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In This Issue: April 11, 2019
 
NLECTC Spotlight

Join FAA Webinar Series About Airspace Authorizations and the Airspace

Please join Federal Aviation Administration Safety Inspector Kevin Morris and a team of experts on April 16 at 4 p.m. for the first in a series of free webinars about airspace authorizations and what you need to know to operate in them safely. Space is limited and closes at noon on April 15; register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-air-up-there-airspace-matters-tickets-59582017418

The complete schedule follows:

  • April 16, 4 p.m. (Eastern Time): The air up there: Airspace matters
  • April 18, 4 p.m.: Deconstructing NOTAMS: How do they affect drone operations?
  • May 9, 4 p.m.: Where am I? How to identify what airspace you are operating in
  • May 23, 4 p.m.: What is Class E airspace and how do I operate in it?
  • June 13, 4 p.m.: Airspace authorizations: what they are and why do they matter?
  • June 27, 4 p.m.: How to navigate UAS facility maps
  • July 18, 4 p.m.: How to use FAA Drone Zone
  • August 1, 4 p.m.: What is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC)?
  • August 15, 4 p.m. : How public safety agencies can fly drones during emergencies

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and will open two weeks prior to the scheduled start of each webinar. Audio transcripts will be posted after each event. For more information, email socialmedia@faa.gov.


NIJ FTCoE Releases Just Science Podcast

The National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence has released Episode 9 of the latest Just Science Podcast season, Just The Double Loop Podcast Crossover. In this episode, Just Science sits down with Heidi Eldridge from RTI international, along with Eric Ray and Glenn Langenburg, the co-hosts of the Double Loop Podcast, to discuss the nature of the respective podcasts.

The Double Loop podcast has been around for more than five years, and has grown into a successful podcast with a large forensic professional following. Ray and Langenburg, respected voices in the forensic community, use their podcast as an opportunity to educate others about latent print topics. The crossover episode discusses history, inspiration and the challenges facing the respective podcasts.

You can listen at https://forensiccoe.org/identification-e9/.
 
Federal Funding Opportunities:

For a list of all NIJ funding opportunities, go to: https://www.nij.gov/funding/Pages/current.aspx

For a list of all OJP funding opportunities, go to: https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore
/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm

Closing Soon

Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and Teen Dating Violence. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 15, 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.

Research and Evaluation on Gangs and Gang Violence. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2019.

Investigator-Initiated Research and Evaluation on Firearm Violence. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2019.

Evaluation of Project Safe Neighborhoods. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on White-Collar Crime: Health Care and Elder Fraud. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 2, 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 Drugs and Crime. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 6, 2019.

Evaluation of Services for Victims of Crime. 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 Trafficking in Persons. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 8, 2019.

Artificial Intelligence Research and Development to Support Community Supervision. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 13, 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.

FY 2019 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula). All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 13, 2019.

Tribal-Researcher Capacity Building Grants. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 13, 2019.

Measuring the Impact of Victim Services: Instrument Development. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 16, 2019.

Native Student Travel Scholarship Program: Connecting Science to Crime and Justice. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 17, 2019.

Research into Immigration and Crime. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 20, 2019.

National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 20, 2019.

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR). All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 20, 2019.

Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 27, 2019.

Prosecuting Cold Cases using DNA and Other Forensic Technologies. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2019.

Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program. All applications are due by 7:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2019.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP). All applications are due by 7:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2019.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program. All applications are due by 7:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2019.

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program. All applications are due by 7:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2019.

School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). All applications are due by 7:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 31, 2019.

Formula - Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 4, 2019.

Competitive - Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 4, 2019.

Federal Funding Webinars:

Webinar Transcript: Graduate Research Fellowships in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

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

'Because They Care': Police Look to Nurturing Follow-up Home Visits to Help Opioid Addicts
Lebanon Daily News, (04/04/2019), Daniel Walmer
Police in Berks County, Pa., recently began implementing the Blue CARES (Cops Assisting Recovery Engagement and Support) program, wherein officers follow up with individuals who they have assisted during an overdose incident and help them find the recovery resources they need. The program started in January and officers contacted 19 individuals in the first three months of the year.
Link to Article

The Man Keeping Columbine Safe
Washington Post, (04/05/2019), Jessica Contrera
This article takes an in-depth look at the security procedures in place at Columbine High School as the 20th anniversary of the April 20, 1999 shooting incident approaches. This profile follows Security Chief John McDonald through a day's worth of followup on threats and tips.
Link to Article

Habla Español? Some Suffolk Cops Are Learning to Say 'Sí'
Newsday, (04/06/2019), Michael O'Keeffe
Some 20 officers are voluntarily taking the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Police Department's inaugural Spanish for Law Enforcement class. The students are learning basic skills so that they can ask non-English speaking residents they encounter in crisis situations basic, but important, questions in Spanish.
Link to Article

Orange Park Police Launch 'Take Me Home Program' to Better Protect Children, Adults With Disabilities
Florida Times-Union, (04/06/2019), Teresa Stepzinski
The Orange Park Police Department recently became the first department in Northeast Florida to adopt the Take Me Home program. Families and caregivers can enroll individuals with dementia, autism spectrum disorders and other neurological issues in the free program, wherein they provide a photo, contact information and other details about participants. Police officers can use access the information and use it both to locate missing individuals and to provide assistance tailored to their individual needs.
Link to Article

Scott Police Have New Uniforms
KATC.com, (04/08/2019)
Members of the Scott (La.) Police Department recently began wearing dry-fit polo shirts and a cargo-type vest that helps them stay cool and better distributes the weight of their equipment, thus potentially preventing hip and back injuries. Chief Chad Leger says that officers in the United Kingdom have worn the vests for years, but he believes his is the first department in that area to switch from carrying all equipment on a duty belt.
Link to Article

Technology That 'Never Sleeps, Never Gives Up' Looking for Missing and Exploited Children
KDRV.com, (04/10/2019), content by CNN
This article takes an in-depth look at the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children's e Global Missing Children Network Engine (GMCNgine) and the various ways that it electronically searches for reported victims. It provides background on how the search process in general and GMCNgine in particular have evolved since the Center was created in 1984, and outlines plans for future improvements to the technology.
Link to Article

Twenty Years After Columbine, Colorado Schools Are Assessing an Astonishing Number of Student Threats
Colorado Sun, (04/10/2019), Christopher Osher and Jennifer Brown
Through an editorial investigation to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 Columbine shooting, this article offers a detailed analysis of the threat assessment process in Colorado. The investigation showed that the number of threat assessments has increased significantly in recent years. School officials say the assessments are necessary to prevent violence, but there is also concern that schools may focus more on their own liability than they do on individual student rights.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Washington's Top Prison Official Vows to Make Sure Inmates Can Still Get Used Books
Seattle Times, (04/05/2019), Joseph O'Sullivan
Washington State Department of Corrections Secretary Stephen Sinclair has responded to public protest about a decision to ban offenders from receiving used books through the mail by saying that although details still need to be worked out, inmates will be allowed to obtain books from sources other than the Washington State Public Library. The DOC had recently banned receipt of books from Books to Prisoners and other outside sources, due to concerns about contraband.
Link to Article

Interpretation of Updated Medical Cannabis Law Could Allow All Inmates Access
New Mexico Political Report, (04/09/2019), Andy Lyman
A law recently passed in New Mexico allows individuals on probation or parole to use medical cannabis, legalizing a previously unofficial policy. The law is not clear, however, as to whether incarcerated individuals may also use medical cannabis. This article takes an in-depth look at the law and its implications.
Link to Article

 
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