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New Article Discussing the Opioid Crisis

The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) published an article, “The Opioid Crisis and Children: The Critical Role of Law Enforcement,” which discusses law enforcement agencies’ role in mitigating the effects of the nation’s opioid crisis on its youngest victims. The article discusses how law enforcement can leverage deflection strategies to identify and protect drug endangered children and how to connect them to community-based treatment which is critical to reducing their exposure to substance use at home. To…


Online Training Course

Sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC), the virtual and self-paced training course, “Telecommunications Best Practices for Missing and Abducted Children,” provides law enforcement telecommunications personnel with information and resources to promote swift and effective responses to incidents of endangered missing and abducted children. Learn about the scope, scale, and nature of the problem; best practices; and protocols for telecommunications responses. Participants will also review important National Crime Information Center (NCIC) record entry and data management considerations for the communications…


New Report Available – Science Based Law Enforcement Training

Why Law Enforcement Needs to Take a Science-based Approach to Training and Education,a new report published by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) and the IADLEST Partner Advisory Committee (IPAC), serves as a reference point for chiefs, sheriffs, mayors, risk managers, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) directors, training academy directors, and all those who have an investment in police training and education. Topics covered in the report include evidence-based training; the science of…


New Documentary Available

The newly released documentary, In the Aftermath – When the Shooting Stops, Recovery Begins, produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, focuses on best practices after school shooting tragedies, including family reunification, dealing with accompanying trauma and crisis planning. It highlights the difficult journey of recovery while giving hope to survivors. The documentary highlights interviews with survivors of school shootings and public officials, as well as discussing programs and resources available to school systems, law enforcement and the community before,…


New Article on Responding to Domestic Violence

Published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing, “Domestic Violence 101: How Should a Law Enforcement Agency Respond?” discusses best practices for police agencies responding to domestic violence; what resources exist to support their work; and how law enforcement officers and departments can build skills, capacity and comfort to address these crimes and the individuals involved with expertise and care. The article provides the essentials which officers should know about domestic violence and the importance of having a departmental domestic violence policy….


New Report: Homeland Threat Assessment

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a comprehensive report on threats to American security. The “October 2020 Homeland Threat Assessment” is specifically intended for public consumption and factors in all the new challenges DHS faces in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural report arranges the topmost threats to America in seven sections, including the cyber threat to the homeland, foreign influence in the homeland, threats to the US economic security, the terrorist threat to the homeland,…


New Lazer-Shield Adhesive Strip Protects Police Officers from Increasing Threat of Laser Beam Attacks

Super Seer Corporation has released Lazer-Shield to effectively protect police offers from the growing threat of laser beam attacks during protests. The shield is a universal self-adhesive protective strip which reduces a green, blue or violet laser beam from one watt to a harmless 1/1000 watt. Inexpensive high-powered handheld lasers have led to an increasing number of attacks on law enforcement officers, often in riot situations. Attackers direct the laser toward an officer’s eyes. If struck without protection, the officer…


New Report: Ten Essential Actions to Improve School Safety

The Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Office School Safety Working Group, composed of representatives from eight national law enforcement organizations, has identified ten essential actions which can be taken by schools, school districts and law enforcement agencies to help prevent critical incidents causing loss of life or injury in our nation’s schools and to respond rapidly and effectively when incidents do occur. These actions, published by COPS, are applicable to school shootings as well as to other areas of…


On-demand Training Course

A new training course, Understanding Digital Footprints, funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and presented by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), introduces participants to the concept of digital footprints and best practices in protecting personally identifiable information. Some topics include limiting your digital footprint, protecting privacy on social media, opting out of data aggregator sites, oversharing personal information, and recovering after becoming a target of doxing. To take this course, visit https://tinyurl.com/y3cxzrz2


New Report Released

The National Police Foundation (NPF), in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has released the National Survey on Officer Safety Training: Findings and Implications, along with its accompanying Executive Brief, and an interactive Web site. The report and Web site present the results of a national survey developed and administered by NPF to examine the officer safety and wellness training and resource needs of law enforcement agencies across the United States. To download a copy of the report, visit https://tinyurl.com/y367ls96