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Police Chiefs and Prosecutors Find Common Ground

The Police Executive Research Forum brought together prosecutors and police executives from 11 jurisdictions in 2019 to look for common ground on criminal justice reform. Leaders from the group recognized that, in the growing national debate over criminal justice reform, police chiefs and prosecutors were often talking past each other instead of to each other. This new report from that forum details the discussions and presents a set of 12 common-ground principles agreed upon by the attendees. To read a…


Officer and Community Wellness Resources for Law Enforcement

A new National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) Clearinghouse toolkit has been curated by the PSP team to provide a suite of timely resources dedicated to assisting law enforcement with best practices for building community trust, strengthening relationships and increasing cultural understanding with diverse communities. The resources included also address officer resiliency and ways to mitigate the impact of stress on the duties of policing. For more information or to build your own customized toolkit, visit the PSP Web site at…


Department of Justice Awards Nearly $400 Million for Law Enforcement Hiring to Advance Community Policing

The Department of Justice recently announced nearly $400 million in grant funding through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The Attorney General announced funding awards to 596 law enforcement agencies across the nation which allows those agencies to hire 2,732 additional full-time law enforcement professionals. The awards are inclusive of the $51 million announced in May 2020 as part of Operation Relentless Pursuit.   “The Department of Justice is committed to providing the police…


COPS Office Report on the Use of Drones by Public Safety Agencies

The US Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS Office), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) convened a two-day conference in Washington, DC, in 2019 to discuss policy and operational issues regarding the implementation and use of drones. This new publication, Drones: A Report on the Use of Drones by Public Safety Agencies – and a Wake-Up Call About the Threat of Malicious Drone Attacks, synthesizes information presented at the conference;…


Important Police Security Expo 2020 Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Download Full PDF Press Release Here As a result of the continued effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from the state of New Jersey have cancelled August 2020 events scheduled at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and Police Security Expo Management (Sitework Associates, Inc.) have been informed by the New Jersey Department of Emergency Management that the State of New Jersey has exercised their option to…


Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program

Administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death benefits to the eligible survivors of public safety officers who are fatally injured in the line of duty; disability benefits to public safety officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty; and education benefits to the eligible spouses and children of fallen and catastrophically injured officers. With the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19, America’s law enforcement officers, firefighters and…


FBI Releases Report on 2019 Active Shooter Incidents

Twenty-eight shootings in 2019 have been designated as active shooter incidents. The report, Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2019, focuses on active shooter incidents – a specific type of shooting situation. The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing, or attempting to kill, people in a populated area. Implicit in this definition is the shooter’s use of one or more firearms. The active aspect of the definition inherently implies that…


New Crime Scene Bullet Algorithm

Crime scene bullets are often deformed from collisions which can make direct comparison difficult. Now, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new algorithm which makes matching them more accurate by dividing the markings on deformed bullets into segments and correlating those segments with reference bullets. You can read the full NIST article at https://tinyurl.com/st9waa8


New BVP Application Funding Period

The Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998, is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement. Since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions a total of $467 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests (1,395,976) as of February 2020. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to announce the…


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources for Law Enforcement

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on law enforcement and other first responders, the National Police Foundation (NPF), in collaboration with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation and Esri, has developed a COVID-19 situational awareness tool for law enforcement agencies. The tool, featuring a real-time dashboard, provides critical insights to assist executives, commanders, administrators, and other decision makers in assessing and monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on our nation’s first responders, including officer…