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Ballistic Armor Update: 2019

Bill Siuru, Ph.D., PE The 26th Annual Report on the Latest Advances in Ballistic Armor Technology and Design The big news for 2019 is the issuance of NIJ Standard 0101.07 (or the pending issuance) which comes over a decade after the release of NIJ Standard 0101.06. This new standard improves the test methods, along with the performance requirements, for the level of ballistic resistance body armor must have to protect the torso from handgun and rifle fire. The NIJ Standard…


How Law Enforcement Is Using Genealogy Testing Services to Solve Cold Cases

Dr. Chuck Russo and Katherine C. Russo Recent news headlines highlight the creative and effective ways law enforcement agencies are using commercial Direct To Consumer (DTC) genealogy tests to close decades old cold cases. By using DTC genealogy testing services, police have been able to identify suspects linked to the murders of Christy Mirack, Tanya Van Culenborg, Jay Cook, and the many victims of the Golden State Killer. This investigation technique opens the door to potentially solving many more cold…


BUSTED! – Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity July/August 2019

James L. McClinton, Ph.D Road hog?… In Minnesota, a driver who was pulled over for having trouble staying in his lane turned out to be operating the vehicle with a 250 pound pig on his lap. He also had a smaller pig with him. The man’s erratic driving was apparently caused by the larger pig leaning against the steering wheel. A spokesman told reporters that the man had his pigs on his lap because he was moving to another part…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH July/August 2019

Ramesh Nyberg Hooray for Hollywood – Where You’re Terrific, if You’re Even Good… I’m not a big Hollywood guy. I like a good show every so often, but most of the stuff I see on TV and on the big screen leaves me unmoved, especially the police stuff. How often have you gotten this from your friends or new people you meet: “Oh, you’re a cop! Wow, did you see that last ‘48 Hours’? Wasn’t that crazy? What’s your favorite…


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…