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Administrative Inspections Conducted As Criminal Raids Are Unconstitutional

Brian Berry was a barber who had owned and operated Strictly Skillz barber shop since 2007, when he purchased the business from another individual.  Edwyn Durant, Reginald Trammon, and Jermario Anderson were barbers who rented barbering chairs at Strictly Skillz for a weekly rental fee.  During the relevant time frame, all four individuals possessed a valid Florida barber’s license.  Under Florida state law, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) is authorized to conduct inspections of barbershops to ensure compliance with state licensing and sanitation standards once every two years.  However, DBPR lacks law enforcement authority, and must rely on law enforcement officers to address any violations of state laws which it discovers. 

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Policing the Cyber World: Three FBI Agents' Perspectives on Digital Crime

Cybercrime has been a security threat since the early days of Silicon Valley. This new criminal frontier required law enforcement to adapt with new tools and techniques. Today the FBI’s Cyber Division administers a national program to combat digital threats, but in the early years small, underfunded task forces led the way. The National Law Enforcement Museum’s growing oral history collection includes some unique first-hand perspectives on the development of cyber policing. Follow the development of the FBI’s fight against cybercrime through the experiences of three FBI agents.

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DHS Announces New Partners in Effort to Combat Human Trafficking

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community.

This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced two new partnerships between the DHS Blue Campaign, the unified voice for DHS’ efforts to combat human trafficking.

The DHS Blue Campaign has new partnerships with the City of Phoenix and the Arizona Human Trafficking Council of the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families.

Through the partnerships, the City of Phoenix and the Arizona Human Trafficking Council will make the Blue Campaign’s training and awareness materials throughout Arizona ahead of Super Bowl XLIX in February 2015.

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