Credit Card Skimmer Information
From the Kansas Department of Agriculture
(They are responsible for the pump accuracy certifications)
Our inspectors have found several credit card skimmers inside gas pumps across the state and have been cooperating with some law enforcement agencies to deter and detect these devices. We are working to provide law enforcement, gas stations, and consumers with as much information as possible to prevent this type of fraud.
Below is a link to the credit card skimmer page I’ve added to the KDA Weights and Measures website. The page focuses on advice for the gas stations and what they can do to protect their business and their customers.
It is our goal to spread awareness on this topic and I hope that you will be able to share this information with your members.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
Sherry Turvey, Public Service Administrator
Kansas Department of Agriculture
Division of Weights & Measures
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt Presents: Overdose Death Investigation and Prosecution Training
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt Presents:
Overdose Death Investigation and Prosecution Training
November 3, 2017 0800-1700 at the KBI Lab in Topeka
Attorney General Derek Schmidt announces a one-time training course to help Kansas law enforcement agencies working to save lives by fighting heroin and fentanyl. This one-day course is titled “Drug Overdose Death Investigation and Prosecution” and examines the myriad issues that surround the investigation and prosecution of death cases resulting from overdoses of heroin and fentanyl. The course is designed for law enforcement officers and may qualify for continuing education credit at the discretion of the officer’s agency head or the agency head’s designee, pursuant to K.S.A. 74-5607a(b). Prosecutors also are welcome to attend, but CLE credit is not available.
The number of deaths resulting from overdoses of heroin and fentanyl has surged in recent years. More counterfeit drugs are being sold that are, in reality, a lethal dose of fentanyl. This training explores one manner in which criminal prosecution of these deaths as homicides might be used to address illegal drug distribution, punish wrongdoing, and ultimately save lives.
The course will cover basic drug overdose death investigation techniques, discuss legal requirements and issues involved in drug overdose death investigations, address drug safety awareness particular to heroin and fentanyl, and highlight proper evidence handling and protocols. Topics to be covered include:
• Changing the mindset from accident to homicide
• Responding to and investigating drug overdose deaths
• What to look for in the way of evidence
• Documenting the death scene
• Electronic evidence: cell phones, social media and more
• Witness and suspect interview techniques
• Search and seizure issues
• Legal theory and case development
• Intelligence gathering and sharing
• Officer safety when dealing with drugs like fentanyl
• Case analysis
This training is being provided at no cost by Attorney General Schmidt’s office in cooperation with the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), the training and research arm of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).
DATE: November 3, 2017
LOCATION: KBI Forensic Science Center Auditorium, Topeka
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, visit www.ag.ks.gov/overdose-training.
Download the flyer at this link.
See Agenda at this link.
The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) have released a recommendation regarding protection of first responders to Fentanyl exposure.
Preventing Occupational Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analog Exposure to Emergency Responders
Link to Position Statement
Recommendations from the document:
See the full document for limitations of the recommendations.
General Precautions and Management of Exposure
Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Notice of Available Grant Funding
Federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
The Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (KCJCC) establishes the guidelines for the Federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). The JAG program is authorized by federal law 42 U.S.C. 3251(a). The KCJCC and the federal JAG program guidelines establish eligibility criteria that must be met by all organizations that receive JAG funds. Grant funds may be awarded to units of state and local government, Native American Tribes, and nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations. The primary use of JAG is to support the following purpose areas: (1) law enforcement programs, (2) prosecution and court programs, (3) prevention and education programs, (4) corrections and community corrections programs, (5) drug treatment and enforcement programs, (6) planning, evaluation and technology improvement programs, and (7) crime victim and witness programs. Grant funds must be requested within one or more of the seven purpose areas. Grant funds are available for the funding period of October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. This grant is competitive and there is a yearly application process with no guarantee of continued funding. This grant opportunity is subject to funding from the United States Department of Justice and may be reduced or rescinded based on guidance or interpretation of grant terms and conditions made by the federal government, including but not limited to applicants’ compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373.
In distributing grant funds, priority will be given to applications that clearly support the objectives of the 2015-2018 Kansas Statewide Strategic Plan and to local government applicants who are not eligible to apply directly to the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance for JAG funding. A copy of the Strategic Plan, as well as a copy of the JAG solicitation, may be downloaded at http://www.grants.ks.gov/opportunities/edward-j-byrne-memorial-justice-assistance-grant-(jag). The solicitation is also available on the Governor’s Grant Portal at https://www.kansas.gov/grants/index.do.
All grant applications must be submitted via the Governor’s Grant Portal by 11:59 p.m. October 2, 2017. To quickly locate the grant in the grant portal, use ‘‘JAG’’ for the keyword in your search. For more information, contact the Governor’s Grants Program at (785) 291-3205.
Governor's Grants Program
Landon State Office Building, Rm 304 N
900 SW Jackson Street
Topeka, KS 66612
"Creating S.A.F.E. Communities"
Kansas VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is a free statewide automated victim notification service, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Labor, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Kansas Sheriff's Association, that lets victims of crime, victim advocates and law enforcement access timely and reliable information regarding offenders. Kansas VINE monitors the custody status of offenders in county jails and provides this information to victims for free 24/7/365.
VINE is a valuable safety planning tool for crime victims, but only if they know how to use it! You can help educate victims about this service, by attending a FREE training session.
What you will learn:
Learn about VINE's features, its reach in Kansas, its importance to victims as an anonymous service, how offender data is collected, the notification process, accessing the service by phone and website, reporting capabilities, and more.
Who should attend:
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Reserve your spot for an upcoming session near you!
Tuesday, October 10th
Saline County Sheriff's Office
251 N. 10th Street
Saline, KS 67401
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, October 11th
City Limits Convention Center
2227 South Range
Colby, KS 67701
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Finney County Fair Grounds
Grand Stand Meeting Room
409 Lake Ave.
Garden City, KS 67846
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
“To Our Brother & Sister Officers:
“As you know, the City of Houston is in the midst of a catastrophe like we have never seen before. The scope of the damage will not be known for weeks, maybe longer. We have already lost so much, including Sgt. Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the Houston PD, who drowned in his car trying to get to work at 4 am in the morning on Sunday, August 27th.
“So many of you have reached out to ask how you can help and we are very grateful. Right now, sending money to assist those officers who lost their homes and/or vehicles is most helpful for us. We ask that you send donations to “Assist the Officer, Inc.,” a 501(C)3 charity established 30 years ago in Houston to provide aid to law enforcement people during these kinds of disasters (www.assisttheofficer.com). There is a link on the site for Harvey Relief.
“I can assure you that 100% of whatever you send will go directly to Houston-area law enforcement people who have suffered severe losses from the floods. Upon request, we will be happy to provide you with a complete report on donations and expenditures if you need it.
“We will keep you updated on the situation as it progresses and please accept our heartfelt thanks for whatever you can do to help us. If you have suffered a loss in this terrible incident, please just send your prayers.
“Make your check out to: Assist the Officer, Inc. and indicate on the check that the donation is for Hurricane Harvey Relief for Law Enforcement.
“Mail your check to: Houston Police Officers’ Union, 1600 State Street Houston, TX 77007.
“Thank you and God bless.”
-- Ray Hunt, President
Houston Police Officers’ Union
Reports of Adult Neglect and Abuse can come to law enforcement from numerous sources, both indirectly through Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) or Department of Children and Families (DCF) and directly from reporting parties or law enforcement observation.
PURPOSE OF NOTICE
The main purpose of this notice is to improve the law enforcement response with information the Attorney General's Office requires to carry out their statutory duties. The secondary purpose is to provide information on statutory requirements for these cases. This notice is posted at the request of the Office of the Attorney General.
REPORTS FROM KDADS AND DCF
When reports are received by KDADS or DCF, they are required to forward the report to local law enforcement for investigation and follow-up when it is determined a crime has occurred or has appeared to have occurred [KSA 39-1404(a)(1); KSA 39-1433(a)(1); KSA 39-1435]. This is accomplished by sending an E-MAIL or FAX to the local law enforcement agency. In every case, the law enforcement agency receiving such an e-mail or fax should record the incident in a formal report with a case number or other identifying file number assigned by the receiving agency. The receipt of the faxed information from DCF or KDADS is not an advisory message, it is the report of an alleged crime. You can see a sample of the cover FAX you might receive at these links:
SAMPLE FAX COVER FROM KDADS SAMPLE FAX COVER FROM DCF
Each of the forms has a provision at the bottom for you to enter the assigned case or file number and other basic information with directions to fax the completed Fax Cover Sheet to the Attorney General's Office. Similarly, a report received by e-mail designates the case number and other information the AG's office needs and directs the information be sent to them by using "return-all" or faxing it to the number in the e-mail. If responding from an e-mail from KDADS or DCF, the word "ENCRYPT" must be removed from the subject line and the requested information should be typed in the reply section of the e-mail, NOT in the body of the original e-mail or in the attached documents. Otherwise, it will encrypt your response and the AG's Office and DCF will not be able to open it..
The reason for notification to the Attorney General's Office is they are charged by statute with tracking these cases, conducting certain investigations, and reporting annual activity to the legislature.
REPORTS DIRECTLY RECEIVED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT
When law enforcement receives a report of abuse, neglect or exploitation, or need of protective services from someone other than DCF or KDADS, law enforcement is required to notify DCF by the close of the following DCF business day. [KSA 39-1431(a)] Failure to do so is a B misdemeanor.
INVESTIGATION COOPERATION AND ASSISTANCE
If needed, the Attorney General's Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Persons Unit may be able to assist in some investigations. KSA 39-1443 requires law enforcement and DCF to jointly investigate these complaints and to cooperate in follow-up action. The local county or district attorney is required to take charge in coordination of these investigations if a dispute develops between agencies.
You may contact Deputy Attorney General Steven Karrer at (785)291-3873 or Steven.Karrer@ag.ks.gov with any questions or concerns.
Download a pdf of this document here.
Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Products for First Responders Against Exposure Hazards to Synthetic Opioids, Including Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues
The InterAgency Board (IAB) publication “Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Products for First Responders Against Exposure Hazards to Synthetic Opioids, Including Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues” establishes guidance for personal protective equipment selection and use, decontamination, detection, and medical countermeasures for first responders who may be exposed to opioids in the course of their occupational activities.
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