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An Introduction to the Darknet and Bitcoin

Article for IN Public Safety

By Jinnie Chua, Assistant Editor of In Public Safety

The Darknet is an encrypted network where many criminals in today’s digital age are doing business. All manner of illegal things and services are available for purchase on the Darknet. There are individuals engaging in drug dealing, human trafficking, terrorism, hit for hire, tax evasion and much more.

To keep up with the growing rate of crime on the Darknet, it’s important for officers to have a solid understanding of how it works. Earlier this year, as part of American Military University’s Law Enforcement Webinar Series, Jim Deater gave a presentation on the basic knowledge officers need to have about the Darknet.

”In every corner of the world, wherever there’s data service, the Darknet is probably being used,” said Deater. “The more you understand and the more you know, the better off you are to face it.”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
When is a CDL Required?

from the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association

The world of truck enforcement is a world of never ending questions. Most people will agree the second heaviest regulated industry in the United States needs rules and regulations. Most people will also agree there is a great deal of discontinuity in the dissemination of these laws, how they are to be interpreted and how they are to be enforced. This level of discontinuity gives birth to such organizations as the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association. The article this week will cover one of these laws – the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Effective Jan 1, 2018 Agencies must Have Written Policies for Investigating Sexual Assault/Abuse
On or before July 1, 2017, watch for the release of the guidelines being developed by the Office of the Attorney General so you can develop your required written policies/procedures under this new law
Monday, June 12, 2017
Grant Funding for NARCAN


First Responders? Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement (CFDA No. 93.243)

Purpose: To allow first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose.

Thursday, June 08, 2017
Opportunity to help the families of fallen heroes, both military and first responders
Michael Luster is one of Illinois' finest. He is a retired Illinois State Police Investigative Master Sergeant, from Springfield, IL and a song writer, part of the song writing duo, Luster & McCoy. 
Michael has written a song titled, No One Knows How I Feel, sung by Elizabeth McCoy and recorded in Nashville, TN. He has also created a video to go along with the song and it was placed on YouTube on 03/21/17. 
Michael has committed to donating the proceeds of the individual iTunes downloads of this song, to the families of fallen heroes, both military and first responders. Check it out here.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Fentanyl: What first responders need to know about this potentially lethal drug

Fentanyl: What first responders need to know about this potentially lethal drug

27 Apr 2017 4:11 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

By Shane W. Fitzpatrick, ACP - Tactical, Tactical Emergency Medical Support, Emergency Medical Services, Calgary Metro Alberta Health Services, IPSA TEMS Committee Chair

The illegal use of fentanyl is quickly becoming a public health crisis in Northern America – specifically Canada and United States. As a paramedic working the front lines on Calgary streets, I am seeing more and more fentanyl overdoses leading to respiratory and cardiac arrest.

This drug is not only affecting the drug users but poses an exposure risk to first responders. Public safety workers need to be educated and protected by protocols and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Managing Police Stress to Strengthen Relationships at Home

Managing Police Stress to Strengthen Relationships at Home

By Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, faculty member, Criminal Justice at American Military University

an article from  In Public safety

In most professions, there is some level of stress. However, the demands placed upon police officers and ongoing threats of—and exposure to—violence leads to extremely high levels of stress on a daily basis. Such stress can do more than affect an officer’s job performance; it can also seep into and damage their personal life.

Officers must acknowledge their stress and recognize how it impacts their personal relationships, specifically their marriage. It isn’t until officers accept that stress is taking a toll on their lives that they can then take steps to mediate and reduce the adverse effects it has on them and their families.

Thursday, June 01, 2017