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Resources to Keep the Nation’s Schools Safe

Visit SchoolSafetyInfo.org, the Justice Technology Information Center’s school safety Web site, to download the latest volume in the Sharing Ideas and Resources to Keep Our Nation’s Schools Safe! series. Volume 5 includes all articles posted to www.schoolsafetyinfo.org from June 2016 through June 2017. You can learn about programs as diverse as a successful youth court program in North Carolina, an easy to replicate reverse checkout procedure used in rural Alabama and new best practices for school resource officers from the…


Office of Justice Programs Releases Toolkit to Aid Police Response to Children Exposed to Violence

Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson recently announced the launch of the Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence toolkit. The toolkit is designed to equip law enforcement professionals with trauma informed, developmentally appropriate tools to effectively respond to children who have been exposed to violence. Funded by the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the toolkit contains protocols, checklists and other field-tested and research informed resources to enable law enforcement leaders…


Officer Nearly Dies After Accidental Overdose

It took four doses of Narcan® to revive an East Liverpool, Ohio, police officer recently in the aftermath of a traffic stop. Officer Chris Green inadvertently got a small amount of fentanyl on his hand after a pat-down and began to suffer its effects after returning to the station; a fellow officer administered one dose at the station and staff at a nearby hospital gave him three additional doses following admission. Guidance for all first responders on best practices in…


Just Published Study: Autistic Individuals’ Interaction with Police

A new study about police interactions with autistic individuals who are on the autism spectrum disorder was published in the June issue of Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders. The following is a summary of that research. The Canadian study examined 284 Ontario (Canada) teens and adult caregivers over an 18 month period. The study, conducted by Tint, Palucka, Bradley, Weiss, and Lunsky, was a collaborative effort between Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, the Centre for Addictions…


Best Practices, Guidance and Case Studies for Using Social Media in Public Safety Exercises

New U.S. Department of Homeland Security Report Shares Best Practices, Guidance and Case Studies for Using Social Media in Public Safety Exercises The Department of Homeland Security has released a new report, Best Practices for Incorporating Social Media into Exercises, which seeks to do the following: discuss best practices for consideration when integrating social media into exercises, including objectives for doing so (e.g., using social media for communications or leveraging information from social media to support operational decision-making); discuss social…


NRA Foundation Launches Cars For Freedom: Back Our Blue, A New Initiative To Support America’s Law Enforcement

The NRA Foundation is proud to announce the next phase of its Cars For Freedom initiative: NRA Cars For Freedom: Back Our Blue. The nationwide campaign asks supporters to stand with the NRA in support of America’s law enforcement, by donating cars, boats, tractors and other vehicles to the initiative. Donations are tax deductible and will be used to bolster the NRA Foundation’s Law Enforcement program, which provides training, supplies and other benefits to our nation’s law enforcement officers. Those…


“Understanding Digital Footprints: Steps to Protect Personal Information”

“Understanding Digital Footprints: Steps to Protect Personal Information” provides material designed to assist law enforcement personnel in protecting themselves and their families from becoming cyber targets: protecting personal information; cyber dos and don’ts; and links to further cyber training and resources. To view the full document, visit http://tinyurl.com/m4acwvg. Additional cyber-related resources are available on the Law Enforcement Cyber Center Web site at www.iacpcybercenter.org.  


Two New Reports on School Safety Technology

The Justice Technology Information Center’s school safety Web site (www.schoolsafetyinfo.org) recently posted “Using Technology to Prevent Violence in Schools.” This new article looks at the results from two NIJ funded research studies, including details on technologies used in schools; factors affecting the use of these technologies; and what is known about their effectiveness. While you’re on the site, check out more success stories, the calendar of events, resources and more.  


The First ICE Weekly Alien Criminal Releases List

As directed by executive order, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued its first report (available at http://tinyurl.com/mp8ow5r) identifying jurisdictions which obstruct ICE efforts to arrest and deport alien criminals, as well as the volume and severity of crimes enumerated among the aliens identified. Jurisdictions with sanctuary and de facto sanctuary policies will not be able to hide from the public safety impact of denying ICE detainer requests and releasing alien criminals back into our communities. The report states that…


Shodan – Search Engine for Internet Connected Devices

The Shodan search engine enables users to discover Internet connected devices – also known as the Internet of Things (IoT) – where they are located and who is using them.  Users can also keep track of all the computers on their network which are directly accessible from the Internet to understand their digital footprint. The tool also includes power plants, smart TVs, refrigerators, and more devices. Additional information is available at www.shodan.io.