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Law Enforcement Video Association Awards IACP Top Prize for Video Combating Human Trafficking

The IACP received the top prize in the Specialized Production category in the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) awards for its roll call training video titled The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide. The video is one part of a three-part training package for law enforcement officers on the crime of human trafficking and also includes a discussion guide and an accompanying guidebook.

“The IACP is honored that the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association selected The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide as the top video in its Specialized Production category,” said Ronald Ruecker, director of public safety for Sherwood, Oregon, and president of the IACP. “The IACP hopes that this video will help local law enforcement officers to recognize and respond to this horrific crime.”

The aim of the IACP’s training package, including The Crime of Human Trafficking, is to give solid direction for effective officer response and community collaboration and provide guidance and resources for assisting victims. The training package includes the following:

  • Information about the definition of the crime of human trafficking

  • Methods by which traffickers operate and reasons why victims may be reluctant to report

  • Means for detecting and investigating these crimes

  • Ways to address the safety and other needs of victims

  • Information on federal laws and resources

For more information about the video or the IACP’s Police Response to Violence Against Women Project, visit .

Sex Offenders in the Community: New Resources Available

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, the IACP is developing several resources to enhance the law enforcement response to sex offenders in the community. The following two publications are among the no-cost resources currently available:

  • Sex Offenders in the Community: Enforcement and Prevention Strategies for Law Enforcement. This publication includes an overview of the sex offender population, examples of prevention and enforcement strategies from agencies around the country, and sample address verification forms.
  • Framing a Law Enforcement Response: Addressing Community Concerns about Sex Offenders. This pamphlet identifies frequently asked questions posed to law enforcement, with talking points provided to assist in framing a response. The pamphlet also provides important information on identifying grooming behaviors of sexual offenders. Examples of grooming actions undertaken by sexual offenders with the goal of befriending a child in order to lower a child’s sexual inhibitions or establish an intimate friendship in preparation for the eventual sexual act are provided.

To view these and other resources, please visit . For more information or to request hard copies, please contact Christina Horst, project coordinator, at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 830, or via e-mail at

Free Online Forensic DNA Training

The U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), provides free, selfpaced, online courses at the Web site that are designed to help criminal justice professionals preserve, identify, analyze, and present DNA evidence.

The course designed for law enforcement officers is the course titled “First Responding Officers—What Every Law Enforcement Officer Should Know about DNA Evidence.” This course focuses on issues that arise for the first responding law enforcement officer during the identification, preservation, and collection of DNA evidence at a crime scene.

The next law enforcement course, “Investigators and Evidence Technicians—What Every Law Enforcement Officer Should Know about DNA Evidence,” is for investigators and evidence technicians, delivering in-depth information for investigating officers or evidence technicians on the identification, preservation, and collection of DNA evidence at a crime scene.

The NIJ has also designed training for officers of the court with the course titled “Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court.” This course is an interactive resource for educating and assisting prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges in forensic DNA cases. “DNA—A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook” is a course that will assist state and local prosecutors in preparing DNA-related cases for prosecution.

Seven separate courses have been developed for forensic analysts, including “Crime Scene and DNA Basics”; this course provides information regarding both evidence at the crime scene and the history and types of forensic DNA testing.

“Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues” is a course addressing basic procedures, safety requirements, and quality assurance programs and gives an overview of historical and contemporary techniques used to characterize body tissues.

“DNA Extraction and Quantitation” addresses DNA analysis considerations, organic extraction, Chelex 100 extraction, other extraction techniques, and quantitation.

The course “DNA Amplification” provides an overview of amplification and addresses locus selection, multiplexing, and contamination. “Amplified DNA Product Separation” provides an overview of amplification and electrophoresis and addresses capillary electrophoresis and sample preparation and handling.

“STR Data Analysis and Interpretation” addresses STR (short tandem repeat) data analysis and interpretation software, data troubleshooting, and date interpretation and allele calls.

The “Hair Evaluation for DNA Analysis” course is designed to assist forensic analysts in learning the preliminaries of forensic hair examination. It is not a full hair analysis course. This course is not available on; it is a noncredit course offered by West Virginia University. It is open to anyone but is free only to public laboratory employees with supervisor approval.

For more information on this free DNA training, visit the Web site at .

IACP Technology Symposium

The IACP, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, is sponsoring the Technology and Policy Symposium on Enhancing Public Safety through Video Technology. Discussion topics will address the complex technology and policy issues involved in the planning, acquisition, deployment, public support, and evaluation of public surveillance initiatives.

This symposium will provide the opportunity to view current and emerging digital video technologies firsthand. Discussion will cover network structures, storage, and management issues. Public policy experts will identify the relevant issues surrounding public surveillance and demonstrate strategies for building and maintaining public support. Techniques for assessing and measuring video surveillance initiatives are explained.

The symposium will be held February 12–14, 2008, in San Diego, California. For more information about the symposium, visit . The event is funded through a grant from the National Institute of Justice, and registration is free. Space is limited, so please register right away.

Additional Justice Resources Available

In addition to the resources already mentioned, the following publications and online services may be of interest.

Implementing Responses to Problems addresses the issue of police response in problem-oriented policing initiatives. It examines the reasons why some planned responses are not implemented and explains how to ensure that responses are implemented properly. The guide covers four key stages of implementation: preimplementation, planning, implementation, and post implementation. The 78-page document is available on the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Web site at .

Traffic Congestion around Schools describes the problem identified in the title and reviews the factors that increase the risks of school traffic congestion. The guide includes questions that help readers analyze their local problem. In addition, it reviews responses and lessons learned from evaluative research and local practice. The 70-page document is available on the COPS Website at .

Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) is a new victim services training tool available from the Office for Victims of Crime. VAT Online is a Web-based course for victim service providers. This program offers professionals an opportunity to acquire basic skills and knowledge to assist victims of crime effectively and sensitively. It also includes specific information to meet the needs of target populations. For more information, visit the Office for Victims of Crime Web site at .

Investigative Uses of Technology: Devices, Tools, and Techniques, an NIJ special report, discusses techniques and resources for investigating technology-related crime. The report explains technology-related tools and devices that investigators may encounter or that may assist an investigation, as well as legal issues affecting the use of high technology. Devices can not only aid an investigation; they can also facilitate crime. For example, criminals can use cellular telephones to trigger explosives and credit cards and other customer cards to engage in fraud and theft, particularly identity theft. For each device described, the report provides an overview of their functions and usefulness to investigators. Devices can be multifunctional (for example, cell phones can perform camera functions). As more functions converge into a single device, investigators need to be aware that relevant information can be stored in seemingly mundane or commonplace objects or devices. Other related publications include Investigations Involving the Internet and Computer Networks, Digital Evidence in the Courtroom: A Guide for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors, Forensic Examination of Digital Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement, and Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for First Responders. All these publications are available online at the National Institute of Justice Web site: .■



From The Police Chief, vol. 74, no. 12, December 2007. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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