23 Dec 2016

Happy holidays!

Our offices will be closed December 23 - 26, 2016.

6 Dec 2016

PSC Offers Training at Standing Rock

Michele Justice, president of PSC, writes,  

"Today I head to South and North Dakota to represent PSC, Inc., in supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe community. We will also be visiting the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. We were welcomed to provide training to their employees and community members. We will be training on Tuesday on the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act. My dad will be joining me, as of course, we STAND with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe."

3 Dec 2016

Attorney General Makes Statement on Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

WASHINGTON ? Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch today released the following video statement after phone calls to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II, in which she discussed ways to reduce the potential for violence surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and to begin a dialogue that fosters mutual understanding and public safety:  

 

?As winter begins to take hold in the Great Plains, I want to take a moment to speak to you about the protests surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline ? and about the Justice Department?s ongoing commitment to supporting local law enforcement; to defending constitutionally guaranteed speech; and to maintaining strong and vibrant relationships with American Indians and Alaska Natives.  

 

?For the last several months, the Department of Justice has been monitoring the situation in North Dakota closely, and we remain in close communication with law enforcement officials, tribal representatives, and protesters in an effort to reduce tensions and foster dialogue. We continue to support the protestors? constitutional right to free speech, and we expect everyone involved to exercise restraint, to refrain from violence and to express their views peacefully.  

 

?Let me stress that violence is never the answer and that all of us have a responsibility to find common ground around a peaceful resolution where all voices are heard. Our first concern is the safety of everyone in the area ? law enforcement officers, residents and protesters alike.  

 

?To that end, the Department of Justice has offered community policing resources to local law enforcement in North Dakota, and we have made strenuous efforts to open lines of communication and dialogue between law enforcement, tribal leaders and protesters. This includes the active engagement of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services ? or COPS Office ? and the deployment of conciliators from the Community Relations Service to North Dakota. Those efforts will continue in the days ahead.  

 

?In addition, today, I have directed senior department officials from the Office of Tribal Justice, the COPS Office, the Community Relations Service and the local U.S. Attorney to continue to address concerns that have been raised; to re-deploy to the region as needed; and to help support constitutional law enforcement, prevent violence, and to preserve peace and liberty in the protest area.  

 

?We recognize the strong feelings that exist about the Dakota Access Pipeline ? feelings that in many instances arise from the complicated and painful history between the federal government and American Indians. We will remain committed to working with all stakeholders to enforce the law; to maintain the peace; and to reach a just solution to this challenging situation.?

25 Nov 2016

National Native American Heritage Month, 2016

As the First Americans, Native Americans have helped shape the future of the United States through every turn of our history. Today, young American Indians and Alaska Natives embrace open-ended possibility and are determining their own destinies. During National Native American Heritage Month, we pledge to maintain the meaningful partnerships we have with tribal nations, and we renew our commitment to our nation-to-nation relationships as we seek to give all our children the future they deserve. 

Over our long shared history, there have been too many unfortunate chapters of pain and tragedy, discrimination and injustice. We must acknowledge that history while recognizing that the future is still ours to write. That is why my Administration remains dedicated to strengthening our government-to-government relationships with tribal nations and working to improve the lives of all our people. Three years ago, I issued an Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs to help ensure the Federal Government engages in true and lasting relationships with tribes and promotes the development of prosperous and resilient tribal communities. Last month, I hosted the eighth Tribal Nations Conference and brought tribal leaders together to identify key issues we still face. We have worked to better protect sacred lands and restored many acres of tribal homelands, as well as supported greater representation of indigenous peoples before the United Nations and called for further implementation of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. And we have taken steps to strengthen tribal sovereignty in criminal justice matters, including through the Tribal Law and Order Act. 

Through the Affordable Care Act and permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, we empowered more Native Americans to access the quality health care they need to live full, healthy lives. Throughout their lives, 84 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls will experience some form of violence, and in 2013, I signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which allows tribes to prosecute non-Native individuals who commit acts of domestic violence in Indian Country. And through the North American Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls, we are strengthening regional coordination on the rights of women and girls from indigenous communities across the continent. 

In recognition of the immeasurable contributions that Native Americans have made to our Nation, we continue to advocate for expanding opportunity across Indian Country. We have supported tribal colleges and universities and worked to return control of education to tribal nations -- not only to prepare Native youth for the demands of future employment, but also to promote their own tribal languages and cultures. We are investing in job training and clean-energy projects, infrastructure, and high-speed internet that connects Native American communities to the broader economy. We are connecting more young people and fostering a national dialogue to empower the next generation of Native leaders through the Generation Indigenous initiative. Through www.NativeOneStop.gov, we have also worked to improve coordination and access to Federal services throughout Indian Country. Indian Country still faces many challenges, but we have made significant progress together since I took office, and we must never give up on our pursuit of the ever brighter future that lies ahead. 

This month, let us celebrate the traditions, languages, and stories of Native Americans and ensure their rich histories and contributions can thrive with each passing generation. Let us continue to build on the advancements we have made, because enduring progress will depend on our dedication to honoring our trust and treaty responsibilities. With sustained effort and unwavering optimism, we can ensure a vibrant and resilient Indian Country filled with possibility and prosperity. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2016 as National Native American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 25, 2016, as Native American Heritage Day.

3 Nov 2016

Promising Practices in Tribal Community Policing

Tribal law enforcement strives to provide a high standard of service that is fair, effective, and culturally relevant. Community policing principles are at the heart of many of their activities, which often include personal interaction with tribal members. Yet they face great challenges, including lack of funding, staffing, and other resources, as well as jurisdictional issues. To help tribal law enforcement develop or improve community policing practices which can overcome these obstacles, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the COPS Office partnered to produce this publication. Promising Practices in Tribal Community Policing examines community policing in Indian country, looking at current practice and areas for future improvement. Taking into account the culture, governmental structures, and logistical and other challenges, the authors describe strategies for enhancing or creating programs focused on trust and collaboration with tribal members and government agencies. A valuable resource for tribal law enforcement, it is also a practical guide for all law enforcement and community stakeholders.

24 Oct 2016

Expansion Of Program To Enhance Tribal Access To National Crime Information Databases

This is the notice that DOJ is expanding the TAP program, with the expressions of interest from tribes due between October 24 and December 2, 2016. Federally recognized tribes interested in participating in this next phase of TAP must submit a letter or resolution from the tribe?s governing body, with the details set forth in the attached notice.

21 Oct 2016

Model Tribal Juvenile Code Published

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is announcing availability of the final version of the updated 2016 Model Indian Juvenile Code. The updated Model Indian Juvenile Code is intended as a tool to assist Indian Tribes in creating or revising their juvenile codes.

12 Oct 2016

"Safer Families, Safer Communities" Website to Enforce Domestic Violence Firearm Prohibition

The website is a project of the newly-established resource center, designed to support the implementation and enforcement of domestic violence firearm prohibitions to reduce firearm-involved domestic violence and homicide. 

In order to address the challenges that communities face in responding to firearm-involved domestic violence, Safer Families, Safer Communities provides a comprehensive approach for attorneys, prosecutors, court personnel, judges, domestic violence service providers, law enforcement and communities at large. The website highlights the importance of an approach focused on addressing five key areas: criminal, civil, federal, purchase prevention and resources. All five areas are implicated in successfully enforcing firearms prohibitions and disarming domestic violence offenders who illegally possess firearms. 

The federal Gun Control Act prohibits people who are subject to certain orders of protection and those who have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes against select individuals, among other classes of individuals, from purchasing, possessing and/or receiving firearms and ammunition. There are also tribal and state laws that have been enacted to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous domestic violence offenders, but due to the complexity of the laws and lack of guidance, these laws can be under-utilized and under-enforced. Through the assistance available on this website, OVW hopes to help agencies and organizations work together to prioritize victim safety so that communities are able to rise to meet these challenges.

10 Oct 2016

Michele Justice at TedXAbq Women 2016

Tickets are going fast for the TedXAbq Women 2016 event, featuring Michele Justice. Michele will talk about her experience as a Native woman entrepreneur. Don't miss it!

10 Oct 2016

FBI?s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

The FBI?s IC3 now supports law enforcement (including tribal law enforcement) internet crime investigations. 

Victims often do not know where to go to report Internet Crime. Victims are directed to file a complaint at www.IC3.gov. The IC3 analyzes related complaints to form referrals, which are forwarded to local, state, federal, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies for potential investigation.

27 Sep 2016

FBI Crime in the US Report - Tribal Statistics

The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division published the latest Crime in the United States report.

27 Sep 2016

DOJ Helping Tribes

From remarks by Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates at the White House Tribal Nations Conference  

 

Healing these old wounds cleared the way for new initiatives, starting with programs and partnerships designed to improve public safety. From working with tribes and Congress to pass the Tribal Law and Order Act, to cross-designating Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys to prosecute cases in both federal and tribal courts; and from training tribal prosecutors to giving tribal authorities full access to national crime databases ? at every step along the way, we have sought to present a united front against crime in Indian country.  

 

We placed particular emphasis on safeguarding Native women, who, according to one study, face a one in three chance of being raped in their lifetimes ? an appalling figure that we simply cannot tolerate. That is why we directed every U.S. Attorney?s Office with Indian Country jurisdiction to enhance their responses to sexual assault within Indian Country. And that is why we fought so hard to include new provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 that, for the first time in decades, empowered Native women who are abused by non-Indians. This was a tremendous victory that has significantly increased the number of sexual assault prosecutions brought by both tribal and federal authorities on Indian lands. I am also pleased to announce that for the first time ever, the department's Office on Violence Against Women is awarding over $2.1 million to seven tribes to support their work implementing tribal criminal jurisdiction over these non-Native domestic violence offenders.  

We also expanded our assistance to tribes through the creation of the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, or CTAS, which consolidated most of the department?s tribal grant programs into a single application. These vital grants support everything from hiring law enforcement officers to empowering native youth, giving tribes the resources they need to meet the particular challenges facing their communities. And today, it is my privilege to announce that in fiscal year 2016, we are making 236 awards under the solicitation, for a total of more than $102 million dollars. With this announcement, we will have awarded more than $726 million in CTAS grants during the Obama Administration.  

1 Apr 2016

New Address for PSC

Our new physical location is:  

2116 Vista Oeste, Suite 3  

Albuquerque, NM 87120 

 

Our mailing address remains the same: P.O. Box 66686, Albuquerque, NM 87193. Our main telephone number (505-242-0848) and fax number (505-243-8263) will also remain the same.

31 Mar 2016

BIA Not Renewing TPSP

Personnel Security Consultants has been honored to provide technical assistance and training to each and every one of you over that last nine years that we have served as the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Liaison. 

We have recently been advised that, despite assuring us otherwise, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has chosen not to renew the contract that supports the Tribal Personnel Security Program (TPSP), effective March 31, 2016. They have taken this action without giving us advance notice. 

Ending the liaison program mean that Tribes and Tribal Programs will no longer be able to obtain fingerprinting services through PSC. 

We at PSC deeply regret this situation and understand the burden this places on your organization to continue to comply with the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act and Indian Country law enforcement regulations.  

We will continue to take your calls, work with you on resolving your issues regarding background investigations and adjudications, and train your new and existing staff. We assure you that we are still here for you. 

We still offer technical assistance and training services, and we will be happy to help you coordinate new fingerprinting services. Please note that we also offer the following services to assist you in complying with Federal mandates:  

* Non-FBI federal, state, local, and international criminal checks  

* Comprehensive investigation services  

* Adjudication services  

* Training and certifications  

* 1st Defense on-line background screening services

20 May 2015

Help PSC Plan New Training

Personnel Security Consultants is always looking for ways to provide you with the information you need to help protect our communities. We would like to schedule additional training opportunities. Please take our survey and let us know what you need!

1 May 2015

May News

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1 Apr 2015

April News: Observing National Child Abuse Prevention Month

New about upcoming trainings, reflections on National Child Abuse Prevention Month and our April contest. Don't miss it!

29 Jan 2015

Chickasaw Nation Sponsoring Investigation & Adjudication Certification Training

Thanks to the Chickasaw Nation for co-sponsoring an investigation and adjudication certification training at the beautiful Riverwind Hotel and Casino in Norman, OK, from March 24-March 26.

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20 Jan 2015

Enter Our Trivia Contest to Win!

Throughout 2015, Personnel Security Consultants is offering 12 chances to participate in our monthly contests. Each winner, selected at random from qualifying entries, will win a fabulous gift basket, assembled with love by Michele Justice and the PSC staff. 

Starting in February, we'll also be posting photos that the winners share with us. Follow us on Facebook or bookmark our 10th Anniversary page for more. 

January Trivia Questions  

What federal agency did Michele work for before starting PSC? 

What law requires that Tribes conduct background investigations for anyone having regular contact or control over Indian children? 

Who helped Michele get her first job? 

If think you know the answers to these questions (or can find them on our website), email us using the link below, or by emailing trivia@pscprotectsyou.com with the subject line "January Trivia."  

You can also mail us the answer on a postcard, if you include the words "January Trivia."

18 Dec 2014

2015 Training Schedule Now Online

Personnel Security Consultants' 2015 Training Schedule is now online, and most events are open for registration!  

Our hands-on, in person training will give your staff everything they need to operate a successful and compliant hiring program. If you need training that is not on the calendar, contact PSC to discuss private training.

12 Dec 2014

December 2014 Newsletter

Read more about our upcoming 10th anniversary, the 2015 training schedule and more!

27 Mar 2014

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Personnel Security Consultants takes protecting our children very seriously. Tribal organizations, agencies, schools and other businesses that work with children need to ensure their staff is properly trained to recognize the signs of child abuse and report them to the appropriate service providers. In order to reach the most people, PSC is offering half-price training for professionals wishing to train other mandated reporters in their organizations.

Training Attendees at Lac Du Flambeau Tribe Sponsored Training: February 10-12, 2014

Training Attendees at Lac Du Flambeau Tribe Sponsored Training: February 10-12, 2014

17 Feb 2014

Tuition Free Employee Background investigation and Adjudication Training

The Indian Police Academy is once again partnering with PSC to host the Employee Background Investigation and Adjudication Training for Tribal Law Enforcement Programs.  

The training program will focus on investigative requirements, adjudication principles, and law enforcement employee suitability criteria outlined in the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Protection Act (PL 101-630) and pertinent regulations. Attendees participate in each phase of the adjudication process from initial screen, through case ranking, developing a case summary, and making a final adjudication determination. There are several sessions planned for 2014 throughout the Nation to reach as many Law Enforcement Tribal Programs as possible. See PSC?s Training Schedule for upcoming sessions. 

Tuition is free for Tribal Law Enforcement Programs; the participant's agency is responsible for travel, lodging and meals. All Tribal Law Enforcement Program applicants must submit a U.S. Indian Police Academy Training Application via Fax (505) 563-3090 to register. For more registration information, contact Savannah Joe at savannah.joe@bia.gov or call (505)563-3419. Questions regarding the training can be sent to Michele Justice or you can call our office at (505) 214-9159.

16 Feb 2014

PSC Sponsorship at the Center for Social Sustainable Systems

PSC is sponsoring a student to participate in the Cultivando Nuestro Futuro Leadership Institute. The Center for Social Sustainable Systems has developed the Cultivando Nuestro Futuro Leadership Institute. This institute will take place during the Spring 2014 semester, and its main purpose is to empower our young adults and communities by providing participants with the necessary skills, strategies, and tools needed to prepare and execute an action plan aimed at addressing policy issues that affect our New Mexican communities.

29 Apr 2013

PSC Wins 2013 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award

Congratulations to Michele Justice and Personnel Security Consultants, Inc. on receiving the 2013 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award! 

PSC was chosen as one of 100 award winners, representing the best in American small business.

1 Jan 2013

"Our Children, Our Responsibility" 2013 Calendars on Sale NOW!!!

Thank you to all who helped to make our 

2013 Child Abuse Awareness Calendar Event a success! 

Congratulations to Lakesha Jacquez from Dzilth Na O Dith Hle Community Grant School in Bloomfield, NM!!! 

Her artwork was chosen as the cover art for our 2012 Calendar. 

Congratulations also to all of our 12 WINNERS!!! 

Thank you to all of our participants. We had 30 entries from students this last year. We look forward to seeing more beautiful artwork next year.

20 Jan 2011

Michele Justice in Navajo Times

Having the ability but not the authority to help tribes protect their children... Click to read the full article.

15 Feb 2009

PSC Featured in Albuquerque Business First

New Fingerprinting, Screening Services

Personnel Security Consultants, Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership with TRP Associates, LLC, an Approved FBI Channeler, who will enable us to receive both Livescan fingerprint transmissions and rolled ink cards.  

You as a PSC partner will have two options: 

1: Register with the Channeler  

You may register with TRP Associates, LLC and appoint PSC, Inc. as the authorized recipient to coordinate your hard card fingerprint submissions as you did once before. 

2: Purchase a Livescan and submit directly to the FBI  

If you still would like us to provide any technical assistance related to the criminal history results, then you can still appoint us as the authorized recipient and we can assist as needed.

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