The equipment loaned by RISS makes a substantial difference in building cases and investigating and apprehending criminals. Examples of equipment include:
- Body-wire receivers
- Global Positioning Systems
- Video recorders
- Specialized lenses
- Night-vision goggles
- Night-vision scopes
- Ground-penetrating radar systems
RISS Center equipment staff consult with and train member agencies on the use of equipment and provides expertise in developing specialized equipment.
Field Services Support and Technical Assistance
RISS provides one-on-one technical support to agencies through field services. Field staff from each center regularly contact law enforcement and public safety agencies to ensure that RISS is meeting their needs. The RISS Center field staff conduct on-site visits to provide technical assistance to member agencies and potential member agencies to facilitate delivery of RISS services.
Specialized Training, Conferences, and Meetings
The RISS Centers provide training opportunities on timely and relevant topics, such as methods to combat terrorism activity and gang and violent crime; computer, financial, and economic crime; and emerging crime problems. Subject areas also include the use of specialized equipment, investigative techniques, analytical techniques, surveillance techniques, and officer safety.
RISS Centers sponsor and cosponsor training classes, conferences, and meetings at the local, county, regional, state, and tribal levels across the country, providing a forum to exchange information on regional crime problems and criminal activity. RISS training classes recently included the “Terrorism Trends and Tactics Workshop,” “Hate and Extremism in America,” “Interactions by Police With Members of the Sovereign Citizen Movement,” “Radical Groups and Movement,” and “Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism.”
Law Enforcement Briefings and Publications/Educational Materials
RISS Centers develop law enforcement-sensitive briefings and publications on topics, such as sovereign citizens, police ambush, human trafficking, and synthetic drugs. The RISS Center publications staff research, develop, and distribute numerous publications, bulletins, flyers, special reports, and other criminal intelligence publications that highlight local, regional, and nationwide issues. Examples include The Heroin Resurgence: A Painkiller Epidemic, Bath Salts: Deadly New Designer Drug, The New Face of Terrorism, and Domestic Terrorism and Extremism.
The RISS Insider newsletter is distributed six times per year to educate RISS membership, federal officials, and partners on current RISS initiatives and efforts and contains RISS-related articles.