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SROs Play a Critical Role in Combatting Human Trafficking

Published by the Office for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), this article discusses how young people may be particularly vulnerable to human trafficking simply because they are young and may be less equipped to make informed and sound decisions. This is why School Resource Officers (SROs) are in a unique position to recognize and respond to potential victims. As an SRO, you may be able to notice signs that something is wrong in a student’s life during your daily job…


Free Online Guide to Legislation Affecting Police

In the past few years, there’s been a significant increase in state bills which impact law enforcement agencies. Bills have included everything from the procurement of new early intervention systems to de-escalation training to new data transparency laws. It can be hard to keep up with what’s been approved, what’s pending, and what the bills include. Vector Solutions is now offering a free online guide to recently approved law enforcement legislation in each state. The online guide is an interactive Web…


2023 Trafficking in Persons Report

Published by the United States Department of State, this report offers a thorough summary of the global situation regarding human trafficking, as well as the strategies employed to strengthen the response and cooperation. This year’s report features a special section, “Survivor Insights: Perspectives from Those with Lived Experience of Human Trafficking.” Survivors of human trafficking share their stories of overcoming cultures of victimization and their journeys to success. Visit https://tinyurl.com/44febrxj to read the full report.


2023 Law Enforcement Fatalities Report Reveals Overall Reduction in Line-of-Duty Deaths

The number of law enforcement professionals nationwide who have died in the line of duty in the first half of 2023 decreased a dramatic 66% compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary data provided by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), the leading authority on officer fatalities. While much of the decrease is driven by substantial reductions in COVID-19 related deaths, line of duty deaths are down across the board. As reported in their official “2023 Mid-Year…


Strategic Communications for Law Enforcement

The purpose of this guide is to help law enforcement agency leaders and strategic communications advisors develop the necessary knowledge and skill to create strategic communications plans to help build and maintain community trust. This guide is a revision and expansion of the Strategic Communications Practices Toolkit published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Major Cities Chiefs Association in 2012. It expands upon the tenets of best practice communications planning to provide law enforcement executives guidance…


Security Integration – Using Our Collaborative Expertise to Prevent Violent Crime and Build Trust

Published by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this article discusses an event held earlier this year in which representatives from a select group of law enforcement agencies came together from across the country in Tampa, Florida. This event was a peer-to-peer learning opportunity cosponsored by the Tampa Police Department, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the US Secret Service. The meeting’s purpose was to provide practitioners with an opportunity to learn from one another regarding the responsible use of technology,…


Responding to Current Public Safety Challenges in Cities

The COPS Office recently released this publication summarizing a leadership meeting between local government and law enforcement.  In March 2022, 50 mayors, police chiefs and other representatives of law enforcement executive organizations met at the Winter Leadership Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors to discuss the cooperation necessary between local government and law enforcement to keep cities safe. Topics included ordinances, technology options, and community interventions and other initiatives to respond to and reduce gun violence; officer recruitment and…


FBI Report on LEOs Killed in the Line of Duty

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a report on law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, including data on felonious deaths from 2022. The FBI continuously releases this data through the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program. The program’s statistics provide information which law enforcement can use to protect officers and prevent future incidents. LEOKA adheres to a general set of law enforcement officer criteria when gathering data. According to the report, the number…


COVID-19 Law Enforcement Impact and Response

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recently released the new report, “Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC): COVID-19 Law Enforcement Impact and Response.” The COVID-19 public health emergency drastically affected law enforcement. The functions of law enforcement required in-person work and community interaction, and law enforcement agencies were challenged to maintain operational levels of service while keeping officers, employees and community members safe. The COPS Office CRI-TAC monitored law enforcement pandemic response from March 2020 through…


Tools for States to Address Crime

Published by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, these tools help provide state leaders with a plan to advance safety and justice. To equip state leaders, the CSG Justice Center has analyzed the most recent 50-state data on crime, arrests, and prison populations and has developed a list of ten ways states can lower crime.  View these tools.