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In This Issue: February 8, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

NIJ Director’s Corner: Proactive Policing – What We Know and What We Don’t Know, Yet

In a new Director's Corner, Director David Muhlhausen provides an overview of a recent report published by the National of Academy of Sciences, based on research partially funded by NIJ, that presents a survey of what we know about the various proactive policing strategies. In the message, he outlines seven factors that law enforcement agencies can consider when implementing proactive practices.

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Read NIJ Article on Mobile Broadband Impact on Policing

Visit to read a new article from the National Institute of Justice, "Mobile Broadband Data Access Has Positive Impact on Police Operations."

Advances in modern technology have turned the days of a police officer's handling a call, then driving back to the station to file a paper report into nothing more than scenes from old television shows.
Laptops, PDAs, broadband and Wi-Fi enable officers to file electronic reports from the scene and keep on moving to the next call, but these technology innovations also have other implications that are more far-reaching and more subtle. This article looks at how the implementation of dedicated mobile broadband technology changed one police department. Adds Promising Corrections Programs

NIJ's recently added entries on two promising programs in the area of corrections.

The Violent Offender Treatment Program aims to reduce recidivism among youths convicted of violent offenses and capital crimes (such as murder) in one southern state. The program offers six months of intensive, therapeutic treatment to incapacitated juveniles before they are released. Results showed a statistically significant difference in reduced recidivism rates for juveniles who participated in the program, compared with those who did not participate. Learn more about the Violent Offender Treatment Program at

The Philadelphia Intensive Aftercare Probation Program was an alternative reintegration program for high-risk male juveniles who were being released to probation from a juvenile corrections facility. Results showed that while there were no differences between the treatment and comparison groups on the percent who had been re-arrested during the nine-month follow up, the treatment group had a statistically significantly lower number of re-arrests than the comparison group. Learn more about the Philadelphia Intensive Aftercare Probation Program at

NIJ Journal Article Examines Importance of Non-DNA Forensic Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases

In sexual assault cases, the investigation and exploration of the totality of the evidence collected are critical to unravelling the allegations. When DNA is not available or not probative, other forensic evidence can help establish the facts, recreate an entire series of events, corroborate or refute testimonies, and ultimately include or exclude a potential suspect. Visit to read "Sexual Assault Cases: Exploring the Importance of Non-DNA Forensic Evidence," a new NIJ Journal article on the topic. To subscribe to the NIJ Journal, visit

VALOR for Blue Adds New Resources

The Bureau of Justice Assistance's VALOR for Blue Web Portal ( has added a number of new resources recently.

The latest Spotlight on Safety, "Cybersecurity and Officer Safety—Increase Awareness, Assess Your Information, and Protect Your Digital Footprint," looks at how officers can protect themselves online in today's always-evolving social media landscape. New resources on officer-involved shootings and use of force offer recommendations and information; see "Officer-Involved Shootings: A Guide for Law Enforcement Leaders" and "Considerations and Recommendations Regarding State and Local Officer-Involved Use-of-Force Recommendations." You can also check out the latest podcast: "Healthy Hire — Healthy Retire" as well as other podcasts in the VALOR for Blue archive and look at a calendar of upcoming trainings.

Access to some articles and resources may require a VALOR for Blue account. You can sign up on the website at

DHS Releases Market Survey on UAS

Visit to read a U.S. Department of Homeland Security market survey on UAS. Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems Market Survey Report was prepared by the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, and references to any specific commercial products, processes or services do not imply its endorsement by the U.S. Government. Rather, the report presents a snapshot in time of available products.

Latest Issue of JUSTINFO

The newest issue of JUSTINFO, the electronic newsletter from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, is available at Read the latest news from the Office of Justice Programs' agencies that partner in supporting NCJRS, check on funding opportunities, and link to publications and announcements on upcoming webinars. To subscribe to JUSTINFO, visit

Federal Funding Opportunities:

Fiscal Year 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), all applications are due March 20, 2018.

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Texas Parks & Wildlife Has Life-Saving Plans for New Drone
Unmanned Aerial, (01/31/2018), Betsy Lillian
The Gear Up for Game Wardens program, which has collected more than $100,000 in private donations to purchase specialized equipment for the game wardens of Texas, recently purchased a search-and-rescue drone that the agency plans to use to help its efforts in hard-to-reach areas. The agency plans to use the UAS to locate missing persons in areas that are less readily accessible by its helicopter.
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Texarkana Police Receive Prescription Drop off Box
TXK Today, (01/31/2018), Field Walsh
The Texarkana Emergency Center has purchased a prescription drug drop-off box to place at the Texarkana Police Department. The goal is to remove unused and unwanted prescription drugs from residents' homes; dropped off prescriptions will be immediately destroyed. The efforts are intended to provide a year-round supplement to the semiannual National Take Back Initiative days.
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State Police Open New 24/7 Non-Emergency Line, (02/01/2018), Spencer Guimont
The Oregon State Police have launched a new non-emergency line for reporting traffic issues, highway hazards and minor accidents. *OSP (*677) serves as a mobile phone direct call number that motorists can use to request assistance. Emergency calls should continue to go to 911.
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BYU App Now Offers Students 'Virtual Escort' With Campus Police
Fox 13 Salt Lake City, (02/02/2018), Elle Thomas
The Brigham Young University Police Department has added a new feature to its app that allows students to request a "virtual escort" from the agency. The Safewalk feature allows an officer to track a student on request and turns the tracking capability off when the requester turns the feature off.
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County Police Save More Than 1,000 Lives With Narcan
Delaware County New Network, (02/03/2018), Kevin Tustin
Pennsylvania 's Delaware County has earned the unique distinction of having its law enforcement officers save more than 1,000 lives using Narcan since the introduction of its use in November 2014. Narcan is used to reverse opioid overdoses. In total, commonwealth law enforce officers have performed 6,456 reversals since the 2014 passage of David's Law.
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Hoping to Blunt Opioid Deaths, 'Naloxone for Life' Is Equipping Colorado First Responders
Colorado Public Radio, (02/06/2018), John Daley
A program called Naloxone for Life is placing the life-saving rescue drug naloxone with law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado, and officers have used the anti-overdose drug to save 320 lives in less than two years. Trainers have distributed 7,500 kits to 158 agencies; the Colorado Attorney General's Office is providing funding.
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Wisconsin Allowing Hidden Cameras to Capture Elder Abuse and Neglect, (02/06/2018), Aisha Morales
Eastern Wisconsin has a new program called the Safe Seniors Camera Program wherein the state is providing cameras and memory cards to law enforcement agencies. Anyone who suspects a loved one is being mistreated by a caregiver who comes into a home may borrow a camera and card for up to 30 days to document events. Citizens should save the recordings and report wrongdoing to the police.
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Danville Police Using 'Driver Feedback' Sign to Curb Speeding
Fox 59, (02/06/2018), Nick McGill
The Danville (Ind.) Metropolitan Police Department has a modern take on the standard "Your Speed Is…," sign, with a new Digital Driver Feedback sign that uses emojis to indicate whether a driver is within the legal limit. The department also plans to use data from the sign to analyze traffic patterns to help plan targeted speed enforcement tactics.
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Schools Plugged Into Emergency Radio System
LaPorte County Herald-Argus, (02/06/2018), Jon Gard
Schools in LaPorte County, Ind., have received new radios that, with a touch of a button, automatically connect them to 911 dispatch and to every first responder within radio range. The radios replace an outdated and unused panic button system, and are part of an overall upgrade of county communications. The system is the only one of its kind in use in the state.
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Corrections News

Sheriff's Department Adjusts Rules After Finding Drugs in Packages
The Republic, (02/02/2018), Julie McClure
Because of an increasing amount of contraband, the Bartholomew County (Ind.) Sheriff's Office will no longer allow mail on colored paper or envelopes, including cards and postcards. Mail written in crayon, colored pencils and markers is also banned, along with scented, stained or discolored correspondence. Stamps will be removed and a full name and return address are required for delivery.
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Keeping Drugs Out of Jail Is a Never-ending Challenge
Journal & Courier, (02/02/2018), Ron Wilkens
Three officers working at the Tippecanoe County (Ind.) jail recently required treatment with naloxone after exposure to an unknown substance. An inmate also required treatment, although it is not known whether he was the source of the drug exposure. Sheriff Barry Richard has suspended in-person visits for trusty inmates, and is looking into additional ways to combat the introduction of contraband.
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Gaston County Solution to Drugs in Jail Blocked, (02/05/2018), Ken Lemon
In the first 13 days of January, staff encountered 13 incidents involving drug use in the Gaston County (N.C.) Jail. The county commissioners have budgeted funds to purchase a full-body scanner, but state health officials have rejected the request. Although the scanners are used elsewhere in the country, there are none in use in North Carolina.
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Deputies Patrolling Outside SC Prisons to Stop Contraband
WCNC, (02/01/2018), Billie Jean Shaw
South Carolina corrections administrators have begun hiring off-duty deputies to patrol near facility perimeters in an attempt to stop the smuggling of contraband cell phones. In 2018, 800 contraband phones were confiscated at the Broad River facility alone. Deputies from Lee, Dorchester and Richland counties are participating.
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In New York, All 51,000 State Prisoners Will Get Their Own Tablet Computers
CNN, (02/01/2018), Ellie Kaufman
JPay, provider of various technology-related inmate services, has entered into a contract to provide all New York State inmates with tablet computers. Individuals can use the devices to communicate with loved ones and take classes, but will not be able to access the Internet or social media.
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Hammond Police Link Murder Suspect to Armed Robbery Through Court's Ankle Monitor, (02/01/2018), Steve Garrison
A man released with an ankle monitor while awaiting trial for an East Chicago murder allegedly committed an armed robbery in Hammond during December 2017. The robbery suspect had initially left the scene in a vehicle and then further fled on foot after he crashed the vehicle, which was registered to Cadarrow E. Patten-White. Records from the monitoring device placed Patten-White in the vicinity of the robbery.
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Inmate Admits to Murder in Facebook Live From Prison Cell
CBS Sacramento, (02/01/2018)
An inmate in an Atlanta, Ga., federal corrections facility admitted to committing a murder during a nearly one-hour Facebook Live session apparently conducted with a contraband cell phone. Joseph Fletcher, from Akron, is serving a 39-month sentence on weapons charges, and claims to have committed a murder for which another man has been charged.
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Drugs, 1,046 Cellphones Seized at Fort Dix Federal Prison
The Trentonian, (01/30/2018), David Foster
Staff at Fort Dix Correctional Institution in New Jersey recently discovered more than 1,000 cellphones along with synthetic marijuana, tobacco and liquor in the basement of one of the facility's buildings. The contraband was located outside the secure area of the prison and it appeared that inmates had secretly gained access to the area. Ft. Dix is a low-security prison.
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After Reforming Criminal Justice, Alaska Has Second Thoughts
Governing the States and Localities, (February 2018), Alan Greenblatt
Going against a nationwide trend, the Alaska state legislature has rolled back provisions in a 2016 law revising and reducing sentencing policies; the legislature has also increased penalties for minor felonies. Opponents of the changes argue that the law wasn't given time to work.
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Stab-resistant Shirts, Body Alarms. Prisons Gear Up to Defend Against Inmate Attacks.
Charlotte Observer, (01/25/2018), Gavin Off and Ames Alexander
In the wake of the deaths of four corrections officers, North Carolina has announced plans to purchase stab-resistant undershirts, personal body alarms, batons, upgraded fencing and more. The state will also implement policies to hire and retain more officers; in the average month, the state hires 147 officers and loses 150.
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For Some Prisoners on the Cusp of Freedom, Virtual Reality Readies Them for Release
Colorado Public Radio, (01/31/2018), Meredith Turk
In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a sentence of life without possibility of parole for juveniles constituted cruel and unusual punishment, and in 2016, Colorado passed a law making some adults sentenced as juveniles eligible for resentencing. To qualify, inmates must have spent a minimum of 20 years behind bars and successfully complete a three-year reentry program. Part of this program uses virtual reality to teach these inmates adult life skills such as doing laundry and using a debit card.
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