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April 13, 2017

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY 2017, application due date is April 24, 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.

Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System, application due date is May 8, 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

New Resources Added to SchoolSafetyInfo.org

Check out new resources recently added to SchoolSafetyInfo.org, the Justice Technology Information Center's school safety website. Learn about a new publication on interaction between police and the communities on Historically Black College and University campuses and the activities of the Koshka Foundation, founded by Kristina Anderson, a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting. (The 10th anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting will take place on April 16, with a number of observations on the campus.) While you're visiting SchoolSafetyInfo.org, explore the calendar of events, success stories and more.


New Toolkit Focuses on Relations Between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) have released Bridging the Trust Gap Between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color, a new online toolkit of promising programs that includes:

  • Policing for Progress: Law enforcement professionals can work with communities of color to build on trust and understanding while maintaining partnerships that address community concerns.
  • Steps to Building Trust: This section lists steps for executives and command-level officers, frontline officers and community stakeholders to use in promoting communication, partnership and transparency.
  • Sample Community Surveys: These can be used to collect information about public perception, and can be adapted to suit an agency's needs.
  • IACP and COPS Office Resources.

Visit the toolkit at http://www.theiacp.org/CommunitiesOfColor.


Recent Department of Homeland Security S&T News

Read about news and activities of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate in the following resources:

 
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

DHS S&T Inaugurates New Explosive Detection System Testing Facility
ExecutiveGov, (04/06/2017), Scott Nicholas
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has opened a facility at DHS' Transportation Security Laboratory in New Jersey for testing and evaluation of explosives detection systems. DHS said the new building, located at the William J. Hughes Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center, includes space for specialized explosive storage and handling and multi-laboratory infrastructure built to assess blast mitigation, contraband and explosives detection technologies. The facility will also help TSL assess commercial explosives detection equipment designed for checkpoint environments and check-in luggage inspection areas.
Link to Article

Law Enforcement Utilizing Crowdsourcing Tech to Fight Child Pornography
The Daily Progress, (04/04/2017), Lauren Berg
A national initiative is using image-analyzing software and crowdsourcing technology to fight child pornography. The technology being used by the Campaign for Child Rescue was presented during a panel discussion at a recent Southern Region meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General in Charlottesville, Va. The project, launched in February, currently includes Virginia and four other states. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring noted that rather than each state or law enforcement agency conducting investigations on their own, they can be linked and multiple investigations can be conducted at the same time, and the more agencies that participate, the better.
Link to Article

County, E911 Working on $3M Radio and Infrastructure Project
Boone News-Republican, (04/07/2017), Jason W. Brooks
Officials in Boone County, Iowa, are devising a plan to improve radio coverage for first responders. The project would tie the county into a statewide system of relay points and equipment to help erase coverage gaps. Currently, some areas of the county are far from relay points attached to towers, preventing first responders from talking to each other. Boone County will need to fund the purchase of 77 mobile radios, which can be installed in either vehicles or into a console in a building, along with about 160 handheld portable radios.
Link to Article

Portland Secures Funding for Body Camera Pilot Program
Bangor Daily News, (04/07/2017), Jake Bleiberg
Portland, Maine, will use federal funds for a police body-worn camera program. The U.S. Department of Justice will allow the city to repurpose $26,000 in unspent funds from an existing federal grant to outfit officers with the cameras. The grant will cover body cameras for eight officers to allow police to test the technology before its adoption by the entire department.
Link to Article

Kinston Police Start New Initiative to Catch Suspects on Camera
WNCT, (04/07/2017), Kelly Byrne
The Kinston (N.C.) Police Department is asking businesses and residents with surveillance cameras to share the images to fight crime. Under the program, people would register and voluntarily share video in the event of a crime occurring nearby.
Link to Article

Woodstock Police Adopt Body-Worn Cameras
AJC, (04/07/2017), David Ibata
Police in Woodstock, Ga., are now equipped with body-worn cameras. The program is funded by a $60,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Officials reviewed 17 models of body-worn cameras over nearly 18 months before selecting what type of cameras to use.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Corrections Launching Study on Mentally Ill Inmates in County Jails
WESA, (04/05/2017), Katie Meyer
Pennsylvania is embarking on a long-term plan to reduce the numbers of mentally ill inmates in county prisons. The Department of Corrections is working with the Council of State Governments Justice Center to implement a program called Stepping Up to improve the consistency on how mentally ill inmates are handled. Thirteen Pennsylvania counties have joined the effort so far. The group will collect data to help form a plan to standardize how mentally ill inmates are treated, and potentially reroute them to more appropriate care.
Link to Article

Bill Would Allow Elderly Life Without Parole Inmates a Hearing on Release
Missourinet.com, (4/07/2017), Jason Taylor
A bill introduced in the Missouri state legislature could make it possible for older prison inmates to get early release. Under the bill, a person 65 or older with no prior violent felony convictions, and who is serving a life sentence without parole, must receive a parole hearing on serving 25 years. Anyone released under the proposal's provisions would be subject to five years of supervision by a parole board. Convicted sex offenders would not be eligible for release.
Link to Article

New York Prisons See Jump in Older Inmates
Press-Republican, (04/06/2017), Joe Mahoney
The number of inmates over age 50 in New York's prisons has risen as the overall number of inmates has declined, according to an audit by the state comptroller's office. New York's total prison population fell to about 52,000 over the past 10 years, a decrease of nearly 11,000, the audit found. In that same period, the number of inmates aged 50 or older increased by 46 percent, to more than 10,000.
Link to Article

To Fight Drugs, Virginia Prison Inmates Will Change Underwear Before Visits and Get Photocopied Mail
Richmond Times-Dispatch, (04/09/2017), Frank Green
The Virginia Department of Corrections is changing visitation and mail policies to stem drugs in prisons. Inmates at many prisons will change into state-issued underwear for visits with outsiders; vending machine purchases by visitors will be restricted; and incoming mail will be photocopied for delivery to inmates and the original mail shredded. Nine inmates have died since 2015 of heroin and fentanyl overdoses, said DOC spokeswoman Lisa Kinney. She said that last year, 31 visitors were caught attempting to bring drugs into prisons, and drugs were caught in the mail 12 times.
Link to Article

 
Upcoming Events

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

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