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In This Issue: February 14, 2019
NLECTC Spotlight

Find Out More About How Law Enforcement Uses UAS

The Justice Technology Information Center takes a look at how the Alameda County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office uses unmanned aircraft systems in "Ready for Takeoff," a new video recently added to the JTIC YouTube channel at Alameda County uses UAS in a variety of ways to assist with investigations and work with other first responders to enhance public safety. This video takes a look at the program and showcases some of its successes using UAS.

Online Registration Open for 2019 National Institute of Justice Research & Development Symposium

The National Institute of Justice's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is continually striving to bring you the optimum learning experience when delivering online events and webinars. To better disseminate content to the growing forensic community, starting on Feb. 19, 2019, at the 2019 NIJ R&D Symposium, the NIJ FTCoE will begin hosting events on a new virtual platform. This platform will provide a better user interface, putting more content, discussion and knowledge at your fingertips.

NIJ and its 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 sciences 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 sciences. 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.

Visit to register and learn more.

Read About Learning From Averted and Completed Attacks on

A new article posted to, JTIC's school safety website, recaps a recent webinar from the National Center for Campus Public Safety. Visit to read "Webinar Focuses on Learning from Averted and Completed Attacks." While you're on the site, check out the calendar of events, additional success stories and more.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Conducting Survey on Communication Technology

NIST is conducting a research survey with first responders to gain a better understanding of the communication technology they currently use, need and want in the future. As part of this effort, the Institute needs feedback from EMS, fire, law enforcement and 911/dispatch. Participation is voluntary and responses are confidential. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and will remain open until March 31, 2019. For more information, visit
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. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 17, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice, Fiscal Year 2019. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 19, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on Domestic Terrorism Prevention, Fiscal Year 2019. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 22, 2019.

Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories.. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2019.

Research into Desistance from Crime, Fiscal Year 2019. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2019.

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

Research and Evaluation on Policing, Fiscal Year 2019. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 7, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives, Fiscal Year 2019.. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 13, 2019.

Federal Funding Webinars:

Register for a webinar to learn about open Graduate Research Fellowships in Social and Behavioral Sciences on February 27, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET.

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

WNY Police to Treat Overdoses as a Crime Scene
WKBW, (02/06/2019), Hannah Buehler
Police departments in Western New York will now treat the area around an overdose incident as a crime scene. Also under the new protocol, officers will input information into an overdose database that will track all incidents, both fatal and non-fatal. Police will also try to collect evidence that could help them locate drug dealers.
Link to Article

Increased Police Training, New Radios to Boost Safety
Salem News, (02/11/2019)
With no specific training mandated by the state of Ohio for 2019, the Salem Police Department has opted to have its officers do daily online training through Lexipol, the company that also provides the department's constantly updated online policy manual. Each day, officers receive a scenario dealing with an issue that they might face during a shift, then take a test on the materials.
Link to Article

New Gas Masks to Protect Olean Police From Meth Lab Fumes
Olean Times Herald, (02/11/2019), Tom Dinki
The police department in Olean, N.Y., recently received new respirators that will allow officers to execute warrants on suspected meth labs. Grant fund money allowed the department to purchase the masks, which are specifically designed to filter out fumes found in meth labs. Previously, the department had to call on the state police for assistance with suspected meth lab warrants.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Council Hearing Cites Inherent Bias of Marijuana Testing for Parolees
Philadelphia Tribune, (02/05/2019), John N. Mitchell
A recent hearing before a subcommittee of the Philadelphia City Council examined whether the city should continue to test individuals on parole or probation for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Testimony focused on discrepancies and bias along lines of race and class, indicating serious issues surrounding positive test results for poor people and people of color.
Link to Article

Inmate Health Costs Drive Up Prison Budget
News4Jax, (02/04/2019), Ana Ceballo for the New Service of Florida
Florida's governor has proposed a $120 million increase in costs for correctional health care spending in next year's budget. The state must meet court mandates to provide better treatment for inmates with Hepatitis C, mental illnesses and disabilities. An aging prison population is also contributing to rising health care costs.
Link to Article

Ex-Convict Created an ‘Instagram for Prison' App So Inmates Can Easily Stay in Contact With Their Loved Ones
Good News Network, (02/11/2019), Ryan Morris
Pigeonly, an app created by ex-prisoners, allows users to take pictures with their cellphones and upload it for review by corrections staff. Approved photos are then printed and delivered to their intended recipients. Pigeonly also provides postcard, letter and greeting card-sending services along with an unlimited phone plan for a flat rate of $4.99 per month.
Link to Article

State's Mental Health Assessments for Prisoners Still Inadequate, Federal Judge Says
WHNT, (02/11/2019)
A ruling made in U.S. District Court has given the Alabama Department of Corrections one week to address a lack of mental health assessments that violates inmates' Eighth Amendment rights. The suit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program calls conditions in the state's correctional facilities "deplorable," and says that 13 inmates have committed suicide in the past 14 months.
Link to Article

GPS Ankle Monitors Give Local Cops Stronger Means of Enforcing No-Contact Orders, (02/06/2019)
The Flagler County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office began using GPS monitoring devices in domestic violence cases in November 2018 in response to one of several recommendations made by the agency's domestic violence task force and the nearby Bunnell and Flagler Beach police departments. The devices use programmed "no-go" zones to keep individuals who wear them away from victims' homes, workplaces and other areas that they frequent. A zone violation sends an alarm to the sheriff's office.
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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