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In This Issue: May 17, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

Read About New Desktop Version and School District's Use of School Safe App

New articles featured on, Justice Technology Information Center’s school safety website, feature School Safe – JTIC's Security and Safety Assessment App for Schools. In "JTIC Releases Desktop Version of School Safe," you can learn all about the new desktop version of the popular app, and in "School Safe Gives Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Fresh Angle on Security," you can read about one school district's experience using mobile School Safe. While you're visiting, check out additional success stories, resources and more.

NIJ Director's Corner Offers Message for Police Week 2018

NIJ Director Dr. David B. Muhlhausen offers his thoughts on Police Week in a new Director's Corner titled "A Message to Law Enforcement Professionals During Police Week 2018." You can read the message in its entirety at

VALOR Launches Enhanced and Updated Officer Safety App

VALOR, a program of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has launched an updated version of its VALOR Officer Safety app. Registered users gain access to:
•             Daily preservice checklist
•             Officer safety tips
•             Training videos
•             VALOR Voices podcasts
•             Bulletins
•             Posters
•             Other secure resources

For more information, visit

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

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.

Strategies for Policing Innovation, 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.

Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program, all Applications for FY 2018 BVP funds will be accepted beginning April 12, 2018. All applications must be submitted online by 6:00 pm (Eastern Time), May 29, 2018.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 29, 2018.

Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 31, 2018.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program, applications are due by June 7, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Justice Information Sharing Training and Technical Assistance (JIS TTA) Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 11, 2018.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program, applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP), applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

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

Seymour Police Use School Bus to Nab Distracted Drivers, Seat Belt Violators
13 WTHR, (05/09/2018), Rick Van Wyk
Police officers in Seymour, Ind., are catching a ride on local school buses in an attempt to spot distracted drivers and seat belt violators. Using the elevated height of the bus, officers spot violators and radio other officers to pull them over. Local drivers have given the tactic mixed reviews.
Link to Article

New Police SUV? Fiat Chrysler Offering Dodge Durango Pursuit
Detroit Free Press, (05/10/2018), Eric D. Lawrence
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a new police model, the Dodge Durango Pursuit. The all-wheel-drive vehicle will be powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and will offer a two-speed transfer case for low-range off-roading needs and anti-lock brakes that have a 60- to 0-m.p.h. stopping distance of 134 feet. The company has not announced pricing.
Link to Article

Deputy K-9 Busts Student Who Hacked Teacher's Computer, Changed Grades
WBBH/WZVN, (05/11/2018)
Use of an electronic sniffing dog by the Contra Costa (Calif.) Police Department led to the discovery of a hidden SD card and the eventual arrest of a juvenile who first "phished" a teacher to gain access to a school's computer system, then hacked in and changed grades. The hack did not involve any breach of personal information.
Link to Article

Dark Sky: 'Things Need to Break a Little Bit ... That's How We Learn the Best'
Appleton Post-Crescent, (05/15/2018), Alison Dirr and Devi Shastri
First responders throughout Wisconsin will participate in Operation Dark Sky, a three-day exercise simulating a total loss of power in an area. More than 1,000 people will test the readiness of private utilities, law enforcement, first responders and the National Guard.
Link to Article

Corrections News

New Eye-scanning Technology at Monroe County Jail
Spectrum News Rochester, (05/11/2018), Cristina Domingues
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office in Rochester, N.Y., has enrolled more than 6,500 inmates in the Inmate Recognition Identification System (IRIS) system since its implementation in September 2017. Incoming inmates have their irises scanned in addition to being photographed and fingerprinted, and that information goes into a national database that can pull up previous criminal history from any participating jurisdiction.
Link to Article

In Decatur Prison, Technology Removes Barriers for Moms Behind Bars
Herald & Review, (05/13/2018), Edith Brady-Lunny
Video link and email technology in 13 of 25 correctional facilities in Illinois helps inmates keep in touch with family members and friends included on their personal list of approved contacts. The technology allows inmates to conduct video visits from their cells rather than using a public kiosk. At Decatur Correctional facility for women, the staff has seen positive changes in women who are making contact with their children and keeping up with their activities.
Link to Article

Access to Maintenance Medications for Opioid Addiction Is Expanding. Prisons Need to Get on Board.
Slate, (05/08/2018), Josiah D. Rich and Sally Satel
This article examines the use of the three Food and Drug Administration–approved medications to treat opioid addiction – methadone, buprenorphine, and injectable naltrexone – in the prisons and jails, and the positive effects those programs can have on the nation's opioid addiction epidemic.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

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

  • Annual IACP Technology Conference, Providence, RI, May 21-23, 2018, For more information and registration details, 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
  • Annual IACP Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving (DAID), Nashville, TN, August 13-15, 2018, for more information and registration details, visit
  • Annual International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP)
    El Paso, TX, September 24-28, 2018, for more information,
    please visit

For additional information regarding School Safety events go to: (calendar events listed on the right hand side of the page).


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