National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 23-29, 2006
Each April since 1981, the Office for Victims of Crime, in the U.S. Department of Justice, helps to lead communities across the country in their observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW). Public rallies, candlelight vigils, and a host of commemorative activities promote victims' rights and services in all sectors of our society. This year's theme is Victims' Rights: Strength in Unity.
To help local communities observe NCVRW, the Office for Victims of Crime has released the 2006 Resource Guide for National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The guide was developed to help communities promote awareness of victims' issues and comes complete with camera-ready art files on CD-ROM, posters, and sample public service announcements. Contents include the following:
- Victimization statistics
- Sample PSAs and speeches
- Special event ideas
- Camera-ready art files
- Six-minute motivational video on DVD
- Posters, including the NCVRW theme poster Sample the kit's content online. Check the poster gallery, the NCVRW theme DVD preview, or the PDF download options.
OVC offers a wide range of other resources to help providers assist crime victims:
- Award nominations
- Public awareness Web site, (www.crimevictims.gov), launched 2005
- Scheduled events
- NCVRW Community Awareness Projects (reimbursement of cost of some public awareness activities)
- Coverage of local Crime Victims' Rights Week events
- Press about NCVRW honorees
To order a copy of the resource guide online, request NCJ 211520. To order the NCVRW theme poster, request PS000015. Call the OVC Resource Center at 800-851-3420 to learn more.
Peace Officers Memorial Day, Monday, May 15, 2006
Public Law 87-54, passed by a Joint Resolution of the 87th Congress of the United States and signed into law by President John F. Kennedy, designates May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of federal, state, and municipal peace officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. The calendar week of each year during which May 15 occurs is Police Week, and throughout the United States, police departments conduct community activities during this week and hold memorial services on May 15.
During this week law enforcement officers from around the world converge on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Police Week also features many activities for the families and children of officers killed in the line of duty, as well as events for offers attending the memorial service.
For information about the memorial activities in Washington, D.C., visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's Web site at (www.nleomf.com).
IACP Award Deadlines Approaching
The IACP awards program is an important element of the association's mission to advance the science and art of police services by recognizing law enforcement organizations and individuals for their professionalism and innovative contributions to the policing field. Each award recipient must pass through a carefully designed process that screens and validates the merits for each person or organization receiving the award. Several of the 2006 award nomination deadlines are approaching.
March 15: Civil Rights Award
May 1: Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement
May 1: Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs
May 8: Vehicle Theft Award of Merit
May 12: J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety
May 31: Excellence in Police Aviation
June 1: Community Policing Award
June 1: Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations
June 3: Looking Beyond the License Plate
June 9: Police Officer of the Year
August 1: Indian Country Police Officer of the Year
For more information about the IACP award programs, visit the IACP Web site, (www.theiacp.org), and enter the awards section.
Tools for Combating Meth
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), in the U.S. Department of Justice, provides a series of tools for combating the drug trade in methamphetamine.
Combating Meth: This is a practical guidebook that addresses issues of clandestine drug labs, drug dealing in open-air markets and privately owned apartment complexes, and identity theft. Other publications included in the toolkit address the environmental dangers involved in meth production and provide best practices for combating meth based on previous COPS funded meth programs.
An Evaluation of the COPS Office Methamphetamine Initiative: This COPS- funded evaluation evaluates COPS' first six methamphetamine grants. This evaluation focuses on the histories of the meth problems in these cities and includes detailed process evaluations of each grant's implementation. This report provides insight into the ways in which these agencies responded to their meth problems and should be of great interest to those dealing with similar drug problems in their jurisdictions.
Clandestine Drug Labs: This guide addresses the problem of clandestine drug labs. Offenders manufacture a variety of illicit drugs in such labs, including methamphetamine, amphetamines, MDMA(ecstasy), methcathinone, PCP, LSD, and fentanyl, although methamphetamine accounts for 80 to 90 percent of the labs´ total drug production. Accordingly, the problem of clandestine drug labs is closely tied with the problems associated with methamphetamine abuse.
Combating Methamphetamine Laboratories and Abuse: Strategies for Success: This publication provides a brief summary of the findings of the national evaluation and suggests ways that agencies can better deal with their own methamphetamine problems through a discussion of the COPS Problem-Oriented Policing Guide to Clandestine Laboratories. It evaluates COPS' first six meth grants. These methamphetamine grants encourage law enforcement agencies to respond to meth problems with advanced technologies and creative problem-solving strategies.
Drug Dealing in Open-Air Markets: Open-air markets represent the lowest level of the drug distribution network. Low-level markets need to be tackled effectively not only to reduce the risks posed to market participants but also to reduce the harms that illicit drug use can inflict on the local community. This guide describes the problem and reviews the factors that increase the risks of drug dealing in open-air markets. The guide then identifies a series of questions that might help you analyze your local problem and reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these from evaluative research and police practice.
Drug Dealing in Privately Owned Apartment Complexes: This guide focuses on drug dealing in privately owned apartment complexes. The guide makes a clear distinction between open and closed drug markets, provides information on what is known about each market type, and provides questions to ask when analyzing each market. It also proposes various responses designed to close drug markets and provides a full range of problem-specific measures to determine the effectiveness of those responses.
Methamphetamine Initiative Final Environmental Assessment: This report assesses the impact on the environment of grant policies under the COPS Methamphetamine Initiative, which encompasses funding for the dismantling of clandestine methamphetamine labs and the associated cleanup of hazardous materials involved in methamphetamine manufacture.
Prescription Fraud: This guide addresses prescription fraud, a significantly growing problem for many law enforcement agencies. It begins by describing the problem and reviewing factors that contribute to it. The guide also identifies a series of questions that might help you analyze your local problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these from evaluative research and police practice.
Each publication can be downloaded from the COPS Web site at (www.cops.usdoj.gov) or requested from the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770.
New NIMS Resources Online
Tribal and local authorities have the primary responsibility for preventing, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters. The benefit of National Incident Management System (NIMS) is most evident at the local level, when a community as a whole prepares for and provides an integrated response to an incident. Incident response organizations, such as emergency medical services, public works, fire, law enforcement, private-sector entities, and nongovernmental organizations, must work together to comply with NIMS components, policies, and procedures.
States and territories will have to certify that they and the local and tribal jurisdictions within their boundaries have completed the fiscal year 2006 NIMS requirements in order to receive fiscal year 2007 federal preparedness funding.
To accomplish the necessary training, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center have recently added a number of NIMS-related resources online at (www.fema.gov/nims). These include the following:
- Integrating NIMS into State EOPs and SOPs and Integrating NIMS into Local and Tribal EOPs and SOPs, which outlines ways state and local incident managers can modify emergency operations plans (EOPs) and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to align with NIMS concepts and terminology.
- Training Guidelines for ICS Instructors provides direction on training needed by ICS instructors and for agencies that offer ICS training programs.
- Fiscal Year 2006 NIMS Training Requirements details required components of NIMS-compliant ICS training.
- Summary of Fiscal Year 2006 NIMS Training Requirements outline NIMS, NRP, and ICS training that responders at various levels need to complete during fiscal year 2006.
- Fiscal Year 2006 NIMS Compliance package outlines activities that states and tribal and local jurisdictions must complete by September 30, 2006, the last day of the current federal fiscal year.
- National Standard Curriculum: Training Development Guidance, the center's guidelines document for NIMS-compliant ICS training, has been updated and posted on the site, as have several new training- related fact sheets, including NIMS, NRP, and ICS training fact sheets, which may be found at (www.fema.gov/nims/nims_training.shtm).
All personnel with a direct role in emergency preparedness, incident management, or response must complete IS-700 NIMS, a Web- based awareness level course that explains NIMS components, concepts, and principles. All entry-level managers, first-line supervisors, middle managers, and command and general staff members in charge of emergency management operations must complete ICS-100 level training; first -ine supervisors and above must complete ICS-200 during the year.
Emergency managers and personnel with incident management as their primary responsibility also must complete IS-800 National Response Plan (NRP): An Introduction, a Web- based awareness-level course that introduces key elements of the National Response Plan.
Jurisdictions are asked to promote mutual aid agreements, use plain English in emergency operations, and see to it that NIMS components are incorporated into emergency plans and procedures. Other required activities involve training, exercises, and resource management planning, such as taking an inventory of response assets and developing plans for ordering, tracking, receiving and returning resources as outlined in the NRP.
NIMS-related activities that jurisdictions will need to accomplish over the course of fiscal year 2006 include officially adopting NIMS for all government departments and agencies, and using the NIMS-based Incident Command System (ICS) organizational structures and operational procedures to manage emergency incidents.
States play an important role in ensuring the effective implementation of the NIMS. It is recommended that, where appropriate, states encourage and support a regional approach to NIMS implementation among its jurisdictions. The successful implementation of NIMS depends on the participation and integration of all states and local jurisdictions as well as community-based organizations and their private sector partners.
Full NIMS implementation is a dynamic process and the NIMS Integration Center expects that future changes to NIMS will evolve as policy and technical issues are further developed and clarified at the national level. This may result in additional requirements as to what will constitute continuous full NIMS compliance in fiscal year 2007 and beyond.
For more information, visit the NIMS training Web site at (www.fema.gov/nims/nims_training.shtm). ■