A roundup of capsule information on emerging research and developments, books and resource materials and other items of professional interest. Items are based on press releases supplied by manufacturers, vendors, publishers and other sources.
Better Living by Design. “Creating Defensible Space,” a book by urban planner Oscar Newman, a noted proponent of crime prevention through environmental design, has been published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Policy Development and Research. The 123-page book, laden with photographs and diagrams illustrating defensible space design principles, is a “how to” guide to CPTED. Contact: HUD User, (800) 245-2691.
Crunching Numbers. The 23rd edition of the “Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics,” compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, is available on the World Wide Web. Contact: http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook. For a printed copy, write the BJS Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 179, Dept. BJS, Annapolis Junction, MD, 20701-0179. Refer to “NCJ 158900” when ordering, and include a check payable to cover shipping and handling: $6 (U.S.), $11 (Canada) and $30 (all other countries). Call (800) 732-3277 to order using Visa or MasterCard.
“Community Policing: The Block Captain’s Role,” is the second in a series of videotapes produced by Crime Prevention Resources of Medford, Ore. The video, which also includes a “Block Captain’s Handbook,” shows how police can empower citizens to reclaim their communities from crime. Contact: Tom Monson, (541) 779-0016.
Mapping Mania. MPN Components Inc. of Henniker, N.H., has released GPS-Pro Map, a powerful, highly intuitive digital mapping software environment designed and built by mapping professionals for mapping professionals. Contact: MPN Components, 888-477-7761.
Keeping You in Suspense: Former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara, the best-selling author of “Fatal Command” and “The First Directive,” has another edge-of-your-seat thriller, “Code 211 Blue,” out in paperback from Fawcett Gold Medal. Available in most bookstores.
No More Missed Calls. Motorola’s RSVP, a unique integration of a pager and cellular phone in a single unit, has dozens of features that make it useful for busy law enforcement officers. Contact: David Mann, (212) 575-1976.
Information, Please. NETLEADS is a next-generation criminal intelligence and information software system. Contact: Orion Scientific Systems, (703) 917-6201. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Internet: http://www.orionsci.com.
Get the Upshot on Overtime. Staffingsched, an integrated overtime management system for both city and county police and fire departments, is available from PDSI, an Irvine, Calif.-based information systems and software development firm. Contact: PDSI, (800) 850-PDSI. E-mail: email@example.com.
Ready to Roll. Skaggs Telecommunications Service has stripped and refitted a motor home, transforming it into a 34-foot, high-tech mobile command post featuring a communications center with UHF and VHF frequencies, a soundproof hostage negotiation room and a surveillance camera that rises 25 feet above the roof of the vehicle. Contact: John Johnson, (800) 486-1345.
Come In, Central: XYPOINT Corp. has compiled a comprehensive analysis of the nation’s liability laws for wireless carriers providing enhanced-911 service. Research conducted by the Seattle-based developer of wireless enhanced-911 applications found that 35 state have no or limited protection in emergency services statutes for carriers. Contact: Roger Nyhus, (206) 720-1739.
Go Ballistic. Tri-Tech Inc., a Southport, N.C., manufacturer of body armor, has applied the “building-block design” utilized in its Urban Forces Ballistic Vest System, to two new components: tactical duty gear and a unique hydration system. The company is offering an evaluation program to law enforcement agencies, which can try to products for 10 days at no charge. Contact: Karlyn Johnson, (800)-438-7884 or (910) 457-6600.
Mobile computers. Teklogic Enterprises Inc., which develops large-scale wireless data communication systems data communications for organizations with mobile workforces, recently was awarded $6.8-million contract to supply more than 1,100 rugged mobile computers, docking stations, technical support and services to the Chicago Police Department. The mobile computer developed by the firm is also used by the Tampa Police Department. Contact: Dennis Castor, (606) 647-3126.
Scene of the Crime. Cadkey Inc., a Windsor, Conn.-based firm manufacturer of computer-aided design software, has developed PC-based CAD systems for teaching 3D crime reconstruction DataCAD, a 2D/3D architectural CAD software package, and CADKEY7, a powerful 2D/3D CAD design software. The software bundle is available to law enforcement agencies at a discounted price of $795. Contact: John Hayes, (860) 298-6457. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Internet: http://www.dadkey.com.
Just the Fax, Ma’am. Collier County, Fla., Sheriff Don Hunter used the Panasonic UF-M500 Fax to send out warnings to scores of businesses after the murders of several workers at a Naples Cracker Barrel restaurant in November 1995. Hunter said the UF-M500 allowed the agency to integrate its data base of more than 20,000 records and to target a specific county, region, industry, business, association “or anyone else based on the message we need to send out.” Contact: Panasonic Office Products, (800) 742-8086.
Internet, Anyone? “Online ‘Services for Law Enforcement,” which is billed as “the first easy-to-understand book written about the Internet specifically for law enforcement officials,” is available from Professional Training Resources for $19.95 plus $2.50 shipping and handling. Contact: (800) 998-9400 or (802) 447-7832.
Gun Buy-Back Programs are the subject of “Under Fire: Gun Buy-Backs, Exchanges and Amnesty,” a publication from the Police Executive Research Forum that includes research and opinions from noted researchers, public health experts, citizen advocates and police officials. Other recent PERF publications include “Why Police Organizations Change: A Study of Community-Oriented Policing,” by Jihong Zhao; “Police Antidrug Tactics: New Approaches and Applications,” and “Themes and Variations in Community Policing: Case Studies of Community Policing.” Contact: PERF, (202) 466-7820.
Internal Investigations from Inside Out. An eight-page “Internal Investigation Checklist” that examines when to initiate an internal investigation; the sources, types and severity of possible misconduct; a model board resolution for an internal investigations, and directing, information-gathering, findings of fact and legal opinions, is available for $5 from Assets Protection. Contact: (608) 231-6730.
“Community Checklist: Steps to End Violence Against Women,” covers new recommendations to help individuals and communities combat domestic violence and sexual assault. The 15-page booklet prepared by the Advisory Council on Violence Against Women is available at the Justice Department’s Violence Against Women Office World Wide Web home page at http.//www.usdoj.gov/vawo.
Roll ‘em. The Institute of Police Technology and Management has published “DWI Mobile Videotaping for Police and Prosecutors: Policy, Procedures and Law,” which reviews the operational and legal aspects of cruiser-mounted video cameras. Contact: (904) 646-2722. Internet: www.unf.edu/IPTM/.
In Memoriam. Bob Simenson, the father of a suburban Chicago police sergeant killed in the line of duty by a robber in 1994, has written a book about the events that led to his son’s death and the grueling emotional toll it took on his family and community. “Not To Be Forgotten” is available for $14.95 from Fair Haven Publishing, P.O. Box 777, Rice Lake, WI 54868. Phone orders: (888) 234-7761.
“Women in Federal Law Enforcement Profiles” is a documentary produced at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center that highlights the diverse opportunities available to women in Federal law enforcement agencies. Profiles focus on an attorney, park ranger, agents with the Secret Service and the FBI, a U.S. Marshal, correctional officer and Park Police officer. The video is available from the Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service for $55, plus a handling fee. Indicate order number AVA19936VNB1KCI. Order via Internet: email@example.com or fax order to: (703) 321-8547. For rush orders, call (800) 553-NTIS.
The Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has published the fifth in a series of guides to help police officers, medical professionals and social-service providers investigate child abuse cases. The latest guide, “Battered Child Syndrome: Investigating Physical Abuse and Homicide,” and its predecessor publications are available from OJJDP’s Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse. Contact: (800) 638-8736.
Public Safety Station, a web site that encompasses a wide variety of public safety information, including directories, an information library from which users can access educational and resources materials from multiple sources, chat rooms and other on-line services, was launched June 1 at http://www.pss.com. Contact: Tom Olshanski, (608) 257-0616.
Guilty but Innocent. The National Institute of Justice has released a report “Convicted by Juries, Exonerated by Science: Case Studies in the Use of DNA Evidence to Establish Innocence After Trial,” which compiles 28 case studies in which convicted felons were released from prison based on the results of post-trial DNA testing. To order, write: National Criminal Justice Reference Service, P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000 or call (800) 851-3420.
Drug Policy Disaster. The New York County Lawyers’ Association recently released “The Report and Recommendations of the Drug Policy Task Force,” a document based on the findings of a 42-member blue-ribbon panel of prominent Federal and state judges, legislators, attorneys, physicians, educators and policy analysts convened by the association three years ago. The 50-page report says current drug policy “has failed, even on its own terms” and calls for “a dramatic shift in thinking and approach in development and implementation of future drug-control efforts.” The report is available on the World Wide Web at: http://www.drcnet.org/nycla.html and http://www.lindesmith.org/nycla.html. Contact: Brook S. Mason, (212) 267-6646, ext. 225.
Training information, police-related news, technology updates and other services are available from Thin Blue Online, an online system dedicated to the private exchange of information among law enforcement personnel. Members can link themselves with other agencies, jurisdictions, states and countries, providing law enforcement with an unprecedented means of sharing information on local, regional, national and international levels. Contact: David Kaufman, (800) 427-1931.
Ameritech’s SpeakerID/MSR (Minimum Supervision Reporting) service allows the monitoring of offenders on minimum supervision or administrative probation using a voice verification system. The service accepts calls from offenders, positively identifies the individual and identifies the location of the telephone from which the offender is calling. Contact: Don Gorning, (216) 822-4252 or (800) 852-1901.
Justnet It! The Justice Technology Information Network is on line and provides information on new technologies, equipment and other products and services available to the law enforcement, corrections and criminal justice communities. It also offers a platform from which to access other criminal justice information web sites. Internet: http://www.nlectc.org.
Programmed Efficiency. Cerulean Technology has launched PacketCluster Patrol 3.0 software, a Windows 95-based mobile information system that allows instant access to local state and national motor vehicles and criminal data bases and can tie into other Windows-based applications, such as digital-imaging systems and fingerprint records, from their patrol car notebook computers. Contact: Stephanie Smith, (508) 460-4000. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fast Prints. Printak International, an Anaheim, Calif.-based firm that is the world’s leading developer of biometrics-imaging technology for personal identification, has developed its Series 2000 automated fingerprint identification system. The system, which features advanced chip technology and open system design, is said to be the world’s fastest AFIS. Contact: Paula Bordigon, (714) 453-8080.
Free substance abuse prevention and treatment information is available on Prevline (Prevention Online), a World Wide Web site operated by the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, at http://www.health.org. Contact: (800) 729-6686.
Excessive force is put under the microscope in “Police Violence: Understanding and Controlling Police Abuse of Force” by William A. Geller, associate director of the Police Executive Research Forum, and Hans Toch, distinguished professor at the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York-Albany. Topics covered by the authors include: a theory of police abuse of force; causes of police brutality; the violence-prone officer; the role of race, and many others. Available from Yale University Press. Contact: (203) 432-0964.