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Averted School Violence Database

The Police Foundation has implemented the Averted School Violence (ASV) database to provide a platform for sharing information about averted incidents of violence in institutions of elementary, secondary and higher education. The ASV project defines an incident of averted school violence as a violent attack planned with or without the use of a firearm which was prevented before any injury or loss of life occurred. This preliminary report analyzes 51 averted incidents of school violence selected from the ASV database…


Social Media Officer Safety

The VALOR Program, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has launched a new video series on Social Media Officer Safety. The series is intended to help officers protect their digital footprints. • Part One covers foundational information on how Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is discovered on the Internet. • Part Two explores relevant law enforcement examples of how PII has been found and used against law enforcement officers. • Part Three looks at best practices for sanitizing your…


Enhancing School Safety and Preventing School Shootings

In 2018, North Carolina, like other states, found itself in the position of responding to school shootings with statewide actions. As a result, the Governor’s Crime Commission established the Special Committee on School Shootings (SCSS) to develop recommendations to strengthen school safety. The SCSS recently released a report which includes 33 recommendations to enhance school safety and prevent school shootings, 22 of which are categorized under five broad themes: training, physical security, threat intelligence and assessment, school and law enforcement…


LEO Near Miss Reporting System and Database

LEO Near Miss is a reporting system for law enforcement officers initiated by the Police Foundation in 2013. A near miss, or close call, is any incident which could have resulted in a law enforcement officer’s serious injury or death. The LEO Near Miss Reporting System and Database is a platform which enables sworn law enforcement officers from across the country to share the details of incidents in which an officer was almost seriously injured or killed, providing valuable takeaways…


AMBER Alert Program Best Practices

The U.S. Department of Justice has released updated guidelines to help states and regional offices recover abducted children through America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts. This guide provides a “what works” approach, based on the input of those who lead and oversee AMBER Alerts, as part of larger missing persons and child protection programs at the state and regional levels. Copies of this guide are available at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/252759.pdf


Improving the Safety and Wellness of the Nation’s Law Enforcement Officers

The U.S. Department of Justice has released two reports which focus on the mental health and safety of the nation’s federal, state, local, and tribal police officers. The first report, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress, includes 22 recommendations to Congress ranging from supporting programs to embed mental health professionals in law enforcement agencies to supporting the development of model policies and implementation guidance, enabling law enforcement agencies to make substantial efforts to reduce suicide. The…


Mental Health Crisis in the Community and in the Jails

Law enforcement has increasingly become the primary point of contact for individuals living with mental illness and the presence of these individuals in jail populations has grown to crisis proportions. A new report, developed by the Major County Sheriffs of America, identifies innovative practices which have proven successful in reducing the arrest and incarceration of individuals living with mental illness in jurisdictions across the country. Copies of this report can be downloaded at: https://tinyurl.com/yx8oghrl


Law Enforcement Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Justice Technology Information Center recently released two new reports related to the ways in which law enforcement agencies use UAS to fulfill their missions. The Testing of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Law Enforcement Use in Indoor Tactical Missions summarizes testing done by three law enforcement agencies on using small unmanned aircraft systems for indoor tactical missions. Information on the effects and potential limitations imposed by maneuvering in tight, confined spaces and in environments where GPS, video and command/control…


The Police Leader’s Role

Gerald W. Garner There is nothing the law enforcement leader does which is more important than working to assure the well-being of his (or her) employees. Once they know that they have that backing from leadership, most will be willing to go out and do a job which may be more dangerous today than it has been in years. Policing has never been easy, but today’s challenges have further complicated an already convoluted public safety scenario. Leading a law enforcement…


Responding to Incidents Involving Persons with Autism

Barbara J. Morvay A first responder who is able to identify a person with autism can then respond in a way which best supports the individual. You are dispatched to a scene with gunshots fired. Upon arrival, you observe three men fleeing from the scene. You and your partner are able to apprehend two of the individuals. Another squad car has arrived on the scene and the officers are providing support to secure the scene and the situation starts calming…