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Five Online Challenges Facing Detectives and How to Overcome Them

Johnmichael O’Hare Online sources open a new world of information which can help detectives find threat actors, speed up investigations and protect lives. But, there’s a catch. As part of any successful investigation, police departments must effectively collect, ingest and analyze vast amounts of data. Fortunately, a data management strategy and supporting technologies provide a way to tame the data explosion. These are the top online challenges law enforcement investigators face and how they work around them:  Big Data and…


DOJ Announces Expansion of Firearms Technical Assistance Project to Strengthen Community Response to Domestic Violence Incidents Involving Firearms

On August 12, 2021, the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) announced the expansion of its Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP) to help communities across the country reduce domestic violence homicides and injuries committed with firearms. OVW will award an estimated $6 million for up to 12 sites and $4 million for training and technical assistance on firearms and domestic violence. “Enforcing gun laws and keeping firearms from the hands of perpetrators of domestic violence…


BUSTED! REAL STORIES OF GENUINE ABSURDITY Sept/Oct 2021

James L. McClinton, Ph.D. He also uses that array to stay in touch with the mother ship… A California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a vehicle which had a 19 inch satellite dish bolted to the car’s hood. The dish appeared to be an antenna from the Starlink Satellite Internet Service. The officer said to the driver, “Sir, I stopped you today for that visual obstruction on your hood. Does it not block your view while driving?” The driver reportedly…


How to Enhance your Performance with Firearms – Part 3

Mike Boyle A harsh reality of gun fighting is the fact that you may be hit by an incoming round. A hit doesn’t necessarily mean stop, nor does down mean out. Approximately 88% of people struck with handgun rounds survive, but to tip the odds back in your favor, you can’t give up and you have to immediately take the fight back to your assailant. Learning how to fight after sustaining a hit should be a part of every officer’s…


… AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH Sept/Oct 2021

by Ramesh Nyberg Spending the Hours Reminiscing There are times when one is reminded of days gone by and it’s poignant, or wistful, or just plain “those were the days.” Three things have recently brought me back down memory lane, specifically to the decade of the 1980s, and I was reminded of life in South Florida during that time. I should preface this by telling you that, though I have visited many places around the country and the world, I…


Using Sports to Build Trust with Local Law Enforcement

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) recently released a new resource, Bridging the Gap: Using Sports to Build Trust with Local Law Enforcement. Nancy Lieberman Charities has opened 92 Dream Courts, state-of-the-art play spaces serving more than four million children each year in a variety of community sporting activities, including some involving local law enforcement in programs funded by the COPS Office. To obtain a copy of this resource, visit https://tinyurl.com/ycexxy5z


Policing the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis

Published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Policing the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis discusses the role which law enforcement officers play on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. They are responsible for emergency response, preserving public safety and enforcing the law. This publication discusses the challenge of reconciling the conflicts which can arise among these roles and presents recommendations for alleviating these difficulties and improving law enforcement response to the opioid crisis. Go to https://tinyurl.com/yf5uetzj to…


Officer Safety App Now Available

Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Program is now offering its VALOR Officer Safety App available via Google Play and the App Store. Preparation is the foundation of success in any profession. The VALOR Officer Safety App promotes mental and physical preparation to help you successfully meet the needs of the communities you serve each day. The app offers several features, including ways to prepare with…


New Report Available on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide

Published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), this report, “Law Enforcement Officer Suicide – 2021 Report to Congress,” discusses suicide among law enforcement and ways to prevent thoughts of suicide from becoming actions. This report assesses the availability of existing mental health resources for law enforcement agencies. It provides a review of peer responder programs and makes recommendations for establishing evidence-based behavioral health and suicide prevention efforts for both law enforcement and other first responders, as requested in Senate…


New Publications Available on Law Enforcement Family Preparedness

The COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Office recently announced the release of a publication suite focused on creating an organizational culture of wellness for officers and their support networks. Law enforcement officers regularly experience stress and secondary trauma during their shifts and rely on their families and friends as a positive social support network to maintain holistic wellness. Family Matters: Executive Guide for Developing Family-Friendly Policies, Procedures, and Culture and its companion tools for families and agencies guide professional dialogue…