Global Products: Balancing Public Safety and First Amendment Protections

Several products produced by Global and CICC can help guide the discussion on First Amendment protections related to public safety, privacy. 

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The National Governors Association Resource Center for State Cybersecurity Helps Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

On June 4, 2018, the National Governors Association (NGA) Resource Center for State Cybersecurity announced that it will help four states—Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin—modernize their cybersecurity plans and infrastructure. The new initiative, Policy Academy on Implementing State Cybersecurity, offers states a new opportunity to defend themselves against increasingly advanced and globalized cyberthreats. 

The NGA will provide states with technical assistance to implement and operationalize cybersecurity planning. The Policy Academy will convene the NGA, industry experts, federal officials, private sector experts, research organizations, and academia to advise the four state teams, each selected by its governor to develop and share best practices in cybersecurity. 

Those who are interested in learning more about the NGA should contact Jeff McLeod, Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, NGA Center for Best Practices, at or (202) 624-5311.

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The U.S. Department of Justice Announces the First Grants Under the STOP School Violence Act

On June 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the U.S. Department of Justice’s first grants under the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018) at the 24th Annual Joint Conference of the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police and the 88th Annual Montana Police Protective Association. 

The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 appropriated funds for both the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office to improve school safety programs. 

BJA was appropriated $50 million dollars as part of this Act and has two solicitations that are currently available for states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes.

BJA STOP School Violence Assessment and Technology Reporting Program

BJA STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program

COPS SVVP Information and Details on the Upcoming COPS Solicition

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2018 Bureau of Justice Assistance Destination Zero Conference

The Destination Zero (DZ) Program, a Bureau of Justice Assistance program and collaborative effort between the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program, is designed to assist law enforcement agencies in improving the health and safety of their officers across the United States.  The DZ Program is proud to recognize officer safety and officer wellness programs that proactively engage employees in initiatives that increase overall officer wellness and/or reduce line-of-duty injuries or deaths.

The 2018 Destination Zero Conference: Saluting Innovative Officer Safety and Wellness Programs will be held August 2–3, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona.  This year’s conference will highlight previous DZ award winners and finalists from the following categories: general officer safety, officer traffic safety, officer wellness, and comprehensive safety.

Attendance at the DZ Conference is limited to law enforcement personnel. Agency identification will be required at registration check-in.

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Medal of Valor

Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency service officers perform brave and selfless acts every day in the line of duty.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has opened the nomination period for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to recognize these public safety officers for their valiant actions.  An act of valor is defined as going above and beyond the call of duty and exhibiting exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life.

Nominations must be submitted through the Medal of Valor page by or at the direction of the chief executive officer of the nominee’s employing public safety agency.  Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on July 31, 2018.  Agencies may nominate multiple public safety officers for the same incident, and individual officers can be nominated for multiple incidents. Please note that separate online nominations must be submitted for each incident and for each officer who participated in the incident.  For questions about the nomination process or submission, please contact or visit the FAQ page.

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Benefits and Advantages of Transitioning to the National Incident-Based Reporting System

The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) was implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement.  NIBRS captures details on each single crime incident—as well as on separate offenses within the same incident—including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property involved in the crimes.

Unlike data reported through Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s traditional Summary Reporting System—an aggregate monthly tally of crimes—the NIBRS data goes much deeper because of its ability to provide circumstances and context for crimes. It includes reporting up to ten offenses within a single incident and additional aspects about each event, like location, time of day, and whether the incident was cleared. Ultimately, NIBRS will improve the detail and overall quality of crime data, which will help law enforcement and communities around the country use resources more strategically and effectively.  The following articles outline many of the advantages of the transition:  Summary Reporting System to NIBRS: The Path to Better UCR Data and Questions NIBRS Can Answer.

The UCR Program is actively working to increase NIBRS participation by partnering with the Bureau of Justice Statistics on the National Crime Statistics Exchange, working with advocacy groups to emphasize the importance of NIBRS data for the public and the law enforcement community, and transitioning the UCR program to a NIBRS-only data collection by January 2021.  The FBI has documented the efforts of two states, Minnesota and Georgia, as they to work to achieve their transitions to NIBRS.  For more information about the NIBRS transition, contact the NIBRS staff of the FBI’s UCR Program via telephone at (304) 625-9999 or email at

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Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholarships for Law Enforcement Officers: Application Deadline June 8, 2018

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.

NIJ is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ seeks to provide objective and independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision making of the criminal justice community to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

NIJ is seeking applicants for the 2018 class of LEADS Scholars. Applicants should be mid-career, in-the-ranks leaders within their agencies and have a personal dedication to advancing the policing field through research. Applicants must be sworn officers and cannot be current NIJ grantees.

The LEADS Scholars program grew out of a desire to support and develop the next generation of law enforcement leadership in America. In 2014, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to establish an annual award of ten, three-year scholarships for research-minded law enforcement officers. The program has since grown to 40 men and women officers across the country, who have formed a strong network of individuals committed to using evidence and data to inform law enforcement policy and practice.  NIJ LEADS Scholars are pioneers in the evidence-based policing movement who present and publish frequently about their research and findings.

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Opportunity to Participate in the National Public Safety Partnership

The National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) provides an innovative framework to enhance federal support of state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution authorities in aggressively investigating and prosecuting violent criminals. PSP’s strategic focus emphasizes the U.S. Department of Justice’s priority to reduce violent crime by providing critical capacity-building resources to law enforcement and prosecutors to increase public safety in local communities. PSP has proven to be a successful model for enhancing participating sites’ crime-fighting capacity. The PSP program is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods suite of programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime.

If interested in applying to participate in this opportunity, complete the Statement of Interest and submit to BJA NTTAC at by 11:59 p.m., ET, on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

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Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Analytical Capacity: Technology Integration in West Memphis, Arkansas

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) for the webinar “Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Analytical Capacity: Technology Integration in West Memphis, Arkansas” on Thursday, May 31, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET. During this webinar, presenters from the West Memphis, Arkansas, National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) site and the West Memphis, Arkansas, Police Department will review a recent technology integration effort undertaken by the department to enhance its data-driven policing mission.

This webinar will review how the recent technology integration effort undertaken by the West Memphis, Arkansas, Police Department, as part of the West Memphis, Arkansas, PSP, enhanced its data-driven policing mission. Participants will learn how the agency implemented an innovative software program that integrated disparate data systems into one searchable and analyzable application. Presenters will also discuss key strategies and lessons learned for law enforcement technology and data integration projects that can be applied to other jurisdictions nationwide.

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Officer Health, Stress, and Suicide: Research on Police Health, Stress, and Suicide

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.

In a podcast offered by the COPS Office as part of its monthly podcast series, The Beat, Dr. John Violanti, a research professor at the University of Buffalo and retired New York State police trooper, discusses his research on police health, police stress, and suicide, as well as the need for departments to support officer mental health and wellness. In 2017, more officers committed suicide than were killed in the line of duty.

One of Dr. Violanti’s current research efforts is examining the suicide rate of police officers versus the general population as a way to determine whether and how departments can utilize the data to improve mental health services for officers. 

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