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March 23, 2017

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

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.

FY 2017 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR), application due date is April 28, 2017 11:59 p.m.

NIJ Evaluation of OVC’s Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm Program, application due date is May 15, 2017 11:59 p.m.

FY2017 BJA National Initiatives – Adjudications: Training and Technical Assistance to Support the Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment, application due date is May 16, 2017 11:59 p.m.

PREA Program: Strategic Support for PREA Implementation in Local Confinement Facilities Nationwide FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement, application due date is May 25, 2017 11:59 p.m.

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NLECTC Spotlight

NIJ National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium Video, Transcript Available

Visit to access video and transcripts for the National Institute of Justice's first National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium, held in September 2016. In the video, symposium organizers and attendees describe the groundbreaking event and its significance in improving and advancing sexual assault response across jurisdictions in the United States.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week Starts April 2

The Office for Victims of Crime offers resources related National Crime Victims' Rights Week, set for April 2-8, 2017. Visit for fact sheets on this year's theme, "Strength - Resilience – Justice." This theme reflects a vision of the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.

National Institute of Corrections Offers Training Events

Registration for four National Institute of Corrections training events closes in April 2017:

  • Managing Restrictive Housing Populations, May 22-26. This 40-hour training program focuses on the management of inmates in Restrictive Housing within the control and jurisdiction of departments of corrections throughout the country. Visit; deadline is April 1.
  • Mental Health First Aid, May 23-24. This 8-hour, one-day course teaches individuals how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Visit; deadline is April 3.
  • Planning and Implementing Effective Mental Health Services in Jails, June 13-15. Visit; deadline is April 7.
  • Executive Training for New Wardens, June 26-29. This 36-hour program helps participants enhance their skills in areas essential to effective leadership and administration of a correctional institution. Some of the topics to be discussed include institutional culture, central office relationships, budget management strategies, decision making and media relations. Visit; deadline is April 10.

Latest Issue of JUSTINFO Released

Visit to read the latest issue of JUSTINFO, the online newsletter of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Read about new publications, funding opportunities, upcoming events, webinars, online resources and announcements from the Office of Justice Programs' agencies that partner to support NCJRS.

New Issue of AJAlert Available

Go to to read the new issue of AJALert, the online newsletter of the American Jail Association. You can learn about upcoming events, visit resources and read the latest relevant news articles.

VALOR for Blue Adds New Online Learning Module

Registered users can visit the VALOR for Blue website to access a new online training that overviews research conducted by the FBI Behavioral Science Unit to evaluate the officer, the offender and the circumstances that brought them together in deadly force encounters. The training examines case studies of officers who faced a drawn gun and a suspect's account of his decisions after killing an officer and identifies the moral, mental and physical preparations necessary for officers to survive violent encounters. Each new VALOR for BlueLearning module includes printable handouts, a promotional poster and ready-to-use resources.

To register for an account, go to

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Man Suspected of Shooting Hesperia Deputy May be Connected to Separate Homicide
Daily Bulletin, (03/16/2017), Beatriz Valenzuela
A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy survived a shooting following an armed robbery in the early morning hours of March 16. The deputy was treated for minor injuries and released the same morning. Authorities were investigating an armed robbery that took place about 12:30 a.m.
Link to Article

Duval County Creates Safety Hotline to Report School Threats
News4JAX, (03/16/2017), Francesca Amiker                
Duval County School Police will manage a new hotline, 904-348-SAFE (7233), and email address,, that students, faculty and parents can use to report threats or incidents of school violence. In addition to the anonymous tip reporting service, the school district is also instituting random searches and planning several educational programs.
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More Details Emerge in Shooting of 2 Detroit Officers
(03/16/2017), Associated Press
Two Detroit Police Department officers will recover from injuries sustained when a suspect in a narcotics investigation shot both of them during the night of March 15. One of the officers' body armor stopped two bullets to the chest area; he was shot in the ankle. The other took a hit in the neck but will survive, according to a police statement.
Link to Article

'Drunk Goggles' to Help Laurie Police Educate Public About Dangers of Drunk Driving
Lake News Online, (03/18/2017)
The police department in Laurie, Mo., recently received approximately $3,500 in safety equipment thanks to a state grant, one of only three awarded by the Missouri Department of Transportation. The agency received a hand-held radar gun, six pairs of "drunk goggles" and portable breathalyzers. Police will use the goggles for public education at schools and at community events.
Link to Article

Inman Police Honored for Driver Safety Program, (03/20/2017), Daniel J. Gross
The Inman (S.C.) Police Department recently received an award from the Safety Council of South Carolina's Alive at 25 program. The department has taken the 4.5 hour Alive at 25 curriculum and enhanced it by adding a component wherein high school students drive a golf cart through a parking lot course, first while texting and then while wearing "drunk goggles." The Safety Council honored the department for its innovation, which it hopes to expand to schools outside its jurisdiction.
Link to Article

Madison Township Police Handle 5 Opiate Overdoses Over 3 Days as New Database Helps Track Addicts
The News-Herald, (03/21/2017), Jonathan Tressler
The Lake County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office and its Heroin Task Force have created a county-wide database that will track whether an individual who asks police for help in combatting a drug addiction actually follows through. The need to track status is a result of Ohio HB110, which allows individuals who are in violation of the state's narcotics statutes to request help in lieu of jail time. The legislation came about as police departments in Ohio, as in many others states, deal with an ever-increasing numbers of calls for opioid overdoses.
Link to Article

Corrections News

How Community Paramedics Improve Care, Reduce Costs in Correctional Facilities
CorrectionsOne, (03/14/2017), Doug Wylie
In Scott County, Minn., a new program uses the skills of community paramedics to improve and expand health care provided to persons incarcerated in the local jail while also cutting health care costs. A community paramedic receives supplementary training in providing an expanded scope of care, such as extended assessments and exams, under the supervision of a licensed physician.
Link to Article

Florida Senators Call Staffing Shortages in State Prisons a Crisis
WGCU, (03/16/2017), Sarah Mueller
Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones has asked the state legislature for additional funding to help the state recruit and retain corrections officers. She characterized corrections officers in general as being "young, inexperienced and tired," as well forced to work a great of overtime due to staffing shortages.
Link to Article

Wisconsin's Rising Prison Population Poses Budget Challenges
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, (03/17/2017), Patrick Marley
The chair of the Wisconsin Assembly Corrections Committee says the state is looking to expand drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs to help deal with rising corrections costs. Other cost-cutting measures proposed include an expanded early release program for qualified inmates and the addition of a facility targeting the needs of elderly inmates.
Link to Article

Judge Allows Vocational Nurses to Administer Naloxone in Prisons
The Fix, (03/17/2017), Paul Gaita
A federal judge has granted a waiver requested by California Correctional Health Care Services that will allow licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) to administer naloxone in prison settings without first obtaining permission from a doctor. Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose within minutes. Drug overdoses are among the leading causes of death in the state prison system.
Link to Article

2 Mississippi Prisons Searched in Contraband Shakedown
NewsCenter 11, (03/17/2017)
Inmates at two Mississippi correctional facilities face disciplinary action after a predawn search operation on March 16 resulted in the confiscation of homemade alcohol, cell phones, cigarettes and suspected illegal drugs. Searches took place at the Yazoo County Correctional Facility in Yazoo City and the Holmes-Humphreys County Regional Correctional Facility in Lexington.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • 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
  • 11th Annual National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 19-21, 2017

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