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Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Resources for the Busy Instructor: Apps, Internet Sites, and other Resources for Education, Training, and Professional Development

The positions or viewpoints in the resources collected here reflect their authors and source organizations. They do not represent the Resource Center for CareerTech Advancement, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, or any employee of the state agency. No endorsement of organizations or viewpoints is implied by inclusion in this collection or on this web page.

VERA Institute of Justice
The Vera Institute of Justice combines research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to help leaders in civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera works with law enforcement and government agencies to reduce crime and promote efficient policing while improving public safety.

Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Curriculum
Thirteen free training units to download from the Office for Victims of Crime; includes files for the facilitator manual, participant workbook, and video clips.

Uniform Crime Reporting
The Uniform Crime Reporting program of the FBI. Includes the annual report, Crime in the United States, which compiles the volume and rate of violent and property crime offenses for the nation and by state.

National Forensic Science Technology Center YouTube Page
Includes Forensic Updates (“the latest in forensics news from around the world”), science “sound bytes,” forensic tests, and more.

Crime Scene Investigation Guide
Developed by crime scene experts, this comprehensive, step-by-step guide leads law enforcement through the crucial first phase of the justice process. Free for download as a PDF or for your favorite e-reader.

Policing in the post-9/11 era
A free archived document from the Government of Canada.

Forensic Science Simplified
From firearms examination to video enhancement, this site provides simple, easy-to-understand explanations of different forensic disciplines. Each section presents the principles behind the techniques, approaches for discovering and collecting evidence, and an overview of how it’s enhanced and processed once it gets back to the lab. Includes free PDF and e-reader downloads.

Fingerprint Sourcebook
Free to download from the National Institute of Justice, the Sourcebook covers the anatomy and physiology of friction ridge skin (the uniquely ridged skin found on the palms and soles); techniques for recording exemplars from both living and deceased subjects; latent print development, preservation and documentation; equipment and laboratory quality assurance; perceptual, cognitive and psychological factors in expert identifications; and legal issues.

Federal Trade Commission: Protecting Kids Online
Free resources to help keep kids safe online.

COPS Publications
Website of the publications page of the Community Oriented Policing Services of the U.S. Department of Justice National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security.

Keys to a Career in Law Enforcement Poster
Developed in cooperation with the National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, this free poster lists activities and behaviors that will keep you on track for a career in law enforcement.

Crime Scene Investigation
Information and links about all aspects of criminal investigation.

FBI Kids Pages
Information about cyber safety for kids and countering extremism.
A comprehensive law enforcement website.
Resource site for fire investigators, fire insurers, law enforcement, and others.
Information and related links for those interested in corrections can be found here.

Cultural Awareness Supplement for Law Enforcement
A free guide from the Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

Multicultural Communication Awareness for Police
A technical report from the Government of Canada.

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