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April 7, 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:

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

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

DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program , Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 23, 2016

FY 2016 Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 27, 2016

Research and Evaluation on Victims of Crime, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 3, 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

Office of Forensic Sciences Seeks Qualified Law Enforcement Peer Reviewers

The National Institute of Justice, Office of Forensic Sciences is looking for law enforcement professionals interested in acting as peer reviewers for a solicitation on tracking of sexual assault kits. Qualified professionals will review applications from agencies that have sexual assault kits stored in their facilities and are looking to conduct a thorough inventory of those kits, implement an electronic tracking software for this evidence, and complete a 12-month tracking and reporting period once the inventory is completed.

Interested law enforcement professionals should have experience in implementing either tracking systems or major policies/policy changes, and also be expert in property control management and evidence storage logistics. Although not essential, experience with sexual assault kits and related policies, and/or IT expertise, is a plus.

To view the solicitation, visit
http://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2016-9088.pdf. Interested individuals should contact Chuck Heurich at Charles.Heurich@usdoj.gov and/or visit "Becoming a Peer Reviewer" on the NIJ website at http://www.nij.gov/funding/reviews/pages/peer-reviewers.aspx.


Article on Emergency Operations Plan Tool Added to SchoolSafetyInfo.org

Visit www.schoolsafetyinfo.org, the NLECTC System's school safety website, to read "Missouri Integrates Emergency Operations Into "1Plan", " a new article on a EOP assistance tool provided free of charge to all schools in the state by the Missouri Center for Education Services. While you're there, browse the site to find school safety resources and the latest information on funding opportunities and current events.


Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service Specification, Version 1.0 Now Available

The Bureau of Justice Assistance offers a service specification on offender tracking record transfer, which addresses the need of community corrections agencies that operate offender tracking programs to automatically transfer significant amounts of data when changing service providers. The project to develop the models and technical components specific to the transfer of offender tracking information between systems had a goal of developing a Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Service Specification Package (SSP) for the transfer of offender tracking information from one offender tracking system to another. To fully review the purpose, scope, capability offered and real-world effect(s) this service specification intends to address, review the associated Service Description Document (SDD) located at http://www.it.ojp.gov/GIST/186/Offender-Tracking-Record-Transfer-Service-Specification--Version-1-0.

The original Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service Specification was funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and developed through Cooperative Agreement 2010-IJ-CX-K003 by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center's Corrections Technology Center of Excellence in collaboration with SEARCH. In turn, this Global "reference" service specification was refined and supported by Grant No. 2010-MU-BX-K019 awarded by BJA in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice's Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative.


 Smart Policing Initiative Winter 2016 Newsletter Released

The Bureau of Justice Smart Policing Initiative has released its Winter 2016 newsletter, available for viewing at http://www.smartpolicinginitiative.com/sites/all/files/
SPI%20Winter%202016%20Quarterly%20Newsletter%20FINAL.pdf
. This issues includes articles on recent workshops and presentations, and other initiatives.

In other news from the SPI, the FY16 grant initiative is accepting applications through April 12; read about solicitations at https://www.bja.gov/Funding/SPI16.pdf and https://www.bja.gov/funding/SPITTA16.pdf.


 Latest Issue of JUSTInfo Available Online

Visit https://www.ncjrs.gov/justinfo/apr0116.html?ed2f26df2d9c416fbddddd2330a778c6=uqpmwgmwpm-ujpaqfwp to read the latest issue of JUSTInfo, the biweekly newsletter from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. This issue includes the latest announcements, funding opportunities, publications, online resources and webinars from the NCJRS partner agencies.


 Bureau of Justice Assistance Announces 2016 Body Worn Camera Grant Programs

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, is accepting applications for body worn camera (BWC) grants through April 27, 2016. Grants are divided into two categories, one for agencies with up to 25 officers and one for agencies with more than 25 officers. For more information on this and other BJA grant programs, visit https://www.bja.gov/funding.aspx. Please direct questions to bwctta@cna.org.
 
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

New York State to Invest $343,000 in Radar Equipment
MyTwinTiers.com, (03/29/2016), Samantha Lantz

New York State will provide more than $300,000 in funding designated to give new radar equipment to 235 police departments as part of a new initiative to crack down on speeding. Some smaller departments plan to use a portion of the funding to maintain existing radar equipment as well as purchase additional equipment.
Link to Article

A Day After Expansion, Gunshot Detection System Leads to Arrest in Hartford
Hartford Courant, (04/1/2016), David Moran

A day after the ShotSpotter system in Hartford, Conn., added an additional 8.25 square miles to its coverage area, the system led to an arrest in an area previously not covered by the sensors. The expanded system led to the arrest of Neville Clarke, a convicted felon on parole who had six previous arrests.
Link to Article

Marin Begins Cycling Speed Enforcement Campaign on Open Space Trails
San Jose Mercury News, (04/04/2016), Nels Johnson for the Marin County Journal

Marin County (Calif.) parks have launched a pilot bicycle speed enforcement program on open space trails, stationing two staff members with special radar-type devices along trail areas noted for public safety complaints. Violators will receive warnings - at least for now - and the focus of the project is on educating cyclists about safe speeds and sharing the trails with horse and foot traffic.
Link to Article

Field Notes: This Group Uses Smartphones to Catch the Bad Guys
Honolulu Magazine, (04/04/2016), Don Wallace

Thanks in part to the efforts of Corporal Richard Fikani Jr., neighborhood watches in the Honolulu area have moved from binoculars to smartphones, from hard copy newsletters to real-time email listservs, and in the process have helped capture prowlers, clean up neighborhoods formerly suspected of drug activity and advocate to decrease pedestrian deaths. Corporal Fikani takes weekly walks with several groups and helps them promote community awareness events.
Link to Article

Cold Cases Get Help From Crime Stoppers
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, (04/05/2016), Stephanie Ingersoll

Crime Stoppers of Clarksville/Montgomery County (Tenn.) will publicize a different unsolved homicide cold case from either the Clarksville Police Department or Montgomery County Sheriff's Office every month, looking to solicit tips and information through social media, a tip line and a text messaging service. Tips will be anonymous and rewards will be offered for successful ones.
Link to Article

Corrections News

County Extension Agent Gets $2.67 Million Contract to Train Prisoners
Southeast Farm Press, (04/05/2016), Beverly James

The Federal Correctional Center in Coleman, Fla., and a local extension agent will use a $267 million contract with the federal Bureau of Prisons to expand the current horticultural vocational training program and add instruction in the culinary arts. Inmates studying horticulture prepare for two types of certification: Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP), and Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association - Certified Horticulture Professional (FNGLA FCHP). Certification can lead to a variety of jobs in the horticulture industry and help keep inmates from reoffending. The program currently trains 80 inmates per year, and in the past five years, only seven of the 195 trained inmates who have been released have reoffended.
Link to Article

FCC Forum Aims to Tackle Continuing Problem of Cellphones in Prisons
Charleston Post and Courier, (04/03/2016), Maya T. Prabhu

Along with wireless providers and victim advocates, S.C. Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling will be part of a panel discussion this week with the Federal Communications Commission; the panel will search for ways to address the issue of cellphones that are smuggled into prisons. Stirling has gone on record as saying he believes that contraband cellphones are as dangerous as any weapon. He hopes the FCC will clear the way for signal jamming; the state placed a request to jam signals at state prisons with the FCC five years ago, where it has stalled.
Link to Article

New Law Will Make it a Felony to Remove GPS Monitoring Device
WESH.com, (03/31/2016)

A new law, backed by the Domestic Violence Task Force in Orange County, Fla., will make it a felony to remove a GPS monitoring device. Law enforcement will be able to move to immediately arrest someone who cuts off a monitor rather than going to court and requesting a warrant. The law may provide greater safety for victims of domestic violence, local officials said.
Link to Article

Local Law Enforcement Accessing GPS Monitoring
News Channel 9.com, (04/01/2016), Lauren St. Germain

According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, some 152 offenders wear GPS monitoring devices in Chattanooga and Hamilton County, Tenn., but the Chattanooga Police Department says they have direct access to data from only 93 offenders who live within city limits via state monitoring data. The agency has asked for direct access to the county's GPS monitoring data, but has not received it; the sheriff's department says it also does not have direct access to the data at the county level.
Link to Article

Body Scanners Likely Coming to Pima County Jail
Tucson News Now, (03/30/2016), Som Lisaius

The Pima County (Ariz.) Jail plans to add body scanners to the process of searching for contraband, thanks to a bill recently passed in the state legislature. Similar to the devices used in airports, the scanners would provide a seven-second image that should locate foreign objects on or inside individuals. Current procedures include random, sometimes invasive, strip searches.
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
  • 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.
 
New Publications

Police Vehicle Evaluation Model Year 2016,
Michigan State Police and National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, https://www.justnet.org/pdf/2016-Model-Year-Police-Vehicle-Evaluation-Test-Book.pdf

Forensic Resource/Reference on Genetics Knowledge Base,
National Institute of Justice, https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/249549.pdf

Further Development of SNP Panels for Forensics,
National Institute of Justice, https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/249548.pdf

St. Louis County Hot Spots in Residential Areas (SCHIRA) Final Report: Assessing the Effects of Hot Spots Policing Strategies on Police Legitimacy, Crime, and Collective Efficacy,
National Institute of Justice, https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/249747.pdf

Administrative Segregation in U.S. Prisons,
National Institute of Justice, https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/249749.pdf

Characterization of Weapons Used in Stab Attacks - Phase II: Surrogate Development, Final Report,
National Institute of Justice, https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/249551.pdf


 
 
 
 

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