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June 8, 2017

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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.

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Visit to Read About New FBI Resources, a Model Program in Washington State and a School Resource Officer's Take on Female Body Armor Issues

The Justice Technology Information Center's website features three new articles this week: "New FBI Resources Provide Best Practices for SROs," "Cooperation, Partnerships Lead to Creation of Yakima Valley School Safety Operations and Coordination Center" and "An SRO Talks About Female Body Armor." In addition to reading about new resource materials recently published by the FBI, a regional cooperative effort between schools and communities in Washington State, and a female SRO's viewpoint on body armor, visitors can find additional success stories, a calendar of events and resources at

Public Safety Medal of Valor Nomination Period Open

The nomination period for the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Medal of Valor is open. The award recognizes the valiant acts performed in the line of duty by federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency service officers. The medal is awarded annually to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. Nominations will be accepted through July 31, 2017. For information, visit the Medal of Valor page at

 Webinar on Protecting Faith-Based and Community Organizations

A webinar on Protecting Your Organization - Resources, Partners, and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe, will be held June 13, 2017 at 2 p.m. EDT. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, members of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters and others offer numerous resources to assist faith-based and community organizations with their efforts to prepare for hazards, whether natural or human-caused. This webinar will highlight federal resources and partners to help community and faith leaders improve the safety and security of their facilities. To register and ensure you receive a recording of the webinar, go to

 Science Scholarships for Law Enforcement Officers

The National Institute of Justice has partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to offer 10 merit-based scholarships for mid-rank law enforcement officers to attend the October 2017 IACP Annual Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, as part of the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) program. Selected officers will have access to exclusive education and networking opportunities in addition to full access to conference workshops and other related activities. All travel, accommodation and per diem costs associated with participating in the LEADS Scholars program will be covered by NIJ. The application deadline is June 30, 2017. To learn more about the program, go to

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Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

New Drug Kits Save Police Dogs From Opioid Overdoses
Associated Press, (06/01/2017), Denise Lavoie
Police departments have begun carrying naloxone on drug raids to protect their K-9 partners from ill effects of sniffing out drugs such as fentanyl, a painkiller that is often mixed with heroin. Naloxone has long been used to reverse human opioid overdoses. Massachusetts State Police started carrying naloxone for their K-9s in March, and police in Hartford, Conn., started in January. Police said a small amount of powdered fentanyl can sicken police officers, so dogs are even more at risk. For both humans and dogs, naloxone can be administered through an injection or a nasal spray.
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Drone Leads to Fugitive's Arrest in Stafford Co. Manhunt
WTOP, (06/02/2017), Neal Augenstein
Sheriff's deputies in Stafford County, Va., used a drone to help locate a wanted fugitive during a manhunt after the man allegedly fired several gunshots into a parked car. A police drone spotted the suspect, who had a parole violation, walking near power lines, along a tree line. A SWAT team took him into custody; he was charged with being in possession of a firearm as a felon, and reckless handling of a firearm.
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Deputy Was Shot 5 Times, But Survived Because of a Bulletproof Vest, Sheriff Says
Desert Sun, (06/02/2017), Sherry Barkas and Anna Rumer
A sheriff's deputy survived a May 25 shooting that occurred as he chased a documented gang member through a field thanks to his ballistic-resistant vest, according to Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff. Deputy David Solis sustained injuries to his left arm and hand in addition to the upper-body shot stopped by the vest. Solis has been discharged from the hospital, but the future of his career remains in doubt because he is left-handed. The suspect, Gildardo Davila Jr., was apprehended in Mexico a week later.
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APD Launches Mobile App
KOB-TV, (06/02/2017)
The Albuquerque Police Department has a new smartphone app to allow people to use cellphones to file police reports, submit crime tips and receive alerts. Users can also get real-time crime mapping, stay up to date on wanted suspects and learn about the department's community events. The app does not replace 911, which people should always use for emergencies.
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Corrections News

Prisons Put New Limits on Inmate Visits to Help Stamp Out Drugs, (05/30/2017), Rebecca Beitsch for Tribune News Service
Limits on mail and hugs from visitors are among the steps states are taking to try to keep drugs, particularly opioids, out of prisons. New Hampshire banned inmates and their visitors from hugging for more than 3 seconds, banned kissing between inmates and visitors, and removed board games and vending machine food from visiting rooms. States across the country are placing new limits on what kind of mail inmates can receive. Suboxone, an addiction treatment drug, is of particular concern because its thin strips, designed to be placed under the tongue, are easily hidden.
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New Hampshire's Prisons Could Soon See Full-Body Scanners
Concord Monitor, (06/01/2017), Alyssa Dandrea
New Hampshire legislators have changed the requirements for who will be subject to full body scans at the state's prisons. State prison facilities received approval last year to install full-body scanners to thwart the flow of contraband, but have not installed them. Under the original law, anyone entering the state's three prisons would have been required to walk through the scanners. New legislation passed by the state legislature and sent to the governor provides greater specificity on who should be scanned. For example, rather than scanning every visitor, officials say they will require inmates leaving the visiting room to walk through a full-body scanner before returning to their cells.
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Flipbooks Help Prisoners Stay Connected to Their Loved Ones
NPR, (05/29/2017)
Rules limiting inmate access to the Internet and cameras can make it difficult for families to share videos with incarcerated loved ones. Some families are using flipbooks to stay connected with inmates by using a small company in Colorado that changes videos into flipbooks. Company founder Liza Tudor wrote her own software that breaks video into frames and lays it out on a contact sheet. She prints the images out, tears the paper along perforations and stacks them by number. She sends the printout in an envelope, and prisoners assemble the books themselves.
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Delaware Prison Riot Review Faults Management
SFGate, 06/02/2017), Randall Chase for the Associated Press
An independent review ordered by Delaware's governor after a deadly inmate riot in February describes the state's maximum-security prison as dangerously overcrowded, critically understaffed, and poorly run and managed. According to a preliminary report, prison workers consider communication to be the top problem at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. The report portrays stressed-out correctional officers as not knowing what is expected of them and a disconnect between shift supervisors and upper management. Delaware State Police still are conducting a criminal investigation into the uprising, during which a correctional officer was killed.
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No Nonsense DUI Intervention Program Helps Keep Drunken Drivers Off the Streets
KETV, (06/04/2017)
The 24/7 Sobriety Program in Douglas County, Neb., has helped 600 people in the past three years. Under the program, offenders report twice a day for in-person testing. If a person has a difficult work schedule, a SCRAM alcohol-monitoring bracelet is an option instead of the in-person testing. Judges have the option of assigning repeat DUI offenders to the program as a condition of bail. The program's compliance rate has stayed above 99 percent for both breath testing and SCRAM testing over the past three years. If a person fails the alcohol test, they are put in handcuffs and retested 15 minutes later. If there is still alcohol detected, they will go straight to jail.
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Jail Inmates Access to Tablets Decreases Bad Behavior
KVOA, (05/26/2017)
Inmates at the Pima County jail are using electronic tablets. The inmates do not have internet access; they access a server onsite that contains content the jail allows, and use of the tablets is monitored. According to Capt. Sean Stewart, since inmates began using the tablets, inmate suicide attempts, inmate assaults on staff and assaults on other inmates have all decreased.
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Blood Gang Leader Used Prison Cellphone to Order Hit on Prosecutor's Father
The Charlotte Observer, (05/31/2017), Elizabeth Leland and Gavin Off
This article examines the scope of the problem of contraband such as cellphones in North Carolina prisons and how the phones compromise safety. Since 2012, police have charged more than 50 N.C. employees with smuggling contraband into prisons.
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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

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