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CRIMINAL JUSTICE NEWS - May 2006

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Dear Raymond,

Please accept our thanks for the continued growth of the newsletter and reader feedback. Indeed, we are rapidly approaching 2000 subscribers!

In this issue we introduce retired police captain Andrew J. Harvey, Ed.D. who pens an outstanding article on the future of law enforcement organizations. Also, Corporal Dave Blosser returns with a great follow-up article on shooting techniques and range terms.

Building an Organizational Foundation for the Future
 
Andrew J. Harvey, Ed.D.
 

The modern world has become a place of constant change and transformation. In this environment, success depends on how well organizations recognize and adapt to change. Management theorist Tom Peters put it very well when he said that the most successful organizations in the future will be the ones that "thrive on chaos." Those that cannot identify and act on emerging issues are doomed to, at least, inefficiency and ineffectiveness and, at most, disaster and possibly even destruction.

What does this trend mean to law enforcement? With its traditional, paramilitary structure, law enforcement has proven slow to adapt to change. While traditional methods have brought success in the past, relying on these techniques in the future may be dangerous

When Your Child is Missing
 
A Family Survival Guide

What do to if your Child is Missing provides parents with the most current information on, and helpful insights into, what families should do when a child is missing. The first edition of this Guide was written in 1998 by parents and family members who have experienced the disappearance of a child. It contains their combined advice concerning what to expect when a child is missing, what needs to be done, and where to go for help. It explains the role that various agencies and organizations play in the search for a missing child and discusses some of the important issues that need to be considered. The Guide is divided into seven chapters, each of which is structured to allow information to be found quickly and easily. Each chapter explains both the short- and long-term issues and contains a checklist and chapter summary for later reference. A list of recommended readings and a list of public and private resources appear at the back of the Guide. This third edition of the Guide was published in 2004.

Police Technology
 

On April 25, 2006, Hi Tech Criminal Justice Online launched a revised website for the text book, Police Technology (Prentice Hall, July 2004). According to Raymond E. Foster the book is used in over fifty universities and colleges throughout the United States and is under consideration for adoption in at least sixty others. At the same time the book was in production the original website was also being developed. However, the initial website was parked as a sub-domain under Hi Tech Criminal Justice Onlines primary website.

Throughout the last 18 months the content of the website has grown as has the use by students and professors. The companion website offers students additional articles, resources, cases studies and web- based explanations for the key terms within the text. Additionally, behind a password protected site professors can find supplemental instructional material such as example syllabi, PowerPoint presentations for each chapter and hyperlinks to relevant videos, journals and web-based resources.

Management of Dead Bodies After Disasters
 
A Field Manual for First Responders

Management of the dead is one of the most difficult aspects of disaster response. It has profound and long-lasting consequences for survivors and communities. Globally, disasters claim thousands of lives each year. However, care of the deceased is often overlooked in disaster planning and the absence of guidance for first responders has recently been highlighted following several large disasters. This Field Manual for First Responders presents simple recommendations for non-specialists to manage the recovery, basic identification, storage and disposal of dead bodies following disasters. It also makes suggestions about providing support to family members and communicating with the public and the media.

This manual will be useful during the immediate response to a disaster and where forensic response is unavailable. Furthermore, it will be useful for those preparing mass fatality disaster plans. The recommendations are relevant for local, regional and national authorities as well as for non-governmental organizations. The principles outlined in this document are being implemented and promoted by a variety of organizations, including the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Bomb Making Video
 
In February 2006, remnants of the Taliban detonated a Improvised Explosive Device (IED) damaging an American vehicle. The SITE Institute obtained a short-video, produced by the terrorists, of the bombing. Perhaps the most instructive part for law enforcement and security personnel is the first half where the making of the bomb is filmed
NCIS internship program
 
The NCIS internship program is a dedicated hands-on experience designed to provide educationally related work assignments for students in a non-pay status. based upon their background and experience, interns are assigned to functional areas such as criminal investigations, information systems, government relations and public affairs, administrative services, computer crimes, strategic planning, personnel services and operations, criminal intelligence, forensic sciences.
Visual Database
 
Extremist Symbols, Logos and Tattoos
The Anti Defamation League (ADL) maintains a Visual Database of Extremist Symbols, Logos and Tattoos on the Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network. It is an Open Source (OSINT) webpage. The ADL also has several webpages devoted to officer safety as it relates to extremist groups.
Firearm Training Terms
 
David Blosser
Police trainers traditionally teach level and equal light bar sight picture, where your focus is on the front sight. This is only one aspect of what your focus should be to aim a firearm. Keep in mind the goal is to simply place accurate hits onto your intended target. Aiming is simply pointing your gun at the target and holding it there until the round is fired.

You should always start with a complete target focus. If you do not see the threat in the first place nothing else really matters. Once you see your threat, you need to have the skill to know exactly what it is you need to focus on to make your hits. If your threat is close you may not need to move your focus off of your threat at all. If your threat presents a difficult target you may need that clean crisp front sight focus.

Leadership: Texas Hold 'em Style
 
Using poker as an analogy for leadership, Captain Andrew Harvey, CPD (ret.), Ed.D., and Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA found the right mix of practical experience and academic credentials to write a definitive book for leaders. Most often leaders find they are given a set of resources people, equipment, funds, experience and mission.

As Foster noted, You are dealt a certain hand. And, how you play that hand as a leader determines your success.

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