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February 9, 2017

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

Learn About "Identifying Technology Needs and Innovations to Advance Corrections" in the Latest Issue of the NIJ Journal

Technology has the potential to help corrections agencies address today's challenges, including increased probation caseloads, an aging incarcerated population, and a larger proportion of both female inmates and those who are struggling with a mental illness. In NIJ Journal No. 278, posted in January 2017, an article by NIJ Corrections Program Manager Jack Harne discusses the role that technology can play in helping to address these issues. Read it at https://www.justnet.org/corrections-technology/Corrections-tech-overview.html.


Input Requested for 2017 National Campus Safety Seminar and Tabletop Exercise

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Academic Engagement and the Federal Emergency Management Agency welcome input on topics/exercise scenarios on higher education and emergency management emerging issues and trends in campus resilience to help inform the 2017 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for institutions of higher education. The NTTX, to take place in fall 2017, engages college and university representatives in workshop sessions and a tabletop exercise designed to help prepare participants to respond to a campus emergency. The event's goals are to enhance knowledge of emergency operations planning, allow participants to improve their own performance and identify opportunities to improve event response.

For more information, contact academicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov. Please submit input by Feb. 24, 2017, and use the subject line 2017 National Event Topic Nomination.


Report Released on Combatting Violent Crime

The Police Foundation and the Major Cities Chiefs Association announce the release of Reducing Violent Crime in American Cities: An Opportunity to Lead, which provides more than 25 recommendations on strengthening federal-local partnerships and supporting local efforts to reduce violent crime. Aimed at the new Administration and Congress, the recommendations address prioritization of violent crime, hold federal partners accountable for local impacts and enable partnerships to create solutions. You can download the report from https://www.policefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/PF-MCCA_Reducing-Violent-Crime-in-American-Cities_FullReport_RGB.pdf or view an executive brief at https://www.policefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/PF-MCCA_Reducing-Violent-Crime-in-American-Cities_Executive-Brief_RGB.pdf.


Latest Issue of JUSTINFO Released

Visit https://www.ncjrs.gov/justinfo/feb0117.html?ed2f26df2d9c416fbddddd2330a778c6=erhebutbnm-ewharumh to read the latest issue of JUSTINFO, the online newsletter of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service and the Office of Justice Program partner agencies that sponsor it. The current issue features information on February's designation as Teen Dating Violence Awareness month and the upcoming closing of the nomination period for the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery.


Newsletter Highlights Smart Policing Initiative Activities

You can go to http://myemail.constantcontact.com/SPI-Monthly-Update.html?soid=1124134794040&aid=k99iR4vPsQo to read the February 2017 issue of Smart Policing Initiative Update, the online newsletter of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Smart Policing Initiative. Learn about an upcoming webinar on the benefits of collaborative policing, new social media strategies and more.


Read the Latest Issue of AJAlert

Visit http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1110407555808&ca=1991d8ed-9665-4ad9-b360-79acfa8bf04a to read the latest issue of AJAlert, which includes information on how to register for the American Jail Association 36th Annual Conference & Jail Expo in Orlando, Fla., April 9-12, 2017. You can also read about upcoming events and check out the latest headlines in jail- and corrections-related news.
 
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Using Cell Phones to Fight Crime
Chicago Tribune, (02/02/2017), Hannah Leone for the Aurora Beacon-News
The Aurora (Ill.) Police Department has launched a campaign titled "Click, then Call," with the intent of encouraging residents to use their cell phones to take photos and video of suspicious activity, then share them with the department. In a news release, the Aurora PD referred to cell phones as "portable surveillance tools" that have helped them solve crimes in the past. If more citizens do so in the future, the hope is it may result in more solved crimes, according to the release.
Link to Article

Bethlehem Launches 'Take Me Home' Program to Protect Those Who Wander
Allentown Morning Call, (02/03/2017), Nicole Radzievich
Bethlehem, Penn., has implemented Take Me Home, a free program in which family members can register a person in need of special assistance, such as someone with cognitive or developmental disabilities. If a registered person wanders away from home, police can access a database that provides them with a photograph and vital information, such as contact information. Link to Article

New FBI Wanted App: Making It Easier to Find Fugitives and Missing Persons
FBI.gov, (02/06/2017)
The just-released FBI Wanted mobile app allows the public to view, search, sort, filter and bookmark the full range of information issued by the FBI, including pictures and descriptions of wanted fugitives, missing persons, crime suspects, deceased victims and others the Bureau is seeking to locate or identify. The free app works on Apple and Android devices, including smartphones, iPads and iPods. The FBI hopes that the public will use the information in the app to help solve cases and return missing persons to their homes.
Link to Article

Des Moines Police Using Body Cameras. Will You Be Able to See the Video?
Des Moines Register, (02/07/2017), Kathy A. Bolten and MacKenzie Elmer
Using money from private donations, drug forfeitures and city funds, the city of Des Moines, Iowa, will spend $1.6 million to outfit some 300 officers with body cameras by the end of March. The police department has selected a model that "talks" to the in-car video camera through Wi-Fi, includes one minute of silent "prerecording" capability and can track officers' movements via GPS.
Link to Article

Not Without 'Hiccups,' Rice County Law Enforcement Adapts to New Computer System
Faribault Daily News, (02/08/2017), Gunnar Olson
Two months after the launch of a new computer system, the three law enforcement agencies in Minnesota's Rice County see both pros and cons in the new system, which involves three major components: computer-aided dispatch (CAD), field-based reporting and records management. Its new GPS system is a plus, but there also has been a learning curve in many aspects of using the system.
Link to Article

Corrections News

SC Prisons Agency Seeks to Reduce Contraband With Netting
CorrectionsOne.com, (02/01/2017), Seanna Adcox for the Associated Press
The South Carolina State Fiscal Accountability Authority has approved $113,400 in funding for the design phase of a project designed to reduce the amount of contraband reaching the state's correctional facilities. The state corrections agency wants to install 50-foot-high poles, mesh designed to withstand up to 160 pounds of force and rope borders with a breaking strength of 5,500 pounds, rising nearly 40 feet higher than existing fencing. There were 28 incidents of contraband thrown over fences into correctional facilities in December 2016 alone.
Link to Article

New Twist on File-in-Cake Scheme: Drones Flying Over Prison Walls
Charlotte Observer, (02/08/2017), Ames Alexander
As drones become less expensive, they more often become the avenue of choice for individuals intent on smuggling contraband into correctional facilities. In South Carolina, legislation that recently passed the state Senate 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 state has also built watchtowers to assist in the search for drones, and other states are taking countermeasures as well.
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
 
 
 
 
 

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