This issue features information on the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) and its progress to date, the launching of the Science Advisory Board, efforts to solve the problem of untested evidence, a new bulletin on youth in residential placement, a report on school crime and safety, a new publication on training and technical assistance for needs assessment, a new standard for protective suits when being exposed to hazardous materials, and a review of the National AMBER Alert Symposium.
The NSI established a national capacity for collecting, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing information on suspicious activities. The U.S Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance administers the program. Its NSI Program Management Office instituted a year-long pilot project in multiple locations, which has demonstrated the positive impact of local counterterrorism efforts and the capacity of NSI to combat terrorism while protecting privacy. The newly created Science Advisory Board under the Office of Justice Programs is part of a comprehensive effort to help practitioners and policymakers better access, understand, and integrate evidence. In helping to address the problem of untested evidence in sexual assaults, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has issued an "action-research" solicitation and will award up to $200,000 to each of three to five sites this spring for the purpose of creating teams that will address this problem in each of their jurisdictions. A new bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recommends ways to reduce recidivism based on data obtained from a survey of youth in custody. The report, Indictors of School Crime and Safety 2010, provides the most current statistics on the nature of and responses to crime in schools and school environments. In addition to the aforementioned activities and others featured activities, information is provided on upcoming conferences and training programs.
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