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In This Issue: May 31, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

Find Out About Free Best Practices Guides for Sports Event Security at

Visit, the Justice Technology Information Center's school safety website, to learn about free best practices guides on security at both interscholastic and intercollegiate sports events. After you've read "NCS4 Offers Free Guidebooks on Sports Security," browse the other success stories on the site, links to resources, the online calendar and more.

Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

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

Law Enforcement Agencies Turning to Drones to Fight Crime, (05/29/2018), John Seewer for The Associated Press
The number of public safety agencies with drones has more than doubled since the end of 2016, according to data collected by the Center for the Study of the Drone at New York's Bard College. The center estimated that slightly more than 900 police, sheriff, fire and emergency agencies now have drones, with Texas, California and Wisconsin leading the way.
Link to Article

New Program Allows Teachers to Alert Police in Seconds
Western Mass News, (05/23/2018), Mary Cate Mannion and Erin Fitzsimonds
A new program is being implemented in some western Massachusetts schools that will allow teachers to alert police in seconds in an emergency. The In Force app can be launched from a cell phone or a computer, and within 12 seconds, an alert is sent to local police with the location. Officers will join the alert, and a chat bubble will open where the sender can add a description of an assailant or information about an emergency.
Link to Article

Officials Demonstrate Getting into ‘Warm Zones' During Mass Attacks to Treat Victims
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, (05/23/2018), Annie Rosenthal
Pittsburgh police officers, firefighters and EMTs recently participated in training to prepare them to treat victims of mass shootings or other attacks before the scene has been cleared. Previously, protocol has required emergency medical teams to wait until a building is entirely cleared before sending in medics. The new method is to provide police protection that will allow teams of medical personnel to enter areas of a building that police have deemed free of immediate threats without having to wait until the entire building is clear.
Link to Article

Need a Safe Place to Exchange Goods? Sunnyvale Police Has Just the Place for You
The Mercury News, (05/23/2018), Khalida Sarwari
People in Sunnyvale, Calif., can now exchange goods purchased from online sites in an area in front of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. The exchange zone is two well-lit, marked parking spaces that are monitored by surveillance cameras 24 hours a day. The cameras keep a log of transactions that officers can go back and review in the event of a dispute or safety violation.
Link to Article

Small County in Texas Gets its First Cyberdetective, Thanks to a Federal Training Program
Palestine Herald-Press, (05/25/2018), William Patrick
The police department in Palestine, Texas, has its first cyberdetective, who took a five-week course on computer evidence recovery at the U.S. Secret Service National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover, Ala. With more than 21,000 reported cases last year, Texans lost nearly $80 million to Internet crime alone. In Palestine, detectives face hundreds of computer and Internet-based crimes every year, such as scams attempting to acquire personal information and money.
Link to Article

Troy Police Awarded $6k Grant to Improve Bicycle, Pedestrian Safety
Troy Record, (05/27/2018), Nicholas Buonanno
The police department in Troy, N.Y., will use $6,000 in grant funds to advance bicycle and pedestrian safety. The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee has distributed more than $468,000 in federal grant funds for 20 bike and pedestrian projects across the state. Programs cover bicycle safety education and helmet distribution, pedestrian safety outreach and law-based education.
Link to Article

Corrections News

South Carolina Plans to Use Drones to Remotely Watch Inmates
Herald Business Journal, (05/24/2018), Meg Kinnard for The Associated Press
South Carolina corrections officials plan to use drones to remotely monitor inmates at the state's 21 prisons. The technology can be used to monitor a prison and the area outside, where contraband like cellphones and drugs can be launched over walls.
Link to Article

Ohio Prison Inmates Pirated Movies and Built Computers From Spare Parts, Inspector General Finds, (05/23/2018), Jackie Borchardt
Inmates at Ohio's Marion Correctional Institution assembled several dozen computers from parts, pirated software and illegally copied movies to broadcast on the prison movie network, an investigation from the state inspector general has found. The findings, released in a report, stemmed from a previous 2017 investigation that found inmates hacked into the prison network, stole fellow prisoners' personal information and applied for credit cards in their names.
Link to Article

Parole Official: State Needs More Housing for Ex-Inmates
The Associated Press via The Seattle Times, (05/17/2018)
New Mexico should invest in more residential treatment centers and transitional housing for people recently released from prison, according to Sandy Dietz, chairwoman of the New Mexico Parole Board. During remarks at a public safety task force meeting, Dietz indicated the inadequate number of supportive housing and treatment options for ex-inmates has resulted in some violating their parole and ending up back in prison.
Link to Article

Louisiana to Restore Voting Rights to People on Probation and Parole for Felonies
Gambit, (05/17/2018), Alex Woodward
Legislation passed by the Louisiana state legislature would restore voting rights to potentially thousands of formerly incarcerated people convicted of felony crimes. The legislation, which went to the governor to consider for signature, would restore the right to vote to most felons after a five-year period after leaving prison, giving roughly 3,000 of the state's 70,000 formerly incarcerated people a chance to vote.
Link to Article

Dept. of Probation Launches Rap Sheet Review Project
News12, (05/16/2018)
The New York City Department of Probation is offering a workshop to help residents review their criminal records. The Rap Sheet Review Project helps people learn their rights, find out what is on their criminal records and show them what to do if there are errors.
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).

New Publications

2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism: A 9-Year Follow-up Period (2005-2014),
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Capital Punishment in the United States, 2016,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Advancing Audio Forensics of Gunshot Acoustics,
National Institute of Justice,

Assessing the Effects of Body-Worn Cameras on Procedural Justice in the Los Angeles Police Department,
National Institute of Justice,

Bending Towards Justice: Perceptions of Justice among Human Trafficking Survivors,
National Institute of Justice,

Body Armor Selection, Care, and Maintenance,
National Institute of Justice,

Characterization of Performance-Enhancing Peptides via Inlet Ionization on DART-TOF/MS,
National Institute of Justice,

Evaluating the Effects of Realignment Practices on Recidivism Outcomes,
National Institute of Justice,

Forensic Evidence and Criminal Justice Outcomes in a Statewide Sample of Sexual Assault Cases,
National Institute of Justice,

Hand-Held Multispectral Camera for Crime Scene Investigation,
National Institute of Justice,

NIJ's Multisite Evaluation of Prosecutor-Led Diversion Programs: Strategies, Impacts, and Cost-Effectiveness,
National Institute of Justice,

Prosecutor-Led Pretrial Diversion: Case Studies in Eleven Jurisdictions,
National Institute of Justice,


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