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In This Issue: May 24, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

F.A.M.I.L.Y. Helps Keep North Carolina School Safe; Indiana Trains School Safety Specialist; Read About Both on

A new article recently posted to, Justice Technology Information Center's school safety website, features the volunteer F.A.M.I.L.Y. program in Winston-Salem\Forsyth County (N.C.) schools, which uses parent volunteers to provide assistance to the school resource officer. Joining that article as new to the website is another that focuses on the free training that Indiana offers to its educators. After you read "F.A.M.I.L.Y. Volunteers Give School Staff Extra Eyes" and "Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy Keeps Training Fresh, Relevant," check out additional success stories, resources and more.

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Newest Episode of "The Beat" Available

In the latest episode of "The Beat," the podcast series from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Dr. John Violanti, retired New York State police officer and research professor at the University of Buffalo, discusses officer suicide as well as police health and police stress. In 2017, more officers committed suicide than were killed in the line of duty. In this podcast, Dr. Violanti talks about his research on police health, police stress and suicide, and the need for departments to support officer mental health and wellness. One of Dr. Violanti's current research efforts is to examine the suicide rate of police versus the general population as a way to determine if and how departments can utilize the data to improve mental health services for officers.

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

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

Clearwater Police Real-Time Crime App Keeps Residents Up To Date
Clearwater Patch, (05/17/2018), D'Ann Lawrence White
The Clearwater (Fla.) Police Department recently joined Neighbors, an app created by the makers of the Ring Video Doorbell. The app allows residents to receive local, real-time crime and public safety information and monitor neighborhood activity. It also makes it easier for detectives to access video that could help them solve criminal cases.
Link to Article

Police Used a Fitness App to Find Man Accused of Knocking Bicyclist to the Ground in Virginia, (05/18/2018), Justin Wm. Moyer for the Washington Post
The Loudon County (Va.) Sheriff's Office used the fitness app Strava to track a man who knocked another bicyclist to the ground on April 22, causing serious injuries. The man turned himself in after the sheriff's office used publicly available GPS data from the app to identify him.
Link to Article

Database Will Give Police Info on People With Disabilities
Calgary Herald, (05/20/2018), Associated Press
Ohio residents can voluntarily enter information about themselves and family members who have communication disabilities into a new database accessible by law enforcement officers. When the database goes online in early August, it will include information that ties individuals to specific vehicles and links to license plate reader system databases.
Link to Article

"Stay in the Game" Media Campaign to Reduce Underage Drinking and Drug Use, (05/21/2018)
Police departments in Richmond and Berea, Wisc., have teamed up with local drug-free student-athletes and Madison County Youth in Action to produce a media campaign against drinking and driving called "Stay in the Game." The campaign targets youth celebrating graduations and summer break, reminding them of the danger of mixing alcohol and/or drugs with driving.
Link to Article

Del Norte County Sheriff's Office Converts Shotguns to "Less Lethal" Weapons
KRCR News Channel, (05/21/2018), Miranda Hutchison
In California's Del Norte County, the sheriff's office has converted all of its pump-action shotguns to less lethal weapons that fire beanbag rounds. The modification provides deputies with a medium-range less lethal option. Sheriff Erik Apperson said with the availability of AR-15 style carbines in patrol vehicles, his deputies no longer had a conventional use for the shotguns.
Link to Article

GPS Darts, Drones, Powerful Grid of Cameras Helping Police Prevent & Crack Crimes
WBZ 4 CBS Boston, (05/21/2018), Cheryl Fiandaca
This article looks at several different "new tools in the toolbox" that law enforcement agencies are using to help them solve crimes, including surveillance video analysis, vehicle tracking and license plate reader systems, and new uses for DNA. Tools like these have been used to solve the Boston Marathon bombings and other Massachusetts crimes that might otherwise have become cold cases.
Link to Article

Assets in the Opioid Epidemic, Working Dogs Can Also Become Its Victims
Penn Today, (05/21/2018)
In this transcript of a radio interview, Cynthia Otto, director of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine's Working Dog Center, discusses how working canines respond to opioid exposure, how to recognize the signs of an overdose and how to treat an overdose.
Link to Article

Oakland Police Brings Back Its Horse-Mounted Unit
East Bay Express, (05/22/2018), Darwin Bond Graham
In 2017, the Oakland (Calif.) Police Department brought back its mounted patrol unit, which had been disbanded in 2005. Officers use the two horses available to patrol the trails of Joaquin Miller Park and to promote community policing at various local events, but the expense of running the unit is seen as a definite drawback. There are also community concerns that officers are being taken away from other duties.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Report: Juvenile Probation Should Focus on Help, Not Punishment
Public News Service, (05/10/2018)
A recently released research report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Justice Strategy Group recommends looking at alternatives to prison and jail time for the majority of juvenile offenders. The study says that juveniles respond better to a system of incentives and rewards than they do to punishment. Adopting such strategies would greatly reduce the juvenile incarcerated population.
Link to Article

"Women Can Do This": Female Inmates in Texas Find Fulfillment in Learning Technical Skills, But They Have Fewer Options Than Men
Texas Tribune, (05/21/2018), Sydney Greene
Some women in Texas correctional facilities are learning technical job skills, such as HVAC repair, but the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition says that incarcerated men in Texas are offered 27 more technical job skills courses than are women. The study said that compared to women in Texas' criminal justice system, men are offered far more technical education options, including options such as truck driving and bricklaying. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice disputes the report's findings.
Link to Article

NYS Corrections Looking Into Possible Hacking of Secured Prison Phone System
WHEC, (05/18/2018)
An online tech magazine has been contacted by an alleged hacker who claims to have broken into the secure telephone system used by inmates of the New York Corrections System and their families. If the hack actually took place, credit card information of inmates' families stored in that system is at risk.
Link to Article

Yellowstone County Considers Trying Phone-based Court Date Reminders to Ease Jail Crowding
Billings Gazette, (05/18/2018), Mike Ferguson
Using grant funds, Montana's Yellowstone County plans to launch a pilot program whereby individuals charged with a crime provide a designated contact phone number at the time of booking. The system then uses that phone number make a call or send a text message reminding them about their court dates. In areas that already use the program, the rate of individuals showing up for their initial court dates has jumped at rates ranging from 25 to 50 percent
Link to Article

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Lifetime GPS Monitoring Not Punishment
Wisconsin Public Radio, (05/18/2018), Andrea Anderson
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that imposing lifetime GPS monitoring on sex offenders is not punishment and therefore, individuals do not need to be informed about it when entering into plea agreements. The ruling stemmed from a case where a man said he was not told about the lifetime monitoring when he entered a guilty plea, and that had he known, he would have pled differently.
Link to Article

Bail Reform's Complex Relationship With Tech
TechCrunch, (05/20/2018), Megan Rose Dickey
Across the United States, more than 450,000 people who have been charged, but not yet tried or convicted, remain in the nation's prisons and jails because they have not paid bail. A number of states are looking at methods of bail reform that will greatly reduce the burden and expense of pretrial detention. This article looks at the surrounding issues, including a disproportionate effect of low-income individuals and persons of color.
Link to Article

Oklahoma Prisons Overflow as Inmates Say 'No' to Parole
State Impact Oklahoma, (05/17/2018), Quinton Chandler
In Oklahoma, eligible inmates can decide whether they want to be considered for parole, and approximately two-thirds elect to remain in prison rather than deal with the restrictions of parole. In some cases, inmates may receive credit for good behavior, shortening their sentences and gaining their freedom without any restrictions. This trend contributes to overcrowded correctional facilities and costs the state significant amounts of money.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

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

  • 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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