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2024 Report on the Cybersecurity Posture of the United States

Released by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) in collaboration with the Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD), this report assesses the effectiveness of national cyber policy and strategy and the status of the implementation of national cyber policy and strategy by federal departments and agencies. This report also highlights cybersecurity threats and issues facing the United States, including new or emerging technologies which may affect national security, economic prosperity and the rule of law. Download a copy…


2024 Innovations in Body Armor and Ballistic Materials

Jake Ganor What are the latest developments and advancements in technologies designed to improve ballistic protection? The past year has been a big one for the body armor industry. It has seen the release of a new polyethylene fiber for armor applications – which is momentous, as UHMWPE (Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene) composites are now the most important material in body armor development – and the National Institute for Justice’s 0101.07 specification for body armor has been formally launched. The…


Busted! Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity July/August 2024

James L. McClinton, Ph.D. Taking rush delivery to a whole new level… Recently released video of a traffic stop along Route 20 west of Fremont, Ohio, showed body cam footage from a Sandusky County deputy. He had just pulled over a USPS mail van for speeding, going more than 100 mph in a 60 mph zone. “Is there a reason you’re going over 100?” video showed the deputy asking the 28-year-old female driver, to which the driver replied, “I didn’t…


… AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH July/August 2024

RAMESH NYBERG Guardians of the Deep Blue There is a place where crime goes largely unnoticed. What’s more, it’s a huge place – you can’t go in any direction and not find it. Rampant criminal acts, such as fraud, widespread theft, false imprisonment, rape, and even murder occur with impunity, because these serious violations are both unreported and hidden from public view. Astonishingly, this “place” is the largest geographic entity on the planet: our oceans. I’ve always had an interest…


Youth Law Enforcement Experience Programs as a Potential Recruitment Pipeline

Law enforcement agencies across the United States use youth law enforcement programs such as camps, Explorers, internships, and vocational education programs to introduce young people to the potential of a law enforcement career. The decline in law enforcement applicant pools makes such engagement strategies even more necessary. To help determine the reach and effectiveness of these programs, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) funded RAND, in partnership with the Law and Public Safety Education Network, to conduct…


Trauma Notification Training

Developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), this course was designed to instruct law enforcement, first responders, victim specialists, and allied professionals on a four step, evidence informed approach to providing trauma or death notifications to the next of kin. The course highlights various challenges, including best practices for making notifications through a culturally inclusive lens. The course was recently refreshed and now features an expanded availability, as well as eight new videos which illustrate best practices for delivering…


The Role of Law Enforcement Culture in Officer Safety During Driving and Roadway Operations

Released by the National Policing Institute (NPI), this brief is intended to provide law enforcement leaders with guidance on addressing organizational culture which may currently run counter to roadway safety best practices. As agencies seek to mitigate the risk factors for officer-involved collisions and struck-by incidents and work to develop a culture of roadway safety, leaders and officers should look to the National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program (NLERSP) for support and guidance on actionable steps which can be taken….


Law Enforcement Solutions By the Field, For the Field: Collaborative Reform Fifth Annual Review

The Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center is a partnership between the COPS Office and many professional law enforcement organizations throughout the field to provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies on request. In its first five years, the center managed more than 900 requests for assistance from local, campus, county, tribal, and state agencies on critical issues like community engagement; active threat response; de-escalation; crime analysis; mass demonstrations; school and campus safety; and recruitment, hiring, and retention. This report…


Concealment Holsters: An Essential Guide for Men and Women

Ralph Mroz and Natalie Strong Whether off duty, working undercover, or simply fielding a question from a citizen or family member regarding CCW recommendations, this guide can offer helpful advice. Savvy individuals who carry firearms sometimes joke about their collection of holsters gathering dust in a drawer – ones which have been amassed over time, but rarely see the light of day. This accumulation isn’t just a result of frivolous spending; rather, it stems from trying to find the perfect…


Law Enforcement Deaths by Suicide

Published by the Center for Naval Analyses’ (CNA) Center for Justice Research and Innovation, this report includes data collected by First H.E.L.P. on law enforcement and correctional officer deaths by suicide. First H.E.L.P.’s efforts represent a notable stride toward comprehensively collecting reliable and valid data on the challenging issue of law enforcement deaths by suicide, marking one of the most extensive efforts undertaken in this area. This research brief presents analyses of the 1,287 deaths by suicide of law enforcement…