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2014
Document 028327
Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) (Alexandria, VA).
"Law enforcement agencies will find the information contained in this document highly instructive as they seek to enhance their policies and procedures and gain understanding about the trauma children experience when law enforcement carries out its investigative and arrest responsibilities." This publication is made up of two parts. "Concepts and Issues Paper": introduction; definitions; the number of children affected; legal responsibilities of law enforcement for children of arrested parents; ... Read More
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38 pages
2014
Document 028348
Justifiable Homicides by Law Enforcement Officers: What is the Role of Mental Illness?
By Torrey, E. Fuller; Kennard, Aaron D.; Eslinger, Donald F.; Biasotti, Michael C.; Fuller, Doris A.. Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) (Arlington, VA); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) (Alexandria, VA).
"As a consequence of the failed mental illness treatment system, an increasing number of individuals with untreated serious mental illness are encountering law enforcement officers, sometimes with tragic results. “Justifiable homicides,” [arrest-related deaths (ARDs)] in which an individual is killed by a law enforcement officer in the line of duty, may occur when criminals are being pursued, as in a bank robbery, or when an officer is threatened with a weapon, in other situations" (p. 3). This ... Read More

20 pages
2012
Document 026239
Sleep Disorders, Work Shifts and Officer Wellness
By Pearsall, Beth.
The impact of sleep and work schedules on law enforcement officers’ health and safety are reported. This article looks at: sleep disorders being common among officers; the role shift length plays; sleep and fatigue; quality of work life; overtime; and additional outcomes. “Officers working the 12-hour shifts reported greater levels of sleepiness and lower levels of alertness at work than those assigned to 8-hour shifts. The researchers noted that because people often underestimate their level of... Read More
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4 pages
2012
Document 026736
Hiring And Retention Of State And Local Law Enforcement Officers, 2008 - Statistical Tables
By Reaves, Brian A.. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (Washington, DC).
'Most [law enforcement] agencies used specific strategies and policies designed to help them meet the challenges of recruiting, hiring, and retaining qualified sworn personnel. To better understand these efforts, a special survey was administered to a nationally representative sample' (p. 1). Topics covered include: officer separations'types of separation, mandatory retirement policies, and military reservists called to active duty; recruitment of officers'recruitment methods, recruitment incent... Read More
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26 pages
2011
Document 025208
Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008
By Reaves, Brian A.. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (Washington, DC).
"This report includes the number of state and local law enforcement agencies as of September 2008 and the number of sworn and civilian employees. Breakdowns are presented for general purpose agencies, including local police departments, sheriffs' offices, and primary state law enforcement agencies. The report also provides data for agencies that serve special jurisdictions "such as parks, college campuses, airports, or transit systems" or that have special enforcement responsibilities pertaining... Read More
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2011
Document 025283
Juvenile Justice Training Needs Assessment: A Survey of Law Enforcement
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Washington, DC). International Association of Chiefs of Police (Alexandria, VA).
Findings from the Juvenile Justice Training Needs Assessment Survey “identify challenges and training needs facing law enforcement in addressing juvenile crime, delinquency and victimization” (p. 3). Four sections follow an executive summary—introduction, methodology, results, and conclusion. Results are organized according to: survey population and agency type; juvenile justice operations—staffing and funding and policy and procedure; training—budget, recipients, and methods; and training needs... Read More
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45 pages
2011
Document 025261
Police & Law Enforcement Short-Term Holding Facilities & the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003: Information and Assistance for Law Enforcement & Chiefs of Police
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). Center for Innovative Public Policies (Naples, FL).
Agencies that operate short-term arrestee holding areas or lock-ups need to know about the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). “PREA is applicable to lock-ups and short-term holding facilities operated by law enforcement agencies, regardless if arrestees stay an hour, or three days” (p.1). This webpage covers: what PREA is; how PREA impacts you; FAQs (frequently asked questions); PREA definitions; what should be done now; training guides (instructor guides, participant manuals, and PowerPoint sl... Read More
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6 pages
2011
Document 025386
Strategic Cutback Management: Law Enforcement Leadership for Lean Times
By Wiseman, Jane. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
This report “presents lessons learned from past experience and suggests approaches leaders can use to address financial crises in law enforcement” (p. ii). These strategies can also be applied to corrections. This guide also provides examples of other agencies using these tactics. Sections cover: challenges during times of economic decline; ways to manage during times of economic decline—business process re-engineering (BPR), performance measurement, and budgeting for outcomes; selected current ... Read More
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30 pages
2010
Document 024355
Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions
By Reuland, Melissa; Draper, Laura; Norton, Blake. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). Council of State Governments. Justice Center (New York, NY); Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) (Washington, DC).
While this guide is written for police departments, sheriff’s offices should find it helpful for developing approaches to interacting with mentally ill people. The step-by-step program design process incorporates seven actions. Additionally, program designs in action are covered showing responses to specific problems and also jurisdictional characteristics.... Read More
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51 p.
2010
Document 024513
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center Publication Resources
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) (Rockville, MD).
“This CD-ROM contains a selection of publications from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC).” Documents are organized into the following topical areas: biological, chemical, and radiological; communications interoperability; crime mapping; explosives, detection, and remediation; forensics; less-than-lethal; personal protection; training; biometrics; contraband—weapons detection; electronic crime; federal property; inf... Read More
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1 computer disk; CD-ROM
2010
Document 024564
Building Safer Communities: Improving Police Response to Persons with Mental Illness: Recommendations from the IACP National Policy Summit
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Rockville, MD); U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). International Association of Chiefs of Police (Alexandria, VA).
This report identifies ”promising approaches [that] offer safer, more compassionate and often cost-effective ways for police and their community partners to respond to adults and juveniles with mental illness” (p.2). Sections following an executive summary are: Summit background and goals; issues and opportunities—people with mental illness involved in the justice system, causes of the overrepresentation of this population, and promising directions; Summit recommendations for improving quality a... Read More
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32 p.
2010
Document 024501
Women in Law Enforcement, 1987-2008
By Langton, Lynn. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (Washington, DC).
Agencies wishing to compare their rates of growth in female officers or parties interested in female officer issues will want to look this report over. Observations made in this report include: the period of 2007-2008 saw nearly 100,000 female sworn officers; 10 out of 13 largest federal law enforcement agencies saw increases in female officers during the period of 1998 to 2008; during 2007, large law enforcement agencies had more than twice the number of female officers as did smaller agencies;... Read More
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4 p.
2010
Document 024758
Today’s Police and Sheriff Recruits: Insights from the Newest Members of America’s Law Enforcement Community
By Castaneda, Laura Werber; Ridgeway, Greg. RAND Corporation (Santa Monica, CA).
“Survey questions pertain to recruits’ reasons for pursuing a career in law enforcement, potential disadvantages of such a career, influencers on a career in law enforcement and employment within the recruits’ chosen agency, and the perceived effectiveness of both actual and potential recruiting strategies” (p. xiii). Five chapters comprise this report: introduction; perceived pros and cons of law enforcement careers; who and what influences recruits’ career decisions; recruiting strategies; and... Read More
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144 pages
2010
Document 024876
Law Enforcement Leader’s Guide on Combat Veterans: A Transition Guide for Veterans Beginning or Continuing Careers in Law Enforcement
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). International Association of Chiefs of Police (Alexandria, VA); U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC).
This guide will provide agencies with strategies for successfully integrating veterans into their organizations. Sections of this publication include: introduction; understanding today’s military; veteran officer reintegration guidance—issues common to both returning veteran officers and veteran recruits; employing veteran recruits; action agenda; training curriculum; and resources.... Read More
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36 pages
2009
Document 023802
Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges
By Klein, Andrew R.. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
This report covers research related to domestic violence. Eight sections make up this document: overview; reporting and arrests; perpetrator characteristics; victim characteristics; law enforcement responses; prosecution responses; judicial responses; and intervention programs.... Read More
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96 p.
2007
Document 021925
Sheriff's Guide to Effective Jail Operations
By Martin, Mark D.; Katsampes, Paul. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
"This guide provides an overview of the sheriff's roles and responsibilities with regard to the jail along with basic information on critical aspects of jail operations and management" (p. v). This publication is comprised of the following seven chapters: role, purpose, and characteristics of the jail; sheriff's roles and responsibilities; providing effective leadership and support for the jail; liability and standards; jail physical plant; critical aspects of jail operations; and so much to le... Read More
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54 p.
2005
Document 020823
Third Status Report to the Attorney General on Body Armor Safety Initiative Testing and Activities
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Findings from a ballistic and mechanical properties test of 103 used Zylon-containing body armor are presented. This report contains the following sections: executive summary; supplemental results from Phase I testing; Phase II testing results; results of Phase I and II ballistic testing; applied research; compliance testing process review and modifications; summary; complete results of Phase I (Worst Case) P-BFS test; Phase I (Worst Case) ballistic limit and tensile strength test res... Read More
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43 p.
2002
Document 018694
Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to Plan, Purchase and Manage Technology (Successfully!): A Guide for Executives, Managers and Technologists
By Harris, Kelly J.; Romesburg, William H.. SEARCH Group, Inc. (Sacramento, CA); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (Washington, DC).
"[S]trategies, best practices, recommendations and ideas for successful IT planning and implementation" (p. 3) are provided. This guide is divided into the following parts: seven facts to know before reading this document; build the foundation; conduct a needs analysis; create a project plan; acquire the technology; implement the technology; and maintain the technology. Descriptions of information technology and a glossary are also included.... Read More
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280 p.
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