law enforcement

NLERSP Webinar - Emergency Vehicle Technology: Leveraging Advances to Improve Officer Safety

In 2021, law enforcement experienced a 38% increase in roadway-related fatalities from 2020. Alarmingly, this increase was driven in part by a 100% increase in struck-by fatalities, with 28 officers killed – the highest ever recorded (NLEOMF, 2022). Reducing injuries and fatalities from officer-involved collisions and struck-by incidents must be a top priority for all law enforcement professionals in 2022 to reverse these sobering trends.

In 2019, the Orlando (FL) Police Department (OPD) engaged in a three-year process to realign, redesign, and launch a centralized Crime Center to support intelligence-led policing strategies. Through support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) Crime Analysis on Demand Initiative, OPD worked with IDEA Analytics’ CEO, Dr. Jessica Herbert, to implement evidence-based practices and build OPD’s analytical capabilities.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently collaborated to launch the Mass Violence Advisory Initiative (MVAI).  The initiative aims to equip law enforcement leaders and their communities with expert assistance, guidance, and rapid response resources in the event of targeted acts of mass violence.

The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, supports local, state, federal, and tribal criminal justice entities by offering various resources to enhance law enforcement efforts. For example, RISS helps facilitate cross-agency collaboration through the RISSLeads Investigative website. Through this platform, law enforcement officers can interact with one another across jurisdictions to share investigative leads, information, or other issues.

Webinar: “Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide: Strategies for Effective and Positive Messaging”

Messaging is an important component of suicide prevention efforts. The way a police agency talks about suicide has a significant impact in preventing suicide and encouraging help-seeking behavior for those who may be in crisis. Join the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Education Development Center, and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention on August 27, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm EST for a webinar on strategies for effective and positive messaging for law enforcement.

Webinar: “Understanding the Dark Web: Challenges & Case Studies for Justice Professionals”

Criminal activity has always sought to remain hidden from law enforcement. Traditionally, this often meant committing crimes at night, without witnesses, or finding physical ways to disguise or confuse the offender’s identity (e.g. masks, attire, speed). Online environments present new opportunities for criminals, as physical contact is reduced and more daily activity (particularly financial) takes place on the internet. Even then, there is a specific portion of the internet in which there has been significant criminal enterprise—the Dark Web.

Webinar: “How to Respond Effectively to People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System”

People with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) are an often overlooked population in the criminal justice system because of a lack of identification and understanding and service gaps that prevent providers’ abilities to address their needs. At the same time, they are also often victimized by people without I/DD, which can sometimes lead to sustained involvement with the criminal justice system.

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