Shooting Spree at Los Angeles Airport
A deadly shooting spree at crowded Los Angeles International Airport by a lone gunman left a security official dead and three other people injured Friday. Gerardo I. Hernandez is the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty in the 12-year history of the agency. The FBI identified the shooter as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia of Los Angeles.
While law enforcement action has been swift, examining related TSA policies, including safety issues and screening rules, will take more time. The attack has raised questions about what security measures need to be implemented. Should the agency’s officers be armed? If so, what should they carry? And what does Friday’s incident say about the agency’s recent efforts to change its screening guidelines?
For more information at the shooting, see the following news reports:
New York Teen with Autism Still Missing
Parents of New York City's special-education students saw their worst fears realized four weeks ago when 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo walked out of his school and disappeared. The search for an autistic boy who has been missing for nearly a month remains active after NYPD investigators determined that a recent sighting of a child resembling Oquendo was not the teen.
NIST Seeks Comments on Preliminary CyberSecurity Framework
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks comments on the preliminary version of the Cybersecurity Framework. The Framework will consist of standards, methodologies, procedures and processes that align policy, business, and technological approaches to address cyber risks.
Call for Comments
Do Youths Belong in Adult Prisons?
Over the past eight years, twenty-three states have enacted forty pieces of legislation to reduce the prosecution of youth in adult criminal courts and end the placement of youth in adult jails and prisons. A recent report highlights the key pieces of legislation enacted between 2011 and 2013.
The topic has found its way into the news, as well, as evidenced by this article in the New York Times.
Read the full report here.
Dallas Gunmen Captured after Claiming 5 Victims
The suspect in a string of five slayings was captured in Terrell early Tuesday after an intense manhunt spread fear through the small town about 30 miles east of Dallas. Charles Everett Brownlow Jr., 36, was found about 1:30 a.m. after authorities tracked him to a creek in a wooded area near U.S. Highway 80, Police Chief Jody Lay said.
The victims include his mother, aunt, a store clerk and a married couple. Police are still working to determine his motive.
Recent reports on the crime:
Dealing with Drivers with Alzheimer’s Disease
IACP’s Alzheimer’s Initiatives has developed two new resources to help law enforcement identify, interact with, and help drivers who suffer from dementia.
Drivers with Alzheimer’s Disease: 10 Warning Signs/10 Steps for Interacting
Tips for Law Enforcement and Motorist Assist Workers: Identifying and Helping a Driver with Alzheimer’s Disease
How to Positively Impact Homicide Investigations’ Outcomes
Read the guide.
Study Shows Violent Crime Is on the Rise
A 2012 study by two Bureau of Justice statisticians points to increasing levels of crime in the United States. The National Crime Victimization Study collects information on nonfatal crimes reported and not reported to the police against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. It produces national rates and levels of violent and property victimization, as well as information on the characteristics of crimes and victims, and the consequences of victimization. Since the NCVS is based on interviews with victims, it does not measure homicide.
The overall violent crime rate (which includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) rose from 22.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons in 2011 to 26.1 in 2012. Violent victimizations that were not reported to police increased from a rate of 10.8 per 1,000 persons in 2011 to 14.0 in 2012 and accounted for the majority of the increase in total violence. The apparent increase in the rate of violent crimes reported to police from 2011 to 2012 was not statistically significant.
Read the full report.
Keeping Kids Out of Gangs
The consequences of gangs — and the burden they place on the law enforcement and public health systems in our communities — are significant. People who work in the fields of public health and public safety know that efforts to address the problem after kids have already joined gangs are not enough. To realize a significant and lasting reduction in youth gang activity, we must prevent young people from joining gangs in the first place.
NIJ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) formed a partnership to publish a book, Changing Course: Preventing Gang Membership. The Executive Summary (pdf, 20 pages) offers a glimpse into the full book and is designed especially for policymakers and other professionals who may want an overview of major take-away points that the researchers explore in each chapter.
Police Vehicle Evaluation
Michigan State Police recently carried out its annual vehicle evaluation at the Chrysler proving grounds. The purpose of this exercise is to provide the law enforcement community with the most objective raw data that will assist them in making purchasing decisions for their agencies. The testing programs covers seven events: Top Speed, Acceleration, Braking, Vehicle Dynamics, Ergonomics, Communications, and Fuel Economy.
Read more here.
Inside the IACP
Officer-Involved Shootings Investigative Protocols
New Law Enforcement Cyber Center
IACP Launches Youth Program Impact Toolkit for Law Enforcement
Philadelphia Commissioner Charles Ramsey on the Future of Policing
Philadelphia Commissioner Charles Ramsey opened the IACP 2013 Conference in Philadelphia, PA with a presentation on the future of policing, urging members and law enforcement to proactively tackle issues faced by law enforcement.
Watch his speech here.
IACP NEWS November 19, 2013
In the News
New Director Appointed for DOJ Community Orientated Policing Services (COPS)
Unmanned Aircraft Integration Roadmap Released by FAA
One Year Later – Hurricane Sandy Recovery
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey, with impacts felt across more than a dozen states. The storm battered the East Coast, particularly the densely-populated New York and New Jersey coasts. During Sandy’s immediate aftermath, more than 23,000 people sought refuge in temporary shelters, and more than 8.5 million customers lost power. The storm flooded numerous roads and tunnels, blocked transportation corridors, and deposited extensive debris along the coastline.
A year later, efforts are still under way to restore things back to normal and prepare for future disasters. Agility Response has come up with a report about the lessons learned from the storm and what measures need to be put in place to reduce the impact of similar storms. FEMA also worked closely with its partners to help individuals recover and restore critical services. To date, more than 11,900 grants have been approved for emergency work, to remove debris and to rebuild or replace public infrastructure, and more than $3.2 billion has been obligated toward these projects.
Read the Agility report.
Read the FEMA report.
Facebook Beefs Up Efforts to Curb Bullying
Facebook is beefing up efforts to curb bullying on its site as police, parents, and educators grow alarmed over the unmonitored, and sometimes dangerous, interactions among teenagers on social media networks.
The company has launched an interactive page making it easier for teens to contact an adult on the site when they feel bullied. Facebook will also release talking points and guidelines for teens, parents, and educators on how to deal with harassment. Read more.
See Facebook’s resources on Bullying and Reporting.
U.S Supreme Court Decision Grants Qualified Immunity to Officers Pursuing Fleeing Suspects
MIKE STANTON v. DRENDOLYN SIMS
A police officer responding to a call pursued a suspicious fleeing individual into a residence, and the owner filed suit alleging that the officer had unreasonably searched her house without a warrant.
In Mike Stanton v. Drendolyn Sims, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the officer’s entry was entitled to immunity due to the potentially dangerous situation. The Court ruled that a police officer is entitled to qualified immunity, even if a search of a home is unconstitutional, when in pursuit of a fleeing suspect; irrespective of whether the offense is a misdemeanor or felony.
Read the full decision here.
Nigeria: Focus on Corruption, Financial Crime, and Asset Recovery
Senior investigators and prosecutors from West, East, and Central Africa came together in Nigeria to discuss ways to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute cases of corruption and related financial crimes at the 6th INTERPOL Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery.
Ibrahim Lamorde, Executive Director of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission in Nigeria, highlighted the critical role of international police cooperation in successfully tackling corruption in Africa and beyond. Presentations during the meeting focused on case studies, challenges to successful investigations, prosecutions of corruption cases, and information specifically relevant to the African region, with practical exercises to assist participants in enhancing their skills and abilities.
Delegates were also updated on an innovative new tool to enhance the fight against corruption: the INTERPOL Secure E-mail Capability – Asset Recovery (SECOM). For the first time within the anti-corruption community, SECOM will enable the instant and secure exchange of information and technical knowledge on corruption and related asset recovery.
For more information, visit:
Improving Suspicious Activity Reporting
The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) is a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement partners.
The NSI helps prevent terrorism and other related criminal activity by establishing a national capacity for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing SAR information. SAR Line Officer Training and sector-specific SAR Hometown Security Partners Training discuss how to report identified suspicious activity to the proper authorities while maintaining the protection of citizens’ privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.
Get more information here.
Free Traffic Safety Tools from IACP partner Century Council
The Century Council offers free resources to law enforcement for traffic safety initiatives that address drunk driving and underage drinking.
The Century Council has developed a host of materials that can augment community outreach efforts and law enforcement training activities. The Century Council can send resources upon request or they are available for download online at www.centurycouncil.org.
Read about the Century Council’s Safety Tools here.
FEMA Clarifies Guidelines for Use of Grant Funds for Broadband-Related Expenditures or Investments
Link to memo.
FIRE Is Seeking Beta Testers for Crime Scene Smartphone App
The Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE), under a cooperative agreement from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and US Department of Justice (USDOJ), has developed a smartphone app called Checklist App for Scene Examination (CASE) for first responding officers to use at crime scenes. Using a checklist approach, this app can significantly improve crime scene documentation and evidence preservation. Smartphone technology combined with a systematic (checklist) approach will allow first responding officers to capture critical evidence that may be destroyed or altered in the first hour.
Get more information on the app here.
New Guide for Predictive Policing
Rand Corporation recently published a new guide to predictive policing techniques. Predictive policing involves using statistical analysis to identify targets for police intervention.
It also identifies targets for police intervention to prevent crimes and solve past crimes, as well as identifying potential offenders and victims.
The guide breaks down predictive policing strategies into four categories: crime prediction, offender prediction, victim prediction and methods for predicting perpetrators’ identities.
Find the guide here.
Evidenced-Based Policing Training for Supervisors
The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and the Center for Justice Leadership and Management at George Mason University, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Police Foundation, have brought together the top experts in the field of evidence-based policing for leadership training for first and second line law enforcement supervisors. This free event will occur on January 24, 2014, from 8:30am - 4:30pm at the GMU-Arlington Campus.
For more information on the event and to register, click here.
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