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April 28, 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

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

FY 2016 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR), Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 31, 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

Video Looks at How Law Enforcement Can Use Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Visit the JUSTNET YouTube channel ( to watch "Eyes in the Sky: How Law Enforcement Uses Unmanned Aircraft Systems," a new video produced by the Justice Technology Information Center on behalf of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System and the National Institute of Justice. Production assistance was provided by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Mesa County (Colo.) Sheriff's Office demonstrated equipment and technology for filming.

Some law enforcement agencies are making use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems to photograph and process crime scenes, assist with search and rescue operations, and help with other emergencies. This video highlights the functionality of UAS and offers tips to consider when standing up a UAS program.

Bomb Suit Standard Released

The National Institute of Justice has released Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard 0117.01, a May 2016 update to the existing NIJ bomb suit standard. This standard was developed by a panel of practitioners, technical experts and others with experience in standards development and conformity assessment. This document is a voluntary performance standard for bomb suits for use by certified public safety bomb technicians while performing render safe procedures and disposal activities. It defines both performance requirements and the methods used to test performance. The standard addresses six key areas: fragmentation, impact, flame, some blast overpressure, optics and ergonomics.

You can download the standard from

National Institute of Justice Director Issues Dear Colleague Letter Regarding Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

NIJ Director Nancy Rodriguez has issued a Dear Colleague letter ( describing topics and research questions that NIJ considers high priority under CSSI. The letter includes specific considerations for:

  • Understanding and reducing disparities in school discipline.
  • Involvement of local stakeholders and multiple disciplines.
  • Data systems for school behavior and discipline.
  • Inclusion of safety issues for Indian Country schools and students.
  • Event sequence and decision-making analysis.
  • Instances where students are removed from the educational environment.

You can review the solicitation at Applications are due May 27, 2016.

School Safety Advocacy Council Introduces National School Safety Leadership Academy

On Nov. 10-11, 2016, SSAC introduces the National School Safety Leadership Academy with a session at the Riviera Resort in Palm Springs, Calif. This professional development course for law enforcement professionals and school administrators seeks to improve the administration of overall school safety strategies and to ensure that school safety is a priority in the overall educational process. Community teams should include at least one law enforcement professional and one school administrator.

For more information, email

U.S. Department of Justice Releases 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction

The Department of Justice has released the 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, the second such report. (The first was released in 2010.) The report provides a comprehensive threat assessment of the nature and scope of the current dangers facing the nation's children, including a special section dedicated to the unique challenges confronting child exploitation in Indian Country. It examines existing efforts, assesses new threats and highlights innovative ways in which the federal government and its partners can address child exploitation.

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Registration Open for Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Webinars

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is holding registration for two upcoming webinars, sponsored by OJJDP's National Training and Technical Assistance Center.

Visit to register for
"Girls and the Juvenile Justice System," a free webinar set for Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from 3-4 p.m. Eastern Time. This webinar focuses on OJJDP's policy on girls and the juvenile justice system. Nearly 30 percent of juveniles arrested are girls or young women; their share of arrests, detainment and court cases has steadily increased over the past two decades. Their involvement with the juvenile justice system usually does more harm than good. Improving system and programmatic responses to girls and young women is an urgent need and requires engaging a broad array of stakeholders.

On Thursday, May 5, from 2 to 3 p.m., NTTAC will sponsor "Interview Strategies With Native American Children." Visit to register.
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

LPD Hopes to Map Network of Private Surveillance Cameras in City
Lawton Constitution, (04/22/2016)
The Lawton (Okla.) Police Department wants local businesses and residents to register their camera surveillance systems as part of the Community Crime Prevention Surveillance Mapping System. The information would be used to create a database and map of surveillance system locations to assist police with investigations.
Link to Article

Titusville Police Announce New Digital Signs to Promote Traffic Safety
News 6, (04/26/2016)
The Titusville (Fla.) Police Department has implemented the use of new mobile digital LED signboards that show drivers their speeds and warn them if they are exceeding the speed limit. Titusville will also use the signs to display traffic warning messages. Signboards will rotate among intersections and roadways where accidents are common because of speeding cars.
Link to Article

Town of Queen Anne Has its Own Electronic Speed Sign
MyEasternShoreMD, (04/27/2016), Jack Shaum
The Town of Queen Anne, Md., recently began using a solar-powered electronic sign that posts the speed of approaching vehicles while also letting motorists know the speed limit is 25 miles per hour. The mobile sign will be used at various points on the two main roads in town, and early indications are that the sign is effective in causing motorists to slow down.
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Corrections News

Ignition Interlock Program Cuts Repeat Drunken Driving in Half, Report Finds, (04/22/2016), Angie Jackson
Five district courts in Michigan - Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Oakland, Grand Traverse and Marquette counties - recently completed five years in a pilot program to test devices that prevent a driver's car from starting if his or her blood-alcohol content is above a certain level. A study, released by the Michigan Supreme Court, says that less than 4 percent of program participants have been convicted again for driving under the influence, compared to 8 percent of non-participants.
Link to Article

Prisoners Allowed Access to Adult Films and Internet
BBC, (04/22/2016), Siobhann Tighe
Beveren Prison, a two-year-old facility in Antwerp, Belgium, uses a world-first system called PrisonCloud to allow prisoners limited Internet access and the capability to download movies, including adult films. Inmates can user PrisonCloud to make calls from their cells, play computer games, order items from the canteen, request books from the library, access court records and communicate with corrections staff.
Link to Article

Ocean County Begins Adapting to New Incarceration Policy at Jail
Micromedia Publications, (04/22/2016), Daniel Nee
Under a pilot program in three New Jersey counties, individuals perceived to be low flight risks may be released without having to post monetary bond, and high-risk individuals may be remanded to jail regardless of their ability to post bail. Low-risk individuals may be required to check in frequently with the court in lieu of posting a monetary bond.
Link to Article

U.S. Attorney General Launches Effort to Reduce Recidivism
Think Progress, (04/25/2016), Carimah Townes
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently announced The Roadmap to Reentry, a comprehensive plan to make it easier for former prisoners to re-integrate into society and at the same time, reduce chances they will reoffend. The plan addresses barriers to obtaining employment, housing, education and treatment, and makes provisions to help inmates remain connected to their families and their children during the time they are incarcerated.
Link to Article

New Program Helps Michigan Inmates Prepare for Future Jobs
Lansing State Journal, (04/26/2016), Associated Press
The Vocational Village program at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Mich., does more than teach job skills: Inmates receive a certificate of employability and a deeper understanding of employer expectations and employee work ethics. The new program will provide education for a total of 224 prisoners, mainly in various vocational trades.
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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