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February 2, 2017

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

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.

FY 2017 National Initiatives: Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative, application due date is March 7, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Law Enforcement National Initiatives: Improving Responses to Criminal Justice Issues 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.

Research on the Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly Individuals, 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.

Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) Supervision Program - Including Project HOPE FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement, application due date is March 20, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program Training and Technical Assistance Initiative, application due date is March 21, 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.

New Investigator / Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, application due date is March 27, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Visiting Fellows Program, application due date is March 27, 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.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement, application due date is April 4, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement, application due date is April 25, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement, application due date is April 25, 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

Visit JUSTNET to Download Police Vehicle Evaluation Model Year 2017 Report

The Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC) and the Michigan State Police (MSP) have released Police Vehicle Evaluation Model Year 2017, which publishes the results of an annual evaluation performed by MSP in partnership with JTIC and the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System.

In the mid-1970s, MSP, as part of its annual vehicle procurement process, developed a program under which manufacturers wishing to be considered for selection submit their vehicles, equipped to MSP performance specifications, for testing. MSP evaluates factors such as acceleration, top speed, braking and handling under simulated pursuit conditions. MSP also evaluates and rates the vehicles for factors such as ergonomics and ease of equipment installation. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), through the NLECTC System, began partnering with MSP in 1981.

You can go to https://justnet.org/compliant/Vehicle-Testing.html to download the newly released report, as well as access additional reports from older model years.


Register Now for Webinar on Applying for FY2017 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Solicitation

On Thursday, Feb. 9, from 2-3 p.m. EST, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center will host a webinar on the FY2017 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) solicitation and its application process. JMHCP supports innovative cross-system collaboration to improve responses to people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders who come into contact with the criminal justice system. This solicitation specifically seeks to increase early identification and front-end diversion of people with mental health and co-occurring substance use treatment needs. Register at https://csgjusticecenter.org/law-enforcement/announcements/register-for-webinar-assistance-for-law-enforcement-agencies-responding-to-the-justice-and-mental-health-collaboration-program-solicitation/.


Nomination Period Closes February 15 for Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery

The nomination period for the 2016 Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery closes on Feb. 15, 2017. The award honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who engage in exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty. For information, go to https://badgeofbravery.ncjrs.gov/.


Webinar on Benefits of Collaborative Policing

The Smart Policing Initiative will present a webinar on "The Benefits of Collaborative Policing" on Feb. 22, 2017, at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar will feature lessons learned from three Police-Community Collaboration workshops, key principles agencies can put into practice to move toward collaborative policing, successful examples of collaborative policing and the community's role as partners in creating safe communities. Participants will learn effective police strategies for engaging community members and forming comprehensive partnerships. For more information and to register, go to http://www.smartpolicinginitiative.com/tta/benefits-collaborative-policing.


2017 Specialized Analytic Seminar Series

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced the 2017 Specialized Analytic Seminar Series to provide peer-to-peer analytic collaboration. Participation in this program is targeted to state and major urban area fusion center personnel, as well as personnel from High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Investigative Support Centers, Regional Information Sharing Systems® and major city/county intelligence units. Each seminar addresses a specialized threat topic area and the associated patterns, trends, skills and resources necessary to effectively monitor and evaluate potential threats in the attendees' areas of responsibility. For more information and a list of sessions and locations, go to http://dhs.anl.gov/analyticseminar.


Report on Reducing the Number of People With Mental Illnesses in Jail

Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jail: Six Questions County Leaders Need to Ask, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is intended to assist counties with developing and implementing a systems-level, data-driven plan that can lead to measurable reductions in the number of people with mental illnesses in local jails. Despite challenges, many counties have made significant strides toward reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. Other counties are starting their efforts or may be unsure of efforts already underway. To assess communities' existing efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail, the report provides six questions county leaders should ask. To read the report, go to https://stepuptogether.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Reducing-the-Number-of-People-with-Mental-Illnesses-in-Jail_Six-Questions.pdf.
 
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

New Technology Coming to Canyon Police Department
KFDA, (01/26/2017), Nelly Ramirez
The Canyon (Texas) Police Department will use a $30,000 Justice Assistance Grant to enhance department technology. Plans include replacing in-car video cameras and updating current radar to laser radar systems.
Link to Article

Lodi Police Dispatchers Receive Communications Center Upgrades
Lodi News-Sentinel (01/26/2017), Christina Cornejo
The Lodi Police Department in California has updated communication center equipment. The department received $364,000 from the Office of Emergency Services, spending all but $15,000. The funding paid for six new workstations; a new CAD system for answering 911 calls, nonemergency and business line calls; and a new system of recording those calls. The department also financed the purchase of a new $569,000 radio system from its own budget.
Link to Article

Governor Announces Grant Funding for Dallas Law Enforcement
RGVProud, (01/26/2017)
Dallas has received a more than $1 million grant for the purchase of personal protective equipment such as ballistic helmets and bulletproof vests. The grant from the Homeland Security Grants Division within the Texas Office of the Governor comes in the aftermath of the deadly attack on Dallas peace officers last July, and is in addition to an earlier grant of $616,000 in November that was also used for equipment and protective gear.
Link to Article

Cambria Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Heroin Antidote Naloxone
The Tribune-Democrat, (01/27/2017), David Hurst
Law enforcement agencies in Cambria County, Penn., now have access to naloxone, which is used to reverse opioid overdoses. Previously, only state police and Cambria County's emergency medical responders carried the drug. Borough, city and township departments; several county agencies; and college campus-level forces have received naloxone to carry while on duty. Cambria County Drug Coalition Executive Director Ronna Yablonski outlined the coalition's plan for stemming drug abuse, which includes multi-agency efforts to increase drug prevention efforts, reduce the area's illegal drug supply and improve systems of care.
Link to Article

SRNL Shares Radiation Detection Technology With Law Enforcement
Aiken Standard, (01/3/12017)
The Savannah River National Laboratory recently hosted police departments and government agencies from five states to test vehicles outfitted with radiological and nuclear detection equipment. Richard Reichel, director of SRNL Global and Homeland Security Programs, said the test, the first in a series, validated the equipment. The lab developed the methodology for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office testing. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Florida Highway Patrol and police departments from Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Suffolk County, N. Y., participated. For the test, the SRNL team confirmed no hazards were present along the 1.5 mile demonstration route, and placed sealed radiation sources along the route. The participants drove SUVs equipped with the detection gear to determine the type and amount of materials used.
Link to Article

Sierra Vista Police Ready to Don Body Cameras Next Week
Sierra Vista Herald, (02/01/2017), Eric Petermann
Police in Sierra Vista, Ariz., are expected to begin using body-worn cameras on Feb. 8. The Sierra Vista City Council authorized the department to purchase 62 of the cameras and docking stations. Officers will wear the device on the front of their uniforms and at the end of their shifts, place the camera in a docking station, which downloads the video. Cameras are manually activated and the new department policy directs officers on when they are responsible to record.
Link to Article

Corrections News

All 3 Northeastern Pa. Prisons Will Remain Open
Times Leader, (01/26/2017), Bill O'Boyle
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections will close onlyone state prison, SCI Pittsburgh, and keep all three prisons in Northeastern Pennsylvania that were in danger of closing open. On Jan. 6, the department announced that two of the five state correctional institutions would close as of June 30. At a press conference on Jan. 26, members of the state legislature said testimony at a hearing on the economic impact of closing two facilities swayed the DOC and Gov. Tom Wolf to close only one.
Link to Article

Phones Confiscated From Prisons Will Be Sent to Soldiers
The Commercial, (01/30/2017)
Phones confiscated from correctional facilities of the Arkansas Department of Correction will be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Correctional officers confiscated 848 new and used cell phones from inmates in 2016, according to an ADC news release. It is the third year ADC has donated cell phones to the nonprofit organization, which provides the donated phones to soldiers needing them to call their families and friends.
Link to Article

Santa Clara Co.: Body Cams Approved for Deputies, Jail Officers
The Mercury News, (01/26/2017), Eric Kurhi
Santa Clara County officials have approved equipping deputy sheriffs on patrol and guarding the jails with body cameras. The cameras will be rolled out for use over the next year, with about 1,142 officers eventually receiving them. The county policy on use of the cameras includes that the deputies have their cameras on to record such activities as detentions, vehicle stops, pedestrian stops and probation and parole searches.
Link to Article

In Effort to Reduce Contraband, More Maine Jails Turn to Video Visitation
Maine Public, (01/09/2017), Susan Sharon
Maine is among states using video to replace or augment visits between inmates and their families. At least three jails in the state are using video visitation and at least three more plan to do so. Jail administrators say using the technology is an effective way to reduce contraband and reduce staffing costs. But some prisoners, their family members and advocates object to the loss of face-to-face visits and want them to continue.
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
  • International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA ) Training Conference and Expo, March 20-25, 2017, St. Louis, MO
  • 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
 
New Publications

Massively Parallel Sequencing: Application to Forensics,
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence,
https://rti.connectsolutions.com/mpsguidance/

Mobile Evidential Breath Alcohol Instruments: Landscape Study,
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence,
https://rti.connectsolutions.com/brac

Assessing the Influence of Home Visit Themes and Temporal Ordering on High-Risk Parolee Outcomes,
National Institute of Justice,
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/250380.pdf

Considerations and Recommendations for Implementing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program,
National Institute of Justice,
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/250283.pdf

Exploratory Research on the Impact of the Growing Oil Industry in North Dakota and Montana on Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking: A Final Summary Overview,
National Institute of Justice,
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/250378.pdf

The Translational Criminology Research Fellowship,
National Institute of Justice,
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/250379.pdf

Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence,
U.S. Department of Justice,
https://www.justice.gov/crt/file/799316/download

 
 
 
 

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