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April 21, 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

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



Angel Armor LLC

RISE, Ultra Premium, Male, II



Angel Armor LLC

RISE, Ultra Premium, Male, IIIA



(Formerly known as: Miguel Caballero Ltda)




School Safe App Now Available for Android

You can now download an Android version of School Safe, NLECTC's new app that takes you step-by-step through your school to identify and address trouble spots. Conduct a physical assessment of your campus —inside and out — by walking around and answering a series of simple questions using your hand-held Android or IoS device. This free app helps promote awareness and foster prevention using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. Get no-cost emergency planning assistance without leaving campus. The app is free, but access is limited to qualified school safety resource officers (SROs) and school administrators. Visit or to find out how to get your copy.

Note: Due to the potential for using the School Safe app to gather and store potentially sensitive information about your facility, it is not publically available on the Google Play Marketplace.

Students Lead Way in Developing North Carolina State Tipline

Visit, the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System's school safety website, to read "SPK UP NC Offers Anonymous Way to Help," a new article on how North Carolina used extensive input from a group of students to aid in the development of its new anonymous tipline. While you're there, browse the site to find school safety resources and the latest information on funding opportunities and current events.

 Webinar on Domestic Radicalization to Violent Extremism Solicitation Available Online

Webinar materials for the "Research and Evaluation on Domestic Radicalization to Violent Extremism: Prevention and Intervention Demonstration Programs" solicitation are now available on Materials include a video, a transcript and presentation slides.

  • Video recording
  • Transcript
  • Presentation Slides
    • Deadline for applications under this funding opportunity is May 9. You can review the solicitation at and you can find the webinar at

       Call for Presentations on Innovative Crime Analysis Research

      The National Institute of Justice Research Track at the International Association of Crime Analysts Conference on Sept. 19-13, 2016, in Louisville, Ky., is hosting a call for presentations competition to feature innovative research. Submission deadline is April 29.

      Presentations should showcase cutting-edge research on the use of geographic information systems and spatial data analysis for research, policy evaluation or development, or testing theory that has practical applications for criminal justice and policing. Example topics include: GIS and policing, geographic profiling, spatial analysis and hot spots.

      To submit an application, visit

       New Solicitation: Evaluation of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

      The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking proposals for research and evaluation on components of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI). Proposals are being sought in the following three areas:

      1. Conduct process evaluations, including descriptive case studies, of up to five advanced sites to provide important information for newer sites regarding what works.
      2. Conduct evaluability assessments of the existing 20 sites and develop a comprehensive evaluation plan for the SAKI.
      3. Assess proximal outcomes of 2015 SAKI awards.

      Direct questions to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service at (800) 851-3420; TTY at (301) 240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email; fax (301) 240-5830; or web chat See also's solicitation FAQ page at Download the solicitation at and view all current funding opportunities from NIJ at Application deadline is June 10.

       April 15 Issue of JUSTINFO Available

      Visit to read the April 15 issue of JUSTINFO, the semi-monthly newsletter of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, or visit to subscribe. This online and email newsletter details the activities of the Office of Justice Programs components that are NCJRS partner agencies, including announcements, information on upcoming webinars and new publications, funding opportunities and more.

       Bureau of Justice Assistance Has Opening for Mental Health & Law Enforcement Fellow

      BJA announces a new Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) fellowship opportunity, committed to police-based responses to persons with mental disorders. This individual will assist BJA in enhancing its strategic efforts to strengthen law enforcement responses to the mentally ill.

      Responsibilities include implementing a comprehensive strategy to provide financial support, training and technical assistance to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies aimed at implementing targeted data-driven responses. The fellow will work closely with the justice and health team cohort of the Justice Systems team and will also be expected to liaise with the Law Enforcement & Adjudication team within BJA's Policy Office to closely coordinate activities.

      The fellowship position is a detail assignment to an unclassified position description under IPA for one year, with a possibility of renewal for a second year. The fellow must live in, or be willing to relocate to, the Washington D.C. metropolitan area for the term of the appointment. Applicants should possess in-depth knowledge of specialized police-based responses to mentally ill persons as well as possess an interest in national level policy and current issues facing law enforcement agencies in the United States pertaining to the mentally ill.

      If you are interested in this position, submit a letter of interest, a resume or curriculum vitae, references and a brief (no more than five pages) writing sample to by COB Friday, May 20, 2016. For more information, visit
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Safety: Command Center Puts Sheriff's Office on the Road
Coastal Observer, (04/14/2016), Jason Lesley

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office has rolled out a new mobile command post consisting of a 2007 Freightliner cab and a 2007 33-foot Haulmark motor coach. The command center, which cost $142,000 in county capital improvement funds, is powered by two generators and has camera displays that sync up with the department's smart phones and body cameras. The command center provides a secure and quiet place to interview witnesses, and a satellite link provides secure communications with the State Law Enforcement Division, the Federal Aviation Administration and the FBI.
Link to Article

Deputy Constable Ambushed, Shot in Back, (04/14/2016), Dale Lezon and St. John Barned-Smith for the Houston Chronicle

Thanks in part to his ballistic-resistant vest, Harris County (Texas) Deputy Constable Aiden Clopton is recuperating from several gunshot wounds sustained in an ambush-style shooting on April 13. Clopton, an 11-year veteran, was assisting another officer who had called for backup when a suspect approached and shot him at point-blank range.
Link to Article

Robstown Officer Uses Selfie Stick to Engage With Community
Corpus Christi Caller Times, (04/14/2016), Natalia Contreras

Robstown (Texas) Police Officer Sandra Villarreal carries a selfie stick on her tool belt along with her regulation gear, and uses it frequently to help her engage with the public in her job as head of the department's community policing division. Villarreal, who became a police officer because she wanted a job that involved her with people, uses the selfie stick and her phone at community outreach events and during her daily duties, and finds that it breaks the ice and draws citizens to her.
Link to Article

Police Step Up Use of Technology to Solve Gun Crimes
KING, (04/14/2016), Chris Ingalls

Due to efforts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and Seattle Police, more Puget Sound area law enforcement agencies are submitting guns used in crimes to the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS). IBIS stores and analyzes the tool marks left on individual gun casings, and can search a database of millions of firearms for potential hits and connections. The process can be labor-intensive and time-consuming, but ATF and the State Patrol Crime Lab are working with local agencies to try to facilitate the process.
Link to Article

Orlando Crime Scene Video Analysis Goes High-Tech With $1.3 Million Grant to UCF
Space Coast Daily, (04/19/2016), Zenaida Kotala

The University of Central Florida will use a $1.3 million National Institute of Justice grant to develop and test computer vision technology that will automate the process of monitoring and reviewing video streams from more than one camera. Archived and live footage from the Orlando Police Department will be used in the development process.
Link to Article

This Dog Will Help FBI Take Bite Out of Cyber Crime in New Jersey
New Jersey 101.5, (04/20/2016), David Matthau

Iris, an 18-month-old black Labrador and recent Connecticut State Police Academy graduate, has joined the FBI's Newark (N.J.) Division as its "cyber dog." Iris has been specially trained to sniff out electronic devices, such as thumb drives or any other type of hidden electronic equipment.
Link to Article

Corrections News

New State-of-the-Art Federal Probation Office Saves $1.4 Million in Annual Rent Costs
RealEstateRama, (4/15/2016)

The Northern District of Illinois recently opened new workspace designed to save $1.4 million in annual rent costs. Rent is one of the largest components of the U.S. Courts' budget, and a national plan aims at reducing rental costs by 3 percent by the end of FY2018 to avoid staffing reductions. The U.S. Probation Office moved to its new Illinois quarters in November, which incorporates an open design with an estimated space savings of 59 percent. Its design acknowledges the amount of time probation officers spend on the road.
Link to Article

New Prison Rule Means Texas Jailbirds Can't Tweet
GovTechSocial, (04/14/2016), Madlin Mekelburg for the Texas Tribune

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has ruled that prison inmates cannot have active social media accounts, even if friends or family on the outside post information on their behalf. The new rule is raising concerns with civil liberties unions and with family members.
Link to Article

First Student Inmate Gets Fitted With Monitoring Bracelet, (04/16/2016)

A 32-year-old Greek prisoner recently became the first inmate to begin attending classes at Athens Technical College (TEI) under a new amendment permitting prisoners to attend classes providing they wear a monitoring device.
Link to Article

Felon Accused of Shooting Two People After Escaping Monitoring Faces Judge
WISN, (04/13/2016)

In Milwaukee, convicted felon Michael Hardin, 23, has been held over for trial after authorities allege he cut off his GPS monitoring device, then shot his girlfriend and another man before leading police on a brief chase in a stole car.
Link to Article

Hospice Program Gives Prisoners a Chance to Die, and Live, With Dignity
Toledo Blade, (04/17/2016), Jeff Gerrit

The state of Ohio has launched a new prison hospice initiative using inmate volunteers trained by the Stephen Ministry to help other prisoners die with dignity. Along with community volunteers, these trained lay counselors sing, read, write letters and in general improve the last weeks of dying prisoners. Ohio has numerous terminally ill prisoners who have months or weeks to live, and no program leading toward compassionate release.
Link to Article

Seeing Eye to Eye: Understanding the Limits of Video Visitation
Prison Policy Initiative, (04/11/2016), Emily Widro

U.S. jails are adopting video visitation and then forbidding in-person contact as a cost-savings measure. This article looks at the ways in which video visitation is not as beneficial to the participants as face-to-face contact, and calls for more research into how video visitation fails to meet the needs of incarcerated persons for family contact.
Link to Article

Beat the Boss: UK Prisons' Mobile Phone Epidemic
Itv News, (04/19/2016), Allegra Stratton

In the United Kingdom, online retailer Amazon is selling a mobile phone called "Beat the Boss," specifically designed to defeat the body orifice security scanner ("Boss chair") used during the admissions screening process. The UK government is engaged in an ongoing battle to control the smuggling of contraband cell phones into prisons.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

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