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Online Child Pornography : Innocent Images National Initiative

Saturday 26 February 2005 in Authorities 5 Comment(s)

Computer telecommunications have become one of the most prevalent techniques used by pedophiles to share illegal photographic images of minors and to lure children into illicit sexual relationships. The Internet has dramatically increased the access of sex offenders to the population they seek to victimize.




Department of Homeland Security

Saturday 20 July 2002 in Authorities 3 Comment(s)

The Brookings Institution has published a report titled "Assessing the Department of Homeland Security," which suggests a more conservative approach to reorganization than that laid out in the President's proposal for a new federal department. While acknowledging that some form of reorganization and reform is required, the report advocates that Congress err on the side of caution, reducing significantly the size and authority of the new department, and increasing it later if conditions warrant.




State Department : Worldwide Terrorism Caution

Thursday 4 July 2002 in Authorities 5 Comment(s)

This Worldwide Caution supersedes the previous Worldwide Caution of March 17, 2002 to alert Americans to the need to remain vigilant during the upcoming summer season and to remind them of the continuing threat of terrorist actions which may target civilians and include suicide operations. This Worldwide Caution expires on October 1, 2002.




The UK's Bin Laden Dossier In Full

Wednesday 17 October 2001 in Authorities 3 Comment(s)


This is the full text of the document, entitled 'Responsibility for the terrorist atrocities in the United States', released by Downing Street on Thursday October 4th 2001 about the evidence against Osama Bin Laden.





Terrorism and Drug Trafficking

Monday 15 October 2001 in Authorities 7 Comment(s)

Terrorism and Drug Trafficking: Threats and Roles of Explosives and Narcotics Detection Technology (Briefing Report, 03/27/96,
GAO/NSIAD/RCED-96-76BR).


The ability to detect explosives and narcotics is increasingly important to U.S. national security. In response to your request, we are providing information on the first phase of our review, which focused on (1) the threats of terrorist attacks to civil aviation and of narcotics trafficking in the United States, (2) strategies developed to meet these threats, and (3) planned detection technology deployments to combat terrorism and interrupt the shipment of narcotics. The second phase of our work will cover technology development and both domestic and overseas deployment. The third will cover impediments to more widespread deployment.




Uniform Crime Reports: [United States] Supplementary Homicide Reports, 1976-1998

Tuesday 14 August 2001 in Authorities 3 Comment(s)

These data provide information on criminal homicides including location, circumstances, and method of offense, as well as demographic characteristics of victims and perpetrators and the relationship between the two. The data were provided monthly to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by local law enforcement agencies participating in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program. As part of an on-going project the data from the FBI have been restructured and compiled into cumulative files covering the years 1976-1998. James A. Fox, Northeastern University, provided the restructured and compiled data (ICPSR 3000) used here.




Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems (1999 - BJS)

Sunday 12 August 2001 in Authorities 4 Comment(s)

This report is based upon the results from a two-part survey conducted of the administrators of the State criminal history record repositories in January -September 1999. Fifty-three jurisdictions
were surveyed, including the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Responses were received to at least one part of the survey from 52
jurisdictions. Only Puerto Rico did not complete either part of the survey. Throughout this report, the 50 States will be referred to as "States"; the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin
Islands will be referred to as "territories," consistent with prior surveys; "Nation" refers collectively to both the States and territories.
In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the source for information relating to the number of criminal history records of the States participating in the Interstate Identification Index (III) system
that are maintained by the State criminal history repositories and the number of records maintained by the FBI for the States, as of June 30, 1999. The number of dispositions available through III in each
State also are reported.




The Varieties of Homicide and Its Research : FBI

Sunday 29 July 2001 in Authorities 4 Comment(s)

Published by the FBI Academy, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice. John Jarvis (et al), Behavioral Science Unit, FBI Academy

Crime and violence continue to be a major challenge facing the nation. Encouragingly, recent statistics show marked declines in crime in the United States (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1999). However, as recent as juts a few years ago, rates for crimes of violence and homicide were recorded to be at near all time high levels. As a consequence, various efforts to response to an apparent "epidemic of violence" in the United States resulted.




National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC)

Friday 6 July 2001 in Authorities 14 Comment(s)

The mission of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) is to combine investigative and operational support functions, research, and training in order to provide assistance, without charge, to federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies investigating unusual or repetitive violent crimes. The NCAVC also provides support through expertise and consultation in non-violent matters such as national security, corruption, and white-collar crime investigations.




ViCAP : Massachusetts

Friday 6 July 2001 in Authorities 16 Comment(s)

ViCAP's mission is to facilitate cooperation, communication, and coordination between law enforcement agencies and provide support in their efforts to investigate, identify, track, apprehend, and prosecute violent serial offenders.




Displaying Violent Crime Trends

Monday 11 June 2001 in Authorities 6 Comment(s)

Displaying Violent Crime Trends Using Estimates from the National Crime Victimization Survey


Intended for an audience that is not trained in statistics, this report graphically presents violent crime trends from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Because the NCVS is based on the victimization experience of a sample of U.S. households, the rates and numbers from it are estimates which, by definition, are not exact.




Internships within the FBI

Monday 4 June 2001 in Authorities 12 Comment(s)

If you are interested in becoming an intern for the Federal Bureau of Investigation then you will want to apply for a position in one of three programs.

The FBI's Honors Internship Program (Undergraduate juniors+)the Presidential Management Intern Program (Graduate Students) or the program ran by the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) (Undergraduate juniors+) which offers full time unpaid internships.




So you Wanna Be a Special Agent?

Monday 4 June 2001 in Authorities 13 Comment(s)

So you wanna join one of the most sophisticated and respected law enforcement agencies in the world? Here are a few interesting points you may find useful. Ranging from mandatory requirements and training at Quantico to health and insurance benefits recieved as a Special Agent.

The Bureau of Investigation (the FBI's original title) was founded in 1908. It is the primary investigative arm of the federal government and is responsible for enforcing over 260 federal statutes as well as conducting sensitive and national security investigations.




The Media In Serious Crime Investigations (Home Office : UK)

Friday 1 June 2001 in Authorities 4 Comment(s)

The following is a Home Office (UK) Police Research Series Paper (120) by Andy Feist (November 1999) entitled "The Media in Serious Crime Investigations".

Some of the areas dealt with are the media's interest in serious crimes, the demands on the investigation, the disclosure of information, the objectives of the media and their portrayal of serious crime investigations.

Media handling in serious crime investigations is a complex issue. On the one hand, the media can be an important mechanism for generating valuable information from the general public. On the other hand, dealing with the media can take up valuable time and resources during the critical early stages of an investigation. Consequently, media handling has been acknowledged as a critical skill of the Senior Investigating Officer.




Observations on Sex Offender Registers in the U.S. : Hebenton and Thomas

Thursday 24 May 2001 in Authorities 4 Comment(s)

Bill Hebenton is a gifted lecturer at the University of Manchester, Manchester England, and has done extensive research on methods of surveillance within the criminal justice system. Whilst as Americans we can, more times than not, just pop onto the internet if we want to rest our minds as to whether there are any convicted sex offenders in the area (indeed we are even presented with photographs of the offenders) this is not quite the case in England. Currently there are no such guidelines in place (and the controversy is kicking up) though I have a feeling this is soon to change. Particularly with the affect the abduction and murder of eight year old Sarah Payne (a convicted sex offender is now in custody) had on the country last summer.




FBI Handbook of Forensic Services - Crime Scene Searches

Friday 11 May 2001 in Authorities 13 Comment(s)

The purpose of the Handbook of Forensic Services is to provide guidance and procedures for safe and efficient methods of collecting and preserving evidence and to describe the forensic examinations performed by the FBI Laboratory.

The following is a subsection of the handbook:'Crime Scene Searches'. A crime scene search is a planned, coordinated, and legal search by law enforcement officials to locate physical evidence. The publication is, as it is aptly titled, one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is intended for educational use as an instructional manual within the law enforcement community.




National Sex Offender Registry

Thursday 3 May 2001 in Authorities 11 Comment(s)

The NSOR, National Sex Offenders Registry, was developed by the Crimes Against Children Unit division of the FBI. Pursuant to the Lyncher Act (Pam Lyncher Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act of 1996) the Attorney General is required to establish a sex offender database on a national scale. This database is implemented through the FBI under Title 42 of the United States Code Setion 14072. It functions to track the whereabouts and movements of certain convicted sex offenders. The NSOR retains offender's current registered address and dates of registration, conviction and residence through the NCIC (National Crime Information Center).




 

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