6 ways to improve your written communications
These are universal strategies for effective emails, social media posts, text messages and official reports
KBI releases 2016 Kansas Crime Index Report
2016 saw a 4.2% increase in Part 1 violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assaults and batteries) following an 11.2% increase 2015. A total of 148 murders were reported, an increase of 12.1% over the number reported in 2015. 14.3% of the reported murders involved multiple victims in a single incident. The 2016 murder rate is the highest for Kansas since 2000. The highest murder rate recorded in the state was in 1993 with 188 murders reported.
For the full 2016 Kansas Crime Index report click here.
Capital Journal article.
KBI New Release.
The NLEOMF releases mid-year 2017 Officer Fatality Report.
Understanding and Using Open Source Resources for Law Enforcement Operational and Analytic Activities
Understanding and Using Open Source Resources for Law Enforcement Operational and Analytic Activities
Real-Time and Open Source Analysis Resource Guide
Macabre and deadly online challenge alarming schools, parents across nation
Blue Whale 'suicide dare' game
Essentially a dangerous personal obstacle course of 50 daily tasks that include everything from watching horror films to self-mutilation, the game is rumored to be behind unexpected deaths across the globe.
Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2016
A report released in May 2017 by National Center for Educational Statistics
Kansas Department of Labor Establishes Web Page with Information About New Laws and Regulations on Amusement Rides.
Two Kansas children have died in amusement ride accidents in Kansas over the past two years. This resulted in new laws and regulations attempting to enhance safety. Law Enforcement is not responsible for enforcement or assuring compliance, that is left to the Kansas Dept. of Labor. However, we will be the ones at these community events and we should now what to look for and the visible signs indicating non-compliance.
Status of Narcan/Naloxone Availability to First Responders in Kansas (Originally posted 5/26/17) (Updated 6/8/17; 6/22/17 and 6/29/17)
With the publication of the Board of Pharmacy Temporary Regulation (KAR 68-7-23) in the Kansas Register on June 29, 2017, all legal authorizations are in place to allow Kansas first responders and agencies to obtain, possess and administer Naloxone to a person believed to be experiencing an opioid overdose.
Download a pdf of this document here.
Disclaimer: Please remember I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. I strongly urge you to check with your legal staff or advisors before implementing any Narcan or Naloxone program.
The Board of Pharmacy has also posted information at the following two links:
I am not aware of any funding sources to help you with the implementation. I do believe it would be an excellent use of forfeiture funds that we could later site as a positive example of their use to the legislature.
Sample Law Enforcement Procedures and Tracking Forms from Other States
Connecticut State Police General Order
Connecticut State Police Policy
Connecticut State Police Naloxone Tracking Form
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Policy
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Form
New Mexico DPS Policy
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Policy
Vermont State Police Policy
New Roll Call Videos on Eyewitness Identification from IACP.
Also, be aware of the law passed last year (KSA 22-4619) requiring all Kansas law enforcement agencies to have a written policy in place by July 1, 2018, on eyewitness identification. The law also establishes minimum standards that must be contained in that policy.
See the statute at this link.
Also, the KACP, KSA, and KPOA along with the KCDAA has produced a model policy for Kansas law enforcement agencies that is available at this link.
Tips for Using Social Media to Address Social Division and Civil Unrest
A report out of the Ohio State University's Divided Community Project on how to prepare for and manage civil unrest through social media.
See the FULL REPORT AT THIS LINK.
May 22, 2017
RE: COPS Office FY 2017 Grant Program Solicitations – NOW OPEN!
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is pleased to announce that the application period for all Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 programs is now open. The COPS Office is now accepting grant applications for the following FY 2017 programs: COPS Hiring Program (CHP), Community Policing Development (CPD), Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF), and COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP). Please find brief descriptions for each of these competitive programs below.
Additional information about FY 2017 programs is available on the “Grants and Funding” page of the COPS Office website. This information includes the Application Guides (i.e., instructions), Fact Sheets, Frequently Asked Questions, a blank, reading copy of the application for these programs, and other important materials about each program’s application requirements.
The COPS Office looks forward to working with your agency. If you would like more information or require technical assistance during the solicitation process, please visit the COPS Office website at www.cops.usdoj.gov, or call the COPS Office Response Center at 1.800.421.6770.
NOTE: New Application Requirement
The COPS Office’s FY 2017 grant applications contain a new certification requirement that must be completed by the applicant’s chief legal officer IF (a) your agency is a state or local government entity (e.g., police or sheriff’s department) or (b) your agency is a Tribal, non-profit, private, or other non-State or local entity and you will use funds to make subawards to a State or local government entity. The “chief legal officer” must be that of (a) your state or local governing body (e.g., City or County Attorney) or (b) of the entity that is applying for funds and will make subawards to a State or local government entity (e.g., General Counsel for a non-profit organization that will make subawards to a City or County).
Before submitting your FY 2017 application, the following steps are required to ensure your chief legal officer can e-sign the required certification:
Justice Department Announces the National Blue Alert Network
Kansas Initiated a Blue Alert Program in 2014. See details at this link.
FBI Releases 2016 Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
The Report is at this link
For Law Enforcement Only
In addition to the annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assault report and OSAT, the LEOKA Program has additional resources available for law enforcement via a Special Interest Group that can be accessed through the FBI’s Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP), including:
More on LEEP
The CATO Institute (A Prison Reduction Reform Group) posted an article about a study reported in a book titled Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform. A video of a CATO presentation is included. Interesting data is presented such as debunking the myth that the number of prisoners is driven by drug crimes. See the article at this link.
Another article from the National Review is available at this link.
Notes from the book:
“Most Americans believe that a majority of those in prison are serving time for drug offenses, but the reality is that only about 200,000 of the 1.3 million people in state prisons—under 16%—fall under that heading. The proportion is only slightly higher if we also include the much smaller federal prison system."
“By contrast, more than half of all inmates in state prisons—over 700,000 people—have been convicted of violent crimes. For all the attention that the media have paid to people given drastic sentences for drug crimes, almost everyone in prison serving long terms has been convicted of a violent act, often a serious violent crime.”
The book also points out nearly all drug offenders in prison are there for trafficking, not possession.
Monetary Sanctions in the Criminal Justice System
A review of law and policy in California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota,
Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington
CAUTION: I could not find anything in the report to indicate who the researchers were working for, whether they were independent of the organization the report was presented to (which may be biased against monetary sanctions), or who paid for the study. I did note they misspelled California on the title page which makes me wonder about the accuracy ability of the authors. We may assume the data is accurate, but without further knowledge it is difficult to conclude how bias or other factors may have effected the conclusions.
Pursuit Technology Impact Assessment, Version 1.1: An NIJ Technical Report
The purpose of this research was to conduct an independent assessment of StarChase, a pursuit management technology that tags and tracks a fleeing vehicle. The study found that implementation and use of StarChase varied among the end-user agencies. End users’ opinion of StarChase is that it is a helpful pursuit management tool, but that it is not a comprehensive solution for avoiding or successfully resolving all possible pursuit scenarios.
The findings from this research drive five recommendations for law enforcement agencies:
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This page contains information I receive from State Agencies and Others of an operational nature.
It also includes statistical data of general interest to law enforcement.
If you have information you would like me to post here send it to this link.
Also see my Line Officer Page for articles and information of interest to line officers and my General Information Page for news articles of general interest to law enforcement.
NOTE ABOUT COMMENTS:
Remember that comments, if approved, will appear with your name and will be visible to everyone. I will try to watch your back by reviewing them before they are posted.
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