SEARCH Featured in Two Significant Publications

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The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently published a Report to Government Requesters: Cybercrime: Public and Private Entities Face Challenges in Addressing Cyber Threats, GAO-07-705, June 2007.

According to GAO, the study was prepared to determine the impact of cybercrime on our nation's economy and security, describe key federal, nonfederal, and private sector entities responsible for addressing cybercrime, and determine challenges being faced in addressing cybercrime. GAO analyzed multiple reports, studies, and surveys and held interviews with public and private officials.

"SEARCH is specifically mentioned in the report regarding our dedication to improving state-level law enforcement, our three cybercrime-focused programs related to providing high-tech crime training, technical assistance, and research on emerging technology nationwide," said Director of Training Services Todd Shipley. "I'm pleased that we could be a part of this important effort."

The report is also available on the GAO website at http://www.gao.gov/

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) publishes a quarterly newsletter titled spectrum that covers important issues affecting its member organizations. In the June edition recently distributed, SEARCH Public Safety Technology Specialist James Reutlinger contributed the article, "The Communications Component of the Incident Command System-What Needs to Change?" The article resulted from an Incident Command System (ICS) Communications Summit held in April 2007 in Washington, D.C. The Summit was hosted by SEARCH and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Department of Homeland Security SAFECOM Program.

The Summit included a gathering of public safety management officials involved in important communications interoperability projects. The purpose was to develop a police, fire, EMS, and emergency management consensus approach to defining the primary communications resources within ICS.

"Thanks go out to Jim for getting this valuable information out to an influential group," said SEARCH Director of Public Safety Programs Dan Hawkins. "The 15 recommendations that resulted from the Summit will strengthen communications and help agencies to manage critical incidents."

This issue of spectrum is also available at: http://www.npstc.org/newsletter/v7issue2.pdf.