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National Law Enforcement Museum Begins Installation of 9/11 Exhibit as Part of Reopening

As it prepares for reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Law Enforcement Museum begins installation of its newest exhibit, “Post-9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement,” where artifacts from the disaster – including a 2,200 pound steel beam from the World Trade Center and a 6,300 pound concrete block from the Pentagon – have arrived to be positioned for visitors to experience. The exhibition is being installed in the DuPont Gallery of the museum which will house artifacts and…


Mental and Physical Wellness Resources for Law Enforcement

Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Suicide Awareness for Law Enforcement Officers (SAFLEO) Program focuses on the mental and physical wellness of law enforcement officers. The law enforcement community deserves better access to officer wellness and suicide prevention resources to help address officers’ well-being. The SAFLEO Program answers that need. SAFLEO offers training, customized technical assistance and online resources designed to support officers as they engage in seeking help activities and to help agencies implement wellness and…


DOJ Announces Expansion of Firearms Technical Assistance Project to Strengthen Community Response to Domestic Violence Incidents Involving Firearms

On August 12, 2021, the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) announced the expansion of its Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP) to help communities across the country reduce domestic violence homicides and injuries committed with firearms. OVW will award an estimated $6 million for up to 12 sites and $4 million for training and technical assistance on firearms and domestic violence. “Enforcing gun laws and keeping firearms from the hands of perpetrators of domestic violence…


Using Sports to Build Trust with Local Law Enforcement

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) recently released a new resource, Bridging the Gap: Using Sports to Build Trust with Local Law Enforcement. Nancy Lieberman Charities has opened 92 Dream Courts, state-of-the-art play spaces serving more than four million children each year in a variety of community sporting activities, including some involving local law enforcement in programs funded by the COPS Office. To obtain a copy of this resource, visit https://tinyurl.com/ycexxy5z


Policing the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis

Published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Policing the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis discusses the role which law enforcement officers play on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. They are responsible for emergency response, preserving public safety and enforcing the law. This publication discusses the challenge of reconciling the conflicts which can arise among these roles and presents recommendations for alleviating these difficulties and improving law enforcement response to the opioid crisis. Go to https://tinyurl.com/yf5uetzj to…


Officer Safety App Now Available

Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Program is now offering its VALOR Officer Safety App available via Google Play and the App Store. Preparation is the foundation of success in any profession. The VALOR Officer Safety App promotes mental and physical preparation to help you successfully meet the needs of the communities you serve each day. The app offers several features, including ways to prepare with…


New Report Available on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide

Published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), this report, “Law Enforcement Officer Suicide – 2021 Report to Congress,” discusses suicide among law enforcement and ways to prevent thoughts of suicide from becoming actions. This report assesses the availability of existing mental health resources for law enforcement agencies. It provides a review of peer responder programs and makes recommendations for establishing evidence-based behavioral health and suicide prevention efforts for both law enforcement and other first responders, as requested in Senate…


New Publications Available on Law Enforcement Family Preparedness

The COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Office recently announced the release of a publication suite focused on creating an organizational culture of wellness for officers and their support networks. Law enforcement officers regularly experience stress and secondary trauma during their shifts and rely on their families and friends as a positive social support network to maintain holistic wellness. Family Matters: Executive Guide for Developing Family-Friendly Policies, Procedures, and Culture and its companion tools for families and agencies guide professional dialogue…


New FBI Report on Active Shooter Incidents

Produced by the FBI’s Office of Partner Engagement, the report, “Active Shooter Incidents 20–Year Review, 2000–2019,” encompasses statistical data regarding 333 active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2019. Each page focuses on a particular active shooter-related topic and has been designed specifically for law enforcement officers, other first responders, corporations, educators, and the general public. To view a copy of the report, visit https://tinyurl.com/yvpajfhc


New Checklist to Access Your Agency’s Crime Analysis Capabilities

The Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center (BJA NTTAC) released a checklist which provides standard best practices which agencies of all sizes can implement in their crime analysis units. The checklist includes questions and recommendations which may help an agency increase the unit’s effectiveness and capacity. Specifically, it includes recommendations for staffing, communication, crime analysis products, technology, and resources.  Visit https://tinyurl.com/bmwdfjxa to view the checklist.