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Butane Hash Oil: Public Safety and Officer Awareness
The popularity of butane hash oil (BHO), also known as "honey oil," "dabs," "shatter," or "wax," has increased over the last several years. The production process typically involves filling a tube with marijuana and using butane to extract and concentrate tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), leaving a sticky yellow residue, known as BHO. This manufacturing process can lead to fires and explosions, some of which have been reported in the news as occurring
on college campuses. With individual states legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana, there is an increased potential that BHO labs will become more prevalent.


Jeff Allison, Special Adviser for Campus Public Safety, Law Enforcement Engagement Unit, Office of Partner Engagement, FBI, advises that, "given the potential for catastrophic consequences, campus public safety agencies need to be aware of the dangers associated with the production, or attempted production of BHO in student housing, both on and off campus." Sgt. Pat Long from Thornton Police Department partnered with the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) to develop Hash Oil Extraction Explosions Awareness Training for first responders that discusses the manufacturing process, explosion hazards for first responders and tips associated with investigating these incidents. Campus public safety personnel and officers can also find information on how they can protect themselves and what they can do when responding to a BHO lab that has already ignited in the article, Butane Hash Oil (BHO): An explosive threat to officers by Keith Graves recently published in
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White House Releases Updated Title IX Guidance Documents 


Recently, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released four new, updated Title IX documents via the Not Alone website:

  • A sexual misconduct policy checklist, which "provides both a suggested process for developing a policy, as well as the key elements a school should consider in drafting one."
  • Role of a Title IX coordinator, which includes information from the Task Force on when a student should contact the Title IX coordinator, the name and contact information of each person on the Title IX coordinator's compliance team, and functions and responsibilties of the Title IX coordinator.
  • The interim and supportive measures for victims document provides sample language for schools that can be used to develop policies for these specific areas.
  • The definitions of prohibited conduct document provides language to "help schools ensure that students have a clear understanding of what constitutes sexual misconduct, when such conduct creates a hostile environment, the potential consequences for such conduct, and how the school processes complaints."
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about these new documents.
Professional Development Opportunities


Title: Train the Trainer: Public Safety De-escalation Training for Military Veterans in Crisis

Host: Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute 

Dates: October 21-22, 2014

Location: Seattle, WA

Title: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference & Exposition

Host: IACP 

Dates: October 25-28, 2014

Location: Orlando, FL

Fee: Registration Fee

Information and Registration  


The Department of Homeland Security will hold the next Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) meeting on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public and will take place at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Floor B, Room B1.5-10, Washington, D.C.  

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.