intended to serve as a guide for law enforcement executives or wellness program personnel who seek to establish or enhance an officer wellness program. A copy of the…


New Guidebook Available

Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and published in partnership between the National Police Foundation (NPF) and the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Program, Staying Healthy in the Fray – The Impact of Crowd Management on Officers in the Context of Civil Unrest discusses the challenges of high stress police operations like crowd management. Crowd management often challenges officers to push their bodies beyond normal limits, leading to poor performance, fatigue, insomnia,…


SPIT HAPPENS!!!

THE CONTROVERSIAL USE OF SPIT MASKS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT – PART II John G. Peters, Jr., CLS, Ph.D. and A. David Berman, CLS, M.S. ©2021. A.R.R. The second part of this two part series discusses how to increase your safety using spit masks. The focus is on spit mask application, removal and storage guidelines, policy, training, and competency-based testing. Recall from Part I of this series that there are no scientific data to support spit masks stopping the spread of…


New Forensics Publications Available

Recently, several programs related to forensic science moved from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). New publications and fact sheets for a number of forensics programs are now available, including “DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program”; “Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program”; and “Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence.” BJA’s forensics-related programs enable communities to develop efficient, accurate, reliable, and cost-effective methods for the identification, analysis and interpretation of physical evidence…


National Law Enforcement Museum Begins Installation of 9/11 Exhibit as Part of Reopening

As it prepares for reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Law Enforcement Museum begins installation of its newest exhibit, “Post-9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement,” where artifacts from the disaster – including a 2,200 pound steel beam from the World Trade Center and a 6,300 pound concrete block from the Pentagon – have arrived to be positioned for visitors to experience. The exhibition is being installed in the DuPont Gallery of the museum which will house artifacts and…