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In This Issue: March 15, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight Features New Articles on Safe and Sound Youth Council Efforts to Promote School Safety

A pair of articles recently added to, the Justice Technology Information Center’s school safety website, feature the new Safe and Sound Youth Council project from Safe and Sound Schools and profile a school that has successfully implemented the program. Read "Students Get Involved in Making Schools "Safe and Sound” ” and " "Prep Rally” Promotes School Safety at Oklahoma School” to learn more. While you're visiting, browse more success stories, check out a comprehensive list of resources and more.

Webinar: Going Green in Corrections: Saving $$ and Improving Offender Outcomes

Over the past decade, the corrections community's perspective on sustainability-oriented practices has evolved to include tremendous cost savings via resource efficiency and measurable improvements in offender outcomes, as well as important partnerships between corrections facilities and programs and the communities they serve. Presenter Paul Sheldon, senior advisor at, will discuss examples of successful "green" programs and partnerships with federal, state and local agencies, as well as academic, business and nonprofit partners. Evidence-based results of these innovative activities have included shifts in organizational culture, cost reductions, successful post-release employment and overall offender outcomes, and other community benefits.

This webinar is presented by the Justice Technology Information Center, a program of the National Institute of Justice, on April 4, 2018, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. To register:

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:

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

KSP Says Addicts Can Come to Them for Help Without Fear of Arrest
WPSD, (03/06/2018), Leah Shields
The Kentucky State Police have launched a statewide Angel Initiative, a program under which drug users can come to any Kentucky State Police barracks and ask for help without penalty. KSP will help these individuals find the service and assistance they need, provided they are not registered sex offenders or sex felons and have not been convicted of three prior drug-related offenses.
Link to Article

Schools Across Northwest Indiana Update Their Safety Plans in Wake of Latest School Shooting, (03/07/2018), Carmen McCollum
In response to a wave of school security threats in the aftermath of the shooting at Florida's Stoneman Douglas High School, school districts across Northwest Indiana have begun working closely with local police departments and holding joint active shooter trainings in school buildings. The schools are working on updated safety and security plans as well.
Link to Article

How to Remarket Patrol Vehicles
Police Magazine, (02/07/2018), Thi Dao
This article profiles how some agencies remarket their used patrol vehicles. Methods vary, but the key remains keeping the equipment out of the wrong hands.
Link to Article

Officers Learning New Ways to Respond to Emotional Crisis
WGN, (03/08/2018), Katharin Czink and Dina Bair
Officers in DuPage County, Ill., are taking a 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team training course that includes simulations to help them learn to de-escalate calls involving persons with mental illness. Individuals take part in simulated scenarios and receive feedback from mental health professionals after each drill. More than 200 officers have taken the training in the past year.
Link to Article

Washington, D.C., Launches 'Crime Cards' Search Tool
StateScoop, (03/09/2018), Colin Wood
The new Crime Cards tracking system recently launched by the city of Washington, D.C., is designed as a responsive website that citizens can access from mobile devices via a fill-in-the-blank system. The system replaces a 12-year-old crime mapping technology and allows users to create precise charts, graphs and maps of the data that interests them.
Link to Article

Perryville Police Will Run Bike Radar
Herald and, (03/14/2018), Lisa Tome
In the past five years, the police department in Perryville, Md., has expanded its bike patrol unit from one bicycle officer to four, which the department sees as a cost-cutting measure that also promotes a spirit of community policing. One officer recently became certified in bike repair, which will save the department an estimated $1,000 annually in maintenance costs. The department plans to have bike officers start running radar as soon as the department receives cordless units.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Yoga and Aromatherapy Behind Bars? Pa. Prisons Try Wellness Initiatives, (03/01/2018), Mari A. Schaefer
Pennsylvania is trying out low-cost ideas generated by correction officers, chaplains, nurses and food service staff that include yoga, aromatherapy and linens in an earthy shade of green in an attempt to decrease violence and time spent in solitary confinement. Pilot projects are underway at 25 of the commonwealth's correctional institutions.
Link to Article

City Program for Youth on Probation Successfully Reduces Recidivism: Study
Times-Ledger, (03/06/2018), Bill Parry
According to the New York City Department of Probation, participation in the Arches Transformative Mentoring reduces one-year felony reconviction by 69 percent and two-year felony reconviction by more than half. Arches, which began operation in 2012, uses curriculum-based interactive journaling, group mentoring and individual mentoring to connect high-risk young people ages 16 to 24 on probation to mentors in their own neighborhoods. The Urban Institute and the Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity have partnered on research into the program's success.
Link to Article

Seattle Teens Teaching Former Prisoners How to Use Technology
10News, (03/10/2018), Taylor Mirfendereski
Three high school students in Seattle are working on a project to create a series of short videos that will help formerly incarcerated individuals accommodate to the new technology they find outside prison walls. The teens are meeting with focus groups to help them develop a YouTube channel that will start with basics such as attaching a file to an email. The teens will receive community service hours for their partnership with the If Project, which focuses on helping incarcerated men and women with life skills both while they're in prison and after release.
Link to Article

Teleconferencing Will Speed Up Jail Evaluations
South Whidbey Record, (03/10/2018), Jessie Stensland
Four counties in Washington state – Island, Snohomish, Yakima and Grays Harbor – will take part in a pilot program to see how well telehealth technology works with mental health evaluations. The goal is for teleconferencing to cut down on the time it takes inmates to receive court-ordered competency evaluations from Western State Hospital.
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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