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New Report Released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics

This report, Contacts Between Police and the Public, 2018 – Statistical Tables, examines the nature and frequency of US residents’ contact with police by residents’ demographic characteristics, types of contact, perceptions of police behaviors, and police threats or use of nonfatal force. It is the twelfth release in a series which began in 1996. The findings are based on data from the BJS’s 2018 Police-Public Contact Survey (PPCS), a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). To read the…


New Report on Averted Incidents of Violence

Sponsored by the Office of Community Oriented Policing, and in partnership with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, “Targeted Violence Averted – College and University Case Studies” examines eight case studies of incidents in which planned violence targeting institutions of higher education was averted by the potential attackers’ peers, school administrators and other campus safety stakeholders including law enforcement. Each case includes a discussion of lessons learned by examining the potential attackers’ intentions and the actions of those…


New Brief on the Use of Predictive Analytics in Policing

This brief, published by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the CNA Corporation, provides an accessible resource for law enforcement agencies and their stakeholders (e.g., crime analysts, policymakers and researchers) who are interested in learning more about the role of predictive analytics in police operations. Specifically, the brief summarizes the use of predictive analytics to inform policing operations; distinguishes between approaches to predictive analytics (person-based and place-based); highlights the emergence of machine learning algorithms as a preferred predictive analytics technique;…


New Article on Palm Prints

Published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the article “What Police Officers Need to Know About Palm Prints,” discusses advancements in technologies to identify palm prints and how agencies can ensure that they capture palm prints correctly during booking. The author discusses the National Palm Print System; the cost of incomplete palm prints; how to capture a quality palm print; and resources to improve palm print capture.  The article can be read at https://tinyurl.com/yaglqdhh


New Article Discussing the Opioid Crisis

The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) published an article, “The Opioid Crisis and Children: The Critical Role of Law Enforcement,” which discusses law enforcement agencies’ role in mitigating the effects of the nation’s opioid crisis on its youngest victims. The article discusses how law enforcement can leverage deflection strategies to identify and protect drug endangered children and how to connect them to community-based treatment which is critical to reducing their exposure to substance use at home. To…


ADVANCING YOUR CAREER WITH EDUCATION

Dr. Stephenie Slahor Your personal betterment, your career and your confidence can all be enhanced through education, but your first step is to determine what focus you want in your learning and which schools will best meet that goal. An associate two year degree program in law enforcement is a foundation for basic instruction. The coursework at that level will likely be cataloged by the school as 100 and 200 level courses. The associate degree is offered at community/junior colleges,…


Taking Aim at the Dark – What Every Officer Needs to Know About Night Sights

Eugene Nielsen The ability to engage and hit targets in low light scenarios is critical to officer survival. The importance of low light shooting skills isn’t diminished during daylight hours. During the day, there are many situations in which officers are faced with reduced or inconsistent light.  Ambient light isn’t the only factor. Your visual acuity will be further reduced by the fact that you and your assailant will frequently be in motion prior to, and during, a shooting. And,…


Are Dynamic Entries No Good?

Ralph Mroz If you see anything wrong with my reasoning, please feel free to correct me. I’ve been reading articles which claim that dynamic tactical entries are dangerous and outdated and that a more methodical “slice the pie/don’t enter until you’ve visually cleared almost all of the room” approach is the current standard. These posts are written by ex-Special Forces guys from both the US and allies, but they are preaching to law enforcement folks. While I don’t for a minute…


The Wheels of Justice January/February 2021

Sergeant James Post Protecting Officers: Ballistic Armor for Police Vehicles Advances in ballistic protection technology have made adding armor to law enforcement vehicles easier and more affordable, eliminating the need for “patrol cars” like the one shown below.  “Let’s be careful out there.” With these words, Sergeant Phil Esterhaus (played by Michael Conrad) closed the daily roll call which signaled a new episode of the beloved “Hill Street Blues,” a television show on NBC which aired from 1981 to 1987….


Legal Update January/February 2021

Larry E. Holtz, Esq. US Supreme Court to Decide Warrantless “Hot Pursuit” Home Entry for a Minor Offense In Lange v. California (US 20-18) (cert. granted 10-19-20), the United States Supreme Court agreed to decide the issue of whether a police officer may make a warrantless home entry when the officer is in pursuit of a person of whom the officer has probable cause to believe has committed a jailable misdemeanor offense. In the case description below, the defendant, Arthur…