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April 14, 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:

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

Minimum Performance Standard for Duty Gloves

Law enforcement and corrections professionals: The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and ASTM International are working to develop a minimum performance standard for duty gloves. The new standard will replace NIJ Test Protocol 99-114, Test Protocol for Comparative Evaluation of Protective Gloves for Law Enforcement and Corrections Applications. Please take a moment to complete this questionnaire and submit it by May 2, 2016. Your responses will help identify needs and requirements for the development of the new standard.

Article on Stopping Childhood Bullying Added to

Visit, the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System's school safety website, to read "Conference Provides Lessons on Stopping Bullying at Young Age," a new article on lessons learned at the 2016 National Conference on Victimization and Bullying. While you're there, browse the site to find school safety resources and the latest information on funding opportunities and current events.

 Cybercrime Conference

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Ga., is hosting a free Cybercrime Conference July 6-8, 2016. The purpose is to foster education and awareness of the current threats and innovations that may impact law enforcement officers and the manner in which they deal with cybercrime. During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with other FLETC training division staff and partnering organizations, as well as vendors. The deadline to register is June 3, 2016. Logistics and registration information is located at
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

SLO DA's Office Receives Grant to Help Police Fight Cyber Crime
New Times, (04/06/2016), Chris McGuinness

A state grant will be used to help finance a state-of-the art cyber training complex at Camp San Luis Obispo in California. The California Department of Justice awarded the $68,358 grant to the San Luis Opispo District Attorney's Office. It will be used to obtain equipment and staff for the development of a classroom and laboratory. The grant will be administered by Cal Poly SLO, which agreed to provide an additional $60,000 of matching funds for the program.
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Police and Technology Lower Hempstead Crime Rates
Long Island Report, (04/04/2016), Amanda Palomino

Police in Hempstead, N.Y., credit technology, basic police patrol techniques and continued cooperation with the community for a 26 percent reduction in the crime rate as of December 2015. The town uses gunshot location technology and license plate readers.
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Evan's Law Would Allow Cops to Use 'Textalyzers' to Probe Distracted Driving Allegations
CBSNewYork, (04/07/2016), Alice Gainer

A bill introduced in the New York state legislature would allow police to use technology at the scene of a crash to determine if the collision was related to distracted driving. The bill would help create a protocol for police and allow them immediate access to drivers' cell phones and use of so-called 'textalyzer' technology, which is under development by a technology firm, to determine if a person was on the phone at the time of the crash.
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Neighbors Help Take Down Man Accused of Shooting Deputy
KTRK-TV, (04/10/2016), Lauren Lea

In Brazoria County, Texas, four neighbors helped take down a man accused of shooting Deputy Sheriff Brian Harper during a Saturday night altercation. The bullet impacted Harper's ballistic-resistant vest and he was uninjured.
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SPD to Launch Neighborhood Initiative
Starkville Daily News, (04/11/2016), Austin Montgomery

The chief of police of Starkville, Miss., wants officers to boost community-oriented policing in the city. Officers, excluding the investigations and narcotics units, will be required to interact with different neighborhood residents and business owners while on patrol through the "Walk and Talk" initiative. Police Chief Frank Nichols says he wants officers to intermingle with residents on occasions other than responding to a call.
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Corrections News

How One Jail Treats Addicts, (04/08/2016), Terry DeMio

The Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, Ky., has a program to treat inmates with addiction problems. Of 176 inmates who completed treatment at the jail so far, only 10 have re-offended. Inmates can apply for the program, and if accepted they receive cognitive-behavioral therapy and intensive counseling, attend spiritual sessions and are kept busy while in the six-month program. They receive follow-up services upon release from the detention center.
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Prison Inmate Climbs Electric Fence in Escape Attempt, (04/01/26), Angie Jackson

An inmate at the Alger Correctional Facility in Munising, Mich, scaled two-thirds of the way up an electric fence before his escape attempt was foiled by a corrections officer armed with a Taser. The escape attempt occurred as inmates were heading to lunch. According to records, the inmate is serving six to 20 years in prison for a 2014 conviction of first-degree home invasion in Genesee County. He will be transferred to Marquette Branch Prison, which is a maximum-security facility.
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Experts: Jailer Arrests Part of Growing Problem in Ga. Prisons
WXIA, (04/08/2016), Ryan Kruger, Kristen Reed and Christopher Buchanan

This has been a rough year for guards and jailers in the state of Georgia. In February, the FBI arrested 46 current and former guards accused of taking bribes and sneaking in phones, drugs and alcohol. In January, 51 Georgia Department of Corrections employees, inmates and people from outside the prison system were federally charged with charges such as conspiring to commit wire fraud, conspiring to commit money laundering and accepting bribes to smuggle contraband into Jimmy Autry State Prison in Pelham, Ga.
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Local Jail May Soon Have Body Scanners to Combat Drug Smuggling, (04/08/2016), Sandra Jones

The Henrico Jail in Virginia may soon be using full body scanners to detect drugs and other contraband. When inmates enter the jail they will pass through a full-body imaging machine. There have been more than two dozen reported cases of drugs smuggled into the jail including, marijuana and heroin, in the past three months, according to Henrico Sheriff Michael Wade.
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Study: Vivitrol Reduces Overdose, Relapse for Ex-Prisoners
Telegraph Forum, Gannett Ohio, (04/05/2016), Jona Ison

Vivitrol treatment shows promise in decreasing opiate overdose and relapse among recently released prisoners, according to a new study. Vivitrol works by blocking cravings and pleasurable effects of opiates. The study released in the New England Journal of Medicine found people who received treatment with Vivitrol had fewer overdoses and extended the time before relapses than those who didn't. Researchers followed 308 people recently released from prison in four northeastern states. About half of the group received six months of traditional treatment of brief counseling and referral to community treatment programs, while the other half received a monthly Vivitrol shot.
Link to Article

Scam Targeting Georgia Food Banks Linked to Prison Phone
WSBTV, (04/11/2016), Jodie Fleischer

Georgia state investigators say they've caught a group of scammers who were posing as pastors to target local food banks, and the calls were coming from inside a Georgia state prison. The scammers, who officials say called from cellphones inside the Johnson State Prison in Wrightsville, called their group "Feed America Miracles," and told one foodbank last fall to send $350 to pay for transport of truckloads of turkeys and hams. Investigators were able to track two prepaid PayPal cards the victim used to make the payment, and followed the money transfers online.
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Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • 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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