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March 24, 2016

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Funding Assistance
NLECTC is offering tools and assistance to help Law Enforcement and Corrections agencies locate and apply for funding opportunities.

Federal Funding Opportunities:

Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories , Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 6, 2016

Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence to Exonerate the Innocent , Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 7, 2016

Developing Improved Means to Collect Digital Evidence, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 14, 2016

Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 2, 2016

New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 2, 2016

NOTE: Register to Attend a Webinar for NIJ’s “New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences” Solicitation on Tuesday, March 29 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET. Register Here

Investigator-Initiated Research and Evaluation on Firearms Violence, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 13, 2016

W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Race and Crime, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 16, 2016

FY 2016 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR), Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 16, 2016

Research on "Sentinel Events" and Criminal Justice System Errors, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 17, 2016

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

Listed Companies

Model Designation



ATS Armor




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




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




Pacific Safety Products Inc.,
GH Armor Systems




Active Shooter Training for Campuses Nationwide

The National Center for Campus Public Safety has partnered with the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center to bring 10 Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Train-the-Trainer courses to college and university campuses. The CRASE course, designed and developed by ALERRT on the Avoid|Deny|Defend™ strategy, provides "strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event." CRASE course participants are provided with necessary tools to effectively train campuses, schools, businesses and community members on their response options if confronted with an active shooter event. For upcoming CRASE courses, view the online calendar at For more information about the ALERRT program, visit ALERRT's website

Invitation to Bid: Aircraft to Support Kenya Wildlife Service Counter-Poaching Mission

Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina had issued an invitation for bid (IFB 57-522) to acquire low-cost aircraft to support the Kenya Wildlife Service in its counter-poaching mission. The IFB document can be accessed through North Carolina's Interactive Purchasing System (IPS) by entering the IFB number at Note: Addendum (57-522-1) has been issued extending the question deadline to March 24, 2016 and bid submission deadline date to April 14, 2016. See website for details.

New Features for Body-Worn Camera Toolkit

The Bureau of Justice Assistance has announced enhancements to its Body-Worn Camera Toolkit (, an online resource for law enforcement professionals interested in planning and implementing a body-worn camera program. This toolkit consolidates and translates the growing body of knowledge about BWC programs and technology. New updates:

Bureau of Justice Assistance Funding-Based Webinars

The Bureau of Justice Assistance will hold informational webinars on several FY 2016 grants and solicitations. The webinars review eligibility requirements, project goals and other application parameters for individuals and organizations considering applying for a grant. Upcoming webinars:

  • Price of Justice: Rethinking the Consequences of Justice Fines and Fees Soliciation, March 28, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. ET
  • BJA/OVC Enhanced Collaborative Model Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Soliciation, March 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. ET
  • Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program, Site-Based Solicitation, April 4, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Register to attend any of the available webinars
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Solicitation: Research on "Sentinel Events" and Criminal Justice System Errors

The National Institute of Justice is seeking proposals for the exploration of the use of sentinel event reviews to improve criminal justice systems overall. A sentinel event is a negative outcome that: (1) signals underlying weaknesses in a system or process, (2) is likely the result of compound errors, and (3) may, if properly understood, provide important keys to strengthening the system and preventing similar adverse outcomes in the future. Questions should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat The application deadline is May 17, 2016. To view the solicitation, go to

Webinar: New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Solicitation

A webinar will be held March 29, 2016 to provide details and guidance for potential applicants to the National Institute of Justice's New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences solicitation. The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. ET and will be hosted by Dr. Howard Spivak, Deputy Director and Chief of Staff at NIJ. Register now. To review the solicitation, go to

Public Crime Lab Research and Evaluation Funding Webinar: Slides, Transcript and Recording Now Online

Materials from the "Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories" solicitation webinar are now available on The deadline for applications under this National Institute of Justice funding opportunity is April 6, 2016. Access materials at

Webinars on Addressing Campus Sexual Assault

The National Center for Campus Public Safety will hold two webinars in April that explore different issues affecting how law enforcement responds to and addresses sexual assault:

  • Webinar: You Have Options: An Overview of the National Law Enforcement Sexual Assault Reporting Program. April 7, 2016, 2 p.m. ET. Detective Carrie Hull, program director of You Have Options Program (YHOP), and Christia Currie, training and information specialist, will discuss the 20 Elements of the YHOP, and the implementation process for participating law enforcement agencies, including sworn campus law enforcement agencies. The deadline to register is April 5. Register at
  • Webinar: Sexual Assault: Courageous Conversations and Bystander Intervention. April 19, 2016, 2 p.m. Tom Tremblay, retired police chief of Burlington, Vt. and national advisor on sexual assault prevention, will advocate for having "courageous community conversations," which must include understanding the realities of the problem, the call for more boys and men to be part of the solution, and expanding our knowledge for more effective bystander intervention. The deadline to register is April 15. To register, go to
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

The Latest Policing Tool to Monitor Rowdy Spring Breakers: Drones
The Washington Post, (03/09/2016), Peter Holley

Police in South Padre, Island, Texas will be using drones to keep an eye on the thousands of college students expected to descend on the barrier-island town and beaches during spring break this year. Police decided to use the drones, which are Yuneec Typhoon Q500 models outfitted with high-resolution cameras, as a way to monitor crowds from above. The technology could also potentially be used to help rescue swimmers in distress.
Link to Article

County Shows Off New $16M Emergency Communications System, (03/16/2016), Matt Gray

Gloucester County, N.J. has a new 700 MHz public safety communications system. Gloucester County contracted with Motorola Solutions, Inc., to construct the network at a cost of $16 million. About 3,000 radios were distributed to emergency responders around the county. The system consists of nine simulcast sites that include microwave dishes, antennas, shelters for equipment and backup generators. These sites receive and transmit radio signals across the county's 329 square miles.
Link to Article

Pittsburgh Police to Test App Made to Link Homeless People to Services
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, (03/09/2016), Mary Niederberger

The Pittsburgh Police Department will test an app designed to provide homeless people with immediate connection to services. The Homeless Children's Education Fund raised most of the $15,000 needed for a two-year pilot project for the BigBurgh app. The app will allow users to identify their age and gender and use the touch screen to find venues where they can access shelter, food, a place to shower or eat, medical help and other services. The plan is for the app to be available to the public in May if the test by police works well.
Link to Article

Moultrie Police Get New Body Cameras
WFXL Fox31, (03/16/2016), Tosin Fakile

The Moultrie Police Department in Georgia has new body cameras. The department received 10 new body cameras with the help of a $6,000 safety grant from the Georgia Municipal Association. The devices are more sophisticated than body cameras used previously by the department, and include night vision.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Drone Attempts to Drop Cell Phones Over Cimarron Correctional Facility
Fox23News, (03/16/2016)

Someone recently used a drone to attempt to deliver contraband cell phones to the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, Okla. A correctional officer discovered the unmanned aerial vehicle on the prison grounds in the early morning hours of March 13. Strings affixed to the device carried a plastic sack containing three cell phones. The incident was the second reported episode of its kind in the state's prison system. The previous attempt was in October at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
Link to Article

Paws With a Purpose
Clay Today, (03/16/2016), Kenneth Detwyler Jr.

A Florida county is participating in a program to benefit both prison inmates and shelter dogs. Clay County Animal Care and Control recently teamed up with a Jacksonville Beach-based animal welfare organization, Pit Sisters. Five Clay County canines will go to prisons as part of Pit Sisters' program called Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills. Inmates will train, socialize and care for the dogs, with the goal of finding a home for the animals.
Link to Article

Corrections Starts Video Surveillance Pilot Project, (03/23/2016

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will test a new video surveillance system at the maximum security High Desert State Prison, outside of Susanville, Calif. The project is part of a "multi-layered" approach to combating contraband in state prisons, the department said. If the pilot is successful, the technology could be deployed at facilities around the state to monitor inmate activity, improve safety and security of inmates and staff, and provide visual evidence of illegal activity.
Link to Article

Close Rikers? There's an App for That
WNYC News, (03/21/2016), Robert Lewis

A pilot program that uses electronic monitoring of teenage offenders to keep them out of jail could help with a movement to reduce incarceration in New York City and perhaps help close Rikers Island. The program developed by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office currently has three teenage participants and should grow to include about 20 participants ages 16 to 23. It uses ankle bracelets and smartphones to ensure participants follow through with attending school, show up for court dates or counseling or adhere to other requirements. The pilot project comes as some officials and reform advocates are exploring ways to reduce the population at Rikers to make closing the facility feasible. Close to 10,000 people are housed at the complex daily and some experts estimate that the population needs to be cut in half before the city could transfer inmates to community facilities.
Link to Article

Drones Flying Over State Prison Could Be Carrying Contraband, Keeps Guards on High Alert
Concord Monitor, (03/18/2016), Allie Morris

New Hampshire corrections officials are increasingly concerned that drones could be used to carry contraband into prison facilities after corrections workers spotted a drone flying over the state prison in Concord nine times over the last six months. Prison staff call the Concord Police Department when they see a drone. But law enforcement has never caught one of the pilots, and it's unclear whether the operator would face charges if caught. A bill introduced in the state legislature would prohibit people from flying drones within 500 feet of certain buildings, including detention centers.
Link to Article

State High Court: Sex Predator Punishment Without a Hearing Is Unconstitutional
Daily Report, (03/22/2016), Katheryn Hayes Tucker

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the state's highest level of restrictions on those identified as dangerous sexual predators constitutes a deprivation of liberty guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, and so cannot be done without an opportunity for a hearing. A convicted sex offender won the right to a hearing challenging his life sentence of wearing an ankle monitor and other restrictions. The court said the man's constitutional right to due process was violated by the denial of a hearing to present evidence challenging the restrictions placed on him with the highest level of threat assessment by the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board. The opinion raised concerns about the stigma and the practical effect of Georgia's treatment of those classified as the most likely to repeat sexual offenses against minors. The restrictions include bearing the cost of lifetime electronic monitoring and employment restrictions that prevent working within 1,000 feet of where minors congregate.
Link to Article

Macomb County Jail to Get Full-Body Scanner for Inmates
Detroit Free Press, (03/20/2016), Christina Hall

The Macomb County Jail will be one of the latest correctional facilities in Michigan to use a full-body scanner to check for contraband on inmates. The $202,000 scanner can detect nonmetallic items hidden under clothing. There are 20 full-body security scanners in 17 facilities registered with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Radiation Safety Section, according to the state's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Link to Article

Featherstone Jailbreak Plotters Fly in Bolt Cutters With Drone
Express & Star, (03/21/2016)

An attempt to use a drone to deliver bolt cutters to a prison in England for an inmate escape was foiled when officers spotted the device near the perimeter fence. HM Prison Featherstone is located in the village of Featherstone in Staffordshire, England. Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers Association, said: "In this case, the discovery of bolt cutters suggests a plan to cut through the perimeter fence. There can be no doubt that an inmate inside had ordered the equipment for a possible escape bid." It is believed the device operator was trying to get it beyond the prison fence where inmates could access it, but they inadvertently abandoned it in the wrong place, where it was discovered by jail staff.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • Probation System Reform Symposium: Advancing Practice, Changing Lives, April 7-8, 2016, Boston, Ma.
  • Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care, National Commission on Correctional Health Care, April 9-12, 2016,
    Nashville, Tenn.
  • North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents 2016 Training Conference, April 12-15, 2016, Tulsa, Ok.
  • Corrections Technology Association 2016 Technology Summit, May 15-18, 2016, Scottsdale, Az.
  • Association of Paroling Authorities International 2016 Annual Training Conference, May 15-18, 2016, Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • American Jail Association 35th Annual Conference and Jail Expo, May 22-25, 2016, Austin, Texas
  • Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA)
    2016 Annual Conference and Training Event, June 12-15, 2016, Ocean City, Md.
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice 43rd Annual Conference and Training Institute, July 17-21, 2016, Dallas, Texas
  • 71st Annual International CEA Conference and Training Event, Correctional Education Association, July 31 – August 3, 2016, Long Beach, Ca.
  • American Correctional Association – 146th Congress of Correction, August 5-10, 2016, Boston, Ma.
  • American Probation and Parole Association's 41st Annual Training Institute, August 28-31, 2016, Cleveland, Oh.

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