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Lessons Learned from #myNYPD: Is There a Silver Lining?

What has transpired in the last 24 hours on the New York Police Department’s Twitter account (@NYPDNews) will likely be studied by social media and public affairs’ departments for years to come.

The NYPD social media people posted what seemed like an innocuous request to its Twitter followers: Post pictures of yourself with officers and use the hashtag #myNYPD.…

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Autism Awareness: 5 Steps to Adapt your Response

By Leischen Stelter, American Military University

The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is on the rise. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren are diagnosed with ASD. That is up significantly from previous estimates of 1 in 88 children. In more tangible terms, …

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Tips to Reduce the Stress of Testifying in Court

By Mark Bond, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

One of the most important aspects of policing tends to receive the least amount of training attention. Testifying in court is not a glamorous part of policing, but it’s one of the most important skills to master as a professional law enforcement officer. Officers have reported that testifying …

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White Collar Crime

How to Identify a Fraudster: Beware of the White-Collar Criminal, Turned Red-Collar Criminal

By Kim Miller, MSCJ, CFE, faculty member at American Military University

The term “white-collar crime” is derived from the assumption that business executives, wearing white shirts and ties, commit crimes. This term also theoretically distinguishes these types of crimes and criminals from those who commit physical crimes, which are supposedly more likely to be committed by “blue-collar criminals” (Miller, 2014).…

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Extremist Groups in the U.S: Exposing the Hate

By Mark Bond, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin founded the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 1971. The SPLC is an organization dedicated to exposing and combating radical extremism, hate, and bigotry while seeking justice for the most vulnerable citizens in our society (SPLC, 2014). The SPLC works …

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Prison Tax Fraud

Inmates Bank Big Money Through Tax Refund Fraud

By Rob Stallworth

Several years ago I noticed more and more commercials on TV and radio promising to “get the maximum refund possible” from your tax returns. Apparently a number of offenders in prison heard the same commercials because in recent years inmate tax refund fraud has skyrocketed!

Last year alone, the IRS caught and stopped more than $1.7 billion

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The Fight Against Organized Crime: RICO Stands the Test of Time

By Michael Beshears, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

The Racketeer-Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was enacted in 1970, as Title IX of the Organized Crime Control Act. This legislation sought nothing less than the eradication of organized crime in the United States.

RICO opened the doors for prosecutors, allowing them to paint a more complete …

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