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In This Issue: May 30, 2019
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Read About Fighting Stress in the Law Enforcement Community in NIJ Journal's 50th Anniversary Issue

As part of its 50th anniversary issue, the NIJ Journal has posted an article that looks into the body of research the National Institute of Justice has funded related to stress for law enforcement personnel, ranging from how to respond to this long standing issue, to how research can help improve the workplace for officers and how NIJ will continue to support these efforts into the future.

What's New In Blue Releases Episode on Mass Casualty Response

In this episode of What's New in Blue, Dr. Peter Blair discusses the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center and the importance of coordinating responses among law enforcement, fire services and the medical community to respond to active shooter/critical incidents.

Dr. Blair is a professor of criminal justice and the executive director of the ALERRT Center at Texas State University. In FY 2017, the COPS Office made an award to the ALERRT Center to increase law enforcement and public safety through scenario-based training that prepares officers and other first responders to handle active shooter and other violent threats safely and effectively. View the episode 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

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

Kansas Bureau of Investigation to Staff $1M Cybercrime Unit
The Topeka Capital-Journal, (05/23/2019), Tim Carpenter
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will create a new investigation unit to focus on cybercrimes targeting the state and citizens. Officials say the agency will assign eight personnel to the unit. The FBI's internet crime center reported losses by Kansas victims of cybercrime rose from $3.9 million in 2015 to $17 million in 2018.
Link to Article

Chicago Police Turn to Virtual Reality Technology to Train Officers in How to Deal With the Mentally Ill
Chicago Tribune, (05/22/2019), Jeremy Gorner
The Chicago Police Department will use virtual reality technology to help in training police officers on how to deal with people experiencing mental health episodes. The technology allows users to view computer-simulated scenarios through special headgear. The training covers how officers should react to people with schizophrenia or autism.
Link to Article

Virginia District Equips Schools With Trauma Kits, Emergency Response App
Campus Security & Life Safety, (05/24/2019), Jessica Davis
Gloucester County Public Schools is equipping its campuses with trauma kits and an accompanying emergency response app. The GCPS Safety Committee decided to purchase the Mobilize Public Access Rescue station for all campuses, along with the Mobilize Rescue App. In an emergency, a civilian can use one of the Rescue Station's Individual Public Access Kits, open the Mobilize Rescue App on a smartphone and follow the app's instructions to manage cardiac arrest, seizures and other medical problems while emergency responders head to campus.
Link to Article

Southern California Police, Deputies Being Issued Antidote for Opioid Overdoses
The Press-Enterprise, (05/26/2019), Brian Rokos
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department in California is among the latest law enforcement agencies to provide its deputies with Narcan, which is used to reverse opioid overdoses. Already this month, the department said, deputies revived an unresponsive woman who had overdosed on heroin and methamphetamine. There were 140 opioid overdose deaths in Riverside County in 2017, the most recent year for which such data is available, the California Department of Public Health said.
Link to Article

As Rural Police Departments Struggle to Attract Officers, a New Utah-Based Program Offers a Potential Solution
Deseret News, (05/27/2019), Gretel Kauffman
A Utah State University program allows aspiring law enforcement officers in rural Utah to earn their Peace Officer Standards and Training certification through online night classes. The program, which also incorporates hands-on training with local law enforcement, is aimed at helping small, isolated departments hire more people who already live and work in their communities.
Link to Article

Corrections News

How an HVAC Program is Reducing Recidivism and Saving Energy in Virginia, (05/23/2019), Phillip Lowery
The Virginia Department of Corrections has a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) vocational program to provide inmates with marketable skills as well as optimize its building performance and reduce energy costs. The Green HVAC Vocational Program teaches inmates technician training in learning labs equipped with HVAC equipment and controls.
Link to Article

SC Prisons Changing the Way Inmates Are Classified and Housed
The Post and Courier, (05/28/2019), Andrew Brown
South Carolina prison officials are rolling out a sweeping policy change that will give the state more discretion in deciding where to locate inmates in the state's 21 correctional institutions. Agency officials say the change is to encourage good behavior and better ensure the safety of prisoners. Under the current system, prison officials classify each inmate based largely on the severity of the crime and the length of the sentence, and the classification determines which prison will house an inmate. The new rules weigh other considerations such as prisoners' age, medical situation, criminal history and gang affiliations when deciding where to place them.
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).

New Publications

Developing Effective Methods for Addressing Contextual Bias in Forensic Science,
National Institute of Justice,

Development and Assessment of Analysis Tools for Examination of Microscopic Fracture Surface Topology and Degradation for Evidence Physical Match,
National Institute of Justice,

Foundational Research into the Quantification of the Value of Forensic Evidence for Complex Evidential Forms arising from Impression and Pattern Evidence,
National Institute of Justice,

Genomewide Association of Quantitative Pigmentary Traits in Admixed US Populations,
National Institute of Justice,

Managing the Seriously Mentally Ill in Corrections,
National Institute of Justice,

Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse: A Partnership To Improve Outcomes,
National Institute of Justice,

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress,
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services,

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Eleven Case Studies,
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services,

Girls in the Juvenile Justice System,
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 251486

Articles on NIJ-funded Research

"Toward the Identification of Marijuana Varieties by Headspace Chemical Forensics,"
Forensic Chemistry Vol. 11, December 2018, pp. 23-31,

"Using Vulnerability and Exposure to Improve Robbery Prediction and Target Area Selection,"
Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, March 15, 2019, pp. 1-24.


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