April 2015

Ross Arends, Joe Ghattas, and Oneil Ormsby/Guest Editors

Critical incidents happen every day around the world, and, in most cases, it falls to law enforcement and other public safety personnel to respond to these serious, sometimes life-threatening situations. This issue provides information about resources available to state, local, and tribal law enforcement when facing crises ranging from fire and explosions to suicides and large-scale financial crimes and offers guidance on planning and training for critical incidents.


  • POLICE WEEK 2015

    Each year during Police Week, communities across the United States hold memorial services in remembrance of police officers who have made the supreme sacrifice for their communities. Also during this ...

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  • Critical Incident Management: A Systematic Guide to Planning

    Within the last four years, the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Police Department has planned for and managed numerous major incidents, including two visits by the U.S. president; participa...

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  • The ATF National Response Team—Responding to Fires and Explosions

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team (NRT), created in 1978, responds to large-scale fire and explosives incidents of federal interest that affect inter...

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  • Officer Survival Simulation Training

    At the core of the skill set of the law enforcement officer is the capacity to use deadly force effectively under the pressure of life and death consequences. Use-of-force decision making has a profou...

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  • The ATF iTrafficking Program: Integration of Firearms Trace/Ballistic Data into Fusion Center Intelligence Sharing

    In December 2010, the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the U.S. Department of Justice awarded a grant to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to examine the impact of the Bureau of ...

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  • Homeland Security Investigations Follow the Money Trails to Combat Crime

    In the history of law enforcement, financial investigations have been integral to the arrest and conviction of some of the most notorious, dangerous, and elusive criminals. In 1931, gangster, bootlegg...

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  • Suicide Loss First Aid: How Police Officers Can Assist Suicide Survivors

    There are approximately 40,000 reported suicides yearly in the United States, and the number of these deaths has increased in recent years.1 Police officers have contact wi...

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  • Explosives Risk Management: ATF Training to Improve Explosives Safety

    Special Agent Johnny Masengale was involved in a two-year investigation of a clandestine explosives factory in Bremerton, Washington. On May 5, 1992, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and ...

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