law enforcement

People with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: Promising Legislation for Statewide Reforms

Join NCCJD as we delve into the stories that created statewide movements to pass legislation impacting people with disabilities in the criminal justice system as either suspects or victims of crime. Over the past two years, NCCJD has been compiling a database of such legislation in order to help criminal justice and disability professionals understand this issue from a national viewpoint and get an idea of what type of legislation is being passed and why. A brief overview of current findings will be discussed by NCCJD’s Program Manager.

The Way of the Jedi: Developing the Balance Between the Warrior and Guardian Webinar

We are plagued with stories about police corruption, poor tactics, excessive use of force and as such public outcry for change is louder than ever. As a result, many agencies have attempted quick fixes (e.g., increased accountability, de-escalation classes, cameras) that have not solved the problem. Additionally, there continues to be a debate about if officers should be warrior or guardians and these conversations tend to create division and foster extreme response options that perpetuate officer imbalance.

In 2008, Congress passed the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) Act to honor the exceptional acts of bravery that federal, state, and local law enforcement officers make in the line of duty every day. Often times, these acts of bravery place officers at personal risk of injury or result in sustainment of a physical injury. The Law Enforcement CBOB nomination period is now open through February 15, 2016.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in coordination with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently released a resource for law enforcement officers titled, “Health Watch: Checking In For Duty.” The resource is a physician’s checklist to help law enforcement officers be their own health advocate.