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February 16, 2017

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

Bureau of Justice Assistance Produces Guidance on Developing License Plate Reader Policies

Visit https://it.ojp.gov/GIST/1197/License-Plate-Reader-Policy-Development-Template-for-Use-in-Intelligence-and-Investigative-Activities to download License Plate Reader Policy Development Template, a new publication produced by the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council for the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Developed by state, local and federal law enforcement practitioners and subject-matter experts with LPR expertise, the template includes baseline provisions on LPR information collection, information quality, access and disclosure, redress, security, retention and destruction, accountability and enforcement, and training. It also includes sample policy language, a glossary, legal citations and a draft model policy.


Court Safety and Security Conference

A Court Safety and Security Conference will be held March 7-9, 2017 in Appleton, Wis. Organized by the National Criminal Justice Training Center, the event will cover effective strategies and best practices to enhance courthouse security and prevent violence. Gather tools and resources from current security experts for court security planning committees, victim/witness safety considerations, community and media collaboration, and security recommendations. For information, go to https://ncjtc.fvtc.edu/training/details/TR00000089/TRI0000243/courthouse-security.


Webinar on Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System Solicitation

A webinar will be held Feb. 21, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. ET on a project to promote multidisciplinary research in the area of safety, health and wellness for the criminal justice community. The webinar will discuss the goals and objectives of this National Institute of Justice solicitation. Presenters will address solicitation content, eligibility, application submission and peer review, and webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Funding categories include:

  • Causes and effects of stress and trauma.
  • Impact of parental jail incarceration on children.
  • Children exposed to violence.

Applications are due March 23, 2017. Review the solicitation at https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2017-11481.pdf. Register to attend the webinar or get a notice when the recording is available at https://www.nij.gov/funding/pages/funding-webinar-series.aspx.  


CICC Five in 5

The Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council's Five in 5 is a snapshot of law enforcement and criminal intelligence-related articles, resources and research. Recent issue topics include technological advancements in biometrics and how the technology may be used by law enforcement, and legislation regarding warrants for email searches. For information about CICC, go to https://it.ojp.gov/global/working-groups/cicc. To subscribe to the newsletter, go to https://confirmsubscription.com/h/t/240A298327414519.

 
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Duke Students Invent Robot Cop for Traffic Stops
PoliceOne.com, (02/09/2017)
Two Duke University students have designed a robot that they hope will give police officers a safer way to conduct traffic stops. Called the "Sentinel," the robot would deploy from a patrol car and drive itself to the window of a stopped car, enabling officer and driver to interact through a monitor. The robot would record data and transfer it to the officer's laptop.
Link to Article

CPD Launches Second High-Tech Hub to Fight Violent Crime
CBS Chicago, (02/08/2017)
The Chicago Police Department has a second Strategic Decision Support Center, which allows officers to track crime in real time and predict where violent crime might occur. The new center in the Harrison Police District, which had more than 90 homicides in 2016, includes gunshot detection technology and will allow officers to monitor gunshot sensors, surveillance cameras, the location of police units and calls for service. Plans call for adding technology designed to help police predict where crime will occur through analysis of arrests, 911 calls, gang activity and other data.
Link to Article

Suffolk Police Invest in New Technology to Help Keep Officers Safe
WSHU, (02/08/2017), Jessica Opatich
Three new robots for inspecting suspicious packages are among items recently purchased by the Suffolk County Police Department on New York's Long Island. The robots are described as sleek, small and easy to deploy. The department also received three rapid deployment bomb vehicles and 15 new night vision goggles using funds from state and federal grants.
Link to Article

State Grants Keep Delaware Police Departments Up-to-Date
Delaware State News, (02/09/2017), Craig Anderson
Law enforcement agencies in Delaware used $330,479 in FY 2016 state grants to add equipment, training and patrol hours. For example, Camden police purchased two workstation computers and eight riot helmets. Dover police used the funds for its cadet program, technology upgrades in police cruisers, its planning and training unit, and to aid vice and organized crime investigations. The Clayton PD fitted a new patrol vehicle with emergency lighting, siren and prisoner partition.
Link to Article

Michigan Schools Awarded $2 Million in Safety, Security Grants
Mlive.com, (02/13/2017), Brad Devereaux
Fifty-two Michigan schools will receive part of nearly $2 million in state grants to improve safety and security through the purchase of equipment and technology, according to the Michigan State Police. For example, one school system plans to expand the use of proximity access cards at school buildings and expand the use of camera monitoring in district buildings.
Link to Article

Allentown Offers Security Camera Funding to Help Deter Crime
The Morning Call, (02/10/2017), Pamela Lehman
Officials in Allentown, Pa., are offering matching grants of up to $3,000 for city businesses to install compatible video surveillance systems to help deter and solve crime. A total of $30,000 in city funds will be offered as matching grants to businesses that upgrade or replace surveillance cameras compatible with the city's current network of cameras. The Security Camera Assistance Network (SCAN) program awards applicants up to 50 percent of the total cost of the surveillance equipment and installation, with a maximum cap of $3,000 for an individual business. Officials said the money will cover 15 to 20 surveillance cameras.
Link to Article

Corrections News

California Corrections CIO Says Everyone Inside Prison Walls Should Get a Tablet
StateScoop, (02/05/2017), Jason Shueh
Projects are underway in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to expand controlled digital connectivity in the prison system, give staff and inmates digital devices and replace outdated systems with interoperable tools that can provide new data for analysis. Russ Nichols, CIO of the department, notes that technology can provide inmates education and a way to connect with family, and help staff do their jobs better. In some facilities, inmates are receiving mobile devices with limited connectivity and app access. Nichols said his staff have equipped all clinical areas of their prisons with Internet access and have given parole officers digital devices to report rehabilitation work.
Link to Article

UMMS Partnering With New England States to Improve Addiction Treatment in Prisons
UMass Medical School Communications, (02/06/2017)
The University of Massachusetts Medical School is partnering with some corrections departments to improve treatment of substance use disorder among inmates. The collaboration between the medical school and departments of corrections in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and the sheriffs in Middlesex and Barnstable counties in Massachusetts, will address substance use by assessing current screening and treatment practices for opioid addiction, making recommendations for improvements and implementing proven practices to create a model.
Link to Article

Maryland Court of Appeals: Defendants Can't Be Held in Jail Because They Can't Afford Bail
The Baltimore Sun, (02/08/2017), Michael Dresser
The Maryland Court of Appeals recently adopted a landmark rule aimed at ending the practice of holding criminal defendants in jail before trial when they cannot afford bail. The ruling does not abolish money bail, but instructs judges and court commissioners to look first to other ways to ensure a defendant appears for trial. The new rule will take effect July 1, 2017.
Link to Article

 
Upcoming Events

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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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