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April 20, 2017

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY 2017, application due date is April 24, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement, application due date is April 25, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement, application due date is April 25, 2017 11:59 p.m.

FY 2017 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR), application due date is April 28, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System, application due date is May 8, 2017 11:59 p.m.

NIJ Evaluation of OVC’s Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm Program, application due date is May 15, 2017 11:59 p.m.

FY2017 BJA National Initiatives – Adjudications: Training and Technical Assistance to Support the Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment, application due date is May 16, 2017 11:59 p.m.

PREA Program: Strategic Support for PREA Implementation in Local Confinement Facilities Nationwide FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement, application due date is May 25, 2017 11:59 p.m.

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We are actively seeking ideas to help us identify technology needs and requirements as part of the National Institute of Justice's Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation process.

NLECTC Spotlight

Learn More About NIJ's Safeguarding Houses of Worship App in New JUSTNET Video

Visit JUSTNET's YouTube channel at to watch Safeguarding Houses of Worship (SHOW): A Tool for Generating Customized Safety and Security Plans and learn more about the National Institute of Justice's free safety and security planning app for law enforcement agencies and faith-based communities. Developed by the Justice Technology Information Center for NIJ, SHOW helps law enforcement agencies and faith-based communities work together to develop customized safety and security plans. It is available only to vetted public safety professionals.

Visit to Read About New Jersey's Special Law Enforcement Officer Program

Go to, the Justice Technology Information Center's school safety website, to read "New Jersey Launches Program for SRO-trained Special Law Enforcement Officers." This new article details how the state has instituted a program that allow schools to expand or add school resource officers programs by hiring retired sworn officers who meet specific criteria and complete school resource officer training. While you're on the site, check out more success stories, the calendar of events, resources and more.

Free Webinar on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

A webinar on crime prevention through environmental design will be held April 21, 2017, at 11 a.m. ET. The webinar, Designing Safety on Higher Ed Campuses: A CPTED Primer, is sponsored by the National Center for Campus Public Safety and will feature Santa Fe College Police Chief Ed Book and Aventura City Crime Prevention Coordinator Ernie Long to explore simple CPTED strategies to make campuses safer and more secure. CPTED is an approach to deterring crime through environmental design and creating a safer physical environment. Attendance is free but registration is required. Register at

Free Online Training in Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

The State University of New York, in partnership with the City University of New York, has launched an online training system called Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course to assist colleges and universities in training students and staff in the prevention of sexual, interpersonal and related violence. The training is free for all colleges and universities. For information, go to

Bureau of Justice Statistics Proposes New Data Collection: Census of Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies

The Bureau of Justice Statistics encourages comments until June 9, 2017, on a new proposed data collection: Census of Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies. Comments should address points such as:

  • Whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility.
  • The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions.
  • Whether and how the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced.
  • The burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques.

To view the Federal Register notice and submit online comments, go to

New Issue of Bureau of Justice Assistance Newsletter

The February/March 2017 issue of BJA's Justice Today newsletter includes information on a crime reduction symposium and a new video series from the National Criminal Justice Association Center for Justice Planning. The Policy to Practice video series explores innovative programs developed and implemented by State Administering Agencies, and shows how these programs are helping local jurisdictions identify, implement and evaluate evidence-based programs to reduce crime and prevent recidivism. To read the BJA newsletter, go to

DEA's Next Prescription Drug Take Back Day to be Held April 29

The Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners will hold the 13th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at thousands of collection sites across the U.S. This free and anonymous event gives people the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired or unused medications, including painkillers, sedatives, tranquilizers and stimulants. Some federal agencies are collecting unwanted medications on Wednesday, April 26, so employees are urged to check with their agency's Human Resources Department. For information, go to

National Arson Awareness Week Emphasizes Protecting Houses of Worship

Each year for Arson Awareness Week, the U.S. Fire Administration shares information to raise awareness of arson or youth firesetting and provides strategies to combat these problems in communities. The 2017 theme for National Arson Awareness Week, set for May 7-13, 2017, is Protecting Houses of Worship. A free webinar on preventing arson at houses of worship will be held April 25, 2017 at 1 p.m. EDT. For more information on it and other activities, go to

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Greenville Police to Wear Body Cameras by the First Week of May
The Greenville News, (04/12/2017), Tesalon Felicien
Police in Greenville, S.C., will soon be wearing body cameras. The city police department is one of the final law enforcement agencies in Greenville County to implement the technology. The department is set to roll out 149 body cameras by May 5. Police have completed preparations for the program and will begin training and issuing the cameras to patrol officers and special units on April 19. The camera can be mounted on an officer's eye-wear or shoulder.
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New Computer-Aided Dispatch System Unites Local Public Safety Agencies
The Suburban Times, (04/12/2017)
South Sound 911 and the Tacoma Fire Department in Washington have launched a new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, officially uniting public safety agencies countywide. All local police and fire agencies are now united on a single dispatch platform. The countywide CAD project was a six-year undertaking, and brought all public safety call takers, dispatchers and first responders onto the same CAD system to facilitate emergency communications and interoperability.
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Marquette University Establishes Milwaukee Area's First Cyber Security Center
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, (04/09/2017), Brittany Carloni
Marquette University has established a center that will focus on cyber security education, research and community involvement. The Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense will be affiliated with the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the university's computer science department. It will help prepare Marquette students for cyber security professions, provide education on topics related to cyber security, and host events. The center also will focus on technical and industry-focused research to understand best cyber security practices.
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Corrections News

Shuttered Minnesota Prison Could Reopen
Correctional News, (04/12/2017)
A correctional facility in Appleton, Minn., could reopen under legislation approved by the state House of Representatives. The Prairie Correctional Facility was closed in 2010. The bill to reopen the facility is part of a comprehensive public safety proposal. It would allow inmates to be housed in non-publicly owned facilities and require the state to enter into a contract to operate and purchase, or lease to own, the Prairie Correctional Facility to address prison bed capacity shortfalls in the state, according to a statement issued by the office of the bill's sponsor, State Representative Tim Miller. The DOC would run the facility. The public safety proposal that includes the prison bill now goes to the Minnesota state Senate for consideration.
Link to Article

W.Va. Begins Crisis Intervention Training for Prisons and Jails
The Register-Herald, (04/13/2017)
West Virginia crisis intervention teams will be trained on safely defusing and de-escalating incidents involving inmates with mental illness. The state Division of Corrections received a grant from the National Institute of Corrections last year, through which an initial class of correctional officers will receive 40 hours of intensive training adapted from the Memphis Model for crisis intervention. The state's prison system is also providing mental health first aid training for all correctional officers and facility staff.
Link to Article

Addiction Drug Suboxone is Popular Prison Contraband
The Columbus Dispatch, (04/16/2017), Alan Johnson
Prison inmates in Ohio are abusing Suboxone, a prescription drug usually used to treat people with opioid addiction. Prison officials say a strip of Suboxone the size of a postage stamp, which melts on the tongue, sells for about $100 or more in a prison black market. The Suboxone strips are similar to small mouthwash strips but contain a slow-acting opioid. The strips are small and easy to hide behind a postage stamp, in the spine of a book, in a greeting card, or liquefied and placed on paper so it looks like a smudge but retains its drug properties. The inmate then eats the paper. Ed Voorhies, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction prison operations director, said mail is now inspected using a black light to detect drugs adhering to paper or cardboard. He said each prison also will soon be outfitted with ion scanners that "sniff" for trace drug residue on objects and people.
Link to Article

Jail Study Points to Alternative Methods for Housing Pretrial Inmates
The Columbia Missourian, (04/12/2017), Kaitlin Washburn
A report proposes alternatives to housing pretrial inmates in the Boone County jail in Missouri, rather than increasing the size of the jail or building a new one to alleviate crowding. The report by former 13th Circuit Court Judge Gary Oxenhandler proposed more funding to Adult Court Services to improve its electronic services, such as providing electronic alerts for court dates and to expand its alternative incarceration options. He also proposed better evaluation of people who can't post bond to determine whether it's possible for them to avoid jail, more home detention options for nonviolent offenders and better auditing of the jail system to ensure that those being held have to be there for public safety reasons.
Link to Article

Substance Use Recovery Program Starting at Jail
Herald-Tribune, (04/13/2017), Pete Spitler
The Randolph County Sheriff's Office and the Human Service Center are partnering to provide a drug substance recovery program for Randolph County Jail inmates. According to Sheriff Shannon Wolff, more than half of the inmates are in directly for possession of a controlled substance and drug-related crimes; the other 45 percent are in the jail for crimes connected to drugs such as burglary or theft. The HSC will offer a substance use program to inmates designed to reduce recidivism and promote recovery. The program is focusing on inmates who will be released within three to six months.
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Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • 18th Annual Corrections Technology Association (CTA) Summit, St. Louis, Missouri, May 21 - 24, 2017.
  • 11th Annual National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 19-21, 2017

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Designing Safety on Higher Ed Campuses: A CPTED Primer (online webinar), Friday, April 21, 11 a.m. Eastern Time
  • Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response (PER-275), May 9-10, 2017, Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Academic Adversity - An Active Shooter Response Tabletop Exercise (online), May 17, 2017
  • CaInternational Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Annual Conference, June 23-27, 2017, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials Annual Conference, June 26-30, 2017,
  • National Association of School Resource Officers Annual Conference, July 23-28, 2017. Washington, D.C.
  • School Safety Advocacy Council Annual Conference, July 24-28, 2017, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Campus Safety Conferences,
    - Irving, Texas, June 12-13, 2017
    - Philadelphia, Penn., July 13-14, 2017
    - Long Beach, Calif., July 31-Aug. 1, 2017

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