Social Media and Emergency Operations-Virtual Operations Support Team

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DC Public Safety Radio won the 2015 awards for best podcast and best audio from the National Association of Government Communicators.

DC Public Safety Radio and Television won the Government Customer Service Community of Practice (Cgov) 2014 Overall Excellence and Best Use of technology Awards. See conta.cc/1qiBV74  .

DC Public Safety Television won two top awards for public affairs television in 2015 from DCTV and three additional first-place awards in 2014

Welcome to “DC Public Safety” – Radio and television shows, blog and transcripts on crime, criminal offenders, and the criminal justice system.

For FY 2013 through FY 2015, we recorded 218,700 unique visitors, 633,000 visits and 1,924,300 page views (excluding robot searches).

This is radio show 275.

The portal site for “DC Public Safety” is http://media.csosa.gov

Subscribe to “DC Public Safety” through iTunes.

Current Radio Program:

We interviewed Micki Trost, Strategic Communications Director, and Sara Spaulding, Communications Specialist, for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management regarding Colorado’s implementation of a Virtual Operations Support Team (VOST).

A basic premise of emergency media operations is the understanding that there may be millions of social media messages created during an emergency. It’s understood that the volume of messages, calls for assistance, erroneous information, or malicious websites could hamper the provision of vital information, or impede analysis, correct messaging or recovery.

A Virtual Operations Support Team is composed of vetted and trained social media specialists who analyze and report critical information regarding an emergency to spokespeople at an emergency media command center. VOST members can be in-state, or reside throughout the United States or the world.

The podcast explores the implementation of a VOST in Colorado.

The website for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security is http://www.coemergency.com.

The website for national/international VOST network is http://vosg.us/.

Special Announcements:

A top priority for the Department of Justice is to invest in scientific research to ensure that the Department is both tough and smart on crime. The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov website shapes rigorous research into a central, reliable, and credible resource to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice.

A new website lists and evaluates prisoner re-entry programs nationwide. Launched by the Urban Institute, the Council of State Governments, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prisoner Reentry Institute, the “What Works Clearinghouse” can be seen at http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/what_works.

The National Reentry Resource Center is a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Please see the Center’s website at http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/. Please see “Federal Interagency Reentry Council Launches Website, Releases Myth-Buster Series” on the front page of the site (see announcements). CSOSA is a member of the Council. Several requesters have asked for national research on reentry.

The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice reentry research portfolio supports the evaluation of innovative reentry programs. To access these studies and NIJ’s entire reentry research portfolio visit www.nij.gov/nij/topics/corrections/reentry/welcome.htm .

The Office of Violence Against Women offers stalking response tips for corrections, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, victims and victim advocates. They are posted on OVW’s website at www.ovw.usdoj.gov .

The National Institute of Corrections Information Center is one of the largest repositories for corrections research and information in the country. See  www.nicic.gov/Library.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov.

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is http://www.csosa.gov/.

The program is hosted by Leonard Sipes. The producer is Timothy Barns.

Comments offered on “DC Public Safety” television and radio programs are the opinions of participants and do not necessarily represent the policies of CSOSA or other government agencies.

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“This is Criminal” An interview With Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer

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DC Public Safety Radio won the 2015 awards for best podcast and best audio from the National Association of Government Communicators.

DC Public Safety Radio and Television won the Government Customer Service Community of Practice (Cgov) 2014 Overall Excellence and Best Use of technology Awards. See conta.cc/1qiBV74  .

DC Public Safety Television won two top awards for public affairs television in 2015 from DCTV and three additional first-place awards in 2014

Welcome to “DC Public Safety” – Radio and television shows, blog and transcripts on crime, criminal offenders, and the criminal justice system.

For FY 2013 through FY 2015, we recorded 218,700 unique visitors, 633,000 visits and 1,924,300 page views (excluding robot searches).

This is radio show 268.

The portal site for “DC Public Safety” is http://media.csosa.gov

Subscribe to “DC Public Safety” through iTunes.

See transcript at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2016/03/this-is-criminal-an-interview-with-phoebe-judge-and-lauren-spohrer/

“This is Criminal” is a popular, deep-diving, intimate podcast that takes listeners into the thoughts and actions of people caught up in the criminal justice system. Counterfeiters, book thieves, a serial killer, tourists who raid petrified forests for wood, a mother and daughter corner, and the role of animals in crime are all topics for the podcast.

We interviewed co-creators Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer.

From the Huffington Post:  “To be human is to sort things into categories: right and wrong, good and bad, guilty and innocent. “Criminal,” a podcast from Radiotopia and PRX, reminds listeners with every episode that the truth is many shades blurrier than that.”

“I hope what we do is put forth an interesting story in as unbiased a way as possible and allow the listener to decide what they think,” she added.

“Sitting at the Venn diagram overlap of public radio listeners and “Law & Order” fans, the podcast, in so few words, is about crime. It’s doesn’t rest on the unedited voyeurism of the televised “Cops,” nor does it offer the clear resolution of a fictional courtroom drama like “The Practice.” Instead, “Criminal” covers the human aspect of the many roles — perpetrator, victim, enforcer, witness — that surround a wrongdoing.”

See the full article at  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/criminal-podcast-true-crime-phoebe-judge_us_56afd185e4b0b8d7c230436f.

The website for, “This is Criminal” is available at http://thisiscriminal.com/.

Special Announcements:

A top priority for the Department of Justice is to invest in scientific research to ensure that the Department is both tough and smart on crime. The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov website shapes rigorous research into a central, reliable, and credible resource to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice.

A new website lists and evaluates prisoner re-entry programs nationwide. Launched by the Urban Institute, the Council of State Governments, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prisoner Reentry Institute, the “What Works Clearinghouse” can be seen at http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/what_works.

The National Reentry Resource Center is a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Please see the Center’s website at http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/. Please see “Federal Interagency Reentry Council Launches Website, Releases Myth-Buster Series” on the front page of the site (see announcements). CSOSA is a member of the Council. Several requesters have asked for national research on reentry.

The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice reentry research portfolio supports the evaluation of innovative reentry programs. To access these studies and NIJ’s entire reentry research portfolio visit www.nij.gov/nij/topics/corrections/reentry/welcome.htm .

The Office of Violence Against Women offers stalking response tips for corrections, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, victims and victim advocates. They are posted on OVW’s website at www.ovw.usdoj.gov .

The National Institute of Corrections Information Center is one of the largest repositories for corrections research and information in the country. See  www.nicic.gov/Library.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov.

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is http://www.csosa.gov/.

The program is hosted by Leonard Sipes. The producer is Timothy Barns.

Comments offered on “DC Public Safety” television and radio programs are the opinions of participants and do not necessarily represent the policies of CSOSA or other government agencies.

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Social Media During Emergencies-Craig Silverman-BuzzFeed

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DC Public Safety Radio won the 2015 awards for best podcast and best audio from the National Association of Government Communicators.

DC Public Safety Radio and Television won the Government Customer Service Community of Practice (Cgov) 2014 Overall Excellence and Best Use of technology Awards. See conta.cc/1qiBV74  .

DC Public Safety Television won three top awards for public affairs television in 2014 from CTV and DCTV.

Welcome to “DC Public Safety” – Radio and television shows, blog and transcripts on crime, criminal offenders, and the criminal justice system.

We received 230,000 visits in 2014.

Page views range from 653,000 to 1.4 million a year.

This is radio show 253.

The portal site for “DC Public Safety” is http://media.csosa.gov

Subscribe to “DC Public Safety” through iTunes.

Se the transcript at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2016/06/correcting-bad-information-social-media-during-emergencies-craig-silvermen/

Current Radio Program:

We interviewed Craig Silverman, founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada who authored, “Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content-How News Websites Spread (and Debunk) Online Rumors, Unverified Claims and Misinformation.”

The document, while aimed at the media, has equal relevancy for government and nonprofit spokespeople and emergency management agencies. Does government have the ability to correct bad information on the internet, especially during  disaster situations when information, misinformation and rumors are flowing quickly?

“Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content” is available at http://towcenter.org/research/lies-damn-lies-and-viral-content/.

Craig mentioned a variety of publications and tools including, “The Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting,” available at http://verificationhandbook.com/book2/.

“The Verification Handbook” is available at http://verificationhandbook.com/.

BuzzFeed Canada is at http://www.buzzfeed.com/tag/canada.

Craig Silverman is available at https://twitter.com/CraigSilverman.

Special Announcements:

A top priority for the Department of Justice is to invest in scientific research to ensure that the Department is both tough and smart on crime. The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov website shapes rigorous research into a central, reliable, and credible resource to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice.

A new website lists and evaluates prisoner re-entry programs nationwide. Launched by the Urban Institute, the Council of State Governments, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prisoner Reentry Institute, the “What Works Clearinghouse” can be seen at http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/what_works.

The National Reentry Resource Center is a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Please see the Center’s website at http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/. Please see “Federal Interagency Reentry Council Launches Website, Releases Myth-Buster Series” on the front page of the site (see announcements). CSOSA is a member of the Council. Several requesters have asked for national research on reentry.

The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice reentry research portfolio supports the evaluation of innovative reentry programs. To access these studies and NIJ’s entire reentry research portfolio visit www.nij.gov/nij/topics/corrections/reentry/welcome.htm .

The Office of Violence Against Women offers stalking response tips for corrections, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, victims and victim advocates. They are posted on OVW’s website at www.ovw.usdoj.gov .

The National Institute of Corrections Information Center is one of the largest repositories for corrections research and information in the country. See  www.nicic.gov/Library.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov.

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is http://www.csosa.gov/.

The program is hosted by Leonard Sipes. The producer is Timothy Barns.

Comments offered on “DC Public Safety” television and radio programs are the opinions of participants and do not necessarily represent the policies of CSOSA or other government agencies.

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Law Enforcement and Justice Communications-President’s Task Force on Policing

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DC Public Safety Radio and Television won the Government Customer Service Community of Practice (Cgov) 2014 Overall Excellence and Best Use of technology Awards. See conta.cc/1qiBV74  .

DC Public Safety won awards for best podcast and audio from the National Association of Government Communicators in 2014, see http://www.nagconline.org/documents/NAGC-2014-Awards-Program.pdf . We are finalists for two new awards for 2015 for best podcast and audio.

DC Public Safety Television won three awards for public affairs television in 2014 from CTV and DCTV.

Welcome to “DC Public Safety” – Radio and television shows, blog and transcripts on crime, criminal offenders, and the criminal justice system.

We received 230,000 visits in 2014.

Page views range from 653,000 to 1.4 million a year.

This is radio show 248.

The portal site for “DC Public Safety” is http://media.csosa.gov

Subscribe to “DC Public Safety” through iTunes.

See transcript at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2016/04/communications-in-law-enforcement-presidents-task-force/

Current Radio Program:

The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing was created to improve the delivery of law enforcement services while building community trust. A basic tenet of the report is improved communications; what can police agencies (and the entire justice system) do to build trust and legitimacy?

Selected quotes from the report:

“Research demonstrates that these principles lead to relationships in which the community trusts that officers are honest, unbiased, benevolent, and lawful. The community therefore feels obligated to follow the law and the dictates of legal authorities and is more willing to cooperate with and engage those authorities because it believes that it shares a common set of interests and values with the police.”

“Implementing new technologies can give police departments an opportunity to fully engage and educate communities in a dialogue about their expectations for transparency, accountability, and privacy.”

“Another technology relatively new to law enforcement is social media. Social media is a communication tool the police can use to engage the community on issues of importance to both and to gauge community sentiment regarding agency policies and practices.”

What are the implications of the development of a justice-based digital communications strategy? Are we within the justice system capable of effective digital interaction and measurement efforts? Are there institutions that can assist?

Answering these questions are Ted Gest, Washington Bureau Chief of “The Crime Report,” a daily summation of crime news plus original reporting and Deborah Wenger, Director of Undergraduate Journalism and Associate Professor, Meek School of Journalism, University of Mississippi.

The President’s Task Force report is available at http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/TaskForce_FinalReport.pdf.

The Crime Report is available at http://thecrimereport.org.

Debora Wenger’s blog is at http://advancingthestory.com.

The previous show onThe President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing is available at https://media.csosa.gov/podcast/audio/2015/03/presidents-task-force-on-21st-century-policing-laurie-robinson/.

Special Announcements:

A top priority for the Department of Justice is to invest in scientific research to ensure that the Department is both tough and smart on crime. The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov website shapes rigorous research into a central, reliable, and credible resource to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice.

A new website lists and evaluates prisoner re-entry programs nationwide. Launched by the Urban Institute, the Council of State Governments, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prisoner Reentry Institute, the “What Works Clearinghouse” can be seen at http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/what_works.

The National Reentry Resource Center is a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Please see the Center’s website at http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/. Please see “Federal Interagency Reentry Council Launches Website, Releases Myth-Buster Series” on the front page of the site (see announcements). CSOSA is a member of the Council. Several requesters have asked for national research on reentry.

The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice reentry research portfolio supports the evaluation of innovative reentry programs. To access these studies and NIJ’s entire reentry research portfolio visit www.nij.gov/nij/topics/corrections/reentry/welcome.htm .

The Office of Violence Against Women offers stalking response tips for corrections, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, victims and victim advocates. They are posted on OVW’s website at www.ovw.usdoj.gov .

The National Institute of Corrections Information Center is one of the largest repositories for corrections research and information in the country. See  www.nicic.gov/Library.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov.

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is http://www.csosa.gov/.

The program is hosted by Leonard Sipes. The producer is Timothy Barns.

Comments offered on “DC Public Safety” television and radio programs are the opinions of participants and do not necessarily represent the policies of CSOSA or other government agencies.

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Film-Video Artists and Offender Reentry

Welcome to “DC Public Safety” – Radio and television shows, blog and transcripts on crime, criminal offenders and the criminal justice system.

We currently average 133,000 page views a month.

This is radio show 159.

The portal site for “DC Public Safety” is http://media.csosa.gov.

Transcripts available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2012/09/film-and-video-artists-and-offender-reentry/

Subscribe to “DC Public Safety” through iTunes.

Current Radio Program: National Public Service Announcement on Reentry

The program interviews Gabriela Bulisova, Greg Upwall and Yavar Moghimi; all  are award winning filmmakers and photographers addressing offender reentry.

The program discusses the best method of addressing offender reentry for the general public from an artist’s point of view.

The artwork for this program was provided by Ms. Bulisova (and carries her copyright).

Upwall and  Moghimi are graduates of the George Washington University Institute of Documentary Film Making. They (plus others) created “Released to Life.”  The film won three first-place awards for documentary film making. The video is available at Snag films at http://www.snagfilms.com/films/blog/post/snagfilms_and_the_d_c_office_of_motion_picture_and_television_development_announce_winner_of_washingtons_best_film_competiti . Please see press release and  history of the video. The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency provided technical assistance.

The website for “Released to Life” is http://releasedtolifemovie.wordpress.com/ .

Upwall and  Moghimi are contemplating a national public service announcement on offender reentry in consultation with CSOSA. Those interested should contact them through the website above.

Gabriela Bulisova is an independent photographer and Instructor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. (see http://www.corcoran.edu/).

Bulisova has received numerous recognitions and awards, including: the National Press Photographers Association’s Short Grant for her project, Convictions, on formerly incarcerated women of Washington, D.C.; the Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls 18, for her documentary  project, Option of Last Resort, regarding Iraqi refugees in the United States; the Corcoran School of Art and Design Faculty Grant Award; the Aperture Portfolio Review Top Tier Portfolios of Merit; the CEC ArtsLink Projects grant; the Puffin Foundation Grant; the PDN Annual Photography Competition Winner in the Student Category; and the CANON “Explorer of Light” award. Bulisova was a participant at the Eddie Adams Workshop for emerging photographers and a graduate fellow at the National Graduate Photography Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY.

Her website is http://gabrielabulisova.photoshelter.com/portfolio .

Her “INSIDE OUTSIDE” video is available at  https://vimeo.com/45435777 .

Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week:

The American Probation and Parole Association is celebrating “Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week”  July 15-21. See: http://www.appa-net.org/eweb/Resources/PPCSW_12/ .

Special Announcements:

A top priority for Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is to invest in scientific research to ensure that the Department is both tough and smart on crime. The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov website shapes rigorous research into a central, reliable, and credible resource to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice.

A new website lists and evaluates prisoner re-entry programs nationwide. Launched yesterday by the Urban Institute, the Council of State Governments, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prisoner Reentry Institute, the “What Works Clearinghouse” can be seen at http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/what_works.

The National Reentry Resource Center is a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Please see the Center’s website at http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/. Please see “Federal Interagency Reentry Council Launches Website, Releases Myth-Buster Series” on the front page of the site (see announcements). CSOSA is a member of the Council.

Several requesters have asked for national research on reentry. The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice reentry research portfolio supports the evaluation of innovative reentry programs. To access these studies and NIJ’s entire reentry research portfolio visit www.nij.gov/nij/topics/corrections/reentry/welcome.htm .

Correctional Social Media:

The Pew Center on the States Public Safety Performance Project  offers a video on research to reduce recidivism as well as brief  but powerful overviews of reentry and sentencing research. See http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/initiatives_detail.aspx?initiativeID=31336 .

The U.S. DOJ Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships recently held two successful webinars on Faith and Community Based approaches to Reentry and Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives.  Click the links below to watch/listen to these informative webinars.

Faith and Community Based Approaches to Responsible Fatherhood and its Impact on Delinquency Prevention

 A Look at Faith & Community-Based Approaches to Offender Reentry

The Louisiana Department of Corrections/Division of Probation and Parole is offering radio shows on offender reentry. Please visit their website at http://doc.la.gov/pages/reentry-initiatives/reentry-radio/ .

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services offers podcasts at http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/pio/podcasts.html.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov .

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is http://www.csosa.gov/.

The program is hosted by Leonard Sipes. The producer is Timothy Barnes.

Comments offered on “DC Public Safety” television and radio programs are the opinions of participants and do not necessarily represent the policies of CSOSA or other government agencies.

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