Spring 2015 Newsletter

In this issue: community policing, outlaw motorcycle gangs, lightning, and LLIS project.

Community Policing

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Can ongoing communication between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve defuse confrontations and reduce forceful responses from both sides during developing and potentially violent situations? Assigning police officers to specific areas so they become familiar with, and to, the local residents is one aspect of community policing.


Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

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Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMG) are highly structured organizations and use their clubs to conduct illegal and criminal activities. Studies show there are more than 20,000 OMG members in the United States, and an unknown number of associates. These organizations are responsible for drug trafficking, violence, theft, prostitution rings and other criminal behavior both within the U.S. as well as internationally.

Summer Fun – And Not Fun


Summer is time for vacations, a break from school, swimming, barbeques – and lightning strikes. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, approximately 50 people die from lightning strikes every year and hundreds more are seriously injured. Understand the dangers and share this information with family and friends for a safer summer.

The 4th of July brings another type of aerial display and danger – fireworks. Extended drought conditions in parts of our nation will make the danger of fires started by fireworks an extreme hazard. Injuries from fireworks are also a concern. In 2011, there were more than 9,000 fireworks related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms and an estimated 17,800 reported fires started by fireworks.

Photo credit: NOAA


Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS)/HSDL Consolidation Project

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The HSDL team is adding over 20,000 new items into the Homeland Security Digital Library collection resulting from the LLIS.gov/HSDL consolidation project. Items are added daily and we should have much of the content available later this summer. Until then, please let us know if you have specific LLIS items you cannot find in the HSDL and we will be happy to assist you.


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