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

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.

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The AMBER Advocate Newsletter: OJJDP Releases the Spring 2018 Edition

 

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
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Grant Funding Opportunity: Community Policing Development(CPD) Program

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.

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Honoring Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers: IACP Leadership Awards

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.

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Police Executive Research Forum Annual Meeting

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. 

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Watch the National Forum Session on Data Access 101 via Facebook Live on August 1 @ 2 PT

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) will stream the session “Data: What It is, Why You Need It and What in the World to Do With It” live from the National Forum on Criminal Justice on August 1 from 2:00-3:30 pm PT.  This session is geared for novices and addresses issues and questions including: Data:  we need it to decide which problems to tackle, to choose which initiatives to fund, and to measure whether those programs are working as planned. But do we have the data we need? If not, who does and will they share? How do we know if the data are telling us what we need to know? And how in the world do we pay for the analysis? Presenters are Jeff Bender, Deputy Commissioner, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services; and Terry Salo, Deputy Commissioner, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. Glenn Fueston, Executive Director, MD Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention will serve as moderator.
NCJA will stream this session using Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/thencja and the recording will be available on the NCJA website at http://www.ncja.org/home.

 

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Measures for Justice: Using Data to Improve the Criminal Justice System – County-by-County

The United States incarcerates more individuals per capita than any other country in the world. Without the ability to compare performance and identify trends at all levels of the system, injustices may become more prevalent and become accepted as the status quo.  Formed 2011, Measures for Justice (MFJ) is committed to bringing transparency to the criminal justice system by collecting, cleaning, and coding criminal justice data at the county level to publish on a free data portal and use data patterns to facilitate discussions about the justice system. MFJ’s founding goal was to create a series of measures to gauge the performance of the criminal justice system at the county-level. Its approach was designed to be collaborative, encouraging justice practitioners at the county-level to provide feedback on MFJ’s measures, data, and contextual information throughout the process to advance three criminal justice system goals: fair process, public safety, and fiscal responsibility. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recruited MFJ to refine its justice system series of measures and undertake a pilot program to gather the corresponding data elements to support those measures as part of a BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) engagement.

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Free Online Training on the Global Reference Architecture

SEARCH and the National Center for State Courts recently launched a new version of the training course on the Global Reference Architecture (GRA), a framework and set of standards that makes it easier, faster, and more affordable for justice and public safety practitioners to design effective information sharing solutions. This updated and self-paced online training course is presented in 10 modules and helps stakeholders gain a common understanding of the GRA framework, standards, methods, and processes. 

The training demonstrates how to establish a governance structure, develop an information sharing architecture, model and document services, and create information models.   The course includes interactive, hands-on implementation labs that tie lessons together and is presented via an easy-to-use interface integrating narration, video, and written text with a certificate of completion option. 

The GRA Training Course is suitable for a range of trainees, including executives, senior managers, project managers/coordinators, and implementers.  

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Retired News Reporter Develops Algorithm to Try and Identify Serial Killers Using UCR Data

In 2004, Thomas Hargrove, a 61-year-old retired news reporter from Virginia, became aware of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Supplementary Homicide Report and contemplated whether it was possible to teach a computer how to spot serial killers.  He spent months trying to develop an algorithm that would identify unsolved cases with enough commonalities to suggest the same murderer.  Hargrove eventually founded the Murder Accountability Project (MAP), a small nonprofit seeking to make FBI murder data more widely and easily available.  MAP has already assembled case details on 638,454 homicides from 1980 through 2014, including 23,219 cases that had not been reported to the FBI.  This is the most complete list of case-level details of U.S. murders available anywhere, and the group’s Web site has made it available at no cost to anyone with statistical analysis software.  

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NW3C Virtual Currency Online Training

The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) recently released an online training course on virtual currency.  The 30-minute course covers basic information and concepts that serve as an introduction to virtual currencies and their relationship to other types of currency.  It covers various types of virtual currency, including the difference between decentralized and centralized currencies, with a strong focus on Bitcoin: what it is, how it is stored, and Bitcoin-specific investigative tips and techniques.  Individuals must have an NW3C online learning account and be employed by a law enforcement organization to access the no-cost training.

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