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- Forget reliability and admissibility. Polygraph tests get results, contends one author.


- An Oregon appeals court has ruled that the police search of a citizen’s home in response to a false burglar alarm was illegal.State of Oregon v. Damon Lamon Stoudamire, Court of Appeals of the State of Oregon, No. CR02-0915, 2005)

Terrorist tactics

- “Coordinated Terrorist Attacks: Implications for Local Responders,” an article in a recent FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, explores these types of attacks and provides advice for first responders. The prospect of coordinated attacks makes it advisable for responders to decentralize equipment and personnel, say authors Brian K. Houghton and Jonathan M. Schacter. Further, responders should avoid deploying all their resources after an attack, lest they be targeted by a secondary attack or be needed elsewhere. Responders should also anticipate being attacked, say the authors, and work with law enforcement to establish a secure perimeter far from the site of the first attack, to sweep for secondary devices, and to monitor bystanders who may be witnesses or terrorists themselves.

Financial crimes

- An FBI report looks at  trends in mortgage  fraud and other financial crimes.

Did You Know That?

- On a single day during the summer, the FBI and law enforcement from 10 other countries conducted more than 90 searches around the world to crack down on illegal trade and distribution in software, games, movies, and music on the Internet. Investigators seized more than $50 million of pirated works during the raid, part of Operation Site Down.

Quarterbacking the Super Bowl

- Keeping dozens of law enforcement and safety agencies communicating before and during the game was part of the security challenge faced by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Building Blocks for Future Intelligence

- When Maryland State Police pulled over Ziad S. Jarrah for a traffic stop two days before he and 18 other terrorists commandeered and crashed  four aircraft on September 11, 2001, tragically the officer on the scene had no way of knowing that Jarrah was on a CIA watch list

Patriot Act

- Before adjourning for the August recess, the House and Senate approved different bills renewing the Patriot Act. The House measure (H.R. 3199) would make permanent most of the expiring law enforcement provisions, and it would extend for ten years two controversial items—seizure of personal records, such as those held by libraries, and roving wiretaps. The Senate version of the bill (S. 1266) would also make permanent most of the provisions but would extend the two controversial provisions for only four years. In addition, the Senate legislation, which is preferred by civil rights advocates, would allow people to challenge warrants issued by secret courts and would require that those targeted be notified within seven days unless a judge grants an extension. When Congress returns in September, a House and Senate conference committee will try to draw up a compromise bill that resolves the differences.

Community Policing

- Links between community policing and the decline in crime throughout the 1990s and early 2000s are examined in this report.

ID Theft

- A document published by chiefs of police explains how to report ID theft.

Digital Video May Have Its Day in Court

- Digital video may get its day in court. Plus, terrorist incidents by region, document forgers, iris scanning in school, and ways to gain confessions.

Crime Solvers

- Progress in solving crimes and improving law enforcement is looked at this NIJ report.


- Learn about the different methods of obtaining confessions in this article.

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