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In This Issue: February 7, 2019
NLECTC Spotlight

New Fields Added to NamUs Database

The National Institute of Justice, through the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System ( program, is committed to increasing data and case information to address the number of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native men and women. In order to further this important initiative, NIJ has added new data fields to NamUs.

For missing person cases, these fields include the following questions:

  • Was the missing person last seen on tribal land under the jurisdiction of the United States?
  • Was the missing person's primary residence on tribal land under the jurisdiction of the United States?
  • Was the missing person enrolled or affiliated with a state- or federally recognized tribe? If yes, the names of specific tribes will be made available through a pre-populated pick-list.

For unidentified and unclaimed person cases, the following new field will be included:

  • Was the person found deceased on tribal land under the jurisdiction of the United States?

These fields have been added to NamUs to better gather relevant information related to the investigation of a missing and/or unidentified indigenous person case, in the hope of resolving more cases and to foster better communication across tribal, local, state and federal jurisdictions. Many of these fields require an answer to complete a case submission; however, there will be options to indicate if certain information is unknown or unavailable. On acceptance, all tribal enrollment/affiliation and the location of the missing person's primary residence will be visible to only professional users who are linked to the case as a case contributor.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact your NamUs Regional Program Specialist or call NamUs toll-free at 1-855-626-7600.

NIJ FTCoE Launches New Podcast Season, Starting With "Just the Sole of Impression Pattern Evidence”

In Episode One of the Identification season of Just Science, the National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence interviews Lesley Hammer, former president of the International Association for Identification and the current chair of the Education Committee of the IAI.

The Identification season will focus on many of the different aspects of identification in forensic investigations. A majority of these interviews were recorded at the 2018 International Forensic Educational Conference in San Antonio, Texas, from July 29 through August 4. This conference, held by IAI, represents a diverse and knowledgeable membership that meets annually to educate and share techniques, methods and research into the various forensic science identification disciplines.

Click to listen.

Article on Use of Animal Models Posted to NIJ Website

Go to to read "The Value of Nonhuman Animal Models in Forensic Decomposition Research,” a new article posted to the National Institute of Justice website.

The science of human decomposition is built on research done on dogs, pigs and a wide range of other animal species. Researchers recognized that problems may arise when data derived from animal studies is applied to explain decomposition phenomena in forensic casework of human remains. The NIJ-supported researchers compared decomposition processes in the bodies of five humans, five domestic pigs and five domestic rabbits in three separate seasonal trials to determine whether nonhuman animals could make a suitable proxy for humans. Results from the study indicated significant differences in the decomposition process, leading to conclusions about the use of nonhuman animal models in human decomposition research.

Cybersecurity Awareness Webinar Set for February 22

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will present Awareness Briefing: Chinese Cyber Activity Targeting Managed Service Providers to review the background of this perceived cyberthreat. Register at for the February 22 event, which starts at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

Read About Webinar Focusing on Extracurricular Event Planning

The latest article posted to, JTIC's school safety website, provides an overview of a recent webinar on safety and security planning for extracurricular events. Visit to read "Webinar Provides Information on Planning for Extracurricular Events.” While on the site, check out other success stories, a calendar of events and more.

COPS Office Releases New Episode of "What's New in Blue”

Capt. Derek Prestridge of the Texas Department of Public Safety discusses the state's Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program, focusing on how the project began, its expansion across the country and outcomes of the project in a new episode of "What's New in Blue” from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Visit to view the episode.

IPC, started in 2007, trains local law enforcement officers to identify and question suspects during regular patrol stops who may be trafficking children or involved in child abductions. In 2014, the COPS Office awarded the Texas Department of Public Safety a microgrant to implement a nationwide train-the-trainer program, which has received numerous accolades from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country.

What's New in Blue is a series of short videos intended to keep viewers informed about innovative developments and critical issues in law enforcement. The episodes feature informative discussions about ideas worth spreading throughout American policing in a format useful for viewing in roll call or training classes, or sharing with colleagues and across social media.

Study Finds Agencies Can React More Supportively Than Family and Friends to Victims' Disclosures of Sexual Assault

An article recently published on the National Institute of Justice website looks at research indicating that when a woman reports becoming a victim of sexual assault — formally, to law enforcement or a community service provider, or informally, to family, friends or other intimates — the reaction itself, if negative, can cause further harm to the victim. In the study, victims reported receiving more negative reactions from informal supports (e.g., peers, family members) than they experienced when disclosing sexual assault to police or community-based service providers. Understanding the dynamics of how people and institutions react to sexual assault reports, and the impact of differing reactions on victims, is important at a time when, as the researchers noted, society's response to sexual assault nationally is shifting toward community-coordinated action, with law enforcement and community service providers increasingly working together. Read more at

Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. All
applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on
April 8, 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.

Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice, Fiscal Year 2019. Deadline
to submit your application packet is April 19, 2019.

Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence, Fiscal Year 2019. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 6, 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

Storing Body Cam Footage Isn't Cheap, but Omaha Police Says It's Worth It
KMTVNewsNowOmaha, (01/30/2019), Jon Kipper
About two-thirds of the more than $2 million spent by the Omaha Police Department on its body-worn camera program has gone toward storing digital evidence. At a time when some departments are dropping their programs due to high storage costs, OPD has built the DREAM (digitally recorded evidence access and management) unit, a room at headquarters where all collected video is stored and copied to disc as requested by courts. The Omaha Police Foundation has paid much of the cost for the program.
Link to Article

UF Researchers Are Rethinking School Police Training, Emergency Response Drills
WJCT, (01/30/2019), Jessica Bakeman
A team at the University of Florida is using a National Institute of Justice grant to fund the development of a model training program that seeks to improve officers' interactions with vulnerable students. In the pilot program, school resource officers from Miami-Dade County will take an online course to learn research-supported strategies for communicating with children who have experienced trauma.
Link to Article

Metro Tackles Increase in Gun Violence With New Crime Unit, (01/31/2019), Jessica Jaglois
The Metro Nashville Police Department, the U.S. Attorney's Office and Mayor David Briley have teamed up to create a Crime Gun Unit that will use forensics and stronger prosecution methods to combat gun violence. The new unit consists of six detectives and one sergeant, all of whom were formerly assigned to the police department's Gang Unit.
Link to Article

Massachusetts Police Department Offering 911 Tracking Integrated Into Uber App
Fox 8 Cleveland, (02/02/2019), Natasha Anderson
The Cambridge (Mass.) Police Department has become the second in the start to adopt Uber's new Safety Toolkit app. If a passenger swipes the app, dispatchers will receive the exact location of the car; make, model and license number; and detailed information on the caller. The app updates every 30 seconds.
Link to Article

MPD's Special Events Team Prepared to Protect
WMTV, (02/03/2019), Isabel Lawrence
The Madison (Wis.) Police Department Special Events Team, which consists of 75 officers and an additional medic platoon whose members have more advanced medical training, works at festivals, rallies and other events that draw large crowds. The number of individuals at these events can make it harder for paramedics to quickly reach individuals who need assistance. The team also provides crowd control.
Link to Article

Police Learn to Deal With Mentally Ill Residents
Albuquerque Journal, (02/04/2019), Ryan Boethel
For the past three years, Albuquerque police officers have taken part in videoconference workshops that are part of the CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Options) project. The weekly workshops, which teach officers how to handle mental health crisis calls, have drawn participants from Texas, Illinois and North Carolina, and are based on ECHO projects created for health care providers in rural parts of the state. The original funding for the project has expired and the department is now looking for alternative funding sources to continue.
Link to Article

State to Offer Opioid Reversal Medicine in Alabama High Schools
WSFA, (01/30/2019), Morgan Young
The Alabama Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Children's Hospital of Alabama, the Alabama Board of Nursing and the Alabama Board of Pharmacy, are working to develop a training program for administrators, coaches and school staff on how to use naloxone, the medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Grant funding is making the drug available to all high schools in the state.
Link to Article

State Troopers to Conduct ‘Operation Yellow Jacket' In Indiana County
KDKA, (02/04/2019)
Using PennDOT highway maintenance vehicles, Pennsylvania state troopers participating in "Operation Yellow Jacket” will conduct speed enforcement and Steer Clear checks in Indiana County this week. PennDOT and the state police will work together at set locations throughout the county.
Link to Article

Corrections News

MS Prisons 'A Pressure Cooker,' MDOC Commissioner Warns. Staff Shortage Leads to Lockdown.
Clarion Ledger, (01/27/201), Associated Press
Visitation and other privileges have been canceled indefinitely at the South Mississippi Correctional Facility in Leakesville due to a 48-percent vacancy rate among staff jobs. The facility holds 3,051 inmates, just 31 short of capacity. Similar measures may also take place at two other facilities.
Link to Article

Kansas Prisons ‘Under Stress': Photos Show Destroyed Facilities, Injured Officers
Wichita Eagles, (01/30/2019), Jonathan Shorman
Kansas' interim corrections secretary says years of double-bunking inmates and moving them around have contributed to acute disturbances within the system. The state faces a severe staffing shortage and rising overtime costs as well.
Link to Article

Criminal Justice Reform Paves the Way for Welfare Reform
Governing, (01/22/2019), Mattie Quinn
Although many states have recently enacted policies allowing former inmates convicted of drug felonies to access food stamps and/or cash assistance programs, Pennsylvania recently passed legislation that enforces the ban on benefits. Research has shown that individuals with full access to public benefits are less likely to reoffend.
Link to Article

State: Lauderdale County Serial Rapist Used Illegal Prison Cell Phone to Plot Escape
WAAY 31, (02/01/2019), Breken Terry
Corey Davis, who escaped from the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Ala., on Jan. 23, used a contraband cell phone to establish a relationship with a woman who took him into her home after his escape. Corrections officials say Davis hid in a furniture transport trailer to escape, and was recaptured at the woman's home in Kentucky.
Link to Article

Feds Say They've Cracked Prison Drug Network
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, (02/06/2019), Torsten Ove
Noah Landfried of Moon, Pa., who obtained an early release from a drug-trafficking sentence in 2017, has been arrested on charges related to trafficking multiple kinds of drugs and orchestrating a nationwide ring that smuggled contraband substances into prison via drug-soaked paper. The ring was broken up following an investigation by multiple federal agencies.
Link to Article

Gun Found on Suspect's Pant Leg as He Was Being Booked Into Jail, Officials Say
WESH 2, (02/01/2019)
A body scanner found a gun hidden inside a man's pants leg as he was being booked into jail in Orlando, Fla. The individual had been arrested on various drug- and gun-related charges.
Link to Article

Let's Train Inmates for Success in the High-Tech Economy
The Crime Report, (02/01/2019), Emily Mooney and Arthur Rizer
This article takes an in-depth look at the need for inmate vocational training programs that lead individuals to success in today's high-tech economy. A past criminal record can hinder an individual's chances of finding employment, and many work-release and training programs focus on low-skill, low-wage positions.
Link to Article

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