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In This Issue: April 26, 2018
 
NLECTC Spotlight

National Institute of Justice Updates Solicitations

NIJ has updated several solicitations (listed below) with instructions for submitting environmental documentation, commonly known as the "NEPA checklist," with a grant application, if the checklist is required. NIJ is making this checklist and associated instructions available in an effort to streamline the application process and to avoid post-award withholding conditions related to NEPA where possible. Please carefully review the instructions and submit the completed and signed checklist, if appropriate, with the grant application. Applicants that are not able to submit a completed checklist by the time of application submission will not be penalized, but if selected for award, could have funding withholding conditions place on their awards until all NEPA documentation is completed and reviewed by NIJ. Solicitations impacted include:

  • Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes
  • Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, Formula
  • Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, Competitive
  • Ponstconviction Testing of DNA Evidence
  • Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories
  • Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program
  • DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula)
 
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

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 grants@ncjrs.gov; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp.

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

Maine Police Start Selfie Hashtag to Drum Up Support
News & Observer, (4/20/2018), Associated Press
The #SelfieWithACop hashtag campaign started by the South Portland (Maine) Police Department has a goal of promoting a partnership between law enforcement and the local community. Residents are urged to take a selfie with an officer and submit it to the department, which will post it on its Facebook page.
Link to Article

Houston Police, ATF to Unveil New Crime-fighting Tool
Click 2 Houston, (04/19/2018), Aaron Barker
Houston has become the third city in the nation to begin using a new tool from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that processes gun-crime evidence in hours instead of days. The department has a new van that will be used to collect and compare evidence against the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network. Houston will be the first department in which its own officers, using ATF training, will process the evidence.
Link to Article

Cleveland to Upgrade Street Lights, Post Security Cameras to Bolster Neighborhood Safety
Cleveland.com, (04/20/2018), Robert Higgs
Cleveland plans to convert its 61,000 street lights to a remote-controlled LED system that provides more illumination, visibility and clarity. Law enforcement will be able to brighten the lights in an emergency situation and the city camera system, mounted on the same poles, will give police real-time access to surveillance video.
Link to Article

Local School Installs Active Shooter Alert System
News4SA.com, (04/24/2018), Zack Hedrick
St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in San Antonio recently installed a new rapid alert response system that automatically alerts law enforcement when anyone pulls the fire alarm. The system immediately uses telephone, text and email to send alerts to campus staff and local law enforcement dispatch. The alert gives officers access to a campus map and real-time access to security cameras.
Link to Article

Corrections News

54 Percent of Surveyed Inmates in Colorado Had Serious Brain Injuries. This Program Aims to Keep Them From Returning to Crime.
The Denver Post, (04/13/2018), Jennifer Brown
Researchers have screened 4,100 people in jail, on probation or assigned to drug courts in Denver and five other Colorado counties, and found that 54 percent had a history of serious brain injury, a rate 46 percentage points higher than that of the general population. The results are being used to develop targeted re-entry programs that can help individuals overcome the cognitive impairments caused by the injuries.
Link to Article

Eye Spy a Sex Offender: Jeffco Sheriff's Office Touts Use of Iris Scans in Fighting Crime
AL.com, (04/19/2018), Carol Robinson
Nine months ago, the Jefferson County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office became the first in the state to begin using the Inmate Recognition & Identification System (IRIS) to register and verify the identity of all of the county's convicted sex offenders as well as to quickly and accurately identify inmates. Slightly less than 200 law enforcement agencies nationwide use the system, which stores the scans in a nationwide database.
Link to Article

Telecomm Expert Lists Ways to Block Cell Phone Signals Inside Prisons
News4, (04/18/2018), Anne Emerson
In this article, a telecommunications expert discusses several technology solutions that could stop cell phone signals inside correctional facilities. Officials have blamed, at least in part, a recent riot at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina on disruptions caused by contraband cell phones.
Link to Article

Community Corrections Officers Become Narcan-certified
Cape Gazette, (04/05/2018)
Community corrections officers from the Delaware Department of Correction recently received naloxone training, learning how to recognize the symptoms of an overdose and how to administer the life-saving drug when they suspect an overdose. All participating officers received certification and supplies of the drug.
Link to Article

FBI Sting Uncovers Bomb Plot, Drug-smuggling Operation in SC Prison
The State, (04/20/2018), John Monk
An eight-month FBI sting operation involving 40 agents and two Cessna surveillance airplanes led to charges against a South Carolina inmate involving use of an illegal cellphone to get on the Dark Web, run a drug ring and plot a murder by mail bomb. These details and more are coming out in testimony this week in the trial of accomplices from outside the institution who allegedly took part in the plot.
Link to Article

Wireless Industry to Blame for Contraband Cellphones, According to Former SC Prisons Chief
Anderson Independent Mail, (04/20/2018), Kirk Brown
Jon Ozmint, director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections from 2003 to 2011, has stated that the wireless industry and mobile phone companies share the blame for the recent riot at the state's Lee Correctional Institution. Inmates can use contraband cell phones to continue illegal activities from inside prison, and Ozmint has contended that the industry has done nothing to block calls originating inside correctional facilities.
Link to Article

Nebraska Urged to Prepare More Inmates for Parole to Ease Overcrowding
Omaha World-Herald, (04/05/2018), Paul Hammel
As Nebraska seeks to ease overcrowding in its state correctional facilities, more than 1,000 inmates who are eligible for parole have not yet completed required rehabilitation programs. Inmates contend they can't get into the necessary programs and state officials say many inmates refuse to attend classes. The state is looking into allowing some of those inmates to complete programs after, instead of prior to, release.
Link to Article

After Fatal Escape, Pottawattamie County Jail Adds Full-body Scanner to Protect Staff, inmates
Omaha World-Herald, (04/18/2018), Mike Bell
The Pottawattamie County Jail in Iowa has begun using a full-body scanner, similar to the ones used in airports, to detect contraband. The jail will use the scanner on all new inmates at intake as well as on all inmates transported to and from the building. The facility is the first jail in the state to implement use of the technology.
Link to Article

 
Upcoming Events

For additional information regarding Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts events go to:
https://www.justnet.org/calendar/calendar.html

  • International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP) - Police Planner's Course, Scottsdale, AZ, April 30 - May 4, 2018,
    For information and registration, visit www.ialep.org/courses/ppc_info.htm
  • Annual IACP Technology Conference, Providence, RI, May 21-24, 2018, For more information and registration details, visit http://www.theiacp.org/Tech-Conference.
  • 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
  • Annual IACP Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving (DAID), Nashville, TN, August 13-15, 2018, for more information and registration details, visit http://www.theiacp.org/DAIDConference

For additional information regarding School Safety events go to:
https://schoolsafetyinfo.org/news/news-index.html (calendar events listed on the right hand side of the page).

 
 
 
 
 

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