The U.S. Department of Justice announced the creation of a new office, the domestic terrorism counsel, which will focus on countering homegrown extremists. However, much of the responsibility to fight domestic terrorism has fallen on the shoulders of local law enforcement. Will the DOJ’s creation of the domestic terrorism counsel help determine how law enforcement fits into the fight against domestic terrorism?
Domestic violence often occurs as an acute incident at first, however, time and situational factors can increase the number of incidents as well as the level of violence. Data have shown that certain racial groups and socioeconomic groups are more susceptible to experiencing domestic violence. It's important for authorities to understand how IPV is influenced by situational and cultural factors so they can help identify individuals who are most susceptible to abuse and provide them with assistance and resources immediately.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) decided on Feb. 9 that it will no longer require recruits to have 60 hours of college credit or two years of military experience. Leaders justified the action by saying the agency is understaffed and the education mandate made it too difficult to hire officers. For an agency that is currently undergoing the most sweeping police reform program ever enacted by the Department of Justice, is this really the best step towards improvement?
By Leischen Stelter, American Military University
President Barack Obama announced on Sept. 25 that U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is resigning as the nation’s top law enforcement leader as soon as a successor is found.
The relationship between the law enforcement community and Holder has been strained at best.
By Robert Stallworth, American Military University
Recently, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) released new instruments, unlike a flute or saxophone, to play in the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) band. Although it doesn’t play actual music, the new tools could be music to some people’s ears as their department strives for compliance.
By Leischen Stelter
It has been a whirlwind of events here in Philadelphia during the 120th annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference. This morning I attended the First General Assembly. In addition to completing routine business of the association (elections, sponsorship acknowledgements, etc.), current IACP president Craig Steckler honored Chief Kehoe of Newtown, Conn.