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Chasing Speed
Critical Incident Response & Disaster Recovery Assistance
The London Tube Shooting of John Charles de Menezes
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: What Do We Know and What Do We Do About It?
Defining Terrorism: A Difference of Opinion
Guidelines on Cell Phone Forensics
Incident Mapping and Analysis Program Courses
Interactive Counterterrorism Calendar
The Intereagency and Counterinsurgency Warfare
Police Officer Suicide Must Be Stopped
An Interview with Carter Burke
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Happy New Year!  We welcome three new contributors - Richard Allen, Chad Meyer and Jennie Valencia.  Also, Greg Ferency returns with Chasing Speed, an in-depth look at methamphetamines. 


As you read through the newsletter, make sure you visit the National Counterterrorism Center's interactive Counterterrorism calendar.   

Chasing Speed

By Greg Ferency
In the Spring of 1999,  couple of my Task Force officers, along with myself, were sitting in our office writing reports and discussing several cases that we had just made. Suddenly our supervisor walked in and said "Boys I think we have a meth lab around here somewhere". Wow, did we give him the once over. We called him everything but a crazy man. We were very familiar with methamphetamine but the concept of a meth lab went completely over our heads.

Critical Incident Response & Disaster Recovery Assistance

Police cars in emergency situation

The Critical Incident Response & Disaster Recovery Assistance database is an asset inventory and resource management system designed to function as a universal "rolodex" for categorizing, indexing, locating, tracking, and sharing critical resources during emergency preparedness, readiness, response, and recovery activities.


Coordinated by the Border Research and Technology Center in Austin, Texas, CIRDRA is available free of charge for public safety and emergency management agencies. The goal of this project is to assist local agencies in inventorying their assets according to the requirements of the National Incident Management System.


To obtain a copy of the CIRDRA software, visit www.cirdra.com.


For more information on this project, contact Fred Davis of BRTC at 512-513-0049 or


The London Tube Shooting of John Charles de Menezes

By Richard Allen
A great deal has appeared in the British press regarding the very tragic death of the Brazilian, Jean Charles de Menezes, on the 22nd July 2005, particularly as a result of the successful prosecution at the end of 2007 of the police at Scotland Yard under Health and Safety legislation and the publication of the British Independent Police Complaints Commission's report.  No doubt, issues of H&S and the work of the Commission will now figure to a much greater extent in future British crime thrillers. 

Commercial Sexual
                                    Explotation of ChildrenCommercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: What Do We Know and What Do We Do About It?


It is estimated that 10 to15 percent of children living on the streets in the United States are trafficked for sexual purposes. Little reliable data exists regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children. The limited data we have shows that it occurs in several ways: At least half occurs at a local level exploitation of one child by one or several adults; twenty-five percent occurs through citywide or small regional networks; fifteen percent occurs through well-financed, large regional or national networks with adults recruiting, indoctrinating, and moving children; and, ten percent is international trafficking children for the pornography or sex tourism industries.


This report looks at the current state of the research regarding the roles of people who are engaged in commercial sexual exploitation of children. It also discusses prevention, interdiction, and prosecution programs aimed at this crime.


Defining Terrorism:  A Difference of Opinion

By Chad Meyer
In order to successfully combat terrorism around the world, there must be a universal method of identifying potential terrorists or terrorist organizations.  In order to accomplish this task, nations must come to an agreement on an objective definition of the word terrorism.  Unfortunately, many nations around the world define terrorism differently.  The lack of a common definition of terrorism may allow one nation to identify an organization as terrorist group, while another nation identifies the same organization as a legitimate group. This is often referred to as, "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." 

Guidelines on Cell Phone Forensics


In May 2007 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its Guidelines on Cell Phone Forensics. This guide provides basic information on the preservation, acquisition, examination, analysis, and reporting of digital evidence on cell phones, relevant to law enforcement, incident response, and other types of investigations. The publication is intended to address common circumstances that may be encountered by organizational security staff and law enforcement investigators, involving digital electronic data residing on cell phones and associated electronic media.


Incident Mapping and Analysis Program Courses


Four to five times a year, NLECTC-Southeast offers introductory ArcGIS classes for law enforcement and corrections personnel. Introduction to ArcGIS I and Introduction to ArcGIS II are offered free of charge and are geared toward personnel with little or no mapping experience. These courses are an excellent precursor for the Crime Mapping and Analysis Program courses offered by NLECTC-Rocky Mountain. NLECTC-Southeast schedules IMAP classes as interest dictates and classes may be held in either North Charleston, South Carolina, or in the Center's mobile computer laboratory.


If you are interested in the IMAP schedule for 2008, please contact Ed Hoskins at NLECTC-Southeast at

nlectc-se@nlectc-se.org  or 800-292-4385.



LOCATER, a Web-based program offered by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, enhances law enforcement's ability to recover missing children by providing them with the tools to rapidly disseminate images and information locally, statewide, or nationwide. LOCATER is available to any law enforcement agency free of charge; however, for many agencies the workstations needed to employ it are not.


The Rural Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (RULETC) distributed 50 computer systems to needy, small agencies in 2007. RULETC staff also provided assistance to these agencies to get these systems up and running. For more information on the LOCATER application, please visit the LOCATER website at www.locaterposters.org.


If you are a rural criminal justice agency in need of technology assistance, please contact RULETC at 866-787-2553 or ruletc@aol.com.


Interactive Counterterrorism Calendar


The US National Counterterrorism Center is announced the release of an interactive version of the 2008 Counterterrorism Calendar. This version of the Calendar contains many features across the full range of terrorism-related issues: terrorist groups, wanted terrorists, and technical pages on various threat-related issues.


The Calendar timeline marks dates according to the Gregorian and Islamic calendars, and contains significant dates in terrorism history as well as dates that terrorists may believe are important when planning "commemoration-style" attacks.


The CT Calendar is designed for anyone concerned with counterterrorism or terrorist threats; law-enforcement, intelligence, military and security personnel, contingency planners, or simply citizens concerned by terrorist threats.


The Intereagency and Counterinsurgency Warfare: Aligning and Integrating Military and Civilian Roles in Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) Operations


This monograph addresses the security, stability, transition, and reconstruction missions that place the most pressure on interagency communication and coordination. The results from Kabul to Baghdad reveal that the interagency process is in need of reform and that a more robust effort to integrate and align civilian and military elements is a prerequisite for success.



Police Officer Suicide Must Be Stopped


By Jennie Valencia

The men and women in law enforcement deal with danger every day.  Being killed in the line of duty, although terrible, is undeniably a risk that comes with the job.  Regrettably, police officer suicide is becoming an epidemic.  Dying by suicide more frequently than by homicide authenticates the need for special training and counseling to help police officers deal with overwhelming stress.  Studies show that police officers are eight times more likely to commit suicide than to be killed by homicide.


An Interview with Carter Burke

Carter Burke has a background in the military and communications. He has served in the Active Army and its National Guard component; he is currently serving in the California Army National Guard as a Specialist (E-4).  Carter Burke has traveled the world, but currently resides in Southern California.  Above all, writing is the passion that consumes him. He spends his free time in the company of friends and family. Carter Burke is the author of Bounded Allegiance.

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