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In This Issue: January 24, 2019
NLECTC Spotlight

2019 NIJ R&D Symposium

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) will assist the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in hosting the annual NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium on Feb. 19, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. ET at the Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting in Baltimore, Md.

NIJ and the FTCoE are committed to improving the practice of forensic science and strengthening its impact through support of research and development, rigorous technology evaluation and adoption, effective knowledge transfer and education, and comprehensive dissemination of best practices and guidelines to agencies dedicated to combating crime. The future of forensic science and its impact on the public and criminal justice community is a motivating topic to gather expertise in a forum to discuss, discover and share new research approaches and applications to promote the advancement of forensic science. The R&D Symposium was specifically designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information sharing with the goal of moving research from theory to practice.

For more information and to register, go to

Register for Webinars To Train and Advance Crime Lab Directors

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) and the American Society of Crime Lab Director’s (ASCLD) are partnering to bring the crime lab leadership community an expansive training series highlighting five different forensic disciplines:

  • Crime Gun Intelligence (Thursday, Jan. 24, 2 – 3 PM ET)
  • Digital Forensics (Thursday, Jan. 31, 2 – 3 PM ET)
  • Fire Debris Analysis (Thursday, Feb. 7, 2 – 3 PM ET)
  • Trace Analysis (Thursday, Feb. 14, 2 – 3 PM ET)
  • Quality Assurance (TBD)
To register, go to

New Emergency Exercises Package for Emergency Preparedness Training

To support school and higher education capacity building and planning efforts, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students' Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center has developed a new emergency exercises package designed to help K-12 schools and school districts strengthen their emergency operations plans and identify gaps and weaknesses. The package aligns with the federally recommended focus on threat- and hazard-specific planning, featuring an emphasis on infectious disease outbreaks and power outages. Go to and scroll to Supplemental Exercise and Training Packages to download the package.

Read About Multi-Faced Active Shooter Training on

Visit, JTIC's school safety website, to learn about how the city of Falls Church, Va., has implemented a school safety educational program that includes active shooter response and Stop the Bleed training. After you read "Program Takes Multi-Faceted Approach to Active Shooter Training” at, browse the site for additional success stories, a calendar of events and more.

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.

Research and Development in Forensic Science for
Criminal Justice Purposes, Fiscal Year 2019
. All
applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on
April 11, 2019.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
. Deadline
to submit your application packet is April 17, 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

Contra Costa Sheriff's Office to Add Rapid DNA Technology to Its Arsenal
The Mercury News, (01/16/2019), Annie Sciacca and Nate Gartrell for the Bay Area News Group
The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office plans to buy rapid DNA technology, which reduces the time it takes to handle and test DNA. The technology should help identify criminal suspects or victims of major disasters such as fires. Rapid DNA technology has shortened the test time from weeks to about 90 minutes.
Link to Article

D.C. Mayor Announces Large New Investment in Opioid Overdose Antidote
The Washington Post, (01/18/2019), Peter Jamison
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has pledged to buy more than 50,000 naloxone kits as part of new efforts to address the city's opioid crisis. The kits would be given to police officers, community organizations, drug users and city residents who know people at risk of a drug overdose. Naloxone is used to reverse opioid overdoses.
Link to Article

Naperville Police Equip Every Patrol Car With Bean-Bag Shotgun
Naperville Sun, (01/18/2019), Suzanne Baker
Every squad car in the Naperville Police Department is equipped with a beanbag shotgun. The gun is seen as a means to disable violent persons who are in danger of injuring themselves or others but are not direct threats wherein deadly force is necessary, according to police. The shotguns are orange-colored and have less lethal markings on the stock.
Link to Article

Urbana Police Set to Roll Out New Body Cameras
The News-Gazette, (01/18/2019), Mary Schenk
Body-worn cameras are among the technology in an integrated video recording system purchased by the Urbana Police Department in Illinois. The system includes 14 squad-car cameras, 60 body-worn cameras, two interview-room cameras, a server, software and other support items.
Link to Article

Police Unveil New Body Cameras
Trumbull Times, (01/18/2019), Donald Eng
Police in Trumbull, Conn., are among the latest law enforcement agencies to be equipped with body cameras, which will be use to record evidence and interactions with the community. The cameras will be used under a department policy that dictates when the camera is to be activated, and specific situations when it should not be used.
Link to Article

Corrections News

U-M Student Podcast Helps Former Prisoners Tell Their Stories
Michigan News, (01/08/2019)
Students at the University of Michigan are producing a podcast that features former inmates discussing their experience of coming home after being incarcerated. Producers expect the narratives in the "While We Were Away” podcast to serve as guidebooks for those seeking knowledge, peace, comfort and joy in life on the outside.
Link to Article

From a Cell to a Home: Newly Released Inmates Matched With Welcoming Hosts
NPR, (01/16/2019)
The Homecoming Project in Alameda County, Calif., is matching prisoners being released after long sentences with homeowners and renters. The nonprofit behind the program pays the former inmates' rent for six months and actively supports the partnership.
Link to Article

Giving Inmates Tablets Will Help With Staffing, Safety Issues, SC Prisons Director Says
The State, (01/21/2019), Emily Bohatch
South Carolina plans to provide modified tablet computers to some inmates under a pilot program. Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said the program will provide tablets preloaded with approved content such as access to online classes and music. The tablets will also allow monitored phone calls and emails.
Link to Article

In-Person Visitations Restored at Mecklenburg County Jails, Sheriff's Office Says
WFAE, (01/16/2019)
In-person visitations have been fully restored at the Mecklenburg County jail. A previous policy allowed video-only visitation. The sheriff's office says inmates will be able to have one weekly in-person, face-to-face visit in the jail in addition to one weekly video visitation conducted at an administrative building.
Link to Article

Vermont Prison Staff Will Carry Opioid Rescue Medication Narcan After Rise in Overdoses
Burlington Free Press, (01/22/2019), Jess Aloe
The Vermont Department of Corrections plans to more than double the number of staff carrying the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone. The state's prison system will go from having 284 correctional officers trained in the use of the medication to 774.
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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