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In This Issue: June 14, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

JTIC Expands Public Safety UAS Resources

The Justice Technology Information Center has added a range of information on public safety use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to, the website of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System. Visit to view information on success stories and starting a UAS program, and links to publications and resources.

Lessons Learned From the Second Chance Act: Moving Forward to Strengthen Offender Reentry

Signed into law in April 2008, the Second Chance Act (SCA) aims to enhance public safety by breaking the cycle of criminal recidivism and improving outcomes for people returning from prisons, jails and juvenile facilities. Under the SCA, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) started funding offender reentry demonstration projects, and the National Institute of Justice was directed to evaluate the effectiveness of BJA's projects. NIJ has supported two rigorous, independent evaluations of SCA adult offender reentry demonstration projects. To learn about the findings, go to

Nominations Open for the 2018 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is accepting nominations for the 2018 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award, which recognizes the efforts of collaborative partnerships within the community. It is bestowed on a team of law enforcement and community members whose innovative civic interactions have transformed public safety in their community. Nominees are those actively engaged with the community in a multifaceted manner that has been sustained over time and has resulted in positive, observable public safety outcomes.

The ideal nominee team for this award:

  • Creates sustainable collaborations that are innovative, creative and transformative.
  • Displays civic leadership through problem solving and collaborative partnerships.
  • Institutionalizes sustainable, positive observable public safety outcomes.
  • Promotes public safety through a dedication to the community policing philosophy.
  • Deploys community policing strategies to contribute to the reduction of violent crime such as human trafficking, hate crimes and gang violence, which can be replicated in similar jurisdictions.

All partnerships must include at least one law enforcement officer, who must be an officer in a state, local or tribal law enforcement agency. A nomination must include the nomination form (, a narrative encompassing the above four award criteria and a maximum of two supporting letters. Narratives are limited to a five-page document in 12-point Times New Roman font. Only submissions submitted as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file will be accepted.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 1, 2018, 5 p.m. EST. All nominations must be sent via email to Direct all general inquiries to Sarah Estill at or For additional information, go to

Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

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.

Adult Reentry and Employment Strategic Planning Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 18, 2018.

Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Reducing Recidivism Through Systems Improvement, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 25, 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.

FY 2018 National Officer Safety Initiatives Program, applications are due by July 2, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Plan Implementation Program, applications are due by July 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National Training and Technical Assistance Program, applications are due by July 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods, applications are due by July 19, 2018 at 11:59 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 'Safe Zone' Patrols Start in Downtown Minneapolis
5ABC Eyewitness News, (06/06/2018)
Minneapolis Police, Metro Transit Police and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office are stepping up patrols in downtown Minneapolis this summer as part of the Safe Zone program. More squad cars and uniformed officers will be present during the day. The patrols are expected to end after Labor Day.
Link to Article

'We're in a Different World': Law Enforcement Agencies Train in Active Shooter Scenarios
The Spectrum, (06/06/2018), Emily Havens
About 60 officers from law enforcement agencies in Southern Utah attended a recent active shooter training session hosted by the St. George Police Department. The training includes several mock scenarios.
Link to Article

Leland Police Department Releases Digital Crime Map Tool
WWAY News, (06/04/2018)
The Leland Police Department in North Carolina is offering near real-time crime information through its Community Crime Map digital tool. Leland residents can view the map and grid of reported crimes, sign up for emailed neighborhood watch reports and submit an anonymous tip about a crime to police.
Link to Article

Norwalk Police Welcome Bomb-Sniffing Dogs
News12 Connecticut, (06/07/2018)
The police department in Norwalk, Conn., has added two K-9s trained in explosives detection. After more than 400 hours of training in a public settings, police say the two black Labradors can detect the scents of more than 30 different explosives.
Link to Article

Law to Create New Tracking System for Rape Kits Changes Labs, Victim Support, (06/07/2018), Erica Irish
Law enforcement, hospitals and victim advocacy organizations will work this summer to create a stronger, more transparent system to track Indiana's rape kits. State lawmakers approved a measure during the 2018 legislative session calling for a study committee to recommend a better method of tracking the kits. In December, a statewide audit of police labs found that 2,500 viable rape kits were never tested.
Link to Article

Jefferson School Board Approves $1M to Place Police Officers at All High Schools
The Times-Picayune, (06/07/2018), Littice Bacon-Blood
Starting in the fall, all public high schools in Jefferson Parish, La., will have at least one police officer or sheriff's deputy. The Jefferson Parish School Board approved just over $1 million to pay for officers from the Gretna Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. While most of the district's high schools have had officers on campus for several years, the 2019 academic year will be the first time that police will be stationed at Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies, Patrick Taylor Science & Technology Academy and Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies.
Link to Article

New Vests, Helmets Aid Dracut Police
Lowell Sun, (06/10/2018), Amaris Castillo
The Dracut Police Department in Massachusetts has purchased new ballistic-resistant body armor and helmets. The department purchased the 10 vests and helmets using a $9,330 donation from the Old Home Day Committee.
Link to Article

Crime in Wilmington, Delaware: City Launches Online Mapping Program
The News Journal, (06/08/2018), Brandon Holveck
Wilmington, Del., has launched an online crime mapping program that allows residents to view a map of crimes by type and location. People can use the website to search their neighborhoods across specific time frames.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Metzgar Introduces Plan to Combat Assaults in Prisons After SCI-Somerset Incidents
The Tribune-Democrat, (06/08/2018), David Hurst
A Pennsylvania lawmaker has suggested prison reform measures in the wake of assaults on corrections officers. Over the past six months, four corrections officers have been attacked and one of them killed by SCI-Somerset inmates. Legislation suggested by State Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar would eliminate the possibility of parole for inmates convicted of staff assault, impose a mandatory five-year sentence and lower the threshold for what is considered an assault on staff.
Link to Article

Michigan Set to Close Another Prison Next Year
The Detroit News, (06/05/2018), Beth LeBlanc
Officials are likely to close another Michigan prison as the state's prison population dwindles. The prison population has fallen below 39,000 and the corrections department currently has 1,000 available beds among its 30 prisons. Officials believe the lower numbers are due to better vocational training and transition programs for inmates.
Link to Article

NIST Adds Popular Drone Models to Forensic Reference Datasets to Assist Investigators
Homeland Preparedness News, (06/07//2018), Aaron Martin
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has added forensic images of 14 popular drone models to its Computer Forensic Reference Datasets to assist criminal investigations involving drones. Forensic images consist of a complete data extraction from a digital device. The drone images include simulated digital evidence to help investigators recover data from actual drones.
Link to Article

Prison Chief: Better Pay, Tech Upgrades Helping Make Prisons Safer
Daily Advance, (06/06/2018), Reggie Ponder
Better pay for staff and technology upgrades are among the ways North Carolina officials are seeking to make prisons safer for employees, according to Reuben Young, interim chief deputy secretary of public safety for the N.C. Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice. New technology is designed to alert administrative staff more quickly when there is a problem in the facility.
Link to Article

Biometrics Finding New Uses Among Inmate Populations
WBFO, (06/11/2018), Marian Hetherly and Randy Gorbman
This article discusses the use by corrections agencies of an Inmate Recognition Identification System. The technology uses a high-resolution digital scan of each inmate's eye for identification, and can be used for quick verification of an inmate.
Link to Article

Oklahoma Leads Nation in Incarceration Rate
WAFB, (06/08/2018)
Oklahoma leads the nation for rate of incarceration, at 1,079 per 100,000 people, according to a study by the Prison Policy Initiative. Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama are the other states in the top five.
Link to Article

Iris-Scanning Technology Comes to Marion County Jail
WISH TV, (06/07/2018), Phil Sanchez
The Marion County Sheriff's Office in Indiana has introduced iris scanning technology to help identify arrestees quickly. The new system will be used in conjunction with fingerprinting.
Link to Article

Florida Prisons Get IPads. They Also Ponder Cuts to Visitation Hours.
WLRN, (06/08/2018), Daniel Rivero
This article discusses the Florida Department of Corrections proposal to reduce in-person visitation hours while providing inmates with tablets that can be used for virtual visitation with friends and family.
Link to Article

Stewart Weldon Case Highlights Safeguards, Shortcomings of GPS Monitoring, (06/10/2018), Patrick Johnson
This article examines issues surrounding the use of electronic monitoring devices for keeping track of offenders.
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).

  • MGT-324: Campus Emergencies Prevention, Response, and Recovery
    National Center for Biomedical Research and Training

    June 22, 2018
    Miami, Fla.
    Free Information and Registration
  • National Association of School Resource Officers Annual Conference
    June 24-29, 2018
    Reno, Nev.
    For information and registration, visit
  • L0363 Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Higher Education
    Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute

    June 26-28, 2018
    Rocky Mount, N.C.
    Free Information and Registration
  • National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials Annual Conference
    June 30-July 3, 2018
    Melville, N.Y.
    For information and registration, visit
  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Annual Conference
    June 29-July 2, 2018
    Orlando, Fla.
  • L0363 Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Higher Education
    Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute

    July 17-19, 2018
    Spokane, Wash.
    Free Information and Registration
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Law Enforcement Administrators Association (HBCU-LEEA) Annual Training Conference
    July 16-20, 2018
    Charlotte, N.C.
    For information, visit
  • L0363 Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Higher Education
    Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute

    July 17-19, 2018
    Spokane, Wash.
    Free Information and Registration
  • 13th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition School Safety Advocacy Council
    July 23-27, 2018
    Orlando, Fla.
    For information and registration, visit
  • College and University Police and Investigators Conference
    College and University Police and Investigators Conference and International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators
    July 31-Aug. 2, 2018
    Fairfax, Va.
    Information and Registration (fee)
  • New Hampshire Campus Safety Academy
    New Hampshire Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
    Aug. 1-3, 2018
    Nashua, N.H.
    Information and Registration (fee)
  • L0363 Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Higher Education
    Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute

    Aug. 7-9, 2018
    Terre Haute, Ind.
    Free Information and Registration
  • National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise Series for Institutions of Higher Education (NTTX)
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    University of Texas at San Antonio
    Sept. 24-25, 2018
    For information, visit

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