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​"The IR​S is Calling Me? Is This For Real?"

Fraud is real...Hang up on Fraud! The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration warns taxpayers not to fall for scammers who impersonate Internal Revenue Service employees in threatening phone calls that demand immediate payment. Don't give any information to this impostors! Just hang up.

Is There Anything New in Campus Policing?

Paul Berger, University Police Commissioner's response to the question in a recent article.

"We're starting a new system wide program called fair and impartial policing. We recently, in Syracuse, did two and a half days of training on this. It's a cutting-edge, social science-based, anti-bias enforcement program. It talks about how everyone has certain inherent biases that they've developed over their lives as they categorized the world. It talks about how officers, regardless of whatever biases they may bring to their duties, there's a moment to disconnect what you bring to policing and deal with people as you find them. It's a fairly new program. It's being used in a lot of places. I think we're the largest and the first of the large public university systems to adopt it.

It's been used in places like Sanford, Florida, where the Trayvon Martin shooting happened, Ferguson, Missouri, a lot of the large metropolitan areas have been adopting it. We've recently done a "train the trainer'' on this and we hope to get this training to all our personnel by the end of the year."

Drones: Information and Resources for Campus Law Enforcement

Federal Aviation Administration Announcement

"Drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are increasingly becoming a part of college campus culture. Many institutions are embracing drone technology in research, utilizing camera drones in security and surveillance applications, or offering educational programs on unmanned aerial systems. Additionally, the recreational use of drones has become popular among college and university students, faculty, and staff. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta estimated, "hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season." Being aware of the UAS rules and regulations will assist campus administrators, security, and police in ensuring safe, responsible, and legal operation.

On December 14, 2015, the FAA announced a web-based aircraft registration process that Small Unmanned Aircraft (sUA) owners may use to comply with the statutory requirements for aircraft operations. The federal law, Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft, went into effect on December 21, 2015. The FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration page offers information on who must register and if the online or paper registration process can be used. For recreational users, registration is good for three years and the FAA will charge $5 per person for registration, but will refund that amount for those who register in the first 30 days - by January 20, 2016. The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation. The FAA is developing enhancements that will allow such online registrations by spring of 2016."

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