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June 1, 2017

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

FY 2017 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Application Period Opens, applications for FY 2017 funding for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program online through 8 p.m. Eastern Time on June 28, 2017.

Give Us Your Tech Ideas
We are actively seeking ideas to help us identify technology needs and requirements as part of the National Institute of Justice's Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation process.

NLECTC Spotlight

Check Out the New Look on the FTCoE's Website

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence has launched a modernized and restructured website at Stop by and check out resources, upcoming events, information on FTCoE projects and more. The FTCoE has also launched a social media campaign on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

New Just Science Podcast Series Disseminates Real World Research and Practice

The Center for Forensic Sciences at RTI International is producing a podcast series, funded in part by the FTCoE and led by FTCoE staff, called Just Science, a concerted effort with community/industry/discipline leaders to disseminate research and real world practice to a wide audience, thus sparking conversations and innovations within the field. Just Science will explore new technologies and systems that provide more efficient ways of delivering quantitative results, as well as the human factors that go into producing solid data. The first season, titled "Numbers," will give listeners content focusing on issues that forensic scientists are faced with, such as error data or proof of data. Various interviewees will discuss forensically relevant topics including optical topography, DNA mixtures, forensic laboratory management, the psychology of latent fingerprint examination and subjective probability. Check out the first five episodes at

American Indian and Alaska Native Students: Apply Now to Attend 2017 Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference

The National Institute of Justice will sponsor five undergraduate or graduate students, who are American Indian or Alaska Native and studying science, technology, engineering and math, to attend the IACP Conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 21–24, 2017.

These students will have the opportunity to interact with criminal justice scientists and practitioners and attend panel discussions on the most urgent issues facing communities and innovative, evidence-based solutions. For more information, visit

VALOR for Blue to Hold Free Two-Day Conference

VALOR for Blue will co-host the inaugural Destination Zero Conference on Aug. 3–4, 2017, at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes Hotel. The two-day, no-cost conference will offer law enforcement professionals from around the nation an opportunity to hear about successful and/or promising officer safety and wellness programs and meet the people who developed them. To register, go to For information, call Christine Morgan at (850) 385-0600, extension 235, or e-mail

The Bureau of Justice Assistance Destination Zero (DZ) Program is a collaborative effort between the VALOR Officer Safety Program and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and was designed to help law enforcement agencies improve the health and safety of their officers across the United States.

Bureau of Justice Statistics Updates Corrections Statistical Analysis Tools

BJS has made data for 2015 and the years between 2000 and 2004 available on the CSAT probation and parole data analysis tools. You can access national, federal and state-level data on probation and parole populations for selected years, including:

  • Sex, race and Hispanic origin.
  • Most serious offense.
  • Status of supervision.
  • Entries to and exits from probation and parole.

Data come from the Annual Probation Survey and Annual Parole Survey. You can access the data at and

Competition Open for International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Award

The IACP/Laura and John Arnold Foundation Leadership in Law Enforcement Research Award recognizes law enforcement agencies that demonstrate excellence in conducting and using research to improve police operations and public safety. The goal of this award program is to promote the establishment of effective partnerships among law enforcement agencies and researchers, and implement the findings into police practices and policies. The application for this award can be found at and the deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017.

The award recipient will be invited to attend the IACP Annual Conference, to be held this year in Philadelphia on Oct. 21-24, 2017, where the agency will be honored during IACP's Annual Banquet. Travel expenses (airfare up to $500) to the annual conference, the cost of one registration, and three nights' stay at a designated hotel will be provided to the award recipient.

Latest Issue of AJAlert Released

Go to to read the latest AJAlert newsletter. Posted by the American Jail Association, the issue features information on nominations and elections for AJA board members, training opportunities, news items and more.

New U.S. Department of Homeland Security Report Shares Best Practices, Guidance and Case Studies for Using Social Media in Public Safety Exercises

DHS has released a new report, Best Practices for Incorporating Social Media into Exercises, which seeks to do the following:

  • Discuss best practices for consideration when integrating social media into exercises, including objectives for doing so (e.g., using social media for communications or leveraging information from social media to support operational decision-making).
  • Discuss social media's role in exercise design.
  • Identify social media exercise planning elements in the homeland security exercise and evaluation program practices.
  • Address the need for the integration of social media into all aspects of preparedness, response and recovery, including exercises and training to ensure operational implementation and longevity.
  • Discuss challenges associated with integrating social media into exercises, including policy, technical and procedural challenges.

You can download the report from

Submit Nominations for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

The nomination period for the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Medal of Valor opened May 31 and runs through July 31.

This award recognizes valiant acts performed in the line of duty by the nation's federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency service officers. Visit the Medal of Valor page at to access the nomination form and find guidelines for submitting nominations. Nominations must be submitted by, or at the direction of, the agency head of the organization that employs the nominee(s). Email or visit the FAQ page at if you have specific questions.

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

First Responders Wear Respirators During Suspected Drug Probe in Weathersfield, (05/24/2017)
Some first responders in Ohio have begun wearing respirators on calls involving suspected drug overdoses, following an incident in early May in which an East Liverpool police officer had to be revived with four doses of Narcan following a response to a drug-involved incident. Even minimal exposure to powerful drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil can prove fatal to someone whose system is completely unaccustomed to exposure.
Link to Article

Think You Can Get Away With Speeding? HPD's New Radar Might Change Your Mind
KHON 2, (5/26/2017), Alex Cerball
Honolulu Police Department patrol cars are being equipped with new radar devices that allow officers to monitor speeds of cars in front of them, behind them and coming from the opposite direction, all while officers continue to drive. The department has used federal grant money to install the sensors in 20 patrol cars, which will reduce the need for officers to stand by the side of the road with radar-measuring devices.
Link to Article

In Opioid Crisis, a New Risk for Police: Accidental Overdose, (05/27/2017), Juliet Linderman for the Associated Press
The Harford County (Md.) Sheriff's Office has purchased 100 kits that include a protective suit, booties, gloves and face masks for use by deputies responding to potential drug scenes. The kits are a response to a recent incident in which Cpl. Kevin Phillips had to be revived by the anti-overdose drug Narcan after he collected investigative evidence while wearing gloves. It is thought that Phillips' overdose came from exposure to Carfentanil.
Link to Article

Two Georgia Officers Shot; Gunman Sought, (05/302/2017), Steve Burns for the Atlanta Constitution
Two officers in College Park, Ga., survived an encounter with an armed gunman after a confrontation in a restaurant Saturday afternoon. Neither officer was seriously injured; one survived a shot in the abdomen thanks to his ballistic-resistant vest, while the other took a hit that was primarily deflected by his radio. The suspect remains at large.
Link to Article

Corrections News

County to Arm Correctional Officers With Pepper Spray
The Citizens' Voice, (05/24/2017), Bill Wellock
Guards at the Luzerne County (Penn.) Correctional Facility will begin carrying pepper spray with them on a routine basis. Prompted by the death of corrections Officer Kristopher Moules in July 2016, the new policy represents a change from the facility previously only making the spray available on every floor of the facility.
Link to Article

New Law Allows Prison Inmates to Attend Funerals, Visit Dying Loved Ones, (05/24/2017), Daniel J. Gross
A law recently passed in South Carolina will allow correctional inmates temporary release to attend funerals and visit dying loved ones. The South Carolina Department of Corrections is responsible for providing transportation and security.
Link to Article

Missouri to Remove Hundreds of GPS Monitoring Devices Recently Put on Sex Offenders
Government Technology, (05/23/2017), Jesse Bogan for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A temporary injunction will require the state of Missouri to remove 364 offender tracking devices placed on individuals in April as a consequence of a revision to the state criminal code that took effect Jan. 1. The new law required individuals who met specific criteria to wear the monitors for life even if lifetime monitoring had not been part of their original sentence. The group included individuals who had already completed state supervision, and one of these individuals filed the suit that resulted in the injunction.
Link to Article

KSTP Investigation Leads State to Ban GPS Tracking of DUI Offenders, (05/30/2017)
Investigative reports by KSTP have led to a new Minnesota law that will halt GPS tracking of Minnesota residents who must pass an ignition interlock system's breathalyzer test to start their vehicles. The reporting indicated that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety required the DUI offenders to install the new systems without informing them that the devices had GPS capabilities that would allow the state to track their driving patterns.
Link to Article

Drone, Drugs, 10-inmate Fight Lock Down Auburn Correctional Facility, (05/26/2017), Samantha House
A fight broke out in the exercise yard at New York's Auburn Correctional Facility on May 23, spreading to involve 10 men before corrections officers broke up the fight with pepper spray and a gas canister. Following the fight, officers confiscated two inmate-made slashing weapons. The previous day, a contraband search had turned up a knife and a drone inside the facility, which remained on lockdown.
Link to Article

Cell Phone Smuggling in Richmond County Jails Have Decreased
News Channel 6, (05/24/2017), Derrikia Young
In Georgia's Richmond County, Jail Warden Evan Joseph says that mixing up contraband searches on a random basis to include weekends, as well as the addition of 32 more surveillance cameras, may be behind a recent decrease in the number of contraband cell phones found by corrections staff. Inmates often use the phones to arrange for the smuggling of additional contraband and to continue their criminal activities while behind bars.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care: Correctional Health Care Leadership Institute, Las Vegas, NV, July 28 - 29, 2017
  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care: Correctional Mental Health Care Conference, Las Vegas, NV, July 30 – 31, 2017
  • American Correctional Association, 147th Congress of Correction, St. Louis, MO, Aug. 18-22, 2017
  • American Probation and Parole Association, 42nd Annual Training Institute, New York, NY, Aug. 27-30, 2017
  • Third World Congress on Probation, Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 12-14, 2017
  • 11th Annual National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference, Atlanta, GA, Sept 19-21, 2017
  • International Community Corrections Association, 25th Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2017

For additional information on these events go to:

  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Annual Conference, June 23-27, 2017, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials Annual Conference, June 26-30, 2017,
  • National Association of School Resource Officers Annual Conference, July 23-28, 2017. Washington, D.C.
  • School Safety Advocacy Council Annual Conference, July 24-28, 2017, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Campus Safety Conferences,
    - Irving, Texas, June 12-13, 2017
    - Philadelphia, Penn., July 13-14, 2017
    - Long Beach, Calif., July 31-Aug. 1, 2017
New Publications

Indicators of School Crime & Safety 2016,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Police Vehicle Pursuits, 2012-2013,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

State Forensic Science Commissions Final Report,
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence,

Strengthening Forensic Science Services through National Institute of Justice Grant Programs - 2016 Crime Laboratory Director's Meeting,
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence,

Criminal Protective Orders as a Critical Strategy To Reduce Domestic Violence, Final Summary Overview,
National Institute of Justice,

Criminal Research Information Management Evaluation System (CRIMES): A Comprehensive Records Management System For Smaller Police,
National Institute of Justice,

Developing Reliable Methods for Microbial Fingerprinting of Soils,
National Institute of Justice,

Development of an Analytical System for the Forensic Comparison and Identification of Fiber Dyes on Casework-Sized Fibers,
National Institute of Justice,

Evaluation of a Novel Fluorescent Dye to Detect Ano-genital Injury in Women of Color,
National Institute of Justice,

Impact of Incarceration on Families: A Single-Jurisdiction Pilot Study Using Triangulated Administrative Data & Qualitative Interviews,
National Institute of Justice,

Improving Officer Safety in Interactions With Citizens Suffering From Mental Illness (video),
National Institute of Justice,

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs: Policy Change, Law Enforcement Activity, and Diversion Tactics,
National Institute of Justice,

Predicting Intimate Partner Violence for At-Risk Young Adults and Their Romantic Partners,
National Institute of Justice,

Prediction of Drug Interactions With Methadone, Buprenorphine and Oxycodone From In Vitro Inhibition of Metabolism,
National Institute of Justice,

Quantitative Algorithm for the Digital Comparison of Torn Duct,
National Institute of Justice,

Roads Diverge: Long-Term Patterns of Relapse, Recidivism, and Desistance for a Cohort of Drug Involved Offenders,
National Institute of Justice,

Second Chance Act Offender Reentry Demonstration Projects - Final Implementation Lessons Learned: Factors that Facilitate Successful Program Implementation and Positive Client Outcomes,
National Institute of Justice,

Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Demonstration Projects - Perceived Successes and Sustainability Strategies,
National Institute of Justice,

State Laws Related to Family Judges' and Custody Evaluators' Recommendations in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence: Final Summary,
National Institute of Justice,

Statistical Methods for Combining Multivariate and Categorical Data in Postmortem Interval Estimation,
National Institute of Justice,

Translational Criminology - Research and Public Policy: Final Summary Report,
National Institute of Justice,

Understanding the Effects of Fatigue on Law Enforcement (video),
National Institute of Justice,


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