News Archive

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Publishes International Child Kidnapping Guide for Law Enforcement

August 14, 2018

The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention published these guidelines to help law enforcement agencies prevent and respond to cases of international kidnapping of a child by a noncustodial parent.

In 2017, more than 900 cases of international kidnapping of children across 59 countries were reported to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues. Law enforcement agencies play a critical role in the prevention and resolution of international parental kidnapping.

 A Law Enforcement Guide on International Parental Kidnapping describes law enforcement agencies’ role as initial responders and investigators of kidnapping crimes; discusses applicable laws and legal remedies for child recovery and reunification; and outlines considerations for criminal prosecution and extradition of offenders.

U.S. Department of Justice Announces $3.4 Billion in Grants to Aid Crime Victims Nationwide

August 14, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced awards totaling more than $3.4 billion to fund thousands of local victim assistance programs across the country and to help compensate victims in every state for crime-related losses. Distributed through two grant programs administered by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), a component of the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, the awards surpass every other single-year grant amount in the program’s 34-year history.  The grants are supported by the Crime Victims Fund, a repository of federal criminal fines, fees, and special assessments. The fund includes zero tax dollars.   

Most of the funds—more than $3.3 billion—are being awarded to states under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program and will support local government and community-based victim services. In 2017, VOCA grants funded more than 6,700 local organizations across the country. Over the last two years, VOCA-funded programs have reached more than 5.2 million victims, providing services ranging from emergency shelter and transportation to crisis counseling, long-term therapy, and civil legal assistance.     

Researchers Improve Accuracy by Combining Testing Methods for Emerging Recreational Drugs

August 14, 2018

Recreational drug use has been transformed in recent years by an extraordinary surge of psychoactive substances.  National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-funded researchers from West Chester University of Pennsylvania developed a drug-testing process designed to assist forensic laboratories in more easily and accurately identifying a host of emerging recreational drugs. 

The research team, led by forensic chemist Monica Joshi, chose 30 substances from five classes of psychoactive drugs; each was studied using common reagents (substances that cause a chemical reaction), and, based on the reagent analysis, several were then studied with infrared spectroscopy.  The combination of standard microcrystal tests, which rely on visual description of the crystals, and the infrared method showed that for forensic labs, "there is greater value in combination of the two techniques . . . than use of either of them alone." 

One of the goals of the project was to establish an online reference library of the microcrystals studied for use by forensic investigators. 

National Association for Justice Information Systems’ 39th Annual Conference

August 14, 2018

The National Association for Justice Information Systems (NAJIS) Annual Conference draws a broad cross-section of participants from across the country, including attendees from rural and urban jurisdictions, national associations, and representatives from agencies with large and small operating criminal justice budgets.  The conference offers an opportunity for attendees to learn, network, and share emerging trends along with best practices aimed to help improve the efficiency of government through information sharing. 

Attendees will learn about a range of topics related to justice information sharing efforts and how criminal justice practitioners and cross-functional partners are accomplishing extraordinary things together. 

  • October 8–11, 2018, Boulder, Colorado

    Registration Cost: $595 early registration (offer ends on August 15, 2018)

Policing the Connected World

August 14, 2018

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using social network analysis (SNA) to understand the organization and relationships of gangs and other criminal networks and to analyze data that can be used to focus crime-prevention efforts.  This report details the implementation of an SNA program developed by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in partnership with Yale University.  

Created as part of a violence–prevention initiative in New Haven, Connecticut, the Project Longevity SNA program emphasizes the value of community collaboration in the gathering of critical information, such as the locations and membership of these types of groups.  Noting that transparency and community involvement in data collection encourages community support, the report also describes the benefits of focused deterrence activities that reduce arrests and increase efficiency.  In addition to a detailed introduction to SNA and the ways it can be adapted to community and law enforcement needs, this report provides examples of SNA strategies used in other cities and practical guidelines for implementation.

Crime Gun Intelligence Center Resources Now Available

August 6, 2018

The Police Foundation and its partners through its National Resource and Technical Assistance Center (NRTAC) for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations initiative have developed a series of templates on key local Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) documents relevant to the development and activities of the local CGIC.   These templates were designed and developed by retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and prosecutor subject exerts, based off of existing CGIC materials already in use by high-performing local CGICs across the country.  These include a sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with all CGIC partners, a firearm recovery form, a National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) lead packet, and a gunshot detection door hanger.  The templates can be modified to fit specific agency needs.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, National Bulk Cash Smuggling Center

August 6, 2018

 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) National Bulk Cash Smuggling Center (BCSC) identifies, investigates, and disrupts bulk cash smuggling activities around the world.  The center assists federal, state, tribal, local, and foreign law enforcement authorities in their efforts to restrict the flow of funding that supports criminal enterprises.  It provides real-time tactical intelligence and investigative support and expertise in the transportation and smuggling of bulk cash.  By contacting the BCSC, law enforcement officers gain access to financial investigative expertise that will help them better follow the money trail and seize and forfeit criminal proceeds.

The BCSC provides more than expertise and support. Qualified law enforcement agencies may participate in equitable sharing arrangements from assets seized during bulk cash smuggling investigations.  Those agencies will have access to investigative and forensic resources that may not be otherwise available.  The center also disseminates a weekly electronic newsletter, The C-Note, which contains information and trends related to bulk cash smuggling.

For further information on the BCSC or to sign up for C-Note, please contact the center at BCSC@dhs.gov or (866) 981-5332.  C-Note is also available on HSIN-Intel

Center for Internet Security

August 6, 2018

The Center for Internet Security® (CIS) is home to both the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC)—the go-to resource for cyberthreat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities—and the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center™ (EI-ISAC), which supports the cybersecurity needs of U.S. state, local, and territorial election offices.  CIS information is available on the IACP Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) Website which contains a variety of information on cybersecurity best practices, tools, and threats.  

Report of the Attorney General’s Cyber Digital Task Force Released

August 6, 2018

U.S. Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions recently announced the public release of a report produced by the AG’s Cyber-Digital Task Force.  The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the cyber-enabled threats confronting the nation and catalogs ways in which the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) combats those threats.  The AG established the task force within DOJ in February 2018 and charged the group with two basic tasks:  evaluate how DOJ is responding to global cyberthreats and how federal law enforcement can accomplish its mission in this area more effectively.  The released report addresses the first task.  It canvasses a wide spectrum of cyberthreats; defines the multifaceted challenges posed by cyber-enabled crime; describes DOJ’s work in detecting, deterring, and disrupting threats; explains how DOJ collaborates with other government departments and with the private sector to respond to cyber incidents; and explores how DOJ trains and maintains a skilled workforce.

Officer Safety and Wellness Group Meeting Summary

August 6, 2018

Law enforcement officers face many hazards in the line of duty.  Though injuries from assaults and vehicular accidents are the most obvious dangers, stress, cardiovascular disease, depression, and suicide are also serious job-related risks.  Even more, these problems are more common than assaults and vehicular accidents and can have fatal consequences. 

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance formed the national Officer Safety and Wellness Group (OSWG) in 2011 to bring attention to the safety and wellness needs of law enforcement officers following a number of high-profile ambushes on police. 

In October 2017, the OSWG met to address these concerns, focusing on three main topics: (1) emotional health and organizational wellness, (2) officer suicide, and (3) felonious assaults on officers.  In addition to discussing current priorities, participants recommended a wide variety of steps to improve officer safety and wellness.  Among them were changes in organizational culture to lessen the stigma surrounding emotional distress, event response protocols for suicides, strategies to strengthen emotional resilience, and improved data collection related to felonious assaults.

Bullet-Resistant Vest Series—Fit, Care, Wear, Prepare

July 27, 2018

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a law enforcement officer, on average, is killed every 63 hours.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Training and Technical Assistance Program offers a series of roll call training videos designed to reinforce the importance of wearing a properly fitted bullet-resistant vest and properly maintaining that vest according to National Institute Justice (NIJ) standards.

In Episode 1 of the series, safety squad personnel provide an introduction to the fit, care, and wear of one of the most important pieces of equipment that an officer has access to—the bullet-resistant vest.

VALOR Program Website: https://www.valorforblue.org/

Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge

July 27, 2018

On July 13, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott of the Eastern District of California, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen announced Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), a new program that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high-impact areas, specifically fentanyl, and to identify wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers.

As part of Operation S.O.S., the Department of Justice will launch an enforcement surge in ten districts that have experienced high drug overdose death rates. The DEA Special Operations Division will coordinate efforts to ensure that leads from street-level cases are used to identify larger-scale distributors. Also, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Executive Office will send an additional two-year term Assistant United States Attorney to each participating district to assist with drug-related prosecutions.

Partners for Progress—Serving Safely

July 27, 2018

As first responders, police officers often interact with people with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, resulting in encounters that can be complex, unpredictable, stressful, and sometimes dangerous. In response to this issue, the Vera Institute of Justice, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), launched Serving Safely, a national initiative designed to improve interactions between police and persons with mental illnesses and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Serving Safely also will provide training and assistance to law enforcement and partnering agencies to improve outcomes for persons with mental illness or a developmental disability. Through these efforts, Serving Safely aims to minimize unnecessary detention and incarceration of persons with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities, grow partnerships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve, and strengthen connections to community-based treatment and services.

 

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

July 27, 2018

Every day, public safety officers risk their lives to protect America’s citizens and communities. To honor that commitment, Congress passed The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, which created the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The medal is awarded annually by the President or Vice President to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.

Deadline for Nominations:  11:59 p.m., ET, on July 31, 2018

Alerts Save Lives: A Unified Message Regarding the Need to Support Nationwide Alerts

July 27, 2018

The resource Alerts Save Lives: A Unified Message Regarding the Need to Support Nationwide Alerts was developed by Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), with the support of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), and reviewed by subject experts, including state, local, and federal law enforcement and justice practitioners.  The message defines the different alert types and stresses the important role alerts play in law enforcement and community safety. 

 

Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model

July 23, 2018

On June 12, 2018, the United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center released “Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model:  An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence.”  The guide provides schools and communities with a framework to identify students of concern, assess their risks for engaging in violence, and identify intervention strategies to mitigate those risks.

The Secret Service also recommends that among other actions, schools:              

  • Establish a multidisciplinary threat assessment team that meets regularly and establishes regular procedures.

  • Define thresholds for interventions.

  • Create a central reporting system to deal with threats.

Focused Deterrence Strategies for Law Enforcement Agencies

July 23, 2018

This Tip Sheet, developed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), offers an overview of the best practices for implementation of the focused deterrence model.  Focused deterrence is the practice of using tailored deterrence strategies to address a specific crime problem in a jurisdiction. Focused deterrence identifies the small number of individuals responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime.  The Tip Sheet also offers a case study from Madison, Wisconsin.

Nationwide Cyber Security Review

July 23, 2018

The Nationwide Cyber Security Review (NCSR) is a free, anonymous, annual self-assessment survey that is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework and is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center.  The NCSR evaluates cybersecurity maturity across the nation while directly providing actionable feedback and metrics to individual respondents in state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments.

Using the results of the NCSR, DHS delivers a biyearly anonymous summary report to Congress providing a broad picture of the cybersecurity maturity across the SLTT communities.

Additional cyber-related resources and trainings are available on the Law Enforcement Cyber Center Website.

U.S. Department of Justice Announces Regulatory Steps to Address Opioid Epidemic

July 23, 2018

On July 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the finalization of an April proposal to improve the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) ability to control the diversion of dangerous drugs in the midst of the national opioid crisis.  If DEA believes that a particular opioid or a particular company’s opioids are being diverted for misuse, DEA can reduce the amount allowed to be produced in a given year. These revised limits will encourage vigilance on the part of opioid manufacturers, help DEA respond to the changing drug threat environment, and protect the American people from potentially addictive drugs while ensuring that the country has enough opioids for genuine medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs.  The final rule enhances the roles for the state attorneys general. It requires DEA to share notices of proposed aggregate production quotas, and final aggregate production quota orders, to the state attorneys general. It also allows for a hearing, if necessary to resolve an issue of material fact raised by a state’s objection to a proposed aggregate production quota as excessive in relation to legitimate U.S. need.

Humanizing Your Agency Through Social Media: Webinar

July 23, 2018

This webinar will focus on creating and building a strong social media foundation for your agency.  Social media can be a critical part of solidifying your agency’s relationship with the community you serve.  The presenter, Kate Kimble, Public Relations Manager for Fort Collins, Colorado, Police Services, will share tips for building your agency’s reputation by engaging your audience with the stories they really want to hear.

Webinar: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

Interview with Kate Kimble:  http://justiceclearinghouse.com/resource/humanizing-your-agency-through-social-media-an-interview-with-kate-kimble/

Federal Bureau of Investigation Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters: Phase II of Study Released

July 13, 2018

The successful prevention of an active shooting frequently depends on the collective and collaborative engagement of a variety of community members: law enforcement officials, teachers, mental health care professionals, family members, threat assessment professionals, friends, social workers, school resource officers . . . and many others. A shared awareness of the common observable behaviors demonstrated by the active shooters in this study may help to prompt inquiries and focus assessments at every level of contact and every stage of intervention.

In 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published a report titled “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013.”  One hundred and sixty active shooter incidents in the United States occurring between 2000 and 2013 were included in the study sample.  In this first report, the FBI focused on the circumstances of the active shooting events (e.g., location, duration, and resolution) but did not attempt to identify the motives driving offenders, nor did it highlight observable pre-attack behaviors demonstrated by offenders. The 2014 report is referred to as the “Phase I” study.

The FBI has released Phase II of this study, which was designed to look at pre-attack behaviors of active shooters. The study looks at 63 shooters and breaks down ways to identify someone displaying behaviors that could indicate an attack.

Phase I Report:  https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/active-shooter-study-2000-2013-1.pdf/view

Phase II Report:  https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/pre-attack-behaviors-of-active-shooters-in-us-2000-2013.pdf/view

Cybercrime: Resources for New and Existing Cybercrime Units

July 13, 2018

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) recently released a new document, “Starting a CyberCrime Unit:  Key Considerations for Police Chiefs,” which offers law enforcement executives key considerations for establishing a cybercrime unit, including scope, recruitment/staffing, interagency partnerships, training, and funding.  Each key consideration area includes illustrative concepts to help executives build a cybercrime unit.

For new and existing cybercrime units, the Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) is another resource available to assist police chiefs, sheriffs, commanders, patrol officers, digital forensic investigators, detectives, and prosecutors who are investigating and preventing crimes that involve technology.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Comprehensive Gang Model Training: Registration Open

July 13, 2018

The National Gang Center is offering free training on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model (CGM) at the 2018 Comprehensive Gang Model Workshop on August 14–16, 2018, in Houston, Texas.

The OJJDP CGM supports a collaborative approach to help communities prevent and reduce gang violence. This training is designed for local teams representing juvenile and/or adult probation and parole, schools, law enforcement, social services, public health, and the community. Teams will learn how to conduct a gang assessment, build community partnerships, and develop a plan using the Model’s five core strategies. Learn more and register to attend the workshop.

Law Enforcement Guide to the CGM: https://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/Content/Documents/LE-Officials-Guide-to-OJJDP-Comprehensive-Gang-Model.pdf

Federal Prosecution of Human-Trafficking Cases: Bureau of Justice Statistics Report

July 13, 2018

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) recently released the report “Federal Prosecution of Human-Trafficking Cases, 2015,” which includes the offenses of peonage, slavery, forced labor, and sex trafficking; production of child pornography; and transport for illegal sex activity.  The report details persons investigated by federal law enforcement and referred to U.S. attorneys for human-trafficking offenses and cases prosecuted, adjudicated, and sentenced in U.S. district court, including the disposition of human-trafficking matters concluded, reasons matters were declined for prosecution, demographic characteristics of suspects charged with human-trafficking offenses, and key case outcomes, such as conviction rates and prison sentence lengths.  Findings are based on data from BJS's Federal Justice Statistics Program, with source data provided by the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Highlights:

  • In 2015, the FBI (52 percent) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (19 percent) referred the most human-trafficking suspects to U.S. attorneys.

  • Nearly 6 in 10 (59 percent) human-trafficking suspects referred to U.S. attorneys in 2015 were prosecuted in U.S. district courts.

  • In 2015, more than 9 in 10 (93 percent) human-trafficking defendants were convicted.

  • Nearly all (99 percent) of the 769 convicted human-trafficking defendants in 2015 received a prison sentence.

Blue Pencil Award of Excellence: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Wins National Award for Its Website Targeting College Drug Abuse

July 13, 2018

In July 2017, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched www.campusdrugprevention.gov to support drug abuse prevention programs on college campuses.  The website was created as a one-stop resource for professionals working to prevent drug abuse among college students, including educators, student health centers, and student affairs personnel.  In addition, it serves as a useful tool for college students, parents, and others involved in campus communities.  The DEA received a Blue Pencil Award of Excellence from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) for its work with this website.

The NAGC’s Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards is an annual international awards program that recognizes superior government communication products and those who produce them.

Website: www.campusdrugprevention.gov

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Rapid DNA Initiative

July 9, 2018

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) established the Rapid DNA Program Office in 2010 to facilitate the development and integration of Rapid DNA technology for use by law enforcement. In accordance with the Rapid DNA Act of 2017, Rapid DNA instrumentation will be implemented in two settings: (1) accredited forensic DNA laboratories for reference sample analysis; and (2) federal, state, and local law enforcement booking stations, in states that allow DNA analysis on arrestees. Much of the preparation for using Rapid DNA in a laboratory setting has been completed, and the FBI’s efforts are now focused on the standards and procedures for use of this technology in a law enforcement booking environment. The FBI has selected five states to operate as pilots for Rapid DNA analysis in 2019:  Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. 

Rapid DNA instruments were designed for reference sample DNA analysis and are similar to LiveScan capture instruments for ten print collections.  The Rapid DNA analysis of crime-scene DNA is not authorized at this time for the national DNA database.  Crime-scene samples can contain DNA from multiple individuals (mixtures), degraded DNA, and small amounts of DNA.   However, a few law enforcement agencies are using Rapid DNA in conjunction with non-CODIS databases to provide timely investigative leads and solve cases.  These agencies, along with representatives from several national law enforcement associations and the National District Attorneys Association, are participating in FBI’s Rapid DNA Crime Scene Task Force.  The task force will meet for the first time in October 2018 and consists of two focus areas:  (1) reviewing current application of Rapid DNA and identifying best practices to share with agencies establishing Rapid DNA capabilities; and (2) developing Rapid DNA for crime-scene and CODIS applications. 

Department of Justice Announces $110 Million Set-Aside Grant Program to Assist Crime Victims in Indian Country

July 9, 2018

This year, for the first time, the 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act provides for three percent of funds from the Crime Victims Fund to be used to support a broad set-aside program for Indian tribes to improve services to crime victims. 

The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program solicitation.  Under the solicitation, OVC will award eligible tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal designees grants to support a wide range of services for victims of crime.  OVC anticipates making up to $110 million available through this solicitation to support tribes to improve victim services.  The FY 2018 set-aside program has expanded the types of crimes addressed to cover victims of human trafficking, victimization as a result of opioid/drug-related crisis and child abuse and neglect, as well as victims of cybercrime and financial crime, among other areas. 

This solicitation has a streamlined, two-phase application process.  OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants.  Phase 1 applications are due on August 6, 2018.

Violence Reduction Response Center: Leveraging Resources for Justice Practitioners

July 9, 2018

On June 5, 2018, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched the U.S. Department of Justice Violence Reduction Response Center (VRRC), a new resource that connects state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, U.S. attorneys, and criminal justice practitioners with expert staff and technical assistance to respond to agency- and situation-specific crime reduction needs.  Established under the direction of the U.S. Attorney General, the VRRC serves as a one-stop shop for justice practitioners to access the most appropriate resources available, from existing DOJ programs to peers and subject experts with experience in violence-reduction strategies. The information, tools, and technical assistance accessible through the VRRC can be tailored to meet specific community needs.

The VRRC can be reached by email (ViolenceReduction@usdoj.gov) or phone [1(833) 872-5174] from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday. All voicemails and emails will receive a response within one business day. 

Integration of Social Network Analysis and Spatial Analysis: Webinar Highlighting Two Philadelphia Police Department Projects

July 9, 2018

The Justice Research and Statistics Association is hosting an Integration of Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Spatial Analysis (GIS) webinar on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.  This no-cost webinar will discuss two SNA projects undertaken by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Police Department:  The first project examined the extent of shared connections among shooting victims through network analysis; in particular, the analysis examined cross-divisional connections by combining network analysis and GIS.  The second project applied SNA to understand connections among gangs at the group level across the city.  The project focused on (1) identifying the extent and nature of positive/negative connections among gangs; and (2) developing a Web-based application that visualizes the result of SNA on a map.

Webinar Date:  July 17, 2018, 3:00 p.m., ET

Integrating Technology Systems to Enhance Data-Driven Crime Reduction Efforts: Webinar Rewind

July 9, 2018

The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) recent webinar, “Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Analytical Capacity: Technology Integration in West Memphis, Arkansas,” reviewed the technology integration project undertaken by the West Memphis, Arkansas, Police Department (West Memphis PD), as part of the West Memphis, Arkansas, National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) site, to enhance its data-driven policing mission.  Retired Chief Larry Larimore and Jessica Herbert with the West Memphis PSP site discussed the project as a whole, as well as key factors to consider when developing analytical capacity and implementing new technologies. BJA NTTAC specialist James Lah discussed the training and technical assistance delivery process and how BJA NTTAC connected West Memphis PD with the “best-fit” provider to help the department meet its goals. In addition, Captain Joe Baker of West Memphis PD discussed his agency’s technology needs, the various challenges West Memphis PD encountered, and key lessons learned. Regional Director Randy Smith with the Numerica Corporation provided the vendor perspective on approaching the integration project, including the obstacles faced and major takeaways.

For additional information about the webinar, please contact BJA NTTAC at BJANTTAC@ojp.usdoj.gov or 1(855) 252-8822.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods FY 2018 - Grant Announcement

June 22, 2018

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding under the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  The PSN Program is designed to create and foster safe neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, including, but not limited to, addressing criminal gangs and the felonious possession of firearms.  The program’s effectiveness depends on the ongoing coordination, cooperation, and partnerships of local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies—and the communities they serve—engaged in a unified approach led by the U.S. Attorney in all 94 districts.  Acting decisively in a coordinated manner at all levels will help reverse the rise in violent crime and keep American citizens safe.  PSN provides the crucial funding, resources, and training for law enforcement, prosecutors, and their PSN teams to combat violent crime and make their communities safe through a comprehensive approach to public safety that marries targeted law enforcement efforts with community engagement, prevention, and reentry efforts.

National Institute of Justice’s Policing Strategic Research Plan 2017–2022

June 22, 2018

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) developed the Policing Strategic Research Plan to describe the current and projected efforts of NIJ to advance policing practices in the United States.  The strategic goals outlined in the plan should be viewed as both interrelated and vital to better understanding and finding solutions to the challenges of policing.  This document should be of interest to researchers (academic, governmental, and industrial); federal, state, local, and international government partners; and justice policymakers and practitioner communities.  Findings from the activities that fall within this strategic plan will be disseminated among these constituents and partners in ways designed to achieve the greatest impact.

2019 Crime Victims’ Service Awards Nomination Period Now Open

June 22, 2018

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) annually recognizes individuals, teams, programs, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. On April 13, 2018, an awards ceremony was held in Washington, DC, to honor individuals, organizations, teams, and programs for their outstanding efforts on behalf of crime victims.

Individuals may nominate one or more worthy candidates, including individuals, programs, organizations, teams, or a coalition of individuals and programs.  Nominees can include, but are not limited to, federal, state, local, or tribal professionals and volunteers in direct victim services and allied professions. Victims and survivors of crime are eligible for the Special Courage Award.  Previous award recipients, regardless of award category, are not eligible for subsequent awards. View past recipients in the OVC Gallery.  Elected officials are not eligible for consideration.  Candidates nominated but not selected in previous years are eligible for consideration.

Why Sharing Data Matters to Your Agency and Community: International Association of Chiefs of Police Blog

June 22, 2018

The Ferndale, Michigan, Police Department (FPD) was approached by the University of Michigan with a proposal for collaboration regarding the publication of “open data.”  Open data is a term for any form of data that can be downloaded and manipulated by members of the public.  As part of the agreement, the university would provide students to work on the cleaning and publishing of data and the FPD would provide the data, along with the mechanism to publish it. FPD saw this as an opportunity to leverage the skills of these students, build relationships, and benefit the community.

FPD convened a community task force that included residents, community groups, representatives from academia, and other key stakeholders to recommend which data set topics would be made publicly available. The community was most interested in community engagement metrics and data about the FPD officers.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) blog is posting a series of articles highlighting community understanding of and respect for law enforcement. This project is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

For additional information regarding open data sharing, visit the Police Data Initiative, a law enforcement community of practice that includes leading law enforcement agencies, technologists, and researchers committed to engaging their communities in a partnership to improve public safety built on a foundation of trust, accountability, and innovation.

House Homeland Security Committee Released Its June Terror Threat Snapshot

June 22, 2018

The House Homeland Security Committee’s Terror Threat Snapshot is an assessment of the growing threat that America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists.

The most recent Snapshot included a remembrance of the Manchester Arena bombing, which left 22 dead and 116 injured.  Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May joined families of victims at the Manchester Cathedral service.  The Dean of Manchester said it was for "those whose lives were lost and those whose lives have been changed forever.”

The Snapshot outlined France’s warning of the risk posed by 40 radicalized prisoners who are due to be released over the next 18 months. There are 20 scheduled for release in 2018 and another 20 in 2019. Authorities remain concerned over prison radicalization and taken bold steps to reduce the issue.

Addressing cases of homegrown Islamist extremism in the United States, the Snapshot continued to identify such cases and indicated that since 2013, there have been 153 homegrown jihadist cases in the United States.

Medal of Valor

June 18, 2018

Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency service officers perform brave and selfless acts every day in the line of duty.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has opened the nomination period for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to recognize these public safety officers for their valiant actions.  An act of valor is defined as going above and beyond the call of duty and exhibiting exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life.

Nominations must be submitted through the Medal of Valor page by or at the direction of the chief executive officer of the nominee’s employing public safety agency.  Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on July 31, 2018.  Agencies may nominate multiple public safety officers for the same incident, and individual officers can be nominated for multiple incidents. Please note that separate online nominations must be submitted for each incident and for each officer who participated in the incident.  For questions about the nomination process or submission, please contact MedalOfValor@usdoj.gov or visit the FAQ page.

2018 Bureau of Justice Assistance Destination Zero Conference

June 18, 2018

The Destination Zero (DZ) Program, a Bureau of Justice Assistance program and collaborative effort between the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program, is designed to assist law enforcement agencies in improving the health and safety of their officers across the United States.  The DZ Program is proud to recognize officer safety and officer wellness programs that proactively engage employees in initiatives that increase overall officer wellness and/or reduce line-of-duty injuries or deaths.

The 2018 Destination Zero Conference: Saluting Innovative Officer Safety and Wellness Programs will be held August 2–3, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona.  This year’s conference will highlight previous DZ award winners and finalists from the following categories: general officer safety, officer traffic safety, officer wellness, and comprehensive safety.

Attendance at the DZ Conference is limited to law enforcement personnel. Agency identification will be required at registration check-in.

Benefits and Advantages of Transitioning to the National Incident-Based Reporting System

June 18, 2018

The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) was implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement.  NIBRS captures details on each single crime incident—as well as on separate offenses within the same incident—including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property involved in the crimes.

Unlike data reported through Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s traditional Summary Reporting System—an aggregate monthly tally of crimes—the NIBRS data goes much deeper because of its ability to provide circumstances and context for crimes. It includes reporting up to ten offenses within a single incident and additional aspects about each event, like location, time of day, and whether the incident was cleared. Ultimately, NIBRS will improve the detail and overall quality of crime data, which will help law enforcement and communities around the country use resources more strategically and effectively.  The following articles outline many of the advantages of the transition:  Summary Reporting System to NIBRS: The Path to Better UCR Data and Questions NIBRS Can Answer.

The UCR Program is actively working to increase NIBRS participation by partnering with the Bureau of Justice Statistics on the National Crime Statistics Exchange, working with advocacy groups to emphasize the importance of NIBRS data for the public and the law enforcement community, and transitioning the UCR program to a NIBRS-only data collection by January 2021.  The FBI has documented the efforts of two states, Minnesota and Georgia, as they to work to achieve their transitions to NIBRS.  For more information about the NIBRS transition, contact the NIBRS staff of the FBI’s UCR Program via telephone at (304) 625-9999 or email at UCR-NIBRS@fbi.gov.

The National Governors Association Resource Center for State Cybersecurity Helps Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

June 18, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the National Governors Association (NGA) Resource Center for State Cybersecurity announced that it will help four states—Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin—modernize their cybersecurity plans and infrastructure. The new initiative, Policy Academy on Implementing State Cybersecurity, offers states a new opportunity to defend themselves against increasingly advanced and globalized cyberthreats. 

The NGA will provide states with technical assistance to implement and operationalize cybersecurity planning. The Policy Academy will convene the NGA, industry experts, federal officials, private sector experts, research organizations, and academia to advise the four state teams, each selected by its governor to develop and share best practices in cybersecurity. 

Those who are interested in learning more about the NGA should contact Jeff McLeod, Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, NGA Center for Best Practices, at jmcleod@nga.org or (202) 624-5311.

The U.S. Department of Justice Announces the First Grants Under the STOP School Violence Act

June 18, 2018

On June 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the U.S. Department of Justice’s first grants under the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018) at the 24th Annual Joint Conference of the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police and the 88th Annual Montana Police Protective Association. 

The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 appropriated funds for both the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office to improve school safety programs. 

BJA was appropriated $50 million dollars as part of this Act and has two solicitations that are currently available for states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes.

BJA STOP School Violence Assessment and Technology Reporting Program

BJA STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program

COPS SVVP Information and Details on the Upcoming COPS Solicition

“Backing the Blue”-Office of Justice Programs Blog

June 1, 2018

Countering a threat and carrying on while under assault, even after being struck, is a skill that officers must learn. It's a daunting prospect, but one that hundreds of thousands of brave men and women sign up knowing they may have to face. And our nation is stronger for it.

~Alan R. Hanson, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General

In a recent Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Blog article, “Backing the Blue,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson focused on OJP’s efforts to protect and support law enforcement.  He provides examples of how, through agency programs and partners, OJP supports the wellness and safety of law enforcement.  One of these efforts is the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program, providing tactical instruction on handling violent incidents.

Human Trafficking Task Force E-Guide: Resources to Support Task Forces

June 1, 2018

Due to the complex nature of the crime, perpetrators often operate unnoticed, and those who suffer are not likely to self-identify as victims of human trafficking.  Trafficking victims do not always see themselves as victims, often blaming themselves for their situation. This makes discovering this crime more difficult because victims rarely self-report, and the time and resources required to uncover violations can be significant.

Developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance, this guide is a resource to support established task forces and provide guidance to agencies that are forming task forces.  Its purpose is to assist in the development and day-to-day operations of an anti-human trafficking task force and to provide fundamental guidance for effective task force operations.

The content has been carefully screened and evaluated by anti-human trafficking victim service providers, law enforcement officials, and prosecutors.  It is a living document; as new practices and resources that have proven helpful to these task forces become available, OVC’s Training and Technical Assistance Center will incorporate them to enhance the effectiveness of this guide.

Prosecutor-Led Diversion Toolkit: Helping to Build the Next Generation of Prosecutor-Led Diversion Programming

June 1, 2018

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation and NORC at the University of Chicago, in collaboration with and administration by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, developed the Prosecutor-Led Diversion Initiative to sustain and create pre-trial prosecutor-led diversion programs with a substance abuse, mental health, and/or human trafficking component.

Although the concept of diversion has been an important part of the criminal justice system for many years, the challenges of rising incarceration costs, limited system resources, and the desire for more effective criminal justice system outcomes have led prosecutors to apply diversion to new and more challenging populations. 

This online toolkit is intended as a resource to help prosecutors design, implement, and evaluate these new prosecutor-led diversion options.  More broadly, this toolkit is also a resource for other criminal justice system stakeholders (law enforcement, the defense, the judiciary, probation and pretrial services, social service providers, policymakers, and the general public) to better understand prosecutor-led diversion and why it matters.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Strategy

June 1, 2018

In an age of brand-name breaches, we must think beyond the defense of specific assets—and confront systemic risks that affect everyone from tech giants to homeowners.  Our strategy outlines how DHS will leverage its unique capabilities on the digital battlefield to defend American networks and get ahead of emerging cyber threats.

~Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

In May 2018, DHS released a new five-year strategy that provides a framework to execute DHS’s cybersecurity responsibilities in order to keep pace with the evolving cyber risk landscape.  The intent is for this strategy to enable the harmonization and prioritization of DHS planning, programming, budgeting, and operational activities across all DHS cybersecurity mission areas.  It will focus on coordinating departmental cybersecurity activities to ensure a unity of effort.

This strategy sets forth a five-part approach to manage national cyber risk aimed at ensuring the availability of critical national functions and fostering efficiency, innovation, trustworthy communication, and economic prosperity in ways that are consistent with our national values and that protect privacy and civil liberties:

  • Risk Identification

  • Vulnerability Reduction

  • Threat Reduction

  • Consequence Mitigation

  • Enable Cybersecurity Outcomes

Mass Violence and Terrorism: Toolkit and Training Series

June 1, 2018

Incidents of mass violence and terrorism—bombings, mass riots and shootings, hijackings, bioterrorism attacks, and other human-caused disasters—present unique challenges to the communities in which they occur.  These incidents require a coordinated, cross-sector approach among federal, state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; and nonprofit organizations to drive an effective response.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)—in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Office for Victim Assistance and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism—developed the Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit, to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible.

Lessons learned from past incidents indicate that through advanced planning (which includes the establishment of victim assistance protocols), and by developing and maintaining multidisciplinary partnerships, communities are better prepared to engage a holistic approach to victim assistance to ensure that each victim’s needs are met. However, this toolkit also contains materials that will aid communities’ responses to victims even if they have not planned for an incident. 

This Web training series highlights the importance of communities, states, and regions planning a response to incidents of mass violence and terrorism using the OVC Toolkit resource.  This webinar provides a detailed overview of how to use the Toolkit. Customized technical assistance is available to city, county, and state-level organizations to help implement the Toolkit.  If you would like to request mass violence and terrorism customized technical assistance, please contact OVC by email at TTAC@ovcttac.org.

Opportunity to Participate in the National Public Safety Partnership

May 25, 2018

The National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) provides an innovative framework to enhance federal support of state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution authorities in aggressively investigating and prosecuting violent criminals. PSP’s strategic focus emphasizes the U.S. Department of Justice’s priority to reduce violent crime by providing critical capacity-building resources to law enforcement and prosecutors to increase public safety in local communities. PSP has proven to be a successful model for enhancing participating sites’ crime-fighting capacity. The PSP program is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods suite of programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime.

If interested in applying to participate in this opportunity, complete the Statement of Interest and submit to BJA NTTAC at BJANTTAC@ojp.usdoj.gov by 11:59 p.m., ET, on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Social Media Bootcamp: Webinar to Learn How to Build a Resilient Reputation

May 25, 2018

Date:  May 29, 2018

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

The Justice Clearinghouse is hosting a no-cost social media bootcamp webinar, during which participants will get a tour of the major platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor, Snapchat and Facebook.  The webinar will provide a helpful list of best practices for each platform that government agencies can use to improve engagement within their respective communities.

The Justice Clearinghouse is a community of justice and public safety professionals.  The organization advocates an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and resolving the challenges affecting the justice arena.

Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Analytical Capacity: Technology Integration in West Memphis, Arkansas

May 25, 2018

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) for the webinar “Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Analytical Capacity: Technology Integration in West Memphis, Arkansas” on Thursday, May 31, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET. During this webinar, presenters from the West Memphis, Arkansas, National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) site and the West Memphis, Arkansas, Police Department will review a recent technology integration effort undertaken by the department to enhance its data-driven policing mission.

This webinar will review how the recent technology integration effort undertaken by the West Memphis, Arkansas, Police Department, as part of the West Memphis, Arkansas, PSP, enhanced its data-driven policing mission. Participants will learn how the agency implemented an innovative software program that integrated disparate data systems into one searchable and analyzable application. Presenters will also discuss key strategies and lessons learned for law enforcement technology and data integration projects that can be applied to other jurisdictions nationwide.

Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholarships for Law Enforcement Officers: Application Deadline June 8, 2018

May 25, 2018

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.

NIJ is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ seeks to provide objective and independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision making of the criminal justice community to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

NIJ is seeking applicants for the 2018 class of LEADS Scholars. Applicants should be mid-career, in-the-ranks leaders within their agencies and have a personal dedication to advancing the policing field through research. Applicants must be sworn officers and cannot be current NIJ grantees.

The LEADS Scholars program grew out of a desire to support and develop the next generation of law enforcement leadership in America. In 2014, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to establish an annual award of ten, three-year scholarships for research-minded law enforcement officers. The program has since grown to 40 men and women officers across the country, who have formed a strong network of individuals committed to using evidence and data to inform law enforcement policy and practice.  NIJ LEADS Scholars are pioneers in the evidence-based policing movement who present and publish frequently about their research and findings.

Officer Health, Stress, and Suicide: Research on Police Health, Stress, and Suicide

May 25, 2018

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.

In a podcast offered by the COPS Office as part of its monthly podcast series, The Beat, Dr. John Violanti, a research professor at the University of Buffalo and retired New York State police trooper, discusses his research on police health, police stress, and suicide, as well as the need for departments to support officer mental health and wellness. In 2017, more officers committed suicide than were killed in the line of duty.

One of Dr. Violanti’s current research efforts is examining the suicide rate of police officers versus the general population as a way to determine whether and how departments can utilize the data to improve mental health services for officers. 

Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies 2018 Spring Conference: U.S. Attorney General Delivers Remarks

May 22, 2018

On May 7, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered remarks at the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA) 2018 Spring Conference.  He emphasized that the administration’s goal is to bring down the rate of violent crime, homicides, opioid prescriptions, and overdose deaths.  In 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will invest more than $100 million in state and local crime labs to make them faster, more efficient, and effective, in an effort to reduce the backlog and free up other resources to reduce violent crime and drug abuse.  DOJ, through the Bureau of  Justice Assistance's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, also will provide grant funding to identify previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits, test them, and then assign personnel to pursue new investigative leads to help provide closure for sexual assault victims throughout the country and help put their assailants behind bars.  AG Sessions added that it is critical to address the growing encryption (or “going dark”) problem.  DOJ is working with stakeholders in the private sector, in law enforcement, and in Congress to find a solution to this problem.

Honoring Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers: IACP Leadership Awards

May 22, 2018

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is proud to honor law enforcement agencies and officers that exhibit leadership, excellence, and professionalism through the 2018 Leadership Awards Program.  Nominate an agency or individual doing incredible work in the field. Simply download the nomination form, complete it, and email it to awards@theiacp.org by June 1, 2018. All award winners will be recognized at the 2018 IACP Annual Conference.  The awards program features several categories, including the following:

  • The IACP Leadership in Homeland Security Award honors excellence and significant contributions to overcoming homeland security challenges. All federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement, public safety or criminal justice agencies, task forces, or multiagency collaborative efforts that have made a substantial contribution to Homeland Security efforts, either during a single event or over time, are eligible to apply.

  • The IACP/Thomson Reuters Excellence in Criminal Investigations Award recognizes exceptional innovation in managing and conducting criminal investigations, with the goal of sharing information to advance the art and science of criminal investigations.  Eligible agencies, departments, police units, or task forces must engage or participate in criminal investigations.  The nominated investigation must be currently ongoing or have been completed in the 2017 calendar year.  An investigation nominated for this award in a previous year is ineligible.

Police Executive Research Forum Annual Meeting

May 22, 2018

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Annual Meeting is being held in conjunction with the conferences of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute Associates (NEIA) on May 29 through June 1, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. All registrants will be welcome to attend all meetings, sessions, and events sponsored by PERF, MCCA, and NEIA during the Annual Meeting. The registration fee is $425. 

Grant Funding Opportunity: Community Policing Development(CPD) Program

May 22, 2018

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office recently opened a competitive solicitation for the 2018 Community Policing Development (CPD) Program.  The CPD grant program is designed to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, development of innovative community policing strategies, field-directed law enforcement microgrants, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope.  The COPS Office has designed the CPD solicitation to address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing.

Up to $10 million is available through this year's program, and all awards are subject to the availability of funds.  Applications are due by June 7, 2018, at 7:59 p.m., ET.

The AMBER Advocate Newsletter: OJJDP Releases the Spring 2018 Edition

May 22, 2018

 

The mission of the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program (AATTAP) is to safely recover missing, endangered, or abducted children through the coordinated efforts of law enforcement, media, transportation, and other partners by using training and technology to enhance response capacities and capabilities and increase public participation.

The AATTAP publishes quarterly issues of the AMBER Advocate Newsletter.  The spring 2018 issue of the AMBER Advocate Newsletter features the following articles:

  • AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program Administrator Jim Walters' vision for the future of child protection
  • Faces of the AMBER Alert Network
  • The role an Idaho AMBER Alert played in the recovery of two sisters
  • AMBER Alert in Indian Country
  • AMBER Alert in international news