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The Prison Pipeline: Helping Trafficking Victims Requires Officer Training, Legal Support

By Larson Binzer

In too many cases, human trafficking victims are wrongly accused and charged with engaging in prostitution. To stop this from happening, correctional officers must be trained to recognize signs of trafficking and victims need to be provided with proper legal support. Find out more about the assistance that is available and what more is needed to help victims.

Court Ruling Restricts Police Use of TASERS

By Christopher L. McFarlin

Law enforcement's use of electronic control devices (ECDs) such as TASERs continues to garner public accusations of excessive and unnecessary use. A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which applies to five states, may further muddy the law on ECD use as well as the qualified immunity of police officers. How could this ruling impact your agency's policy on ECD use?

Law Enforcement’s Role in Effective Policies to Defend Schools Against Violent Attacks

Schools present a vulnerable target to armed violence, making up nearly a quarter of active shooter incidents. While local law enforcement is uniquely organized and capable of providing the necessary resources to deter violent attacks in schools and respond to violence when it occurs, arguments for faculty arming have validity when compared to alternatives. AMU graduate student Ron Dahart writes about the importance of having a layered security approach to preparedness and response to armed attackers on school grounds. If arming faculty is deemed necessary, here are the guidelines and best practices that schools must incorporate into their policy.

Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence: What’s The Difference?

The terms “domestic violence” and “intimate partner violence” are today used as synonymous terms to describe some form of abusive behavior by one individual upon another person in a relationship. While these two terms are used interchangeably to describe the same criminal offense, they have different origins. AMU's Dr. Ron Wallace writes about how the term “intimate partner violence” moved us away from the old view that abusive violence only occurs in marital relationships where the husband was the abuser and the wife was the victim. The concept of intimate partner violence acknowledges that abuse can exist in any type of personal intimate relationship, regardless of sexual orientation, marital status, or gender.