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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.”


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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.


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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.Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act. (web link)Section 15. Sexual assault incident policies.(a) On or before January 1, 2018, every law enforcement agency shall develop, adopt, and implement written policies regarding procedures for incidents of sexual assault or sexual abuse consistent with the guidelines developed under subsection (b) of this Section. In developing these policies, each law enforcement agency is encouraged to consult with other law enforcement agencies, sexual assault advocates, and sexual assault nurse examiners with expertise in recognizing and handling sexual assault and sexual abuse incidents. These policies must include mandatory sexual assault and sexual abuse response training as required in Section 10.19 of the Illinois Police Training Act and Sections 2605-53 and 2605-98 of the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.(b) On or before July 1, 2017, the Office of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board and the Department of State Police, shall develop and make available to each law enforcement agency, comprehensive guidelines for creation of a law enforcement agency policy on evidence-based, trauma-informed, victim-centered sexual assault and sexual abuse respo

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Grant Funding for NARCAN

GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE 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.


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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.

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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).


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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.


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High Court Denies Police Liability in Use-of-Force Case

High Court Denies Police Liability in Use-of-Force Case

The U.S. Supreme Court today unanimously struck down a “provocation rule” of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which said that police officers may be held liable when they seize someone using reasonable force after committing a separate Fourth Amendment violation that contributed to the need to use force.


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IDNR guidelines for Reporting Recreational Boating Accidents

The Memorial Day weekend festivities are upon us, and with it the possibilities for watercraft related crashes/incidents. Law Enforcement agencies should contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources if they become aware of, or begin investigating a crash/incident that meets the criteria being supplied below. The IDNR encourages local agencies to take measures to preserve a watercraft crash scene just as they would when investigating a traffic crash.

Below are the guidelines used by IDNR when determining if they must be notified. 

Recreational Boating Accident

A recreational boating accident means a recreational vessel, a numbered vessel, or a documented vessel is being used by its operator for recreational purposes and one or more of the following events occur involving the vessel or its equipment.

The MTU1 does not speak for the IDNR and is simply passing on this information to enhance the cooperative efforts already in place amongst numerous agencies.


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Study-Majority of First Responders Face Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace

Majority of First Responders Face Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace

University of Phoenix Releases First Responder Mental Health Survey Results


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Arrest Related Deaths Rare but Demand High-Priority Attention

From Force Science News # 338

Expert: ARDs rare but demand high-priority attention

In a snapshot preview of a book he’ll publish this summer, prominent researcher Dr. Darrell Ross recently offered law enforcement trainers a provocative update on one of the rarest events in policing, yet one of the most vexing: arrest-related death.

In a presentation running nearly four hours at the annual training conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Assn., Ross explored new findings from an analysis of nearly 5,000 ARDs in the US that he conducted—likely the most extensive investigation of the subject yet undertaken.


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Illinois Prosecutor Services Monthly Legal Update training is on line

Beginning May 2017, the Illinois Prosecutor Services Monthly Legal Update training is on line.


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Executive Institute May Newsletter

ILETSBEI NEWS

Executive Institute May Newsletter

 

This edition of ILETSBEI news features a review of the 2017 Women in Criminal Justice Conference. Articles from various topics include Incorporating Social Justice into the Police Environment, Forensic Psychology: Practical Applications, Taming the Imposter, and Positive and Negative Effects of Implicit Bias.


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10 Ways Police Can Identify Radical Extremism

10 Ways Police Can Identify Radical Extremism

By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety

Police officers around the country understand they are an important element in the fight against terrorism. But what does that entail? How can an officer identify potential terrorist activity? What should officers look for as signs a person may have been radicalized?


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Appellate District Decisions are not binding upon other Appellate Districts

Courses being taught throughout the state include cases from various Appellate Districts.  Please  remember that decisions made in one Appellate District are not binding upon other Appellate Districts.


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Examining the Facts on Implicit Bias

Examining the Facts on Implicit Bias

Richard R. Johnson, Ph.D.  May, 2017 from the Dolan Consulting Group - Research Brief
 
A number of sources have claimed that public employees are influenced by implicit biases. The U.S. Department of Justice, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, for example, have suggested that law enforcement officers hold unconscious, implicit biases against people of color.1 It has been argued that these implicit biases cause police officers to enforce the law in ways that discriminate against members of racial minority groups. Similar claims have been made against prosecutors, judges, and probation officers as an explanation for the disproportionate representation of racial minorities in our prisons and jails. Allegations have also been levelled against teachers and school administrators, suggesting that they treat white students preferentially over minority students, and that they do so as a result of these same unconscious, implicit biases.


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FBI investigation into spike of law enforcement Attacks

Report: Cops feel betrayed by politicians, say they encourage attacks

by |  in the Washington Examiner

An internal FBI investigation into the spike of attacks on law enforcement has determined that revenge, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the media's assault on police shootings, and criticism from politicians, is the what motivates a "majority" of those targeting cops.

"Law enforcement officials believe that defiance and hostility displayed by assailants toward law enforcement appears to be the new norm," said the internal report stamped "For Official Use Only."

 


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Murders in US very concentrated: 54% of US counties in 2014 had zero murders, 2% of counties have 51% of the murders

This article is for your information and is NOT being presented or endorsed by the NICJC. While not necessarily related to the MTU or ILETSB, it is information we thought would be helpful, beneficial, or of interest to you in some way.

From the Crime Prevention Research Center

Murders in US very concentrated: 54% of US counties in 2014 had zero murders, 2% of counties have 51% of the murders

25 Apr , 2017  

The Distribution of murders

The United States can really be divided up into three types of places. Places where there are no murders, places where there are a few murders, and places where murders are very common.


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Force Science News - Appeals court issues guidelines for UOF in non-criminal emergencies

Force Science News- Appeals court issues guidelines for UOF in non-criminal emergencies

Facing a medical emergency and a use-of-force dilemma, did this sheriff’s deputy do the right thing?

The deputy, working road patrol for the Oakland County (MI) SO, responded one June afternoon to a call at a residence near Detroit where four paramedics were struggling to help a man overcome a life-threatening diabetic crisis.

According to later documents in the case, a finger prick had established that his blood-sugar level was “extremely low at 38,” the normal range being 60-110. Left untreated, the “medical emergency” could “lead to prolonged seizure and death.”


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Have You Heard of BOWMAC Training?

Simulation Based Training for Initial Responders

(BOWMAC)

This is a must have training for 1st Line supervisors and officers

who will be the first to manage a major event until help can be organized


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