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In This Issue: May 23, 2019
NLECTC Spotlight

National Institute of Justice Releases "Policing Research: If You Can't Find It, Do It."

In this new NIJ video, Ken Clary, a captain with the Iowa State Patrol and an NIJ Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science scholar, discusses the need to implement evidence-based practices for effective policing. Capt. Clary suggests that law enforcement agencies and officers should start by reviewing the existing body of knowledge. If they cannot find any applicable research, Clary suggests that they consider doing the research themselves.

Watch the video at For information on becoming a LEADS scholar or researcher, visit Application deadline is May 31.

New Just Science Podcast Season Released: 2019 NIJ R&D

In episode one of the 2019 R&D season, Just Science interviews Dr. Katherine Scafide and Dr. Daniel Sheridan about their use of Alternative Light Sources for the detection and assessment of cutaneous bruising.

Until the 1990s, it was commonly believed that clinicians and forensic professionals could estimate a bruise's age by analyzing its color change. Although that is not the case, Drs. Scafide and Sheridan are working on developing a method to assess variations in bruise appearance associated with the amount of force, subcutaneous fat and other objective variables. They discuss the characteristics of bruising, the factors affecting bruise perception and their innovative use of paintballs in this episode of Just Science, produced by the National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence. Visit to listen.

Learn How the National Institute of Justice Is Helping Lay the Groundwork for Implementation of the First Step Act

The First Step Act of 2018 aims to reform the federal prison system and reduce recidivism. A key component of the Act is an assessment of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' existing prisoner risk and needs assessment system. To begin that assessment, NIJ, in accordance with the First Step Act, has selected the nonprofit and nonpartisan Hudson Institute to host an Independent Review Committee.
NIJ Director David Muhlhausen outlines the details of the assessment and how it will assist the Department of Justice as it develops and implements risk and needs assessment tools and evidence-based recidivism reduction programs. Read about it at

NIST Convenes Forensic Science Research Innovation to Implementation Symposium

On June 19-20, 2019, NIST will convene a symposium where forensic scientists, researchers and technology transfer experts will come together with laboratory professionals, business leaders and other stakeholders to explore ideas for speeding innovation in the nation's crime labs. NIST invites researchers to submit contributions to a poster session at the Forensic Science Research Innovation to Implementation Symposium.

To participate, please submit an abstract of 1-2 paragraphs via email to Karen Reczek at by May 27. All poster contributions will undergo a review by the organizers; authors will be notified of acceptance by June 3. Vendors interested in exhibiting opportunities should register as an attendee and contact Grace Hao at for additional guidance. For more information and to register, visit

Third Annual Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Policing

On May 20, 2019, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the third annual Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Policing. The Attorney General's Award, to be administered by the COPS Office, recognizes individual state, local or tribal sworn, rank-and-file police officers, deputies and troopers for exceptional efforts in community policing. The awarded officer(s), deputy(ies) or troopers will have demonstrated active engagement with the community in one of three areas: criminal investigations, field operations or innovations in policing.

Within each category, an award will be given to law enforcement agencies serving small, medium and large jurisdictions:

  • Small: Agencies serving populations of fewer than 50,000.
  • Medium: Agencies serving populations of 50,000 to 250,000.
  • Large: Agencies serving populations of more than 250,000.

By distinguishing and rewarding these efforts, DOJ strives to promote and sustain its national commitment to policing and to advance proactive policing practices that are fair and effective.

With the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Policing, the Office of the Attorney General recognizes that the nation's more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies, individual officers, deputies and troopers are working hard to keep our communities safe.

The application for nominees can be found at:

Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

Closing Soon

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 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time 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

Tourniquet, Ballistic Vest Save Life of Veteran Salem Police Officer During Traffic Stop
Salem Statesman-Journal, (05/16/2019), Capi Lynn
A Salem (Ore.) police officer survived being shot three times during what was thought to be a routine traffic stop thanks to her ballistics-resistant vest and her use of a tourniquet to stop the bleed from a leg wound. The tourniquet came from a trauma kit carried by all of the force's officers.
Link to Article

Aurora Police Training to 'Use Words Instead of Guns, Use Questions Instead of Orders' in Cases of People With Disabilities
Chicago Tribune, (05/16/2019), Denise Crosby for the Aurora Beacon-News
Police officers in the Chicago surburb of Aurora, Ill., are receiving mandatory crisis intervention team training to help de-escalate encounters with individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness. The training gives officers a different perspective and helps them better handle incidents involving these individuals. This article includes a profile of one such recent case.
Link to Article

Aransas Pass Police Department Putting Two-Way Police Radios Inside Every School, (05/17/2019), Kris Rodriguez
In Aransas Pass, Texas, the police department has placed two-way police radios in every school in its jurisdiction to enable faster communication in the event of a school shooting or other emergency situation. School staff will use the radios any time they need to request police assistance, which will get them used to using the radios in the event of a true emergency.
Link to Article

Johns Hopkins All Children's Simulation Center Helps Police Get Insight Into Autism
Catalyst, (05/17/2019), Margie Manning
John Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg has the largest pediatric simulation center in Florida, and the hospital is using it to host a new training program that teaches police officers to better respond to calls involving people with autism spectrum disorder. The program uses both interactive instruction and simulated scenarios where trainees can practice behavioral skills; the initial sessions have all been filled.
Link to Article

Corrections News

People in Prisons Are Learning to Code — And It Might Alter the Course of Their Lives
Nation Swell, (05/16/2019), Monica Humphries
This article presents an in-depth look at the work of The Last Mile, a prison education program that teaches incarcerated persons how to code and develop websites, apps and software. Launched as a pilot program at California's San Quentin facility in 2014, the program has since expanded to four states, with more growth planned.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

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

  • 31st Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department, August 12-15, 2019, Sheraton Hotel Dallas, Dallas, TX. For information go to: or contact:

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


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