New Department of Justice/Office of Justice Programs Resources

First Responder Safety: Vehicle Marking and Visibility Guide

A new guide highlights study findings that detail best practices for making emergency vehicles more visible to help reduce collisions and save lives. This guide provides information on the application of various arrangements of emergency warning devices, creative use of retro reflective decal markings, and other innovative designs; all with the intent of increasing the visibility of emergency vehicles to motorists approaching them. It focuses on emergency vehicles not covered by existing standards in this area.

NIJ Releases 2011 Body Armor Survey of Law Enforcement Officers

According to a recently released survey of 1,080 officers:

  • More than 90 percent of agencies require officers to wear their body armor today; the number has grown from 59 percent in 2009. Most officers obey: 88 percent reported they wear their armor all the time when they are on duty.
  • Officers wear their armor because they know it protects them, not because they are required to do so or because they have first-hand experience—73 percent said they had never been shot at or involved in situations in which their body armor protected them from possible injuries, and fewer than 1 percent reported they had been disciplined for not wearing it.
  • A majority of officers know how to maintain their armor but significant numbers do not know or understand certain aspects of recommended procedures and do not adhere to recommended practices even when they do understand them. For example, most manufacturers recommend storing body armor flat. But the survey found that as many as half the officers in the survey use a standard clothes hanger.

Read the full report, “Body Armor Use, Care, and Performance in Real World Conditions: Findings from a National Survey“.

OVC and BJA Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers

A directory for practitioners and task forces seeking to expand and enhance their knowledge of anti-human trafficking practices, this new tool provides:

  • A listing of training and technical assistance resources for practitioners and task forces actively working in the anti-human trafficking field.
  • A comprehensive list of anti-human trafficking distance learning, in-person training, and training by request opportunities.
  • The location, contact information, cost, and description for each of the trainings.

If your organization would like to be included in the next version of the directory, please contact humantrafficking@ovcttac.org