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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
38 pages
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
Document 029645
Guidance for Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Regarding the Use of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, National Origin, Religion, Sexual Orientation, or Gender Identity
U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) (Washington, DC).
Biased practices, as the Federal government has long recognized, are unfair, promote mistrust of law enforcement, and perpetuate negative and harmful stereotypes. Moreover—and vitally important—biased practices are ineffective … Law enforcement practices free from inappropriate considerations, by contrast, strengthen trust in law enforcement agencies and foster collaborative efforts between law enforcement and communities to fight crime and keep the Nation safe. In other words, fair law enforcem... Read More
12 pages
Document 027165
Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy
By Draper, Laura; Norton, Blake. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (Washington, DC).
This report describes how four law enforcement agencies, selected as learning sites, utilized the principles described in “Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy” (NIC accession no. 023295). “The goals of the learning site project were not to identify a gold standard or the most comprehensive law enforcement-driven reentry program in the nation, but rather to report how diverse agencies implemented strategies in key areas of reentry that many professionals on the front lines o... Read More
60 pages
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
4 pages
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
26 pages
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
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
45 pages
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
6 pages
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
30 pages
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
96 p.
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
54 p.
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
43 p.
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
280 p.
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