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Developing the Next Generation of Police Leadership

Christa M. Miller What are some of the best practices which commanders can utilize to foster millennial officers’ educational aspirations? It may be an understatement to say that American policing has become exponentially more complex in the decade and a half since 9/11. A greater emphasis on local level homeland security has gone hand in hand with higher demand for better response tactics toward the mentally ill, minority communities and other groups. Agencies need officers who can think their way…


WHAT’S HOT FROM SHOT? The 26th Annual Roundup Covering New Firearms

  The 26th Annual Roundup Covering New Firearms of Most Interest to Law Enforcement The SHOT Show might be best described as the world’s largest gun fair where new offerings from manufacturers, large and small, are displayed. This year’s event was held on January 17 – 20, 2017, at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas and it drew over 60,000 attendees. With over 1600 vendors, it is impossible to see it all. As always, there were surprises and variations…


Law Enforcement Leadership March/April 2017

  Don’t Put Up with Poor Performers Do any of you play in those “Fantasy Sports Team” Leagues? What a great concept: You can pick the best players for your team based on their past performance and potential. And, you can also try to balance your “picks” based on what position you need to fill on your team and how each of your picks might work best with the other “handpicked” players. Your list of potential players starts with the…


Busted! – Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity March/April 2017

Morgan Stanley has nothing on this guy’s investment strategy… After winning a scratch off lottery prize last year of $3 million in Waycross, Georgia, a 45-year-old man must surely have thought the “odds” were with him all the way – because he soon flipped the money into a Georgia methamphetamine gang. Unfortunately, the “bet” went sour and now he faces decades in prison after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and firearms violation. He was busted after he and his…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH March/April 2017

We’re a quarter of the way through 2017 and my home state of Florida is keeping its reputation for bizarre criminal justice news well in the forefront. You just can’t make this stuff up. However, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the image of the “Smallest Police Station in the World” (it’s a phone booth) located in the quiet fishing village of Carrabelle, FL, on US 98 at the corner of CR67. Do you want to learn more? Log on to their Web…


New Free App Addresses Cops’ Health Issues

Do you want to know why your diet isn’t working…how to survive psychologically as a cop…what clues may signal mental illness in a fellow officer…how to use the right self-talk to improve performance…or answers to a growing list of other health and fitness questions relevant to law enforcement? Now, there’s an app for that, thanks to the creative energy of Force Science instructor Dr. John Azar-Dickens. A practicing clinical psychologist, college professor and sworn police officer, Azar-Dickens recently launched the…


Unpacking Cyberterrorism

The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) has always been focused on terrorism-related information sharing. With terrorist groups’ ever increasing level of sophistication in their use of the Internet, it is only natural that information sharing play a role in tackling cyberterrorism. The ISE supports professional networks and associations which are building the tools which are needed during a potential terrorist attack and underpins the critical relationship with, and between, groups such as the National Fusion Center Association, the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies and the International Association of…


Department of Justice Releases Report on Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recently announced that its report, Deadly Calls and Fatal Encounters, which was produced by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and funded by the COPS Office, provides analysis of 684 cases involving line of duty deaths over a five year period (2010-2014). The purpose of this report is to identify the situations which present officers the most risk and make recommendations to enhance officer safety. For…


BJA Redesigned Body-Worn Camera Toolkit Released

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has released a newly redesigned Body-Worn Camera Toolkit (BWC Toolkit) to the public. The BWC Toolkit was developed to assist law enforcement agencies to implement body-worn camera programs using the best research currently available, with input from both criminal justice and community stakeholders. The BWC Toolkit consolidates and translates the growing body of knowledge about body-worn camera programs and technology. The toolkit is available at https://www.bja.gov/bwc


U.S. Department of Justice Is Crafting a Body Camera Catalog for Local Police Forces

The U.S. Department of Justice is compiling a catalog of wearable cameras and has begun requesting product information from vendors. In preparation for the publication of a product comparison catalog, the National Institute of Justice has asked suppliers to suggest which wearable camera features should be highlighted in the resource, as well as detail their current offerings. The catalog will also detail data protection and privacy controls features per product and should be available to law enforcement agencies by December…