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Miami Police to Test Drones

- The Miami-Dade Police Department will begin testing unmanned drones as law enforcement tools.

Private Security and Public Safety: A Community-Based Approach

- This book examines the concept of private security companies providing community-oriented crime prevention on a contract basis. Borrowing heavily from the experience of security practitioners, it is rich in detail, well thought-out, and comprehensive--a close look at a bold new way to protect neighborhoods with a high risk of crime.

Interstate Interoperability

- Danville, Virginia, didn't need an incident of national significance to drive home the need for interoperable communications.

Concealed weapons

- A law (P.L. 108-277) exempts off-duty and retired law enforcement personnel from compliance with concealed weapons except in certain circumstances. The law does not supercede state laws that allow private property owners to ban firearms on their property. Similarly, the law does not apply to state or local government buildings where firearms are prohibited.

Duress systems

- In the oft-spoofed television ad for a personal alarm, an elderly woman cries "I've fallen and I can't get up." As security professionals are well aware, it's not just the elderly and infirm who benefit from duress systems. Correctional officers, who are constantly at risk of being attacked, also need a quick way to call for assistance. The National Institute of Justice and the Department of Defense have pulled together information on commercial systems and prepared a selection guide for correctional officers. Correctional Officer Duress Systems: Selection Guide provides detailed information on nine commercially available systems and vendor contact information. The guide divides duress alarms into three types. First are panic-button alarms, which are often found in banks. Second are identification alarms, which officers carry; they work by broadcasting a wireless signal to a nearby sensor, which forwards the alarm to a central console. Third are identification/location alarms, which are similar to ID alarms but can also track corrections staff and pinpoint alarm locations. The guide describes the benefits and drawbacks of each type of alarm. For example, while identification/location alarms provide the most information, they are also most costly and difficult to install. Links to both the report and a summary of it can be found on SM Online.

Intelligence reform

- Because significant changes in large organizations can take at least five to seven years, Congress might want to address the transformation of the intelligence community by lengthening the terms of directors, testified the GAO's J. Christopher Mihm before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, of the Committee on Governmental Affairs. He also spoke about how the FBI has been matching special agents and analysts with critical skills to address its top priorities, a model that the intelligence community might want to follow.

White Collar Criminals Receive Less Attention After 9-11

- The threat of another 9-11, as well as Bush Administration priorities, has led to a drop in the prosecution of some defendants in favor of others.

Introduction to Crime Analysis: Basic Resources for Criminal Justice Practice.

- Written by two police crime analysts, the book is replete with resources to assist in gathering evidence for analyzing crime. Moreover, the authors explain the "Ten Commandments" of crime analysis as a way to inculcate best practices in the reader. The first commandment, for example, is "Thy Task is Crime Analysis. Thou Shalt Have No Other Tasks Before It," and the sixth commandment is "Thou Shalt Know Thy Jurisdiction from One End Unto the Other."

Intellectual Property: It Really is a Matter of Life and Death

- Protecting intellectual property rights may sound like arcana of interest to corporate attorneys rather than to law enforcement agents. After all, tracking down the sellers of fake watches or designer purses appears to pale in comparison to catching a murderer.

IT Project Provides Lessons

- A large IT project that ran into problems offers lessons for others who might want to embark on a similar journey. The project was called the Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) system developed by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Oracle Corporation.

IT Project Provides Lessons

- A large IT project that ran into problems offers lessons for others who might want to embark on a similar journey. The project was called the Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) system developed by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Oracle Corporation. The full report, Policing Smarter Through IT: Lessons in Enterprise Implementation, (Presentation 1, Presentation 2) is available through the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services via SM Online.

Public-private liasions

- The DHS and the Department of Justice should fund research and training on law enforcement and private security cooperation. That's one of the recommendations from a national summit on security-police partnerships that was organized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and funded by the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. A summary of the summit's recommendations has been published in a document that can be found on SM Online.

Written statements

- In the book Sign of Four, Sherlock Holmes tells Watson how to find the truth: Eliminate the impossible, and whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Detectives have found a more direct way, according to an article by Susan H. Adams and John P. Jarvis, respectively a former FBI special agent and an FBI research specialist, in an article in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. SM Online has the article.

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