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July 7, 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









Pacific Safety Products Inc.,
GH Armor Systems




Stab-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 Stab Resistance of Personal Body Armor NIJ Standard-0115.00. To view the entire list, go to






Slate Solutions, LLC





Slate Solutions, LLC





Applied Fiber Concepts





Trace Evidence Data Workshop 

The National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md., will hold a free workshop July 19-20, 2016 to gather feedback from practitioners and researchers in the forensic science community on further improving access and expanding the development of datasets useful for trace forensic evidence. Register by July 12 to attend "Trace Evidence Data Workshop: Improving Technology and Measurement in Forensic Science." To register and for more information, go to

National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking 2016 National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability will be held July 26-27 in Kansas City, Mo. The Symposium brings together professionals working to manage sex offenders and prevent sexual violence to exchange ideas, learn about new emerging tools and projects, and network with others in the field. For information and to register, visit

Webinar From Body Worn Camera TTA Program

The Bureau of Justice Assistance Body-Worn Camera Technical Assistance and Training Initiative will host a webinar on July 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. EDT on "Impact of Body-Worn Cameras on Use of Force Policies." The webinar takes a close look at several key areas of police policy and practice relating to use of force that the implementation of body worn cameras is affecting, or will likely impact - use of force policies, force investigation and review, and training and organizational learning. For more information and to register go to:

Social Media and Open Source Seminar

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is offering a free Social Media and Open Source Seminar on September 6-7, 2016, in Oklahoma City, Okla. The seminar will allow state and local analysts to examine current practices and techniques for using social media and open source information in analytic and investigative activities. Participants will also examine privacy and legal considerations to accessing and using social media and open source information, and best practices for using this information in state and locally generated analytic products. Interested attendees should register at Due to limitations on the number of attendees, participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Falmouth Police Procure State-of-the-Art Vessel
The Forecaster, (06/29/2016), Colin Ellis

The police department in Falmouth, Maine, has a new harbor patrol boat with advanced technology. The $327,000 vessel was purchased in part with a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The 27-foot boat's advanced technology systems include a device that can pick up heat signatures of people in the water, an advanced navigation system and automatic course plotter that maps out hazards, a multi-unit communication system to connect with other agencies and a radar system that can help in recovery missions. Also, an onboard computer can link to the police department's computer system and the state's system to check identification and boat registrations.
Link to Article

Harrisburg Police Start Database of Private Video Systems to Help Solve Crimes
PennLive, (06/27/2016), Christine Vendel

Police in Harrisburg, Pa., are compiling a database of businesses and residences with video surveillance systems. The database is designed to help direct detectives to camera systems near where a crime is reported. Registering a video system with the police is voluntary. Police will contact owners of video systems if they need help with a crime.
Link to Article

Cincinnati Police Body Camera Program Starts August 1
WVXU, (06/27/2016), Jay Hanselman

The Cincinnati Police Department will begin deploying body worn cameras on August 1. The city will initially have about 700 cameras for patrol officers, and is seeking funding for 400 more devices. The police department said body camera videos will be retained for 90 days unless they are needed for investigations or prosecutions. The department has established guidelines for using the cameras.
Link to Article

Idaho Officer Shot in Chest, Saved by Vest, (06/29/2016), from the Idaho Statesman

A Boise, Idaho, police officer was saved by his ballistic-resistant vest on June 28, when he took a shot to the chest when responding to a 911 call for a shooting. His injuries were not life-threatening; the suspect died at the scene. It was not immediately clear whether his injuries were self-inflicted or a result of police gunfire.
Link to Article

State Allocates $49K to 15 Agencies to Buy Body Armor; Baltimore Gets Biggest Award
WBFF, (07/05/2016), Zoe Zellers

Fifteen law enforcement agencies across Maryland will split $49,000 in funding for purchasing body armor. Each year, the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention awards body armor grants to different agencies that did not receive a grant the previous year. The state made the funding available July 1. The highest amount - $14,000 - will go to Baltimore.
Link to Article

NCPD: Police Officer Saved by Bulletproof Vest, Suspect in the Hospital
Fox19Now, (07/05/2016)

Officer Wayne Pavlischek of the North Charleston (S.C.) Police Department was treated and released at a local hospital after his ballistic-resistant vest stopped a shot to his abdomen during a Fourth of July standoff with a suspect. Officers initially responded to a report of a speeding vehicle that attempted to strike a pedestrian; they subsequently became engaged in a standoff situation with the alleged driver, who fired shots at them from the second story of a home. The suspect was wounded during the incident and also transported to the nearby hospital.
Link to Article

Corrections News

SC Hopes Telemedicine Will Improve Inmate Care and Cut Costs
The Herald, (07/04/2016), Meg Kinnard for The Associated Press

The South Carolina Department of Corrections plans to begin using telemedicine to examine inmates. The agency will partner with the Medical University of South Carolina. Using tools such as videoconferencing, doctors at the Charleston hospital can examine inmates remotely, doing routine exams and diagnosing illnesses. Corrections director Bryan Stirling said telemedicine will save the costs of transporting inmates to hospitals. Officials say it also reduces possible security risks to physicians.
Link to Article

Dane County Health Center Testing Drunken Drivers Using Fingernails, Not Blood
Wisconsin State Journal, (06/30/2016), David Wahlberg

A Wisconsin mental health center is testing repeat drunken drivers using fingernail clippings instead of blood. The Journey Mental Health Center in Dane County switched the testing method from blood to fingernail clippings earlier this year. Drunken drivers convicted three or more times undergo assessments and treatment for a year, during which they are tested periodically to see if they have been drinking. The chemical deposited by alcohol that is detected through testing stays longer in fingernails than in blood, providing a window of detection going back three months, compared to a window of two to three weeks.
Link to Article

Exclusive Footage: SC Prisoner Live-Streams From Inside Prison
WYFF, (06/30/2016)

An inmate in a South Carolina Department of Corrections facility used a cell phone to live-stream from inside his prison cell with help from the mobile app Periscope. In the footage streamed on June 26 and 27, there were three to four other prisoners in the cell drinking from an orange cooler and smoking a substance. Viewers were able to comment and ask questions as prisoners responded in real time. The department says two inmates have been identified but not charged. An investigation is underway to identify all involved.
Link to Article

White House Says Data Can Help Fix America's Overcrowded Jails
CNET, (07/01/2016), Alison Vayne

The White House has launched an initiative to help direct low-level offenders and people with mental issues out of the jail system. Seven states and 60 communities have committed to the Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) initiative. The plan is to use data collected on individuals who are often in touch with the police, emergency departments and other services and link them to health, behavioral health and social services within the community. First responders will be trained in how to deal with people experiencing mental health issues to better direct them to the proper services. The administration is developing a toolkit that will guide jurisdictions toward the best practices, policies and programs that have been successful in DDJ communities.
Link to Article

Changes in Sentencing Policy Raise Pressure on Probation Officers
Wall Street Journal, (07/05/2016), Gary Fields

The current push for shorter prison sentences is adding to the work of federal probation officers and raising concerns that details might be missed that could prevent relapse among probationers. About 5,500 federal probation officers oversee about 180,000 people in the United States. The proportion of federal ex-inmates whose probation has been revoked dropped to 27 percent in 2015 from 29 percent in 2010. That decline has been attributed in part to improved risk assessments. But probation officials say the drop is due chiefly to the fact there are fewer officers, relative to the number of ex-inmates, to spot violations, so more offenders are remaining free.
Link to Article

Bill Nemitz: Credit LePage for Putting Foot Down on Domestic Abuse
Portland Press Herald, (07/03/2016), Bill Nemitz, Columnist

Gov. Paul LePage of Maine has called for statewide use of electronic monitoring devices to keep domestic abusers away from their victims. The governor wants to expand four pilot programs now operating in four counties where ankle bracelets are currently used to track high-risk defendants accused of domestic assault as they await trial or, in a few cases, as a condition of their probation. The governor wants the bracelets to be used not only on those charged with domestic violence, but also on anyone subject to a protection-from-abuse order.
Link to Article

Drones Deliver Illegal Goods to Prison Inmates 'Like Amazon'
Vocativ, (06/30/2016), Jennings Brown

Prisons are beginning to install technology to prevent and detect attempted deliveries of contraband via drones. The Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead, N.Y., installed drone detection technology last month. Integris, the security company in New York, collaborated with Dedrone to build a drone security system at the correctional facility. Dedrone makes the DroneTracker, a device that uses ultrasound, infrared and Wi-Fi sensors to detect drones within 1,640 feet. Several DroneTrackers alert officers if a drone is nearby. At that point personnel can determine the best way to prevent the drone from completing a delivery.
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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
  • 10th National Conference on Responding to Missing and Unidentified Persons: Our Nation's Hidden Victims and Pre-Conference, Preconference - August 15-16, 2016 and Conference - August 17-19, 2016, Atlanta, GA
  • American Probation and Parole Association's 41st Annual Training Institute, August 28-31, 2016, Cleveland, OH.
New Publications

Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service Specification Development, Final Report,
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center-Corrections Technology Center of Excellence,

After Rescue: Evaluation of Strategies to Stabilize and Integrate Adult Survivors of Human Trafficking to the United States,
National Institute of Justice,

Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits in Houston, TX: Case Characteristics, Forensic Testing Results, and the Investigation of CODIS Hits, Final Report,
National Institute of Justice,

Documenting and Explaining the 2015 Homicide Rise,
National Institute of Justice,

A New Role for Technology? Implementing Video Visitation in Prison,
Vera Institute,

By the Numbers: Parole Release and Revocation Across 50 States,
Robina Institute,

PREA Data Collection Activities, 2016,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Facility-level and Individual-level Correlates of Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities, 2012,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,


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