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In This Issue: May 2, 2019
 
NLECTC Spotlight

FAA Drone Webinar: Where Am I? How to Identify What Airspace You Are Operating In

The Federal Aviation Administration will hold a webinar on drone airspace May 9, 2019 at 4 p.m. ET. FAA experts will teach how to identify what class of airspace you plan to fly in, what is meant by controlled and uncontrolled airspace, how to use aeronautical charts and how to navigate operational requirements as you plan your flight. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/where-am-i-how-to-identify-what-airspace-you-are-operating-in-tickets-59583060538. Registrants will receive an email from the FAA and through Eventbrite 24 hours prior to the event with a link to the webinar. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • The webinar is hosted in audio and visual format via Adobe Connect.
  • Download the Adobe Connect smartphone/tablet app or use the link provided in your registration confirmation email.
  • Read the Adobe Connect How-To Guide ahead of the webinar.
  • An audio transcript of the webinar will be posted after the event. 

Questions about the webinar? Please email socialmedia@faa.gov.


Article: Identifying New Illicit Drugs and Sounding the Alarm in Real Time

A new article from the Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice discusses two NIJ projects that are identifying illicit substances, including previously unknown synthetic opioids, as they enter the U.S. One project identifies novel psychoactive substances, or "designer drugs," when they arrive in the U.S., then quickly alerts agencies worldwide when they are seized. The second project studies suspected deaths from unidentified drugs, and then re-examines medical and law enforcement data to better track their presence in the illicit drug markets. Read Identifying New Illicit Drugs and Sounding the Alarm in Real Time at https://go.usa.gov/xmgs5.


Updated AMBER Alert Best Practices Guide

Updated guidelines are available to help states and regional offices recover abducted children through America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts. The updated AMBER Alert Program Best Practices resource guide, published by the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, provides a "what works" approach based on input of those who lead and oversee AMBER Alerts as part of larger missing persons and child protection programs at the state and regional levels. Read the guide at www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/252759.pdf.


National Institute of Justice Accepting Applications to the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science Scholars (LEADS) Program.

NIJ's LEADS Scholars program supports the professional development and research capacity of mid-career, sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to advancing the police profession through science. NIJ is partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the RAND Corporation and the Police Executive Research Forum to award 10 three-year scholarships for research-minded law enforcement officers. The program has grown to 50 officers across the country, who have formed a network of individuals committed to using evidence and data to inform law enforcement policy and practice. Among other activities, LEADS Scholars will attend the 2019 IACP Annual Conference in Chicago. This year, NIJ is committed to broadening representation by prioritizing the inclusion of at least one LEADS Scholar whose law enforcement responsibilities include public safety in tribal jurisdictions. All travel, accommodation and per diem costs associated with participating in the LEADS Scholars program will be covered by NIJ. Applications are due May 31, 2019. For more information and to apply, go to https://nij.gov/topics/law-enforcement/Pages/leads-scholar-applications.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 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.

Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance.. All applications are due 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

Kearney Area Police Officers Get Training in Social Media to Improve Communication With the Community
Kearney Hub, (04/24/2019), Kim Schmidt
Police in the area of Kearney, Neb., are being encouraged to use social media to improve communication with the community. Some police leaders are encouraging officers to have professional Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, although it won't be required.
Link to Article

IUPD Updates Training, Use of Data and Tools Available to Officers
Indiana University, (04/24/2019), Tracy James
The Indiana University Police Department has made changes in training, the use of data and the less-lethal tools — both mental and physical — provided to officers. Officers said during focus groups that they wanted more options for dealing with heated situations and the kinds of resistance they encounter in nonstudents. New training and equipment to support this is being implemented at IUPD divisions on all campuses.
Link to Article

New Bulletproof Gear Will Allow Firefighters to Get into 'Wound Zones' Faster
Click2Houston, (04/24/2019), Vincent Crivelli
Houston firefighters recently received body armor and ballistic helmets to help protect them when responding to dangerous situations, such as active shooter scenes. The ballistic protection could allow responders to get into 'wound zones' quicker, before the scene is stabilized.
Link to Article

Local Law Enforcement Agencies Snag $130,000 for Body Armor
Cincinnati Enquirer, (04/24/2019), Jeanne Houck
A group of 320 law enforcement agencies in Ohio will split nearly $2.7 million in state grants for body armor. Under the program, agencies can receive up to $40,000 each with 25 percent of matching funds.
Link to Article

Woods Cross Police Experimenting With Gun-Mounted Cameras
Standard-Examiner, (04/24/2019), Mark Shenefelt
Police in Woods Cross, Utah, are experimenting with gun-mounted cameras, envisioning a new layer of transparency. Gun-mounted camera packages include high-definition video, microphone, tactical light and secure holster.
Link to Article

DPD Introduces Pilot Program to Reduce Vehicle Pursuits
Thedenverchannel.com, (04/24/2019), Tony Kovaleski, Stephanie Butzer
The Denver Police Department is testing a vehicle pursuit management system that gives officers an alternative to pursuing a fleeing vehicle. Police patrol vehicles equipped with StarChase will use compressed air to deploy a nonlethal adhesive GPS tracking tag onto a fleeing suspect vehicle.
Link to Article

Cape May County Dispatch Center Rolls Out New 911 System
The Press of Atlantic City, (04/30/2019), Molly Bilinski
The Cape May County dispatch center has a new system that pinpoints the location of a 911 call made on a cell phone within 150 feet. The RapidSOS program, part of a Next Generation 911 emergency response service, will allow the dispatch center to locate the origin of the call instead of the nearest cell phone tower.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Maryland's Prison Population Drops to 1980s levels, Continuing a Multi-Year Decline
The Baltimore Sun, (04/24/2019), Christine Zhang
Maryland's prison population has fallen below 18,000 for the first time in nearly three decades. According to a report released by the Vera Institute of Justice, 17,815 people were held in Maryland's state prisons at the end of last year, which is a prison incarceration rate of 295 per 100,000 residents — a 1.7 percent drop from the rate in 2017. Over the past decade, the rate has fallen by nearly 29 percent.
Link to Article

County Jails Struggle With a New Role As America's Prime Centers for Opioid Detox
NPR, (04/24/2019)
This article discusses efforts by jails to help drug-addicted inmates, such as adding some form of medication-assisted treatment to help inmates safely detox from opioids and stay clean behind bars and after release.
Link to Article

 
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