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June 23, 2016

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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

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Protective Products Enterprises,
Point Blank Body Armor,
PACA, Galls,




TenCate Advanced Armor USA, Inc.,
High Ground




Presentation on JTIC and NIJ School Safety Efforts Featured at National Conference on School Safety

National Institute of Justice Senior Law Enforcement Program Manager Mike O'Shea will present on JTIC and NIJ school safety efforts and funding opportunities at the 11th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition, sponsored by the School Safety Advocacy Council, on July 24-27, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. For information and registration, visit

The National School Safety Conference and Exposition is the largest and most comprehensive conference focused on all the aspects of school safety and security. Centered around national best practices and proven localized programs and efforts, this conference brings together knowledgeable keynote presenters into one forum to provide high quality professional development. The event also includes pre-conference trainings and more than 40 breakout sessions by professionals in the fields of education and school safety.

IACP 2016 Conference Scholarship Deadline Extended

The National Institute of Justice has partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to offer 10 merit-based scholarships for mid-rank law enforcement officers to attend the 2016 IACP Annual Conference and Expo on Oct. 15-18, 2016, in San Diego, Calif., as part of the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) program. The application deadline has recently been extended to July 8, 2016.

Selected officers will have access to exclusive education and networking opportunities in addition to full access to conference workshops and other related activities, including:

  • NIJ Saturday Session, "What Works and What Matters in Policing."
  • Participation in the IACP Research Advisory Committee meeting.
  • Private roundtable events with IACP and NIJ leadership to discuss priorities in policing research.
  • Orientation dinner with incoming and current scholars, and NIJ and IACP personnel.
  • Attendance at the IACP Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Awards banquet.

For more information, visit

National Institute of Justice Issues Special Report on Sexual Assault

At a recent White House Summit on Women, NIJ launched a special report, Down the Road: Testing Evidence in Sexual Assaults, which helps practitioners and advocates understand that solving sexual assault cases involves more than testing forensic evidence. It points out that police must develop other potential evidence, prosecutors must file charges, juries (or judges) must render verdicts and judges must sentence. Throughout, victims need support. The report also looks at NIJ-funded research projects in Detroit and Houston. You can read Down the Road at, and you can learn more about the Detroit and Houston projects in a web feature, Using Science to Find Solutions (

Latest Issue of JUSTINFO Available

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DHS Releases Revised National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin

In the aftermath of the June 12 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a revision to its National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin, which promotes public vigilance and awareness. The bulletin describes the government's counterterrorism efforts and ways in which the public can be prepared and stay informed. Individuals are urged to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement. You can download the bulletin from
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

A Gripping Simulator at Monroe College Signals Talk on Police Shootings
Norwood News, (06/16/2016)

Members of the local community board's Public Safety Committee recently participated in an exercise at Monroe College in Fordham, N.Y., designed to show them the dangers and split-second decisions faced by police officers in the line of duty. Committee members used the School of Criminal Justice's Law Enforcement Training Simulator to participate in realistic shoot/don't shoot scenarios, as well as follow-up discussions about whether their decisions to shoot were justified.
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Facial Recognition Technology Comes Out of the Shadows
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, (06/14/2016), David Chanen

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the only one in Minnesota using facial recognition technology, recently posted information about its use of the technology to aid in investigations on its Facebook page, prompted by a local writer's blog entry. The Image Recognition Technology system takes about 30 minutes to search for a match and has aided several recent investigations.
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New Technology Enhances Campus Security
UConn Today, (06/16/2016), Grace Merritt

A University of Connecticut alumnus has donated a pilot installation of a new gunshot detection technology to the campus. Developed by New Haven-based security company Verbi Inc., which is owned by the alumnus, the technology detects gunshots and explosions, notifies campus police, maps a shooter's location and sends a live video feed to officers' handheld devices, all in less than two seconds. Officers receive notifications via text messages, iPad notifications and/or text-to-speech automated phone calls.
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Milwaukee Police See Promise in High-tech 'GPS Bullets'
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, (06/21/2016), Ashley Luthern

The Milwaukee Police Department has launched a pilot program to test a device that fires GPS units onto suspect vehicles for tracking purposes. In early phases, officers have deployed the devices successfully 50 percent of the time, but that is expected to improve to 75 percent as officers become comfortable with the technology. The technology was created by StarChase LLC.
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Virginia Tech Continues Campus Safety Efforts With Indoor Emergency Phones
WSLS 10, (06/21/2016)

Virginia Tech has installed more than 100 indoor emergency phones in locations throughout the campus, with plans calling for a total installation of 145 units. A press of button connects users to emergency dispatch within seconds.
Link to Article

Corrections News

State Prisons to Get Body Scanners to Keep Drugs Out
Concord Monitor, (06/17/2016), Allie Morris

New Hampshire's Democratic governor, Maggie Hassan, recently signed a bill that places six scanners in each of the state's three prisons and provides for grant funds to help place scanners in county jails that want the devices. The bill makes $740,000 available in grant funding and provides for $1.1 million to purchase the scanners. It stipulates that the machines only detect contraband, and do not display or record private body parts.
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Keeping the Drugs Out: Jails, Prisons Find a Steep Challenge
Virginian-Pilot, (06/19/2016), Kathleen Ronayne for the Associated Press

As visitors and inmates get more inventive in their attempts to smuggle drugs into prisons, corrections officials and lawmakers try to be equally inventive in finding ways to stop illegal drug smuggling. This article profiles a number of preventive measures in place in various locations across the United States.
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Probation Key to Prison Reform
Bismarck Tribune, (06/07/2016), Carolyn Grueskin

A 16-person committee charged with reviewing potential reforms to the North Dakota corrections system recently heard testimony about the state's rate of probation revocation, which may indicate a need for changes in the way that parolees are supervised. Improved access to treatment and increased access to jails for short-term incarceration, as well as additional resources for probation and parole officers, all could lead to improvements in the success of community supervision. North Dakota uses probation for felony offenses less frequently than many other states, and increasing probation for low-level felonies could improve overcrowding in the state's correctional facilities.
Link to Article

GPS Tracker Was Attached to Suspect's Leg. But Leg Wasn't Attached to the Suspect
Washington Post, (06/21/2016), Peter Hermann

A suspect in a District of Columbia homicide case apparently removed his prosthetic leg and the GPS tracking device attached to it, left it in a closet, put on a spare leg and moved freely about the city, believing he had established an unbreakable alibi. Apparently the technician who placed the device put it on over a sock and did not realize he was attaching it to a prosthetic leg; both actions are against protocol.
Link to Article

Union: Escape Shows Need for More Staff, Better Technology
Press-Republican, (06/04/2016), Joe LoTemplio

New York Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently released a 150-page report on the investigation into the escape of convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, 2015. An initial response from the union representing correctional officers indicated a potential need for major changes in staffing and technology.
Link to Article

The Senate's Popular Sentencing Reform Bill Would Sort Prisoners By 'Risk Score'
ProPublica, (06/14/2016), Lauren Kirchner

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act has attracted 37 co-sponsors in the Senate from both sides of the aisle; not well-known to the public is a clause calling for the attorney general to adopt/develop a tool for predicting future criminal behavior. Inmates receiving a "low risk" rating could reduce their sentences, but those receiving "high risk" scores could not. Such policies are already in place in various states, but there is little evidence that these tools actually are accurate.
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Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • 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.
  • 2016 National Forum on Criminal Justice, August 7-10, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
  • National Tactical Officers Association Tactical Operations Conference, August 14-19, 2016, Louisville, KY
  • American Probation and Parole Association's 41st Annual Training Institute, August 28-31, 2016, Cleveland, OH.

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