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Reflections on Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement

In August 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) convened a meeting of 40 rank-and-file officers as part of a roundtable discussion regarding their roles in implementing their agencies’ community policing policies and operations. The officers came from departments across the country and explored a wide range of issues from the viewpoint of those who work on the ground. The meeting provided insights and recommendations for ways in which officers, law enforcement leaders and…


Preventing Near Repeat Residential Burglary

One of the biggest challenges in policing is anticipating where, and when, crime will occur in order to efficiently deploy police resources. The near repeat phenomenon is a known crime pattern which can inform police intervention and deployment strategies. The near repeat pattern for burglary can be used to inform the testing of different intervention strategies to prevent additional burglaries. This project was funded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Researchers worked with the…


The Federal Commission on School Safety

The Federal Commission on School Safety recently released its final report with recommendations on how schools can prevent, protect and mitigate, and respond to a school shooting or other significant threat. The report contains nearly 100 recommendations, including doing more to address mental health issues and ensuring interoperability of local law enforcement and school communications equipment. To download a copy of the full report, visit https://tinyurl.com/y8qez3xs


New Resources Are Available for Fourth Generation Nerve Agents

Several new resources are now available to help emergency responders and healthcare workers develop specific guidance and training to protect themselves and save lives during incidents involving fourth generation nerve agents, also known as Novichoks or A-series nerve agents.  Following the incidents in the United Kingdom in 2018 involving a fourth generation agent, the White House National Security Council convened a federal interagency working group to identify and develop resources to help the emergency response community prepare for, and respond…


Witmer Acquires Interstate Arms

Witmer Public Safety Group, Inc. (WPSG), the nation’s leading multi-channel distributor of public safety equipment, supplies, training,  and service, is excited to announce their recent acquisition of Interstate Arms, the nation’s oldest wholesaler of firearms, weapon accessories and ammunition, headquartered in Billerica, MA. “We are pleased to bring Interstate Arms into our family of public safety brands,” said James Witmer, CEO of WPSG.  “In addition to serving the wholesale commercial firearms industry for over four decades, Interstate Arms has also…


WHAT’S HOT FROM SHOT? New Guns for 2019

Mike Boyle The 28th Annual Roundup Covering New Firearms of Most Interest to Law Enforcement The SHOT Show is indeed the world’s largest gun carnival. Manufacturers, both large and small, come together to showcase their product lines and introduce new offerings. In recent years, there has been a greater emphasis on products geared to the tactical market and there is no better place to check out new firearms, ammunition lines and accessories than the SHOT Show. This year’s event took…


Seven Things Every Chief Should Know About the Use of Force

Ed Nowicki “What does reasonable law enforcement use of force and making sausage have in common?” The answer is logical. “You want to enjoy the final product, but you don’t want to see either one being made.” The part of law enforcement which tends to be the most controversial is the use of force which, at times, has been compared to making sausage. Today’s complex society requires that the professional law enforcement administrator deal with various issues involving the use…


Law Enforcement Leadership March April 2019

Making Training Work for You Mike Carpenter I have an assignment for you. Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and list all of the training opportunities which are available to you as a supervisor or a manager.  Maybe you can start your list with the nearest ones, such as your own agency. Do they sponsor supervisory or management level training? No? Well, maybe you can put your local regional academy on the list – or maybe you can’t….


BUSTED! – Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity March April 2019

James L. McClinton, Ph.D This qualifies them to be nominated for “Redneck of the Year” by the Rednecks of America… In Florida, a 32-year-old male and 20-year-old female were arrested after they were caught (allegedly) selling drugs out of a drive-thru window they constructed out of the side of their mobile home. Investigators raided their residence following reports of heroin sales in the area. The couple had turned a kitchen window into a drive-thru so customers would not have to…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH March/April 2019

Ramesh Nyberg On the Outside Looking In At first, being on the other side in the civilian world was odd after being in law enforcement for 27 years. Then, things started settling in and I learned that certain humility comes with retirement and I let things be. That was 12 years ago. Just a month ago, I learned a new side of civilian life: being the family of a crime victim. Someone very close to me, a minor, was molested…