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January 26, 2017

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor Models Added to NIJ Compliant List

The following body armor models were recently added to the list of armor models that comply with the National Institute of Justice Standard-0101.06 for Ballistic-Resistance of Body Armor. To view the entire list, go to https://www.justnet.org/other/ballistic_cpl.html.

Listed
Companies

Model
Designation

Threat
Level

Gender

Slate Solutions, LLC,
Custom Armor Group

CLCIIIA

IIIA

Neutral

Protective Products Enterprises,
Point Blank Body Armor,
PACA,
Paraclete

GAXIIF

II

Female

Verco Materials, LLC

MotilityMH

III

Neutral

Safariland, LLC,
American Body Armor,
Protech Tactical,
Second Chance,
Safariland Ballistics International

BA-3A00S-MR02F

IIIA

Female


How Do I Know If My Body Armor Fits? Justice Technology Information Center Has Information to Help You Decide

Female Body Armor ImageProper fit for ballistic armor plays an extremely important role in its performance, especially when it comes to female armor. This makes knowing where to find information on proper measurement and fit more important than ever. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC), through its PoliceArmor.org and JUSTNET websites, provides access to downloadable publications and videos on body armor and fit. These materials can provide all the details agencies need to know to ensure their officers are measured properly and the fit of the finished vests is assessed accurately. In addition, criminal justice professionals can sign up to receive free access, sponsored by NIJ, to all ASTM standards, including ASTM E3003, Standard Practice for Body Armor Wearer Measurement and Fitting of Armor. Check out these resources:

NLECTC Minutes: Female Body Armor, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXyaSTs6B6E

Emerging Issues for Improving the Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence: Three New Reports Available

The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) recently released three reports addressing emerging issues related to improving the law enforcement response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The documents were developed in conjunction with OVW's national technical assistance providers.

  • Body-Worn Cameras: A roundtable report on the deliberations from the International Association Chiefs of Police National Forum on Body-Worn Cameras and Violence Against Women.
  • Open Police Data Initiatives: The National Network to End Domestic Violence, in collaboration with the Police Foundation, published How Law Enforcement Agencies Releasing Open Data Can Protect Victim Safety and Privacy.
  • Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Policing: DOJ issued Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence to highlight the need for clear policies, robust training and responsive accountability systems.
OVW hopes that these documents and tools will be helpful for law enforcement and victim advocacy organizations across the country as they continue to work together to strengthen a coordinated community response, improve policies to respond to emerging issues and enhance services and support for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. To read more, go to https://www.justice.gov/ovw/blog/emerging-issues-improving-law-enforcement-response-domestic-and-sexual-violence-three-new.
 
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Columbia County Sheriff's Office Becomes First in the Nation to Use Church Safety App
WJBF, (01/19/2017), Barclay Bishop
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office and the Stevens Creek Church in Columbia County, Ga., are using the National Institute of Justice's Safeguarding Houses of Worship app, which helps congregations assess their security risks and plan accordingly. Todd Coleman, a reserve deputy with the sheriff's office, was key in the app's development. Church Pastor Eric Kennedy leads the church safety team, which is training other churches on a new app. Coleman said, "It allows you to start thinking about those things that you might have to deal with one day."
Link to Article

Muhlenberg Police Department Launch Digital Crime Fighting Tool
Muhlenberg Township, 01/19/2017
Muhlenberg Township, Penn., has a new website that provides the public direct access to crime- and public safety-related information. The website, www.muhlenbergtwppolice.com, was developed in partnership with CRIMEWATCH Pennsylvania and is part of the CRIMEWATCH Network. It allows for geographically targeted information sharing and intelligence gathering.
Link to Article

Valparaiso Police Launch Drone Program
NWI Times, (01/19/2017), John Scheibel
Police in Valparaiso, Ind., are using unmanned aerial systems to assist in investigations such as locating missing persons and taking crime scene photos. The department has two drones, both equipped with cameras, one with a thermal imaging device, and holds two certifications for their use from the Federal Aviation Administration. Three officers are FAA certified to use them, and three more officers are in training to become certified.
Link to Article

Wounded Idaho Sheriff's Deputies Recovering
The Spokesman-Review, (01/18/2017), Eli Francovich
Both Bonner County deputies wounded in a January 16 confrontation with a suspect on whom they were attempting to serve a battery warrant are recovering in a local hospital, one in serious condition, one in fair condition, according to a law enforcement spokesman. An ER nurse who lives near the scene of the shooting and who was nearby with her horses administered first aid and said it appeared that one of the deputies survived shots to the torso thanks to his ballistic-resistant vest.
Link to Article

Pennsylvania Officials Issue Warning on Dangers of Synthetic Opioid
Pain Medicine News, (01/19/2017)
Following two recent overdose deaths, Pennsylvania state officials are alerting the public about the potential dangers of the use of and exposure to the synthetic opioid carfentanil. Carfentanil is used as an animal tranquilizer, but can be mixed with heroin or used as a heroin substitute. Officials recommend that health professionals and first responders exercise extreme caution when treating individuals suspected of taking the drug to reduce the risk for accidental exposure.
Link to Article

Drones, Emergency Software, and New Pick-Up for Westfield Police Department
WWLP, (01/20/017), Amy Porter
A drone, communication and safety software, and a pickup truck are among items approved for the Westfield (Mass.) Police Department by the city council. The council accepted a $15,000 gift to the police department for the purchase of a drone, authorized a transfer of $32,000 from reserve to allow the purchase of COPSync 911 communication and safety software, and another inter-department transfer of $44,102 to allow the purchase of a pickup truck to handle code enforcement for commercial vehicles.
Link to Article

Bulletproof Vest Saves Waldoboro Officer's Life in Weekend Shooting
WABI TV 5, (01/24/2017). Alexander Downing
Waldoboro Officer John Lash was shot in the back when responding to a domestic disturbance call early Saturday morning, but was saved from serious injury by his ballistic-resistant vest. The officer, who was treated and released at a nearby hospital, returned fire and killed the suspect at the scene.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Proposal to Ban Drones Near SC Prisons and Jails Advances to Senate Floor
The State, (01/19/2017), Cynthia Roldán
A bill that would ban drones from flying near South Carolina's prison and jails advanced to the state Senate for consideration after receiving approval from a Senate committee. The proposal would make it a misdemeanor to fly a drone within 500 feet around or 250 above a state prison or jail without the consent of the facility's director.
Link to Article

DOC Requests Nearly $1 Billion for Two New Prisons
News 9, (01/24/2017), Justin Dougherty
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is asking state lawmakers to approve nearly $850 million to build two new prisons. The state's prison population is at 108 percent capacity, and it's expected to grow by about 40,000 inmates over the next 10 years.
Link to Article

Lawrence County Jail to Partner With Centerstone to Help Inmates
WBIW News, (01/11/2017)
The Lawrence County Jail in Indiana will participate in a state pilot project to connect offenders with services needed to be successful following release. The Recovery Works Jail ReEntry Program will feature skills development and treatment access. Officials hope to serve 24 men and eight women in the first six months of the program and an additional 24 men and eight women in the subsequent six months.
Link to Article

Jail Renovation to Eliminate Face-to-Face Visitation
GoUpstate.com, (01/17/2017), Daniel J. Gross
Due to a $250,000 renovation to improve security, inmates in the Spartanburg County jail in South Carolina will communicate with visitors via video monitors. Jail Director Maj. Allen Freeman said the intent of the renovation is to enhance safety and security. The facility has allowed walk-in visitors to see inmates through a window in a room off the lobby area. The new plan is to have a bank of video monitors in the lobby for visitors to communicate with inmates. Families can also log into the system from home. Inmates will use video stations in their respective pods.
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 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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