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In This Issue: April 19, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

NIJ Director's Corner: Responding to Sexual Assaults

Behind every sexual assault case is a person whose life has been irrevocably altered. The first responders, law enforcement investigators, forensic nurse examiners, laboratory analysts, victim advocates and attorneys who support and interact with victims in different ways have the opportunity to work together to positively impact a victim's post-assault experience and improve healing and recovery.

In a new Director's Corner message, Director David Muhlhausen reflects on NIJ's work to strengthen the response to sexual assault, ensuring victim-centered approaches and increased access to critical tools and information. You can read the message at

Free Destination Zero Conference set for August 2018

The 2018 BJA Destination Zero Conference will take place Aug. 2-3, 2018, in Phoenix, Ariz. Law enforcement personnel can register for this free two-day event at

The Bureau of Justice Assistance Destination Zero (DZ) Program is a collaborative effort between the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and VALOR Officer Safety Program, and was designed to help law enforcement agencies improve the health and safety of their officers across the United States. Agency identification will be required at registration check-in. For more information, call Lindsay Pillow at (850) 385-0600, extension 377, or e-mail

COPS Office Releases First Podcast of 2018

The COPS Office has released the first 2018 podcast in its "The Beat" series, which focuses on the LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) Near Miss Reporting System. This national initiative, launched in late 2015, collects information about near-miss incidents involving law enforcement and first responders. Modeled after the Federal Aviation Administration Near Miss Reporting System for airline pilots, LEO Near Miss is an anonymous, voluntary, non-disciplinary reporting system where law enforcement officers share "close calls" or "near misses." The data is analyzed for incident-specific information about near misses to provide lessons learned, underlying risk factors and characteristics that contribute to near-miss incidents, thus offering the potential for safety changes within an agency and nationwide.

You can locate the podcast at
Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

Funding Update: Two School Safety Solicitations Canceled. The National Institute of Justice has canceled both Comprehensive School Safety Initiative and Research and Evaluation of Technologies to Improve School Safety solicitations. With the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the funding planned for these solicitations is no longer available for research and evaluation. Instead, it will be used for other purposes under the Stop School Violence Act of 2018. Any questions should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat

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.

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Formula, all registrations and applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 30, 2018.

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Competitive, all registrations and applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 30, 2018.

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 May 7, 2018.

Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 7, 2018.

DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program (Formula), all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 7, 2018.

Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 14, 2018.

Understanding the Impacts of Policing Strategies and Practices, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 14, 2018.

Research and Evaluation on Prevention and Mitigation of Domestic Pathways to Terrorism, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2018.

Research on Reducing Violence in Communities, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2018.

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR), all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2018.

Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 22, 2018.

Criminal Justice Requirements and Resources Consortium, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 29, 2018.

Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 6, 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

New Tool Will Let Citizens Send Crime Videos to Police
Evanston Now, (04/11/2018)
The police department in Evanston, Ill., has expanded its Axon body-worn camera program with a new system called "Axon Citizen" that allows citizens to upload video from cell phones and other electronic devices. If the agency learns that video or other media relevant to an investigation exists, they can contact the individual and invite them to upload to the account at no charge.
Link to Article

New York, Baltimore Coach Drug Users, Cops on Good Sam Overdose-Prevention Laws, (04/11/2018), Terry DeMio
Drug users can be part of the solution to preventing overdose deaths, this article says, but at times ignorance of the protection offered by Good Samaritan laws can lead to unnecessary deaths. In both Baltimore and New York City, promotional material and other materials are components of education campaigns aimed at drug users and law enforcement to ensure that both groups understand the meaning of the laws.
Link to Article

Michigan State Police Expand CAUTION Program
WHMI, (04/12/2018)
A volunteer program that originally began at just one Michigan State Police post will expand statewide in the near future. Community Action United Team in Our Neighborhood, known as CAUTION, partners local faith leaders with their respective state police posts to network with officers and share information. Volunteers also accompany law enforcement on certain calls where their services may be helpful.
Link to Article

District Attorney's Office Donates Chip Scanners to Reunite Pets With Families
Observer-Reporter, (04/12/2018), Barbara Miller
The Washington County (Pa.) District Attorney's office has used $7,000 in vice-related asset forfeitures to buy 30 microchip detectors that will help police departments and humane officers identify lost pets and return them to their owners. The DA's office is also encouraging pet owners to have the identity microchips implanted in their pets.
Link to Article

Law Enforcement Officials Considering Cameras to Detect, Automatically Cite Drivers Using Phones
Washington Times, (04/12/2018), Victor Morton
This article looks at emerging technologies that will let police departments detect driver cell-phone use, thus giving agencies the ability to automatically ticket drivers. The technology is similar to the way cameras catch speeding drivers.
Link to Article

Familial DNA Used to Solve Arizona Cold Case, (04/12/2018)
Collaborative efforts involving the Scottsdale Police Department and several state-level agencies resulted in the recent arrest of a suspect in a three-year-old cold case murder investigation. The investigation was helped by the first-ever use of familial DNA to provide evidence in an Arizona murder case.
Link to Article

North Carolina Sheriff's Deputy Saved by Ballistic Vest, (04/16/2018), Rodger Mullen for the Fayetteville Observer
A Harnett County (N.C.) sheriff's deputy was saved by his ballistic-resistant vest when responding to a call about a missing juvenile on April 14. His vest stopped a shot to the abdomen; a 16-year-old suspect is charged with the shooting.
Link to Article

Eyes in the Sky: Yes, Richmond-area Police Are Circling Overhead
Richmond Times-Dispatch, (04/15/2018), Ned Oliver
The police departments of Henrico County, Chester County and the city of Richmond all share responsibility for staffing and operating the Henrico County Metro Aviation Unit, which provides aerial search and rescue, investigation support and other services to officers of the three participating jurisdictions. The unit flies a Cessna airplane that often can be seen circling the skies of the metro area in support of various law enforcement missions.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Lee Correctional Institution Riot Is Deadliest in Nation in 25 Years
Sumter Item, (04/17/2018), Kayla Robins
In the aftermath of Sunday's fights at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, which left seven people dead and 17 others injured, state officials once again called on the Federal Communications Commission to allow them to block cell phone signals in correctional facilities. Preliminary investigations indicate the fighting broke out in a dispute over territory and contraband, including cell phones.
Link to Article

A Lesson From Camden: Fixing Jails and Health Care Together
The Crime Report, (04/05/2018), Anne Milgram and Jeffrey Brenner
The authors of a new report published by the Program in Criminal Justice Policy at Harvard Kennedy School use this article to examine the potential for achieving lasting solutions by integrating health care and criminal justice data. Research has indicated that frequent users of the health care system also frequently interact with the criminal justice system, and looking at how these individuals use both systems can provide opportunities to develop meaningful programs and prevent problems before they occur.
Link to Article

Technology Assisting Local Deputies to Keep Cell Phones Out of the Hands of Inmates, (04/17/2018), Steve Crump
The Mecklenberg County Jail uses cell sense technology to check incoming inmates for contraband technology, and although searches often turn up weapons, so far there have been no attempts to smuggle cell phones past the detection hardware.
Link to Article

Drug Use Is Detectable on Your Fingerprints
The Atlantic, (04/1/2018), Rod McCollum
This article looks at the pros and cons of using new techniques that can determine, from a single fingerprint, whether you have ingested cocaine, opiates, marijuana or other drugs. Researchers are looking to expand the controlled substances that can be detected to include methamphetamines and amphetamines.
Link to Article

This Implantable Chip Could Monitor Alcohol Intake, (04/18/2018), Emily Matchar
A team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego, has developed a tiny implantable chip that can be used to monitor alcohol intake. The one cubic millimeter biosensor and a wearable device comparable in size to a smart watch could replace ankle monitoring bracelets and invasive tests for individuals undergoing court-adjudicated monitoring.
Link to Article

Missouri Lawmakers Consider an Overhaul of the State's Justice System
KY3, (04/15/2018), Justin Corr
The Justice Reinvestment Act, which recently passed the Missouri State Senate and is under consideration in the House, would create more community-oriented programs in an attempt to keep low-level offenders out of the correctional system and break the cycle of recidivism. A reduction in the state's prison population should also mean that Missouri would not need to build additional correctional facilities.
Link to Article

Oregon Inmates With Severe Mental Illness Still Held Too Long in Solitary, Group Says, (04/10/2018), Maxine Bernstein
Disability Rights Oregon says the state has made little progress in fulfilling an agreement to allow inmates with severe mental illnesses out of their cells for a minimum of 20 hours a week, including 10 hours for classes and treatment and 10 hours for recreation and meals. A 2016 report by the advocacy group found that adults with the most severe mental illnesses routinely were isolated in cells for 23 hours a day without access to mental health care.
Link to Article

Reports: Thousands of 'Low Risk' Offenders Not Being Diverted From Prison
Richmond Times-Dispatch, (04/09/2018), Frank Green
According to results from two studies, Virginia's Nonviolent Risk Assessment questionnaire appears to be diverting high-risk, rather than low-risk, offenders away from prison and into community-based programs – the exact opposite of its intention. The findings will be presented to the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission.
Link to Article

A Drone Packed With Drugs — Prisons Adapt to New Methods Used to Sneak in Contraband
Lincoln Journal-Star, (04/08/2018), Lori Pilger
The Nebraska Department of Corrections has put a renewed focus on locating contraband as inmates and their co-conspirators come up with more creative ways to smuggle items into facilities – including the use of drone delivery. Officials are seizing more cellphones, weapons and drugs than ever before, but some inmates still find ways to get the contraband items through, meaning staff must remain ever-vigilant.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

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

  • 37th Annual American Jail Association Conference, Sacramento, CA, April 21-25, 2018
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP) - Police Planner's Course, Scottsdale, AZ, April 30 - May 4, 2018,
    For information and registration, visit
  • 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).


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