2024

Critical Incident Review: Active Shooter at Robb Elementary School

On Thursday, January 18, 2024, the Department of Justice, through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), released a report on its critical incident review of the law enforcement response to the tragic school shooting at Robb Elementary School. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced the review shortly after the tragedy on May 24, 2022, in which 19 children and two teachers died at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The report provides a thorough description of the critical…


Considerations for Specialized Units: A Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Ensure Appropriateness, Effectiveness, and Accountability

Throughout 2023, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the National Policing Institute (NPI) convened a series of meetings to discuss specialized units in state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies and create guidance for those agencies’ leadership to consider when forming, managing and disbanding such units. This report includes sections on identifying the need for a specialized unit; selecting the unit’s membership and leadership; managing the unit; establishing its policies, procedures, and end date; holding the unit…


2024 Law Enforcement Resource Guide

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the 2024 Law Enforcement Resource Guide for state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement partners. This resource guide, updated annually, highlights the most up-to-date training and resources DHS provides to support law enforcement. Download a copy of the resource guide (PDF)


Legal Update March/April 2024

Larry E. Holtz, Esq. Concealed Carry for Retired Law Enforcement Officers In Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association vs. Attorney General New Jersey (No. 22-2209; 2-14-2024), retired law enforcement officers from various agencies brought an action claiming that a federal statute, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), 18 U.S.C. § 925C, gives them a federal right to carry concealed firearms anywhere in the United States, including their home state of New Jersey. The Third Circuit agreed, holding that “thefederal statute…


Busted! Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity March/April 2024

James L. McClinton, Ph.D. Gone in 60 seconds… A trio of armed and masked criminals in Commerce City, Colorado, recently robbed a check-cashing service. Unfortunately, the armed robbery went awry when the three pathetic perpetrators emerged from the scene of the crime with cash in hand, only to discover that someone had stolen their getaway car while they were inside robbing the business. Interestingly, police suspect their getaway car “may have already been stolen” from someone else. No one was…


P&SN Welcomes Its 40th Year

Police and Security News (P&SN), the predominant magazine serving both law enforcement and Homeland Security, is celebrating its 40th anniversary, as part of the 2024 Buyer’s Information Guide (March/April). P&SN made its debut in late 1984, released alongside its two sister publications – Firefighter’s News and Rescue News. First published by Brewer Communications, Inc. from its offices in Barnegat, NJ, the inaugural edition included feature articles covering such topics as video surveillance, administering first aid, effective personnel utilization, as well…


New Guns and Gear for 2024

Mike Boyle P&SN Presents Its 33rd Annual Roundup Covering New Firearms and Equipment of Most Interest to Law Enforcement The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, sponsored by the NSSF, is an annual event where the firearms industry showcases and launches new products. This year’s event was held in the Venetian Convention & Expo Center and Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada, and included 2,600 exhibitors and 13.9 miles of aisles to navigate. The 2024 show was the largest…


… AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH March/April 2024

Ramesh Nyberg Five Reasons Why You Should Write (Yes, You) Photo by Etienne Girardet/Unsplash It’s no secret: Most of us cops hate to write. We hate it because we have to do it and the majority of us have little or no training – let alone interest – in the writing process. This installment hopes to change your mind or, at the very least, present you with options which might benefit you in ways you never considered. If I come…


Starting a CyberCrime Unit: Key Considerations for Police Chiefs

This new report published by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) offers law enforcement executives key considerations for establishing a cybercrime unit, including scope, recruitment/staffing, interagency partnerships, training, and funding. This information is especially pertinent because nearly every crime has a digital component. As such, police leaders are under increased pressure to dedicate resources to combat cyber-enabled crime. Download to read the report.


Updated Standard for Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has issued an updated standard for ballistic-resistant body armor – NIJ Standard 0101.07 – tailored to the needs of law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies. Key updates include improved test methods for armor designed for women; more rigorous testing of soft armor panels; revised testing of hard armor plates, including curved plates; and references to ten standardized test methods, laboratory practices and terminology guides. Law enforcement agencies should expect to see body armor…