National Center for the Prevention of Violence Against the Police to Release Felonious Line of Duty Deaths Summary Document
Felonious Assaults on Law Enforcement Officers, 2011: Leveraging Current Trends & Issues to Prevent Future Assaults, developed by the National Center for the Prevention of Violence Against the Police, is a report that focuses on prevention through awareness by bringing together brief summaries of each line of duty death from felonious assaults in 2011. Although the sheer number of assaults against law enforcement is clearly a concern, the focus in this report is singular. Our goal is to begin the examination process and improve awareness within the field. Recorded incidents have been categorized by call type. This classification was used to break down the summaries to better understand prevention. This document is intended to help facilitate this process and highlight the necessity for law enforcement to rely on their training and remain vigilant when dealing with the public.
For more information on this report and additional resources, visit http://www.theiacp.org/NCPVAP.
Assets Seized from Criminals Help Build the National Law Enforcement Museum
In 2008, then-Sheriff Kevin Beary of the Orange County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office had a brilliant idea: Why not use money seized from criminals to help build the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.? This idea—to support a worthy cause with funds accrued illegally—was introduced at the National Sheriffs’ Association conference during a drug enforcement committee meeting. The association has now amassed more than $1 million toward building the nation’s first-ever museum about law enforcement.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) returns to state and local law enforcement agencies millions of dollars in ill-gotten assets seized from drug dealers and other criminals. In 2010, such asset forfeitures totaled more than $389 million nationwide. The use of these asset forfeitures by law enforcement agencies, however, is very restricted by federal law and DOJ guidelines. For instance, agencies cannot use them to pay for day-to-day purchases, salaries, or equipment.
For additional information about using state or federal asset forfeiture funds to support the National Law Enforcement Museum, please contact John Shanks, Director of Development and Law Enforcement Relations, at (202) 737-8529 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, please visit http://www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.
ATF Graduates 22 Highly Trained Explosives Specialists to Combat Violent Crime in America
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has just certified 22 new Certified Explosives Specialists (CES) to assist the bureau with enforcing the federal explosives laws throughout the United States and provide technical and investigative support to its law enforcement partners regarding explosives.
These highly trained ATF special agents completed one of the most comprehensive explosives training programs offered by any law enforcement agency in the United States. Their training and field experience prepares them to demonstrate and maintain efficiency in the areas of explosives identification, applications and effects, handling, use, disposal, and investigation. This new class of CESs joins the other 222 located throughout the United States.
The newly implemented CES training program’s two-year curriculum includes two phases consisting of formal classroom and range training combined with written assignments and testing. During the two-year candidacy period, the program requires eight weeks of formal training and 24 months of mentored field training, as well as documented participation in explosives related investigations, disposal operations, and range demonstrations. The demanding curriculum is conducted under the guidance of senior CES personnel who serve as mentors.
All CESs are then required to attend the Naval School Explosives Ordnance Disposal Improvised Explosives Device Training Course, a four-week IED course at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and attend the ATF’s Homemade Explosives (HME) course at NCETR.
Each CES is required to attend a 40-hour recertification course biennially and attend out-of-bureau explosives training on noncertification years.
If you are interested in the name and contact information for a CES in your area, please contact your local ATF office: Visit http://www.atf.gov and click on Field Divisions.
National Online Directory of Permanent Prescription Drug Collection Boxes Launched
The American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC), the nation’s largest privately funded public health campaign preventing prescription drug abuse, announced the creation of a national online directory of permanent prescription drug collection boxes for the collection of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.
The directory, created in cooperation with local, county, and state law enforcement, is available at http://www.americanmedicinechest.com. Currently, the directory includes collection sites in 40 states—including 175 locations—and will be updated daily. The directory will contain an interactive map of each state’s permanent collection sites.
The AMCC encourages every individual to take inventory of and secure medicine in the home; dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine; take medicine only as prescribed; and talk to children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
The AMCC is sponsored by PhRMA, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, the Partnership at DrugFree.org, and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
For more information, visit http://www.americanmedicinechest.com. ♦