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NIST standard adopted for across-the-road radar
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new performance standard for (2004-07-15)
'Upgrading' from secondary to primary seatbelt laws would save lives, researchers find
Recently, many states have been considering a law that would encourage seatbelt use. (2007-05-07)
93 percent of homicides of US law enforcement officers result from firearms
While occupational homicides continue to decline in the US, law enforcement remains one of the deadliest jobs in America. (2013-05-30)
Study: Violations of privacy rights by fusion centers are the exception, not the rule
Concerns that law enforcement fusion centers are violating individuals' privacy rights as they gather intelligence on terrorism, criminals and other threats to public safety are the exception and certainly not the rule, according to a study published in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. (2016-07-22)
Red-light cameras critical to public safety, MU traffic researcher finds
As automated traffic monitoring systems such as red light cameras keep a law enforcement (2011-06-07)
Study examines emergency department visits for patients injured by law enforcement in the US
From 2006 to 2012, there were approximately 51,000 emergency department visits per year for patients injured by law enforcement in the United States, with this number stable over this time period, according to a study published by JAMA Surgery. (2017-04-19)
Want to save gorillas? Enforce laws, experts say
The most immediate threat to western gorillas is not habitat destruction as previously believed, but poaching and lack of law enforcement, said a group of experts from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations. (2002-06-10)
Campus police officers' role in sex assault cases
With high rates of sexual assault at colleges and universities, campus law enforcement officers are important facets of a campus' response to this crime. (2014-01-30)
Paper: 'No admit-No deny' settlements undercut accountability in civil enforcement
The failure of federal watchdog agencies to require admissions of guilt from the targets of civil enforcement can trigger calls for greater accountability from the public, says a new paper from U. of I. law professors Verity Winship and Jennifer K. (2017-05-22)
Engineers Are Working Toward Designing A Better Handcuff
This item which appears in the August 1998 issue of NIST Tech Beat describes the efforts of a researcher in NIST's Office of Law Enforcement Standards to help handcuff manufacturers better measure the forces that can lock, unlock or break a set of cuffs. (1998-08-19)
Metaphoring the police: It's all about the right choice of word
A well-chosen metaphor does wonders to explain concepts, to persuade and to ensure buy-in into any given matter. (2016-12-08)
Changes in state policies impact fatal and non-fatal assaults of law enforcement officers
State-level policy changes can impact the number of fatal and non-fatal assaults, including shootings, of law enforcement officers, a new study finds. (2016-04-13)
Policing biases -- A critical issue facing law enforcement today
The number one issue facing policing today is the allegation that officers act on stereotypes and biases. (2016-09-01)
Workplace safety at risk due to de-regulation of health and safety policies
A report by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University has found that workplace safety has been put at risk due to changes in health and safety policies over the past decade. (2010-07-15)
LSU FACES Lab building database of missing persons, unidentified remains
Funded in part by a grant of more than $11,000 from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, LSU's Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratory, or FACES Lab,is working on the Louisiana Identification Analysis Project, an effort to compile a comprehensive database of Louisiana's missing and unidentified persons. (2004-10-26)
Juvenile gang members in US top 1 million, new study finds
There are over one million juvenile gang members in the US, more than three times the number estimated by law enforcement, according to a recent study. (2015-02-12)
Changes in treatment of child abuse and neglect cases improve police attitudes
Transferring responsibility for investigating reports of child maltreatment from child-welfare agencies to sheriffs' offices in Florida led to an improvement in attitudes among law-enforcement officers and caseworkers. (2002-11-04)
NC State takes lead in crime scene investigation training
North Carolina State University researchers are launching a new project that will standardize forensic crime scene investigation training throughout the state, decrease the cost of providing the training to law enforcement personnel and forensic scientists, and hopefully contribute to the establishment of nationwide standards for death investigations. (2008-10-09)
Videotaped confessions can create bias against suspect, study finds
Police often videotape interrogations of suspects for use in criminal trials. (2007-03-13)
EPA funds free, online environmental enforcement training
Funded by a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas launched a free, online training program to strengthen civil and criminal environmental and public health enforcement efforts at the local, county, state, and tribal levels. (2014-07-08)
Clashes with cops more injurious than civilian-only skirmishes
People hospitalized due to an encounter with a law enforcement officer are more likely to have a mental illness, have longer hospitalizations, more injuries to the back and spine, and greater need for extended care than those hospitalized due to altercations with other civilians. (2016-01-28)
Holidays are open season for open container laws
From December 20, 2002 to January 5, 2003 law enforcement will increase the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to enforce laws like open-container laws, which according to a new study in the December 2002 Annals of Emergency Medicine, are effective at preventing alcohol-related crashes. (2002-11-26)
Improved measurements could mean safer, more reliable electroshock weapons
Electroshock weapons, such as stun guns and other similar devices that temporarily incapacitate a person by delivering a high-voltage, low-current electric shock, have helped law enforcement officers safely subdue dangerous or violent persons for years. (2008-11-13)
NIST helping improve speed measurements for cars, bullets
Two speed measuring devices used by the law enforcement community -- the down-the-road radar with which officers enforce automobile speed limits and the ballistic chronograph which tracks the velocity of bullets during testing of protective equipment -- soon should be more useful tools thanks to recent research conducted at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (2009-05-21)
New tool reflects black men's experiences of police-based discrimination
Researchers have developed a new tool to catalog police and law enforcement interactions with black men, the Police and Law Enforcement (PLE) Scale, with the hope of documenting people's experiences and perceptions of police-based discrimination. (2017-05-03)
New cocaine tracking system could lead to better drug enforcement
Law enforcement authorities need to better understand trafficking patterns of cocaine in the United States to address one of the world's largest illegal drug markets, according to a Michigan State University researcher whose new methodology might help. (2014-06-19)
Penn State's Institute for Non-Lethal Defense Technologies awarded $3.2 million grant
Penn State's Institute of Non-Lethal Defense Technologies administered by the Applied Research Laboratory has been awarded a one-year cooperative agreement funded at $3.2 million by the US Department of Justice through its National Institute of Justice to create a national Weapons and Protective Systems Technologies Center of Excellence. (2007-10-17)
Penn researchers warn against potential flaws in wiretapping technology
As part of a federally funded program on electronic security, engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered flaws in wiretapping technology that could allow parties being wiretapped to disable the recording and monitoring of their calls. (2005-11-30)
Police reform law underenforced by Department of Justice
A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and 'political spillover' at the U.S. (2014-05-29)
Active shooter training increases comfort level of emergency responders
Emergency medical service responders felt better prepared to respond to an active shooter incident after receiving focused tactical training according to a new study in the journal Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. (2014-07-10)
With Motivation And Training, Some Professionals Can Catch A Liar
Sherlock Holmes and Secret Service agents are not the only people who can catch a liar, according to researchers at the University of California San Francisco. (1999-05-25)
Law Targeting Youth Tobacco Sales Ineffective, Not Enforced, Police Say
Most North Carolina police officers surveyed think the state law restricting tobacco sales to adults only should be changed because it doesn√Ęt work, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. (1997-04-17)
NSU receives $1.6 million grant to prepare oil workers for spills
NSU willl use federal money to better prepare workers to handle oil spills. (2010-08-31)
Promoting seat belt use among black motorists
Seat belts reduce injuries and deaths in motor vehicle crashes, but previous studies have found that blacks buckle up significantly less often than whites. (2006-06-20)
Does raising the terrorism alert level cause undue stress?
The Department of Homeland Security's color-coded system for warning the public of the risk of a terrorist attack does not appear to cause undue stress among law enforcement officers, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School. (2008-04-04)
Many law enforcement officers leave loaded guns unlocked
While publicly promoting firearm safety, some law enforcement officers do not store their guns safely at home. (2001-08-01)
Criminals are target of ORNL advanced communications system
Residents of small communities could be served and protected better because of a communications system being proposed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (2005-02-24)
Public health counting of US law-enforcement-related deaths could help reduce violence
A public health solution of treating all law-enforcement-related deaths as a notifiable condition, which would allow public health departments to report these data in real-time, could help to address the ongoing problem of police violence and police deaths in the United States according to Nancy Krieger and colleagues from the Harvard T.H. (2015-12-08)
Domestic violence victims may be hurt by mandatory arrest laws
Mandatory arrest is a law enforcement policy that was created in an effort to curb domestic violence. (2015-03-26)
Online gambling would benefit from better regulation
The US government's attempt to crack down on Internet gambling is widely seen as a convoluted mess. (2015-06-01)
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