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Students Should Not be Forced to Report Sexual Assault to Police

By Tim Hardiman

Proposed legislation to force colleges and universities to notify police of sexual assaults may actually deter students from reporting these crimes. While there is general agreement that colleges and universities must improve how they investigate reports of sexual assault, this should not be used as an excuse to limit a victim’s reporting options.

FAA Announces Drone Registration, But Further Regulations Still Needed

By Leischen Stelter
If you unwrap a drone this Christmas, before you take it out for its maiden flight you must first register the aircraft with the government. Starting on December 21, individuals who own a drone—more accurately called an unmanned aircraft system (UAS)—will be required to pay to register the aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). While registering aircraft may be a first step towards regulating these devices, this doesn’t begin to address the issues of where and how drones can be operated, nor who’s going to enforce legal drone operation.

Developing a Modernized Reserve Unit: Civil Liability Considerations

By Christopher L. McFarlin, J.D., Criminal Justice
Police agencies must consider the potential liability of having reserve officers who are undertrained, insufficiently equipped, or poorly screened. Some police agencies create a substantial contrast between their reserve officers and their full-time officers. It is essential for administrators to understand that the courts do not make this distinction when assessing liability. With no effective distinction in the views of the law or the public, agencies must hold their reserves to the same level of scrutiny as regular officers when hiring, terminating, training, and developing them.