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New Free S&T App Tracks Locations and Vitals, Keeping First Responders Safe

When first responders are on a mission, being able to quickly and easily track the location of their fellow responders can be challenging, especially in situations where the team is spread out. Many responders are only able to coordinate their locations by radioing each other or the command post and providing a very detailed message on their exact location. This can be time-consuming and can change every second if they are in an emergency situation or on a call. Recognizing…


Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence

On June 12, 2018, the United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center released “Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence.” The guide provides schools and communities with a framework to identify students of concern; assess their risks for engaging in violence; and identify intervention strategies to mitigate those risks. The Secret Service also recommends that, among other actions, schools should establish a multidisciplinary threat assessment team which meets regularly and establishes…


New Report Reviews Response to the Pulse Nightclub Attack

In December 2017, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) released Rescue, Response, and Resilience: A Critical Incident Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub. This report is an independent critical incident review of the Orlando, Florida, Police Department’s response to identify best practices and lessons learned to improve the department’s planning, training, policies, procedures, and practices regarding critical events of this nature and magnitude. The review and resulting report provides important lessons for…


Mass Violence and Terrorism Toolkit and Training Available

Incidents of mass violence and terrorism – bombings, mass riots and shootings, hijackings, bioterrorism attacks, and other human-caused disasters – present unique challenges to the communities in which they occur. These incidents require a coordinated, cross-sector approach among federal, state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; and nonprofit organizations to drive an effective response. The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has developed the “Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit” to help communities…


Department of Justice Announces the First Grants under the STOP School Violence Act

On June 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the U.S. Department of Justice’s first grants under the Student, Teachers and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018) at the 24th Annual Joint Conference of the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police and the 88th Annual Montana Police Protective Association. The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 appropriated funds for both the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)…


School Security Assessment App Now Available in Desktop Version

A new desktop-friendly, fillable PDF version of “School Safe,” the Justice Technology Information Center’s Security and Safety Assessment App for Schools, is now available. Just like the iOS and Android versions, the new desktop version takes you step-by-step through your buildings and grounds to identify and address trouble spots. This free tool can be used to conduct a physical assessment of a school campus (inside and out) by answering a series of simple questions. Access to this information and/or app…


Free Best Practices Guides for Sports Event Security

The Justice Technology Information Center’s school safety Web site is offering free best practices guides on security at both interscholastic and intercollegiate sporting events. Along with “NCS4 Offers Free Guidebooks on Sports Security,” found on the site, there are links to additional resources, an online calendar and more. For more information, visit www.schoolsafetyinfo.org.  


Information and Opinions Being Solicited

Edward Nowicki, the widely known police trainer and 33 year law enforcement veteran, has announced that he has begun writing a book which focuses on the liberal media and its coverage of police officers. Comprising approximately 50,000 words, this book will expose how the liberal news media distorts facts and selectively reports and twists the truth for the sake of profit and the pursuit of liberal ideology. Police officers’ lives and careers have been destroyed as a result of these…


Report on Mass Attacks in Public Spaces

The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center has released a report, Mass Attacks in Public Spaces – 2017. The study focused on 28 incidents carried out in public places in the United States in 2017 during which three or more persons were harmed. The report takes an in-depth look into the commonalities of the attackers which include location of attack, weapons used, gender, age, substance abuse, criminal history, mental health, motives, targeting, stressors, and communications. NTAC examined the incidents…


New Report Focuses on Line of Duty Deaths and Officer Safety

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in partnership with the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Policing Services (COPS), has released, Making it Safer: An Analysis of U.S. Law Enforcement Fatalities Between 2010-2016, a report which contains data driven analysis of line of duty deaths across an array of circumstances. The primary purpose of this report is to provide an in-depth analysis of the types of calls for police service which resulted in a law enforcement fatality,…