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In This Issue: April 18, 2019
 
NLECTC Spotlight

JTIC Releases Two Reports on Law Enforcement Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Justice Technology Information Center recently released two new reports related to the ways in which law enforcement agencies use UAS to fulfill their missions. As both are considered law enforcement-sensitive, please send an email to asknlectc@justnet.org from a legitimate government agency/law enforcement agency email address (no Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) to get your copies.

The Testing of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Law Enforcement Use in Indoor Tactical Missions
summarizes testing done by three law enforcement agencies on using small unmanned aircraft systems for indoor tactical missions. As law enforcement continues to explore uses for sUAS technology, available information on the use of sUAS to support law enforcement operations indoors is limited. Information on the effects and potential limitations imposed by maneuvering in tight, confined spaces and in environments where GPS, video and command/control coverage may or may not be ideal could help agencies considering use of sUAS indoors. The report summarizes general testing observations and findings for each agency.

Selection and Implementation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology for Law Enforcement
highlights some basic insights/lessons learned from focus group members on implementing a UAS program and choosing and operating UAS technology. As UAS technology continues to evolve, identifying and implementing the best UAS technology to meet the particular needs of law enforcement can be challenging. In late 2017, a National Institute of Justice law enforcement focus group on UAS met to discuss and exchange information on their agencies' use or desired use of UAS, lessons learned by agencies with established UAS programs, and trends and issues surrounding the technology.


Register Now for DVI Rapid DNA Response Operations Workshop at ASCLD

On May 19, 2019, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Central, take part in a Disaster Victim Identification Rapid DNA Response workshop at the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Annual Symposium in St. Louis.

The workshop includes short lectures, a tabletop exercise and an opportunity for participants to proceed through seven interactive workstations focused on Rapid DNA's role in the Family Assistance Center, Incident Morgue and Identification Operations. After completing the workshop, participants will understand:

  • How Rapid DNA can be used in DVI operations.
  • Who the mass fatality response stakeholders are.
  • FAC, Incident Morgue and Identification Operations, specifically focused on the use of DNA, with hands-on experience.
  • ASCLD's Rapid DNA Mass Fatality Task Force deliverables.
  • How a Rapid DNA mass fatality response can be a cooperative endeavor to support the local jurisdiction impacted by the mass fatality.

Learn more about the workshop and preview the agenda at https://forensiccoe.org/workshop/ascld-dvi-workshop-rapid-dna-2019/ and register at https://www.ascldsymposium.com/register.


Check Out Special Series of The Beat on the Use of UAS

The Beat has launched a special podcast series on law enforcement use of UAS, starting with an episode featuring Captain Vern Sallee of the Chula Vista (Calif.) Police Department. Captain Sallee discusses his agency's experience planning for UAS operations, including the extensive public outreach that Chula Vista conducted before introducing the program, the unique manner in which the department uses UAS and adhering to Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

The Beat staff spoke with representatives from several departments that use UAS during a February 2019 Office of Community Oriented Policing Services-hosted forum on their use by law enforcement. Download the first episode at https://cops.usdoj.gov/thebeat, and look for additional episodes coming soon.


Call for Presenters at IACA Conference

The National Institute of Justice and the International Association of Crime Analysts have joined forces for this year's conference to take place Aug. 19-23, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md. Submission forms for those interested in presenting must be received by April 29, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. NIJ and IACA want to find the most innovative ideas and cutting-edge research on the use of geographic information systems and spatial data analysis for research, policy evaluation or development, or testing theory that have practical applications.

Panels at the IACA Conference average 75 minutes. You can choose to submit either a 75-minute presentation/workshop or a 20-minute presentation that will be part of a panel with two other presenters. For more information on how to submit your idea, visit https://nij.gov/topics/technology/maps/Pages/iaca-call-for-papers.aspx.

 
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 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 23, 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 28, 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.

Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 12, 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

Trafficked: How the Opioid Epidemic Drives Sexual Exploitation in Vermont
Seven Days, (04/10/2019), Kate O'Neil
This article takes an in-depth look at several cases of sex trafficking in Vermont, new laws, and the ways in which law enforcement and prosecutors have been trained to look at the connection between opioid addiction and sex trafficking differently.
Link to Article

Kentucky Says It Will Be First to Use 'Rapid DNA' to Identify Rape Suspects Within Hours
Louisville Courier-Journal, (04/10/2019), Matthew Glowicki
Kentucky will become the first state in the country to begin using cutting-edge Rapid DNA technology to analyze DNA from sexual assault cases. The technology produces a DNA profile within approximately two hours, and should help more rapidly identify suspects and exonerate innocent individuals. The samples will also undergo a "traditional" DNA analysis for verification
Link to Article

Houston Pilot Program Will Let Victims Track Their Rape Kits Electronically
Houston Chronicle, (04/11/2019), Robert Downen
A pilot program set to launch in Houston and Harris County in May will allow sexual assault victims to track their rape kits from evidence collection to prosecution. The pilot, which will launch statewide in September, includes evidence collected in the Harris Health System and the Houston Forensic Science Center.
Link to Article

Mississippi Sheriff's Deputy Who 'Played Dead' Saved by Vest
Officer.com, (04/15/2019)
A sheriff's deputy in Marshall County, Miss., survived a Friday evening shooting thanks to his ballistic-resistant vest. After a traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase that ended with suspects taking refuge in a home, the deputy confronted the suspect who shot him multiple times in the chest and torso even though he "played dead" after he was struck for the first time. The suspect ultimately shot himself in the head.
Link to Article

Jacksonville Hopes 'Watch For Me NC' Will Reduce Bicycle and Pedestrian Crashes
WNCT, (04/13/2019), Loyd Price
The Jacksonville Police Department is participating in the "Watch for Me NC" program, which trains law enforcement officers on ways to improve road safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. Participating jurisdictions receive technical assistance, materials and media assistance with raising public awareness. Nearly 30 communities in the state participate in the program.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Mich. County Gets Grant to Treat Inmates With Disorders
CorrectionsOne.com, (04/12/2019), Dean Cousino for the Monroe News
The Michigan Re-Entry Project (MI-REP) effort recently received a $450,000 two-year grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to provide mental health and opioid use treatment to jail inmates. The funding will help integrate inmates back into the local community. The project is a joint effort of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Monroe Community Mental Health Authority.
Link to Article

Cellphone Jamming Tested at South Carolina State Prison
Associated Press, (04/12/2019)
South Carolina Corrections Director Bryan Stirling recently became a special deputy U.S. marshal, allowing the state to conduct a five-day test of cellphone jamming technology at Broad River Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in Columbia. Federal Communications Commission regulations prohibit the use of jamming technology, but South Carolina and other states continue to lobby for the ability to use it to stop the use of contraband cell phones in correctional facilities.
Link to Article

MetroHealth WRAP Program Decreases Recidivism Among People With Mental Health Diagnoses
Cleveland.com, (04/15/2019), Mary Kilpatrick
The Wellness Reentry Assistance Program (WRAP) identifies Cuyahoga County, Ohio, jail inmates with serious mental health conditions and substance abuse/addiction issues, and helps them find the resources they need on release. The free program helps inmates make plans for life outside the jail, providing assistance with food stamp and Social Security paperwork, job applications, and finding housing and transportation.
Link to Article

 
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