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Forensic Video Analysis System Supports Evidence Collection in Charleston, SC

Following the tragic shooting of nine African-American churchgoers attending a Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in June 2015, law enforcement in Charleston, South Carolina, acted quickly to identify Dylann Roof as the suspect. Using surveillance footage from the church, law enforcement pulled photos of Roof and distributed them throughout the media. Less than 16 hours after the attack, police had arrested the suspect nearly four hours away from Charleston. Police were able to quickly identify and apprehend this dangerous felon,…


New Free App Addresses Cops’ Health Issues

Do you want to know why your diet isn’t working…how to survive psychologically as a cop…what clues may signal mental illness in a fellow officer…how to use the right self-talk to improve performance…or answers to a growing list of other health and fitness questions relevant to law enforcement? Now, there’s an app for that, thanks to the creative energy of Force Science instructor Dr. John Azar-Dickens. A practicing clinical psychologist, college professor and sworn police officer, Azar-Dickens recently launched the…


Unpacking Cyberterrorism

The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) has always been focused on terrorism-related information sharing. With terrorist groups’ ever increasing level of sophistication in their use of the Internet, it is only natural that information sharing play a role in tackling cyberterrorism. The ISE supports professional networks and associations which are building the tools which are needed during a potential terrorist attack and underpins the critical relationship with, and between, groups such as the National Fusion Center Association, the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies and the International Association of…


Department of Justice Releases Report on Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recently announced that its report, Deadly Calls and Fatal Encounters, which was produced by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and funded by the COPS Office, provides analysis of 684 cases involving line of duty deaths over a five year period (2010-2014). The purpose of this report is to identify the situations which present officers the most risk and make recommendations to enhance officer safety. For…


BJA Redesigned Body-Worn Camera Toolkit Released

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has released a newly redesigned Body-Worn Camera Toolkit (BWC Toolkit) to the public. The BWC Toolkit was developed to assist law enforcement agencies to implement body-worn camera programs using the best research currently available, with input from both criminal justice and community stakeholders. The BWC Toolkit consolidates and translates the growing body of knowledge about body-worn camera programs and technology. The toolkit is available at https://www.bja.gov/bwc


U.S. Department of Justice Is Crafting a Body Camera Catalog for Local Police Forces

The U.S. Department of Justice is compiling a catalog of wearable cameras and has begun requesting product information from vendors. In preparation for the publication of a product comparison catalog, the National Institute of Justice has asked suppliers to suggest which wearable camera features should be highlighted in the resource, as well as detail their current offerings. The catalog will also detail data protection and privacy controls features per product and should be available to law enforcement agencies by December…


FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) System

The term “biometrics” is not limited to fingerprints – it also includes palm prints, irises and facial recognition. In an effort to harness new technologies and to improve the application of tenprint and latent fingerprint searches, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division has established a new system, the Next Generation Identification (NGI), to replace the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). The NGI provides the criminal justice community with the world’s largest and most…


Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has developed a Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Web-based toolkit which provides resources for law enforcement agencies to partner with mental health providers to effectively respond to calls for service, improve outcomes for people with mental illness and advance the safety of all. The PMHC toolkit includes information on various aspects of PMHC programs, such as planning and implementing, training, managing, and measuring performance. The Web-based toolkit can be found at https://pmhtoolkit.bja.gov.


Night Vision Depot Becomes Night Vision Devices

William Grube, President and CEO of Night Vision Depot, announced that the company will officially change its name to Night Vision Devices starting January 1, 2017. For over ten years, Night Vision Depot has been a strong leader in providing quality night vision solutions to law enforcement and other markets. The name change reflects the company’s broader commitment and expertise in improving night vision technologies. William Grube explained that the new name reflects their position with a strong core brand,…


BJA Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has recently released a number of funding opportunities for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, ranging from preventing and reducing intellectual property theft and related crime to assisting agencies, to supporting agencies in employing data-driven, cross sector strategies to reduce crime, increase trust and improve community safety. Funding opportunities include the Smart Policing Initiative; the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program; the Intellectual Property…