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27Feb2015

Conference on Crimes Against Women: Training, Strategies, and Practical Instruction for Responders and Victim Advocates

By Tim Lott

Did you happen to catch the powerful Super Bowl domestic violence PSA that showed there’s more than one way to seek help during a crisis? In this chilling 60-second clip, viewers witness a phone conversation between a domestic violence victim and a 9-1-1 operator. As we listen to the victim try to “order a pizza for delivery,” we see traces of a desperate struggle, including a hole punched into a wall of her home. The 9-1-1 operator catches on that something’s amiss and quickly turns the conversation around in order to determine that 1) the victim needs assistance, 2) she is not alone, and 3) there are no weapons in the house.

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05Feb2015

Photos from the 2015 Winter Membership Meeting

SEARCH wrapped up its 2015 Winter Membership Group Meeting last week in Austin, Texas. The meeting, held January 27–29, featured presentations and discussions on a range of technical, operational and policy issues affecting justice information sharing. Attending were SEARCH Members, Staff and stakeholders from a variety of federal, state and local agencies and national organizations.

SEARCH’s 2015 Winter Meeting kicked off with the presentation of flags by the Region 7 Honor Guard of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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05Feb2015

Law Enforcement Making Strides in Investigating Peer-to-Peer Networks for Child Pornography

By Don Lewis

Peer-to-Peer Overview

P2P software allows computer users, connected to the Internet, to share files with other users. Files can include music, graphics, images, movies, and text.

Music is what most people associate with P2P networks, but it only accounts for about 15% of traffic; video files account for over 50%. P2P file sharing networks are frequently used to trade digital files of child pornography.

A centralized P2P network relies on a central server to process requests from the peers.

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09Jan2015

Chats, Posts and Texts: Finding Their Place in a Court of Law

By Justin Fitzsimmons

By now, most of us have heard of cases where law enforcement professionals found incriminating evidence on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and then used that evidence to gain a conviction in court. 

Anyone who watches NCIS would think this is standard operating procedure in police work today. Indeed, the recent Survey of Law Enforcement Personnel and Their Use of Social Media (conducted by LexisNexis® Risk Solutions 2014) supports that. This survey of the law enforcement community shows that eight out of 10 law enforcement professionals actively use social media as a tool in investigations. 

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