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January 12, 2017

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

Smart Policing Initiative FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is January 26, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Smart Prosecution Initiative FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is January 26, 2017 11:59 p.m.

The Smart Prosecution Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is January 26, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Funding for Research Assistantship Positions with NIJ, NIJ will provide funds to participating universities to pay salaries and costs associated with research assistants to work on NIJ research projects. Qualified doctoral students have until January 27, 2017 to work with their schools to apply.

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is February 2, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is February 7, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) Addressing Precipitous Increases in Crime FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is February 7, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is February 16, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents (CAP) Training, Technical Assistance and Outreach Program, application due date is February 16, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories, application due date is February 27, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, application due date is February 28, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Real-time Crime Forecasting Challenge, application due date is February 28, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is February 28, 2017 11:59 p.m.

National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is March 2, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program — Formula and Competitive, application due date for the formula and competitive is March 10, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research on Reducing Violence in Communities, application due date is March 15, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons, application due date is March 17, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program, application due date is March 20, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research and Evaluation on Domestic Radicalization to Violent Extremism, application due date is March 22, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Understanding the Impacts of Policing Strategies and Practices (Beyond Crime Reduction), application due date is March 23, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System, application due date is March 23, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research to Improve Officer Decision-making , application due date is March 23, 2017 11:59 p.m.

W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Race and Crime FY 2017, application due date is March 31, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research on Bias Crimes, application due date is April 3, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Give Us Your Tech Ideas
We are actively seeking ideas to help us identify technology needs and requirements as part of the National Institute of Justice's Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation process.

 
 
NLECTC Spotlight

App Helps Congregations Assess Their Risks and Plan Accordingly

In an interview with WHYY's NewsWorks Tonight, Julia Menzo of Lutheran Disaster Response in Eastern Pennsylvania discusses the National Institute of Justice's Safeguarding Houses of Worship App, which helps congregations assess their security risks and plan accordingly. Menzo was among safety and houses of worship panel participants who helped develop the app, which was coordinated through NIJ's Justice Technology Information Center. To listen to the interview, go to http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/homepage-feature/item/100255.


ILEETA Training Conference

The 2017 International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Training Conference and Expo will be held March 20-25, 2017 in St. Louis. The conference will offer more than 150 courses and more than two dozen instructor certifications/armorer courses. Topics include use of force, officer survival, defensive tactics, instructor development, specialized training and firearms. For information and to register, go to https://ileeta.org/2017-ileeta-conference-expo/.


January Is National Stalking Awareness Month

January is observed as National Stalking Awareness Month, and the National Center for Victims of Crime's Stalking Resource Center and the Office on Violence Against Women have partnered on a website at http://stalkingawarenessmonth.org/about with resources and general information. This year marks the 14th observance of National Stalking Awareness Month, which is dedicated to the memory of Peggy Klinke, a murdered stalking victim.


Forensic Technology Center of Excellence Releases Report on Breath Alcohol Instruments

The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) has posted Mobile Evidential Breath Alcohol Instruments: Landscape Study, which provides a "landscape" of select mobile evidential breath alcohol instruments and factors impacting their implementation and use. (A landscape study provides a comprehensive overview on technology adoption, market participants, and their products and product features to help practitioners make better-informed decisions when selecting products to purchase.)

Download the report from the FTCoE website at https://rti.connectsolutions.com/brac.


Register Now for the NIJ Forensic Science Conference

Registration has opened for the National Institute of Justice Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium, scheduled for Feb. 14, 2017 in New Orleans, La. Attendees at the event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. until 5:10 p.m. Eastern time, can learn about NIJ-funded research in a variety of forensic science areas. View the agenda at https://rti.connectsolutions.com/p6o0owtubr8 and register at https://forensiccoe.org/2017-NIJ-Forensic-Science-Research-and-Development-Symposium.


New Solicitation: Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System

The National Institute of Justice is seeking proposals for multidisciplinary research in the area of safety, health and wellness for the criminal justice community in support of the NIJ Safety, Health and Wellness Strategic Research Plan 2016-2021. Applicants should submit proposals that address one of three categories: 1) Causes and effects of stress and trauma on law enforcement and corrections officers or individuals in violent communities; 2) Impact of parental jail incarceration on children; and 3) the efficacy of services, strategies, policies and processes within the criminal or juvenile justice system that serve as responses to children exposed to violence. The deadline to submit applications is March 23, 2017. For more information, see https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2017-11481.pdf.


Nationwide Real-Time Overdose Surveillance System

On January 17, 2017, the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), with support from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, will launch its real-time overdose mapping smartphone application known as ODMap. ODMap will enable police, fire and emergency medical service personnel to report known or suspected overdose events, and there is no cost to use the application. ODMap sends geocoded event information to a secure server, where it is mapped and made available for view by all participating agencies. Within 15 seconds after an overdose event is reported on the application, the event is mapped. Users are able to sort events by date, time and location to identify overdose spikes. Through ODMap, public health and public safety agencies have teamed up to stem the increasing number of drug overdoses. For more information, public health and public safety agencies should contact Washington/Baltimore HIDTA Deputy Director Jeff Beeson at jbeeson@wb.hidta.org or call (301) 489-1700 to schedule a demonstration.


DNA Analyst Online Training Updated

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) has released the only DNA analyst online training with updates to conform to and include the latest FBI Quality Assurance Standards, new techniques and technologies. The program is used as the knowledge base for new analysts in the laboratory, and can also be offered as a supplement to university course work. NFSTC updated the nine training modules to reflect advancements seen in the field, such as rapid and touch DNA. Analysts or laboratory teams can enroll in the new training program through NFSTC's website at www.nfstc.org. Training costs are determined by the number of students enrolled.


Funding Webinar: Public Crime Labs

A webinar will be held on Jan. 12, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST on open National Institute of Justice funding opportunities for publicly funded laboratories in FY 17. The webinar will include discussion of three programs available for publicly funded forensic laboratories and introduce a new program:

  • Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories
  • Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program
  • The DNA Capacity and Backlog Reduction Program
  • NEW: Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program

Click here to register for the webinar and be notified when an archived recording is available.


 Online School Safety Training Academy

The School Safety Advocacy Council Training now has an Online School Safety Training Academy. School resource officers, school administrators, school-based security professionals, counselors and others will be able to enroll in school/campus-related safety courses online. The Online Basic School Resource Officer Certification Course is designed to provide the newer school-based law enforcement officer with insight and skills for functioning in the educational setting. For information, go to http://www.schoolsafetyacademy.com/HomeLogin.aspx.


2017 National Conference on Bullying

The School Safety Advocacy Council 2017 National Conference on Bullying is scheduled for March 1-3, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. For information and to register, go to http://www.schoolsafety911.org/event05.html.


Smart Policing Initiative Update

Visit http://www.smartpolicinginitiative.com/tta/web-update to read the January 2017 Smart Policing Initiative Update. This issue features Smart Policing Collaboration Principles, information on a BJA Smart Suite Fellows Academy, resources and other events.
 
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

South Portland Police Will Start Using Body Cameras
Portland Press Herald, (01/04/2017), Matt Byrne
The South Portland Police Department in Maine will soon equip its officers with body cameras. Officers will begin using the two dozen cameras sometime following a January 18 forum in which residents can learn about the program and ask questions. Police say the cameras will give officers an added vantage point during traffic stops, arrests or other interactions with the public to be used as evidence, or possibly to settle disputes about what occurred during the interaction.
Link to Article

FMPD to Spend $1M on Tasers, Body Cameras
NBC2, (01/05/2017), Levi Ismail
Fort Myers, Fla., is using about $1 million to replace obsolete body cameras and Tasers for police officers. The new cameras work in unison with the Tasers. Once a Taser is activated, it sends a signal to all body cameras in the area to turn on and capture the encounter. The $1 million costs over a five-year contract include purchase, training and storage of data.
Link to Article

South Dakota Forensic Lab Completes Testing of All Rape Kits
KOTA TV, (01/09/2017)
The South Dakota Forensic Lab has completed the testing of all rape kits from law enforcement agencies in the state. As part of the untested kit project in South Dakota, the lab collected more than 500 untested sexual assault kits from law enforcement agencies in the state, beginning in summer of 2013. Since then, the lab has completed analysis on 504 cases as part of this project. Those exams resulted in 254 additional DNA exams, which were completed in December 2016.
Link to Article

Law Enforcement Agencies Offer Safe Areas for Craigslist Transactions
WISTV, (01/03/2017), Mike DeSumma
The Newberry County Sheriff's Department in South Carolina offers safe places for people to meet to complete online Craigslist transactions. The department offers secure areas monitored by cameras. County Sheriff Lee Foster said if a person seems unwilling to complete a Craigslist transaction at a police station, that's a bad sign and you should probably back out of that transaction.
Link to Article

Orwigsburg Police Get New Gear for Protection
Republican Herald, (01/10/2017), Amy Marchiano
The police department in the Pennsylvania borough of Orwigsburg has new protective equipment paid for by donors in the community. The department received ballistic helmets, entry shields and battering rams in December. The gear was ordered in late August through the COSTARS program, a state contracting program. The borough has four full-time and six part-time police officers.
Link to Article

Corrections News

New Tennessee State Law Means Mandatory Minimum Sentences
NewsChannel9, (01/03/2017), Alana LaFlore
A new Tennessee state law that took effect with the New Year means mandatory minimum jail and prison time for people who commit certain crimes. The law, which is part of the Public Safety Act of 2016, applies to people who are convicted of their third felony burglary or drug charge. The law sets the mandatory minimum period of time served to at least 85 percent.
Link to Article

Wilson Foundation Announces Additional $1 Million in Prison Reentry Initiative Grants
BRProud, (01/05/2017), Paige Vaughn
The Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation has awarded $1 million in Prison Reentry Initiative grants to various organizations to ease inmate reentry in the Greater Baton Rouge area and reduce recidivism. This is the second year the foundation has invested in the initiative, which is designed to create a dramatic reduction in the percentage of formerly incarcerated people who return to prison. The foundation noted that more than 1,000 people were helped through the first nine months of 2016 with foundation funds.
Link to Article

Pennsylvania to Close Two Prisons as Budget Shortfall Looms
Reuters, (01/06/2017), David DeKok
Pennsylvania will close two state prisons by June 30 to help offset a projected $600 million revenue shortfall in this year's budget, state officials said. Corrections officials said the affected employees, who will number between 800 and 1,100, depending on which prisons are picked, will be offered jobs at one of the 24 remaining prisons in the system. The department will also cut in half the capacity of its halfway houses.
Link to Article

New Hampton Jail Program Aims to Prepare Inmates for Release, Ensure They Don't Come Back
Daily Press, (01/08/2017), Peter Dujardin
The Hampton City Jail in Virginia is among correctional facilities using a program to teach inmates how to be better fathers in preparation for release. The "InsideOut Dad" classes, which began the Hampton jail in June 2016, are part of an effort at the Hampton Sheriff's Office to help inmates prepare for their release. The Hampton City Jail's annex soon will focus exclusively on preparing selected nonviolent inmates for life after jail. Eventually, all 110 inmates now at the annex will participate in the new "Ready, Set, Go" program that was launched in December 2016, and which brings a host of programs, such as counselling, training and education, under one umbrella.
Link to Article

 
Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:
www.justnet.org/calendar/calendar.html

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • American Probation and Parole Association: Winter Training Institute,
    Reno, NV, January 8-11, 2017
  • American Correctional Association Conference, San Antonio, TX,
    January 20-25, 2017
  • 2017 National Conference on Bullying, March 1-3, 2017, Orlando, FL
  • 11th Annual National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 19-21, 2017
 
 
 
 
 

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