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June 16, 2016

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NLECTC Spotlight

Visit SchoolSafetyInfo.org to Read About Award-Winning Video

The Orland Park (Ill.) Police Department has produced a video titled "Plan, Prepare, Act" that helps schools learn how to deal with an active threat situation; the video received an award in the 36th Annual Telly Awards competition. Read more in " 'Plan, Prepare, Act' Wins Award, Encourages Planning" on www.schoolsafetyinfo.org, JTIC's school safety site; while you're there, browse resources, a calendar of events and more.


U.S. Department of Justice and National Alliance on Mental Illness Produce Guide on Coping with Mass Casualty Incidents

Preparing for the Unimaginable: How chiefs can safeguard officer mental health before and after mass casualty events (https://www.nami.org/getattachment/9e339226-ab50-46f2-b74c-fa48f498dede/Preparing_for_Unimaginable_16may24_FINAL.pdf), a recently released guide from DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office and NAMI, addresses how police chiefs can prepare for coping with a mass casualty incident, and what to do and expect in the aftermath of such an incident. The guide is a direct result of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012, and is organized into three sections:

  • Why mental health matters, including short- and long-term examinations of trauma and how unresolved mental trauma can impact public safety.
  • Steps to take to prepare officers for coping with a mass casualty event.
  • Steps to take during and after a mass casualty event.

The guide also offers handouts, resources, case histories and links to organizations that can offer help.


 May 2016 Justice Today Released

The Bureau of Justice Assistance has released the May 2016 issue of Justice Today, an online and email newsletter spotlighting BJA news. The May 2016 issue includes information on 2015 Medal of Valor winners, an award-winning BJA video, new funding opportunities and more. Visit https://www.bja.gov/JusticeToday/5_2016_newsletter.html to read the entire issue.


National Institute of Justice Adds Webpage on Microbial Forensics

At http://nij.gov/topics/forensics/evidence/pages/microbiome.aspx, you can learn about how NIJ has expanded its funding of research into the forensic applications of microbiomes over the past five years. In a forensic science research and development context, the portfolio focuses on the necrobiome (the community of organisms found on or around decomposing remains), the microbiome (found in different soils) and the trace human microbiome (microbes on our skin and the surfaces and objects with which we interact).
 
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Burglary Call Led to Shooting of Stafford Deputy
Fredericksburg.com, (06/08/2016)

A Stafford County (Va.) deputy responding to a burglary call was shot four times, including one shot to the upper chest area stopped by his ballistic-resistant body armor. The deputy also took shots in the hip, thigh and arm, and was listed in serious but stable condition following the June 7 incident. The suspect was apprehended and charged.
Link to Article

Bend Police Launch App
Bend Bulletin, (06/09/2016), Claire Withycombe

The Bend (Ore.) Police Department recently unveiled a free app allowing residents to submit tips anonymously, receive emergency alerts from the department, contact school resource officers and register their bikes. Officer Scott Vincent led efforts to implement the app; Vincent, a former SRO, had set up a number to allow students to text him directly, and received a number of tips from students whom he felt would not have reached out to him otherwise. The new app also links to http://www.bikeindex.org, a site where individuals can register to upload photos of their bikes and other details in case of theft.
Link to Article

LAPD Enlisting 100 BMW i3 Electric Cars
Fox News.com, (06/09/2016)

The Los Angeles Police Department plans to add 100 BMW i3 electric cars to its fleet, for use in non-emergency and community outreach situations. The battery-powered i3 gets 81 miles per charge, and BMW says in 2017 that will increase to 114 miles. The total price tag is estimated at $1.4 million, less expensive than conventional models considered by LAPD.
Link to Article

Researchers Study the Use of e-Cigarettes for Illicit Drugs
Medical Xpress, (06/09/2016), Brian Macneill

An interdisciplinary team of Virginia Commonwealth University researchers is using a $339,000 National Institute of Justice grant to study how drug users use e-cigarette devices to vape illicit drugs. Funds for the grant, "Characterization and Abuse of Electronic Cigarettes: The Efficacy of 'Personal Vaporizers' as an Illicit Drug Delivery System," are being used to evaluate e-cigarettes' viability to vape marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs.
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Screens Behind Bars
The Economist, (06/11/2016)

Correctional facilities in England and Wales are experimenting with several methods of allowing inmates limited access to electronic technology in hopes of reducing re-offending. Wayland Prison has created its own television channel, and along with limited programming, allows inmates access to "blended learning" that integrates classroom instruction with use of digital resources. Other prisons allow inmates electronic access to tasks such as arranging visits or adding phone credits.
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How to Develop a Police Grant With the NLECTC System
PoliceOne.com, (06/09/2016), Denise Schlegel

This article explains the centers that make up the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System (a contract program of the National Institute of Justice) and the myriad services they offer. The author says that "All law enforcement administrative personnel, law enforcement grant writers and those involved with the development of policing strategies or a department strategic planning process should explore all areas of this resource which applies to the needs of their organization or community."
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Hennepin County Uses Facial Recognition Software to Help ID Suspects
ABC5 Eyewitness news, (06/14/2016), Beth McDonough

In Minnesota's Hennepin County, everyone booked into county jail has a facial scan taken and entered into a database that investigators are using to help solve local crimes. The software has recorded success stories, but some local residents are also concerned about privacy issues.
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How Kevlar Saved an Orlando Police Officer's Life
LiveScience, (06/14/2016), Laura Geggel

A Kevlar ballistic-resistant helmet is being credited with saving the life of an Orlando, Fla., police officer during the June 12 operation to end the Orlando Pulse nightclub mass shooting. Photos of the helmet have been widely tweeted; this article looks at the science behind Kevlar and its protective abilities.
Link to Article

Police Chief Credits Bulletproof Vest With Saving Officer's Life
WLKY.com, (06/14/2016)

The chief of the Louisville (Ky.) Metropolitan Police Department credits a ballistic-resistant vest with saving the life of an officer shot on Saturday evening, June 11. Officer Kyle Carroll has been released from the hospital; the suspect remains at large.
Link to Article

Funding Woes Will Cause School Safety Mapping Program to Go Away July 1
The News Tribune, (06/11/2016), Melissa Santos

Funding for Washington State's Critical Incident Planning and Mapping System, which maps the state's public schools to assist first responders during emergencies, will end July 1, and the state is scrambling to possibly find a solution. The software program contains maps, blueprints, building photos and emergency plans for roughly 2,400 public facilities, including all K-12 schools and community colleges. It is credited with helping stop a school shooting in 2003.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Mahoning Jail ODs Prompt Move to Buy County Scanner
Vindy.com, (06/09/2016)

The Mahoning County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office has again requested funding to purchase an airport-style full-body scanner for use with all inmates entering or leaving the county jail. Sheriff Jerry Greene and Maj. Alki Santamas, jail administrator, recently requested funding from the county commissioners; it was the second such request in 2016. Two county jail inmates recently overdosed on a drug allegedly smuggled in by a third inmate; both survived.
Link to Article

Milwaukee County Officials Make Change to GPS Monitoring as Chief Flynn Voices Frustration
Fox6.com, (06/09/2016), Theo Keith

Milwaukee County, Wis., will begin enforcing a stricter policy regarding GPS monitoring violations by juveniles. Milwaukee police will now receive immediate email notifications of overnight violations, which were previously delayed until 8 a.m. the following day.
Link to Article

How Maryland Came to Repeal Mandatory Minimums for Drug Offenders
Washington Post, (06/01/2016), Ovetta Wiggins

Two freshmen Maryland lawmakers have brokered a bipartisan deal that includes stricter penalties for certain violent crimes but does away with mandatory minimum sentences for first-time nonviolent drug offenders. The legislation allows approximately 1,600 inmates to become eligible, and appeal, for early release in October 2017 when the mandatory minimum sentences end.
Link to Article

2 Drones Smuggling Drugs to Prisons Shot Down in UK: Report
Business Standard, (06/12/2016)

British prison officials have used ultra-powerful torch lights to bring down drones attempting to smuggle drugs into jails in two separate incidents at the London and Birmingham jails. Light from the torches is believed to have blinded operators' eyes, causing them to crash the devices.
Link to Article

Drone Detector Chosen by US Aviation Chiefs
Business Weekly, (06/13/2016), Kate Sweeney

The Federal Aviation Administration has chosen Cambridge cluster technology from Blighter Surveillance Systems for evaluation in several U.S. airports as part of a research program into technologies that could detect and identify unauthorized unmanned aerial vehicles near airports. The system can detect a drone six miles away, track it and disrupt the radio signals that control it, all in 15 seconds or less. The FAA receives more than 100 reports of unauthorized drones in or near flight paths every month.
Link to Article

 
Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:
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  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • 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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