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NCJ Number: 189301 Find in a Library
Title: Technological Advances in Assessing Threats to Judicial Officials
Journal: Sheriff  Volume:53  Issue:4  Dated:July-August 2001  Pages:34-37
Author(s): Frederick S. Calhoun
Date Published: July 2001
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the use of technology in assessing threats to judicial officials.
Abstract: Sheriffs' offices, charged with protecting county judicial officials, and the U.S. Marshals Service, responsible for protecting Federal judicial officials, are both faced with identifying potential risks, assessing their degree of seriousness, and then "managing" problem individuals away from violence. The MOSAIC process is a computer-based assessment system for screening inappropriate communications. It uses a question and multiple choice answer format, with a specific focus on risk factors pertinent to the judiciary. The assessment process poses more than 30 questions and considers several hundred variables related to determining the level of risk confronting any judicial official. The questions are drawn from practical case management experience and from detailed research into violence toward jurists. Although originally designed for assessing threats to Federal judicial officials, MOSAIC's assessments are relevant to all aspects of the judicial setting. Notes
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Computers; Criminology; Judicial system development; Personal Security/Self Protection; Protection of public figures; Science and Technology; Security; Threat assessment; Violence prevention
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