RESOURCES

VCPI programs often incorporate blended-learning opportunities and multi-media components. Here you’ll find some of our favorite resources—feel free to click, use and share them in any way that works for you.

VINE

Virginia Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) is an automated service that allows people affected by crime to locate an offender in jail, and receive notifications about any changes in custody status. This free, anonymous service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone, internet or mobile app.

In addition to important custody status information, people can search for help and support across the state of Virginia, as well as national hotlines and resources. The service provider directory lists agencies from emergency shelters and counseling groups, to those providing financial assistance and legal aid. It’s all free, and available exactly when you need help the most.

Ethical Decision Making

For policing professionals, public trust, integrity, and liability are constantly on the line. Often the difference between effective community policing and the failure of an agency’s public-safety mission is determined by the decisions of individual officers. With so much at stake, stressing police ethics as simply a means of discouraging bad behavior is wholly insufficient. Effective policing requires changing the concept of police ethics from merely an after-thought, to a controlling insight that informs and guides police practitioners from an internal, personal capacity. In one of its most impactful and rewarding endeavors to date, VCPI partnered with the USDOJ, COPS Office to address this fundamental shift through the Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight (EDM:PPI) program. EDM:PPI is a multi-faceted program that is timeless, powerful, and exceptionally relevant for the professionals facing the realities of policing in the 21st century.

Homicide & Violence Reduction

VCPI’s HVR Reporting Toolkit provides an interactive, guided way to research and identify the evidence-based policing practices that may be most helpful in your community’s homicide and violent crime reduction efforts.

Click the image above to launch the HVR Reporting Toolkit.

Over the past two decades, violent crime has been steadily declining. Yet the impact of homicide and violent crime remains a significant challenge for our nation’s communities. With long-term social implications and staggering economic consequences, homicide and violent crime reduction remains the top priority for policing agencies throughout the nation. The challenge for many agencies is addressing violent crime with interventions and countermeasures that are demonstrated to be effective. To address this challenge, VCPI partnered with the USDOJ, COPS Office to develop Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction (HVR), a multi-faceted program which provides classroom training, online training, and a multitude of resources for police managers and decision makers. Based on the fundamental premise that research and evidence should guide organizational decision making, our goal for the HVR program is to increase your knowledge of current evidence-based practices and ways to implement them into your agency’s homicide and violent crime reduction efforts.

Judicial Security

Nationally, threats against judicial personnel have quadrupled in the last decade. The judges themselves are not the only ones in danger. Judges’ families are also being targeted as a direct threatening tactic and more attacks are occurring in the judges’ homes. Creating awareness and providing resources is critical to securing the judiciary and their families. In response, VCPI is proud to offer the Judicial Security Specialist Development Program (JSSDP), which consists of comprehensive training (onsite and online) incorporating evidence-based strategies and best practices, as well as corresponding tools and resources that law enforcement professionals can use immediately to enhance the personal safety and security of judicial personnel and their families, while at home, during travel, and in the court setting.

View the Judicial & Courthouse Security Webinar below or explore the other resources listed here.

VCPI’s comprehensive Judicial Security Toolkit provides a variety of resources that are critical to embracing a security conscious lifestyle. One important part of the Toolkit is the Personal Safety Awareness Tool, a simple and easy to use application full of practical information and guidance to help improve personal safety, security, and emergency management planning for judicial officials and their families.

Click the image above to launch the Personal Safety Awareness Tool.

Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security

Too often, shattering images of tragic events, violent attacks and bombings are what many think of when considering homeland security and terrorism. Yet, effective homeland security looks nothing like those terrifying images and instead is the picture of law enforcement and communities working in partnership to be vigilant, resilient, and strong. Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security (TCPHS) delves into community policing as a means of thwarting and strategically interdicting terrorism. Designed exclusively for law enforcement personnel, TCPHS explores community partnerships; practical problem solving strategies; proactive prevention, intervention and interdiction strategies; and values based policing in the climate of terrorism. TCPHS is a comprehensive program that strengthens the capacity of law enforcement agencies to effectively implement an all-crimes approach to homeland security. Focusing on the practical application of principles, TCPHS provides tools that are immediately applicable for the street level officer to effectively engage in homeland security activities while encouraging a thriving community policing environment.