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2020 Drugs of Abuse Resource Guide

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has released the 2020 edition of Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide which is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. Because education plays a critical role in preventing substance abuse, this comprehensive guide is intended as a tool not just for medical practitioners and law enforcement officials, but also for educators, families and communities.  A copy of the 112 page guide…


“CARES” ACT AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Stephenie Slahor, Ph.D. The federal government’s response to the COVID-19 world public health crisis includes the unprecedented nearly $2 trillion emergency relief package presented in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) – an amount equal to about ten percent of the total US gross domestic product. While much of the financial relief is targeted to individuals, businesses, unemployment compensation, and measures to restore the thriving economy, $150 billion of the package will apply to state, local and…


Important Police Security Expo 2020 Update

New 34th Annual Police Security Expo Dates Announced Event Rescheduled for Late August In light of ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments and after much consideration, the 2020 Police Security Expo has been rescheduled for August 25-26, 2020, in Atlantic City, NJ. The health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees, partners, and employees has always been our highest priority. Rescheduling this 34th annual event will enable show organizers and their partners to provide the type of event which both attendees and exhibitors…


Rural Community Action Guide

“Families and communities in rural America have been hard hit by the crisis of addiction, and face unique challenges in developing effective responses to this disease. The Rural Community Action Guide empowers local leaders to meet these challenges head on with recommended action steps and best practices for local solutions which will create real change.” – Jim Carroll, Director of Office of National Drug Control Policy The Trump Administration recently released a new tool to assist rural community leaders in…


New Video: “How Law Enforcement Culture Plays Into Stress and Wellness”

In the “Research for the Real World” video from the NIJ, the speakers discuss how law enforcement culture plays into stress and wellness. They argue that a culture of not showing weakness may deter some officers from getting much needed help, especially if they are suffering from mental health issues. The experts in the video recommend acknowledging that it is acceptable and normal to have an emotional response to the intensity of issues most officers experience in the line of…


New Opioid Research: Meth Resurgence Associated with the Opioid Crisis

A resurgence in methamphetamine abuse has raised concerns in the medical and legal communities throughout the United States. The findings of a national task team of subject-matter experts – collected in a white paper titled The Resurgence of Methamphetamines: Methamphetamine Abuse Associated with the Opioid Crisis – have confirmed a recent significant rise in mortality, morbidity and violence directly attributed to methamphetamine abuse and further support concerns that the impact may be even greater than that of the original methamphetamine…


How to Reduce Repeat Encounters

Responding to repeat encounters is a challenge for law enforcement agencies. Individuals who come into frequent contact with law enforcement officers or nonemergency services often have unmet behavioral health, housing or other social services needs. A brief fact sheet, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, outlines four practical steps to help officers address the needs of high utilizers and to reduce their contact with the criminal justice system over time. To download a copy of the fact sheet, visit…


Available on Amazon Books Store

Newly available on Amazon books, Harlem Raiders is a hard-hitting, crime-fighting saga about a diverse narcotics team working in Harlem’s 32nd Precinct during the notorious 1970s and ’80s. Based on a true story, NYPD Sergeant Peter Pranzo leads his narc team (nicknamed the “Harlem Raiders”) in one of New York City’s most notorious neighborhoods, ultimately achieving over 8000 gun and narcotics arrests during a seven year period. Working closely with a local female community leader, Pranzo and his team form…


What Law Enforcement Personnel Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness which can spread from person to person. The outbreak first started in China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other areas, including the United States. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness. Data suggests that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus which causes COVID-19.Symptoms can include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and…


Bureau of Justice Assistance’s SPI Spotlight on Effective Policing Technology Initiative

The Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) initiative released two Spotlight Reports titled The Role of Technology in the Strategies for Policing Innovation Program: Challenges, Solutions, and Lessons Learned. One report focuses on technology initiatives to reduce crime, such as risk terrain modeling and social network analysis, while the second focuses on hardware initiatives such as body-worn cameras and gunshot detection systems. These reports provide information on successful policing technology initiatives; the impact of technology initiatives on SPI agencies; and challenges and…