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BUSTED! – Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity November/December 2020

JAMES L. MCCLINTON, PH.D. In case you were wondering what kinds of idiots want to defund the police… In Illinois, a Virgil man contacted the Kane County Sheriff’s Office to let them know that his “DEFUND THE POLICE” sign had been stolen from his front yard where it was posted. Deputies diligently applied their detective skills in locating the culprit and the stolen sign. Witnesses gave them enough clues to wrap up the case in short order and the man…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH November/December 2020

Ramesh Nyberg Traffic Control Duty: Fun for (Maybe) Three Minutes “You point directly at the person’s face,” the sergeant said, demonstrating. I was enthralled by the realization that directing traffic, something seemingly so mundane and easy – or so I thought – could have such specific science in its workings. It was 1979 and I was a recruit in Basic Law Enforcement Class #41 at the Southeast Florida Institute of Criminal Justice, better known as the police academy.Sgt. Ben Robbins…


On-demand Training Course

A new training course, Understanding Digital Footprints, funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and presented by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), introduces participants to the concept of digital footprints and best practices in protecting personally identifiable information. Some topics include limiting your digital footprint, protecting privacy on social media, opting out of data aggregator sites, oversharing personal information, and recovering after becoming a target of doxing. To take this course, visit https://tinyurl.com/y3cxzrz2


New Report: Ten Essential Actions to Improve School Safety

The Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Office School Safety Working Group, composed of representatives from eight national law enforcement organizations, has identified ten essential actions which can be taken by schools, school districts and law enforcement agencies to help prevent critical incidents causing loss of life or injury in our nation’s schools and to respond rapidly and effectively when incidents do occur. These actions, published by COPS, are applicable to school shootings as well as to other areas of…


New Report Released

The National Police Foundation (NPF), in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has released the National Survey on Officer Safety Training: Findings and Implications, along with its accompanying Executive Brief, and an interactive Web site. The report and Web site present the results of a national survey developed and administered by NPF to examine the officer safety and wellness training and resource needs of law enforcement agencies across the United States. To download a copy of the report, visit https://tinyurl.com/y367ls96


New Publication Available for Download

The COPS Office recently released a new publication, Unique Needs and Challenges of Border Law Enforcement and Promising Practices for Establishing a Criminal Interdiction Unit. The US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) hosted a series of roundtable and focus groups, supplemented by a needs assessment, to determine the needs, promising practices and challenges of sheriffs’ offices along the northern and southern borders of the United States. The report…


New PERF Book

In a new, no-cost book from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Chapter 2: How Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Are Finding Meaning in Retirement, retired police chiefs and sheriffs share their stories about what they are doing and give advice for how to plan for life after being on a police force. Chapter 2 is intended for everyone in the policing profession, while recognizing that the concept of retirement is changing in many professions. Four short videos featuring retired police chiefs and…


New BJS Report

A new report, Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2019, is the 22nd in a series of annual publications produced jointly by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, in the Department of Education. It provides official estimates of school crime and safety from a variety of data sources, including national surveys of students, teachers, principals, and post-secondary institutions. You can visit https://tinyurl.com/y3bcst4p to download a copy of the new report


Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Sites

Jurisdictions around the country are exploring strategies to improve the outcomes of encounters between law enforcement and people who have mental health needs. In an effort to expand the knowledge base for law enforcement agencies interested in starting or enhancing a comprehensive police/mental health collaboration, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, with assistance from a team of national experts and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, selected ten law enforcement agencies to serve as national law…


New Brief on Reducing Repeat Encounters

Law enforcement agencies across the country are facing the challenge of how to efficiently respond to people their officers frequently encounter and spending an enormous amount of time and resources ineffectively responding to these individuals. Often known as “high utilizers,” these individuals are typically well known to law enforcement agencies and many times have serious mental health concerns, substance use disorders and other significant health and social service needs. Developed with funding support from the US Department of Justice’s Bureau…