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In This Issue: January 17, 2019
NLECTC Spotlight

Visit to Learn More About Cyberbullying

Read "Webinar Focuses on Cyberbullying Strategies," a new article recently added to, JTIC's school safety website. This article outlines the messages and strategies presented during "Cyberbullying: The Law Enforcement Perspective," a webinar sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention during fall 2018. While you're visiting the site, check out resources, the calendar of events and more.

Deadline Approaching to Apply for a Research Assistantship at the National Institute of Justice

The NIJ Research Assistantship Program offers highly qualified doctoral students the opportunity to bring their expertise to NIJ to work across offices and program areas to obtain a practical and applied research experience. NIJ welcomes students from all academic disciplines to apply and connect their research to the criminal justice field. NIJ provides funds to participating universities to pay salaries and other costs associated with research assistants who work on NIJ research activities.

Students have until Jan. 25, 2019 to work with their schools to apply. Apply and find details at

Nominations Open for Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery

The nomination period for the 2018 Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery closes on Feb. 15, 2019. The award honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who engage in exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty. For information, go to

ASCLD & FTCoE Webinar on the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network

A webinar will be held Jan. 24, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET on the challenges and opportunities regarding the implementation of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) program. The NIBIN program has the potential to find links in cases involving firearms that can quickly assist in an investigation. Crime Gun Intelligence utilizes evidence-based technology to provide law enforcement a unique tool to develop information on crime guns and shootings to identify and disrupt the shooting cycle. The program has the potential to quickly find links between shooting cases, links across jurisdictional boundaries, and has the potential of increased communication and problem solving between agencies. One of the foundations of this intelligence is the use of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' NIBIN. In 2018, the National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board established Minimum Required Operating Standards for NIBIN. The webinar will include a brief discussion on NIBIN and the new standards, presentations from a state laboratory (Utah Bureau of Forensic Science) and a local laboratory (Phoenix Police Laboratory Services Bureau) on the challenges of implementation, and how they are working to meet the new standards.
For information and to register, go to


Federal Funding Opportunities:

For a list of all NIJ funding opportunities, go to:

For a list of all OJP funding opportunities, go to:

NIJ Research Assistantship Program (RAP), applications are now being accepted. Deadline to submit your application packet is January 25, 2019.
Federal Funding Webinars:

Nothing available at this time

Federal Funding Resources:

OJP Funding Resource Center: Find current opportunities, solicitation requirements, forms and worksheets, and post-award instructions to help as you apply for and manage OJP awards.

DOJ Program Plan: See summary details of the funding opportunities each DOJ grant-making component is expecting to release or has released in the current fiscal year.

DOJ Grants Financial Guide: Learn about the laws, rules and regulations that affect the financial and administrative management of an OJP award.

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Texas EMS Agency to Equip Paramedics With Full Body Cameras, (01/08/2019), EMS1 Staff
A Texas EMS agency will equip its paramedics with body cameras, following a trial period during which use of the technology helped save two lives. Cypress Creek EMS Executive Director Bradley England said the technology allowed paramedics to show emergency room doctors exactly what they saw in the field. He said the technology also proved to be a teaching tool and accelerated advanced certifications.
Link to Article

New Santa Rosa Schools Security System Requires Visitor ID, Permission to Enter Schools
Pensacola News Journal, (01/10/2019), Jacob Newby
The Santa Rosa County School District in Florida is installing closed-access control systems at all of its schools. Every school will have at least one closed-access control system installed at its main entry points, with high schools likely installing two or three. Also, visitors must present a valid driver's license or identification card and a reason for entry into the school.
Link to Article

Birmingham Police Department Seeks New Software That Helps Predict Crime
WBRC, (01/11/2019), Melanie Posey
The police department in Birmingham, Ala., wants to begin using software to help predict where crime is likely to occur. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith says the department needs to do more predictive policing.
Link to Article

Mesa Internet Crimes Against Children Unit Putting New Mobile Forensic Lab to Good Use
Abc15, (01/12/2019), Sonu Wasu
A mobile forensics lab is helping the Mesa Internet Crimes Against Children unit perform investigations. The mobile lab allows police investigators to process digital information at the crime scene. It can eliminate the step of having to drive computers, hard drives and cell phones to a special lab to be processed.
Link to Article

Cayuga County Residents Can Provide Emergency Responders With Advanced Info, (01/12/2019), Ryan Franklin
A system at the Cayuga County, N.Y., Emergency Communications Department allows residents with special needs and medical conditions to call the department's nonemergency line to provide dispatchers with information about themselves or family members. The information can help first responders be prepared in an emergency 911 situation.
Link to Article

New System to Expand on Amber Alerts
Journal Courier, (01/14/2019), Nick Draper
A new state alert system in Illinois is intended to help police find people who are missing but are not covered by the Amber Alert system. The Illinois State Wide Alert System will send alerts to those who opt-in via their cell phones or email. The new system hopes to alert the public without those who disappear having to meet the same criteria as an Amber Alert.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Maine Prisons Introduce Tablet Program to Train Offenders
News Center Maine, (01/10/2019), Chloe Teboe
The Maine Department of Corrections is introducing a tablet program to prisons to help prepare offenders for re-entry into the labor force. The program will provide educational, vocational and life-skill content.
Link to Article

Pennsylvania State Inmate Population Fell Again Last Year
The Morning Call, (01/11/2019), by Associated Press
Officials say the number of inmates in Pennsylvania's state prisons fell by 2.2 percent last year, the sixth decline in the past seven years. Total inmate numbers fell to 47,370, or 1,068 fewer than were incarcerated in state prisons at end of 2017.
Link to Article

Seminole County Jail Ditches Letters for Electronic Messages. Video Calls to Take Place of Inmate Visits.
Orlando Sentinel, (01/11/2019), Michael Williams
A new system requires jail inmates in Seminole County to view digital copies of letters from family and friends, rather than receiving paper copies. The jail also plans to replace in-person visits at the jail with a video-visitation system. Inmates can instantly send and receive electronic messages similar to text messages or emails, but monitored by jail staff.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information regarding Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts events go to:

  • 31st Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department, August 12-15, 2019, Sheraton Hotel Dallas, Dallas, TX. For information go to: or contact:

For additional information regarding School Safety events go to: (calendar events listed on the right hand side of the page).


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