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In This Issue: March 8, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

Officer Safety Toolkit Promotes Safety and Wellness Initiatives

In developing the Officer Safety Toolkit, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, hopes to promote learning about valuable officer safety and wellness initiatives while encouraging the leveraging of its resources. BJA provides support to state, local and tribal law enforcement – as well as other justice agencies such as the 94 U.S. Attorneys' Offices – to improve and strengthen the nation's criminal justice system. BJA is devoted to strengthening law enforcement and improving officer safety and wellness.

You can find the Officer Safety Toolkit at

NIJ Director's Corner Promotes New "Notes From the Field" Series

NIJ Director David B. Muhlhausen introduces a new "Notes From the Field” series in a Director's Corner message posted at Dr. Muhlhausen has asked law enforcement executives and other on-the-ground leaders to share some of the most important lessons they have learned from their years of experience in a series of articles that discuss innovative approaches to critical issues affecting police departments across the country.

Visit the link above to read their contributions.

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:

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

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

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

Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 6, 2018.

Communications Technologies Research and Evaluation for Law Enforcement and Corrections Applications, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 23, 2018.

Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 23, 2018.

Research and Evaluation in Corrections, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 23, 2018.

Artificial Intelligence Technology Applied Research and Development for Law Enforcement Applications, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 30, 2018.

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, Fiscal Year 2018, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 7, 2018.

Federal Funding Webinars:

CTAS Application: Checklist Review and Q and A (Webinar) March 08, 2018

W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Crime (Webinar) March 14, 2018

Recording Available: OJP FY 2018-19 Tribal Funding Policy Webinar

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

Columbia Police and Fire Stage Large Active-Shooter Simulation
Missourian, (03/01/2018), Luke Brodarick
The police and fire departments in Columbia, Mo., recently held an active-shooter training exercise on the campus of Stephens College. More than 200 Columbia servicemen and women participated in the training, which was meant to simulate an active shooter situation involving a gunman and multiple civilian casualties.
Link to Article

Local Law Enforcement Get Defibrillators
Westfield Free Press-Courier, (03/01/2018), Natalie Kennedy
The Tioga County Law Enforcement Association in Pennsylvania has issued 26 automatic external defibrillators to local law enforcement agencies that lacked one. Now, every law enforcement agency in the county has a working AED in the vehicle. An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart.
Link to Article

Baltimore to Nearly Double Size of Speed and Red Light Camera System
The Baltimore Sun, (03/02/2018), Luke Broadwater
Baltimore is expanding the city's speed and red light camera system, nearly doubling the size of the program. Department of Transportation officials said in a statement that they were adding 44 cameras across Baltimore to an existing fleet of 56, bringing the total number of traffic cameras to 100. The additions will include 19 speed cameras, 19 red light cameras and six cameras designed to catch large trucks traveling on roads where they are not allowed.
Link to Article

They Died Near the Border. Art Students Hope to Bring Them Back.
New York Times, (03/02/2018), Patricia Leigh Brown
Students in a workshop in forensic facial reconstruction at the New York Academy of Art learn to fuse science, art and anthropology to use skulls to reconstruct individuals' facial features. Taught by a forensic artist with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the class seeks to help law enforcement identify individuals found dead in the desert near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Link to Article

Text-to-911 Service Is Introduced in Delaware, First Success Comes Before It Was Announced
First State Update, (03/05/2018)
During the testing phase of Delaware's new Text-to-911 service, a text came in related to a domestic violence incident, giving the system a success story even before its official launch. Text-to-911 targets individuals with hearing difficulties and others who are in a situation where speaking aloud could draw increased danger.
Link to Article

Corrections News

New Fence Patrols by Volunteer Guard Unit Hopes to Curb Cellphones in S.C. Prisons
The Post and Courier, (02/27/2018), Andrew Brown
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed an executive order allowing volunteers from the S.C. State Guard to patrol the fences outside state prisons to thwart efforts to smuggle contraband onto prison property. The volunteers will be able to man watch towers, walk fence lines and drive the perimeters of the state's high-security prisons. In the past, cellphones, drugs and tools have been tossed over fences. The State Guard is not the National Guard. It is a volunteer organization controlled by the governor that's most often called on to respond to natural or man-made disasters.
Link to Article

Corrections Rankings: Measuring the Efficiency of State Prison Systems
U.S. News & World Report, (03/01/2018)
Using data from McKinsey & Company, this article looks at state corrections rankings for incarceration rate, juvenile incarceration, racial equality in jailing, three-year recidivism rate and sexual violence in prisons. In recent years, state funding for correctional facilities, parole, juvenile and other programs has increased at triple the rate of increase for public education. New Hampshire leads state rankings, followed by Maine and Hawaii.
Link to Article

Coffee Creek Inmates Help Sustain Endangered Butterflies
Wilsonville Spokesman, (02/21/2018), Corey Buchanan
A group of inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility are engaged in yearlong project to help save the endangered Taylor's checkerspot butterfly. The women say the program, which takes place in collaboration with the Oregon Zoo and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, gives them a sense of purpose in addition to teaching them laboratory skills.
Link to Article

At an Atlanta Jail, Inmates Aren't Allowed to Receive Letters With Postage Stamps — and It's a Security Measure the Guards Can't Afford to Ignore
Business Insider, (02/26/2018), Mark Abadi
Inmates at Atlanta's Fulton County Jail may receive only postcards with metered postage, with all mail sent in envelopes or adhesive stamps confiscated by staff. Inmates had been receiving strips of the drug Suboxolone in the adhesive under stamps, and drugs can be smuggled in the glue or the inside of envelopes as well.
Link to Article

Electronic Monitoring Pioneer Wants Less Punishment, More Reward
Wisconsin, (03/04/2018), Riley Vetterkind
Twin brothers Robert and Kirkland Gable developed the first electronic monitoring system, used in Massachusetts in the 1960s to track at-risk teenagers and probationers. Robert Gable, who envisioned electronic monitoring as a tool to reward good behavior, says it has instead become a way to permanently punish sex offenders. He would prefer to see smartphones used to provide rehabilitation incentives.
Link to Article

Wisconsin Doubles GPS Monitoring Despite Five Years of Malfunctions, Unnecessary Jailings
LaCrosse Tribune, (03/04/2018), Riley Vetterkind
This article, part of a series produced by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, says the cost of Wisconsin's GPS monitoring program has nearly doubled in the five years since the Center produced its first report on the flaws in the system. As of January 2018, Wisconsin monitored 1,258 offenders at an annual cost of about $9.7 million, and inefficiencies and inaccuracies remain.
Link to Article

GPS Monitoring Technology Helped Nab Robber Accused in String of Crimes, Police Say            
Channel, (03/06/2018), Tabatha Wethall
A Wisconsin man has been charged in a series of bank robberies in Dane County. Information from a GPS monitoring device he was wearing due to an unrelated charge placed him in the vicinity of the eight recent robberies.
Link to Article

Stop the Cycle: Three Factors That Contribute to Recidivism in Arkansas
THV11, (02/28/2018), Winnie Wright
In Arkansas, recently incarcerated individuals have a 52 percent chance of re-offending within three years of release. This series looks at "the wheel of recidivism,” with the "spokes” representing needs that should be met in order to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society. In Part One, it looks at lack of housing, lack of jobs and lack of transportation.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

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

  • Certified Field Search Instructor Course, Probation Department of the 20th District of Colorado, Boulder, CO, March 22-23, 2018,
    To register, email
  • 37th Annual American Jail Association Conference, Sacramento, CA, April 21-25, 2018
  • 13th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition, Omni Champions Gate Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL, July 23-27, 2018
  • 43rd Annual American Probation and Parole Association Training Institute, Philadelphia, PA, July 29–August 1, 2018
  • 148th Congress of Correction - American Correctional Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN, August 2-7, 2018
  • 30th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Dallas, TX, August 13-16, 2018

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

  • Certified Field Search Instructor Course
    Probation Department of the 20th District of Colorado
    March 22-23, 2018
    Boulder, Colo.
    To register, email
  • National Association of School Resource Officers Annual Conference
    June 24-29, 2018
    Reno, Nev.
    For information and registration, visit
  • National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials Annual Conference
    June 30-July 3, 2018
    Melville, N.Y.
    For information and registration, visit
  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Annual Conference
    June 29-July 2, 2018
    Orlando, Fla.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Law Enforcement Administrators Association (HBCU-LEEA) Annual Training Conference
    July 16-20, 2018
    Charlotte, N.C.
    For information, visit
  • 13th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition School Safety Advocacy Council
    July 23-27, 2018
    Orlando, Fla.
    For information and registration, visit

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