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How to Use Social Media to Investigate Missing Child Cases

How to Use Social Media to Investigate Missing Child Cases

In May, American Military University (AMU) hosted a webinar in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). This webinar focused on advanced social media investigation techniques to help law enforcement officers and agencies locate and rescue lost or missing children. Learn more about using social media for investigations including self-destructing and secret apps that officers should be aware of during such investigations.

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INLETS 2015: Exploring the Aftermath of Active Shooter Events

Mid-Atlantic Intel & Law Enforcement Training Seminar (INLETS) provides law enforcement with the opportunity to learn about national and international terrorist events directly from those who experienced it. This year's event, held on June 22-26 in Annapolis, Maryland, will feature presentations from the five law enforcement agencies involved in the Christopher Dorner manhunt, the French National Police, and officers involved in the Virginia Tech shooting. The keynote speaker for this event will be Captain Richard Phillips, whose rescue after Somali pirates hijacked his ship was famously depicted in the Hollywood movie, Captain Phillips.

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Honoring Officers Who Go Above and Beyond

Honoring Officers Who Go Above and Beyond

Recent high-profile events in Baltimore and Ferguson have caused public outcry regarding questionable ethical and moral practices by police officers. These stories have negatively affected the relationships police have in some of the communities they serve. While it is important that these wrong-doings are acknowledged and punished, such incidents should not detract from all the good police officers do each and every day for the citizens in their communities. To ensure that the good deeds of officers do not go unnoticed and in honor of National Police Week, here are just a few stories of officers who go above and beyond the call of duty for the citizens of the communities they serve.

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Life of a Police Officer: Honoring the Sacrifices of Children and Families

Life of a Police Officer: Honoring the Sacrifices of Children and Families

In honor of National Police Week, it is important to recognize the sacrifices made by law enforcement families. Due to the nature of police work, being a police officer can have major impacts on an officer’s family—especially on their children—so it’s important this week to honor both officers and their families. AMU professor Michelle Beshears writes about how police officers can help their families manage the stress caused by a career in law enforcement.

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Coping with the Stress of Police Work

Police officers are the first responders to a variety of violent acts including murders, shootings, stabbings, sexual assaults, and child abuse, as well as vehicle accidents, riots, and natural disasters. Each of these calls-for-service can create a roller coaster of emotions for a police officer who must remain calm, professional, and focused on the task at hand. Research shows that police officers who do not properly manage their stress are prone to burnout, poor judgment, substance abuse, divorce, and suicide. AMU professor Nicole Cain writes about stress management and the need for officers to take responsibility for their physical and mental health.

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National Police Week: Honor ALL Those Who Died Serving

Being a police officer has never been easy, but recent events have made it even more difficult to be an officer. Incidents like Ferguson and Baltimore have put officers and agencies under severe public scrutiny. These highly publicized events have served as a wake-up call for many agencies to enhance officer training, improve policies and procedures, and revitalize community relations.

The public cannot let these events overshadow the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice made by our nation’s law enforcement officers. May 10-16 is National Police Week 2015, a time to show gratitude for those officers who died on the job. It is also a time to thank current officers who continue to dedicate their lives to protecting our communities.

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Drawbacks of Mandating Universities Report Sexual Assaults to Police

Campus sexual assaults have received intense media attention recently—from the disputed rape allegation and pending lawsuits at Columbia University to the retracted Rolling Stone article about a brutal gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity.

Such cases have ignited conversations about how to reduce the number of assaults as well as hold perpetrators accountable. One suggestion made repeatedly is to mandate that colleges and universities report assaults directly to law enforcement when they become aware of allegations. AMU's Tim Hardiman writes about why such mandates may discourage victims from reporting crimes.

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