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The National Public Safety Partnership (PSP), in collaboration with leading law enforcement experts and practitioners, has developed interactive, virtual courses on important law enforcement topics. All courses within the PSP Virtual Academy are self-paced, and students can access the platform using computers, smartphones, and tablets.

PSP Virtual Academy current course offerings include:

  • Crime S.C.E.N.E. Excellence: Navigating the Initial Response to a Violent Crime Scene – This course highlights the tools and best practices that first responders need to consider to successfully manage violent crime scenes.
  • Ghost Guns: Identifying and Tracing Privately Made Firearms (PMF) – This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to identify, accurately describe, and document PMFs and a uniform methodology for accounting for them in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Firearms Tracing System (FTS).
  • Law Enforcement Guide to Crime Guns – This course, which was developed in close collaboration with ATF, provides an overview of the fundamentals of firearm identification and how crime guns relate to investigative processes such as the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) and ATF’s eTrace (Electronic Tracking System).
  • Leadership Strategies: Building Effective Leaders to Impact Violence Reduction – This course provides law enforcement executives, line-level supervisors, and commanders with tools and resources to develop their leadership mindsets and self-assess their capacities to navigate extreme challenges while implementing the organizational change often associated with violence reduction strategies.
  • Navigating NIBIN Leads via the System – The NIBIN information flow for many departments is a constant stream of information expressed as NIBIN leads. Each NIBIN lead links a shooting to another shooting or a recovered crime gun to a shooting or creates a complex combination of those. NIBIN leads received by most departments can quickly outpace available resources to address them. The Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) is a program of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications that prioritizes calls over wireline networks.
  • GunStat: A Data-Driven Approach to Address Gun Violence – During this session, participants will learn how to leverage data and collaboration to implement the GunStat model. GunStat is a nationally recognized, data-driven management strategy that focuses on reducing gun crime through real-time intelligence and the targeted identification and prosecution of felony gun offenders.

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