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January 19, 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.

Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is March 7, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Wrongful Conviction Review Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is March 7, 2017 11:59 p.m.

National Anti-Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement Task Forces Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is March 9, 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.

DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula), application due date is March 13, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program , application due date is March 13, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Smart Reentry: Focus on Evidence-based Strategies for Successful Reentry from Incarceration to Community FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is March 14, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is March 14, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research and Evaluation on Victims of Crime, application due date is March 14, 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 Violence Against Women: Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence, 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.

Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY 2017, application due date is March 23, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Investigator-Initiated Research and Evaluation on Firearms Violence, application due date is March 24, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, application due date is March 24, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program: (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2017 Competitive Grant, application due date is March 28, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research, Development, and Evaluation of Technologies to Improve School Safety, application due date is March 30, 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

Report Outlines Issues Raised by Law Enforcement Executives

A report by the International Association of Chiefs of Police outlines issues raised by law enforcement executives during a series of critical issues forums held in eight cities in the U.S. The purpose of the sessions, held in August and September 2016, was to meet with police executives to gain a better understanding of the distinctive challenges they are facing in their communities and agencies, and to discuss and examine the challenges currently confronting the law enforcement profession as a whole. To read the report, go to http://www.theiacp.org/Portals/0/documents/pdfs/173953_IACP_LeadershipTourReport_P5-PDF%20ONLY.pdf.


New Solicitation: Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

The National Institute of Justice is soliciting applications for Comprehensive School Safety Initiative funding in five categories. The first three categories are focused on developing knowledge about what works to make schools safe using a tiered evidence approach. The solicitation will also include funding categories to support research on causes and consequences of school safety issues as well as assessments of school safety issues in tribal communities. The deadline for applications is March 24, 2017. To download the solicitation, go to https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2017-11147.pdf.


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Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Police Foundation Buys "Game Changing" Tactical Equipment for Green Bay Officers
WBAY, (01/11/2017), Sarah Thomsen
The Green Bay Police Foundation has funded 100 sets of tactical vests and ballistic helmets for police officers in Green Bay, Wis. The foundation was created last summer to fund equipment and training the department otherwise can't afford. The foundation can receive donations from the community.
Link to Article

NJ Law Enforcement Officials Ask for Better Information Sharing Among Agencies
New Jersey 101.5, (01/13/2017), Joe Cutter
A New Jersey state Senate committee has approved legislation to improve the flow of critical crime and terror information among New Jersey law enforcement agencies. The bill approved by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee would establish the New Jersey Criminal Justice Information Sharing Environment Coordinating Council to oversee the free flow of intelligence among State Police, local police departments, Homeland Security and others.
Link to Article

NIST to Launch Ongoing Face Recognition Vendor Test
BiometricUpdate, (01/13/2017), Rawlson King
The National Institute of Standards and Technology will launch a new, ongoing "Face Recognition Vendor Test," beginning in February 2017. The test will seek to evaluate the face recognition performance on cooperative images, as collected in civil and criminal identity management applications. The test will additionally evaluate accuracy on more difficult images, including in-the-wild and photojournalism images and non-cooperative surveillance stills.
Link to Article

$80,000 Grant Will Help Forensics Department
Times Daily, (01/13/2017), Russ Corey
The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences will use an $80,000 federal grant to obtain equipment vital to completing criminal investigations. The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will allow the department to purchase pathology supplies to help with performing autopsies and chemistry supplies to help with analyzing controlled substances.
Link to Article

Albany State University Forensic Science Research Receives $600,000 NIJ Grant
Albany Herald, (01/14/2017)
Albany State University in Georgia will use a $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to explore human microbiome, or genes of microorganisms in and on the body, as trace evidence for forensic identification. Research into microbiome, including human skin, may help link human-touched objects to the identity of victims or suspects.
Link to Article

Lawmaker Pushing Tweak to Drones Law
The Bismarck Tribune, (01/16/2017), Nick Smith
A North Dakota state senator has introduced legislation to eliminate the possibility that law enforcement in the state could use nonlethal weapons on a drone. The bill would amend legislation passed in 2015 that left open that possibility. A hearing date on the proposal has not been scheduled.
Link to Article

Hampton P.D. Receives Body Cams
Hampton County Guardian, (01/16/2017), Matt Popovich
The Hampton Police Department in South Carolina used a state grant to purchase 11 body cameras for officers. The grant from the South Carolina Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Safety and Justice Commission allowed the purchase of the cameras and accompanying electronic technology devices, which turn on an officer's body camera whenever a patrol vehicle's emergency lights are activated.
Link to Article

Cohasset Police Introduce Citizen Police Academy
WickedLocal Cohasset, (01/17/2017), Amanda C. Thompson
Police in Cohasset, Mass., plan to hold a Citizen Police Academy in January to provide 20 participants a chance experience what it is like to be a police officer. Academy students will learn about the department's hiring process and organization, community policing, the parameters within which police must operate and computer forensics.
Link to Article

New Jersey Buys Police Body Cameras
njtoday, (01/18/2017)
Thirty-seven law enforcement agencies across New Jersey will share $566,000 in grants to buy 1,132 police body-worn cameras. The grants are being provided using funds from the U.S. Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. Agencies can use up to $500 in grant funds for each camera or camera package, including camera and related equipment. Police departments in 15 of New Jersey's 21 counties received awards.
Link to Article

Courts News

Maine to Convert to Electronic-Based Court Records
Seacoastonline, (01/10/2017), Brian Early
Maine intends to convert its paper-based court system to an electronic one. In December, the Maine Judicial Branch announced a 10-year, $15 million contract with Tyler Technologies to computerize Maine District, Superior and Supreme Judicial courts. Initial implementation in two counties is to be completed by 2019, with state-wide implementation by 2021. The court will use software that has been used in 11 other states and by 600 county courts nationwide.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Drones Soon Could Be Banned From Flying Near SC Prisons, Jails
The State, (01/12/2017), Cassie Cope
A South Carolina state Senate subcommittee has approved a proposal to ban drones from flying within 500 feet of prisons and jails in the state. The proposal would make it a misdemeanor to fly a drone within 500 feet around or 250 feet above a prison or jail without written consent from the state prisons director. The bill now goes to the full Senate Corrections and Penology Committee for consideration.
Link to Article

Fewer Inmates Now Walk Away From Halfway Houses, Corrections Chief Says
Alaska Dispatch News, (01/17/2017), Devin Kelly
Changes in security, screening policies and counseling have contributed to a drop in the number of walkaways from Alaska's halfway houses, according to Dean Williams, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Corrections. Williams said two or three dozen people had been leaving each month and not returning. Between July and December 2016, the number of walkaways in Anchorage halfway houses dropped to 39, compared to 117 in the first six months of the year.
Link to Article

 
Upcoming Events

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  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • 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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