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In This Issue: June 13, 2019
NLECTC Spotlight

Registration Open for National Institute of Justice Webinar on Elder Abuse

Register at for "Preventing Elder Abuse Through Research-And-Practice Collaboration: EMPOWER® Program Demonstration" at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

The EMPOWER Program is one of two rigorous, multi-year demonstration projects funded the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to prevent the abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older adults who are at risk for mistreatment. Presenters will describe how the program was developed in collaboration with NIJ and expert advisers, pretest implementation findings and plans for a large-scale, randomized controlled pilot study. This event aims to help researchers and practitioners considering similar partnership efforts focused on elder abuse or other victimizations, as well as teams working on phased evaluation demonstrations.

Just Science Episode on Single-shot Detection of Gunshot Residue Released

In Episode Four of the 2019 R&D season – Just a Single Shot – Just Science interviewed Dr. Suzanne Bell, professor and chair of the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science at West Virginia University. Dr. Bell discusses a method for consistent single-shot detection of organic and inorganic gunshot residue.

Smaller crime labs often face a lack of resources and don't have the funds for the most current equipment used in the detection of gunshot residue. With that in mind, Dr. Bell and her team have created a way to detect GSR using a machine already found in most toxicology departments: a liquid chromatography mass spectrometer. Listen along as she discusses a method for using LC/MS to detect organic and inorganic gunshot residues from the same sample.

Visit to listen.

Register Now for Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Forum

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will assist the National Institute of Justice in hosting the free National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum on July 18-19, 2019, at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, D.C.

The forum will build off the momentum of widespread stakeholder meetings convened to discuss drug threats and consequences of this national epidemic on the public safety response. It will disseminate topics at a policy level and pay particular attention to addressing best practices for forensic laboratories. For more information and to register, visit

Catch New Episodes of The Beat: Elder Abuse Podcast Series

The podcast series from the COPS Office, The Beat, has launched a special series that takes an in-depth look at measures that law enforcement officers and agencies can use to effectively identify and respond to instances of elder abuse. The series features representatives from the Quincy (Ill.), Anaheim (Calif.), Fairfield (Conn.) and Colorado Springs (Colo.) police departments, as well as experts from the Fresno County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office and the San Mateo County (Calif.) District Attorney's Office. Visit to listen.

Sign Up Now for Federal Aviation Administration UAS Webinar

The FAA will host "Public Safety: Starting a Drone Program," on Wednesday, June 19 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. FAA experts will explain an agency's options for flying a drone: fly under the small UAS rule (Part 107) or as a public aircraft with a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization. The webinar also includes tips on how to develop a plan and prepare the documents needed to get FAA authorization to operate.
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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:

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

Drowning Is One of the Hardest Homicides to Prove. These Investigators Want to Change That.
NBC News, (06/08/2019), Cara Tabachnick
This article takes an in-depth look at how drowning investigations often miss the possibility of homicide, and at changes in training and techniques that aim to prevent that from happening. It uses the investigation into a case in Mt. Zion, Ill., as a framework.
Link to Article

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center to Start New Basic Training Format, (06/10/2019), Tiffany Lane
In an effort to make it easier for departments to hire trained officers, the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center is switching to starting classes more frequently and reducing class size. The goal behind the changes is to reduce the waiting time to gain entrance to the academy, which had been a year or longer.
Link to Article

All Hillsborough Deputies Will Learn How to De-escalate a Mental Health Crisis
Tampa Bay Times, (06/11/2019), Tony Marrero
At the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office, a 40-hour crisis intervention training program has become mandatory for all 2,400 sworn deputies. The previously voluntary training also will be updated by local mental health practitioners.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Yoga Instruction Brings Physical and Mental Health Benefits to Idaho Prisons
Boise State Public Radio (06/06/20199, Gemma Gaudette
This audio piece profiles the work of yoga therapist Kaelyn Rogers with inmates in the Idaho Department of Corrections. Rogers created the program with a goal of using her yoga skills to benefit the community.
Link to Article

Iowa Prison Program Using Dogs to Rehabilitate Inmates
The Hour, (06/08/2019)
The Fully Rescue Educational Development Program at Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility in Iowa pairs inmates with dogs deemed unadoptable due to problem behaviors. The dogs, from the PAW Animal Shelter in Fort Madison, stay with their handlers in the institution as they are trained to make them candidates more suited to adoption.
Link to Article

Always Faithful: Staff Supports Colleagues Deployed Overseas, (06/10/2019), John Cokos, New Jersey Department of Corrections
Operation Blue for Green, an unofficial program and social media group created and supported by New Jersey Department of Corrections employees, assembles and delivers care packages and letters for NJDOC employees deployed overseas with various military reserve units. The New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 105 also provides assistance with shipping costs.
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).


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