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New Jersey Buys Police Body Cameras

Thirty-seven law enforcement agencies across New Jersey will share $566,000 in grants to buy 1,132 police body-worn cameras. The grants are being provided using funds from the U.S. Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. Agencies can use up to $500 in grant funds for each camera or camera package, including camera and related equipment. Police departments in 15 of New Jersey's 21 counties received awards.

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NIST to Launch Ongoing Face Recognition Vendor Test

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will launch a new, ongoing “Face Recognition Vendor Test” beginning in February 2017.

The test will be aimed at evaluating the face recognition performance on cooperative images, as collected in civil and criminal identity management applications. NIST notes that the test will also evaluate accuracy on more difficult images, including in-the-wild and photo journalism images and noncooperative surveillance stills.

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Emerging Issues for Improving the Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence: Three New Reports Now Available

The Office of Violence against Women (OVW) is pleased to announce the release of several documents that address emerging issues related to improving the law enforcement response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  The documents reflect input from diverse stakeholders and were developed in conjunction with OVW’s national technical assistance providers.

OVW hopes that these documents and tools will be helpful for law enforcement and victim advocacy organizations across the country as they continue to work together to strengthen a coordinated community response, improve policies to respond to emerging issues, and enhance services and support for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

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Pennsylvania Justice Network and Cumberland County Laboratory Information Management System Web Service Project

In Cumberland County, law enforcement and forensic laboratories have merged their recordkeeping systems, eliminating a duplication of efforts and thus, decreasing the wait time for results of forensic testing.

In 2014, the Pennsylvania Justice Network received a $250,000 grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program to improve justice information sharing. This award was in conjunction with a $480,000 Paul Coverdell National Forensic Science Improvement award. With funding from these awards, officials developed a new laboratory management system, leveraged existing Web services, and improved the sharing of information about blood evidence between the county’s forensics lab and criminal justice agency partners.

This project is in support of the long-standing efforts by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to improve information sharing and automate data exchanges within the criminal justice system.

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NIST Finalizes Cyberattack Recovery Guidance

Preventing all cyberattacks is a good, but unrealistic, goal. That’s why preparing for recovery from a cyber incident can be just as important as prevention, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The agency’s Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery provides a single resource to help organizations develop strategies to contain an opponent and restore operations quickly.

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BJA Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has recently released a number of funding opportunities for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, ranging from preventing and reducing intellectual property theft and related crime, to assisting agencies, to supporting agencies in employing data-driven, cross-sector strategies to reduce crime, increase trust, and improve community safety. Funding opportunities include: The Smart Policing Initiative, The Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program, The Intellectual Property Enforcement Program, The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovations Program. A complete listing of BJA’s open solicitations can be found at https://www.bja.gov.  

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Critical Infrastructure Threat Information Sharing Framework: A Reference Guide for the Critical Infrastructure Community

How are threats to critical infrastructure shared in real-time? Who is responsible for sharing threat information? To address these questions and to build a basic framework, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) has released the Critical Infrastructure Threat Information Sharing Framework: A Reference Guide for the Critical Infrastructure Community, a resource for critical infrastructure owners and operators, as well as other private sector, federal, and state, local, tribal, and territorial government partners that share or need access to threat information.

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Report on Law Enforcement Use of UAS

The Police Foundation has released new recommendations for local law enforcement agencies considering the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for public safety purposes. Community Policing & Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust provides guidance on all aspects of UAS use in public safety, including operational, training, and legal and regulatory compliance considerations. 

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The One Thing You Need to Do Before Shopping Online: Lock Down Your Login

For millions of Americans, getting the best holiday shopping deals and discounts have become as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey, football, or pumpkin pie.  Increasingly, that shopping takes place online, which provides a lot of conveniences but also raises the specter of scams, fraud, or identity theft. Just as consumers have migrated towards online shopping, credit card thieves have started shifting their efforts online as well. During the holidays, deeply discounted products look appealing and shoppers make quick purchasing decisions without always taking into consideration the online purchasing risks that can be present. Many Americans have had their online accounts hacked and personal information compromised because of stolen credentials or weak logins.

The White House recently launched the “Lock Down Your Login” campaign to encourage all Americans to protect themselves online with strong authentication. For more information on strong authentication and the new campaign, please visit www.LockDownYourLogin.com. You’ll find specific advice on how to turn on strong authentication on a variety of Web sites and services that Americans use each day.

In addition, DHS’ Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign has a number of tips and resources to help consumers protect themselves when shopping online.

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Video Evidence: A Primer for Prosecutors

Video Evidence: A Primer for Prosecutors was developed for the purpose of educating prosecutors on the numerous sources of video evidence, the benefits of its use in court, and challenges faced by prosecutors’ offices in the handling of video evidence. A sample process flow is included as step-by-step guidance on the procedures a prosecutor may follow when preparing and handling video evidence. This process flow corresponds to a typical case flow, from receipt of evidence through the trial. The primer also includes a glossary of terms and list of recommended resources for further reading.

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