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In This Issue: June 21, 2018
 
NLECTC Spotlight

Just Released by JTIC: Volume 6 in the Sharing Ideas and Resources To Keep Our Nation's Schools Safe! Series

Visit SchoolSafetyInfo.org to download the newest volume in the Sharing Ideas and Resources To Keep Our Nation's Schools Safe! series. Volume 6 compiles all 18 success stories published during the previous 12 months, and features articles on the latest programs, tools and resources on school safety. Topics include the new desktop version of the Justice Technology Information Center's School Safe app, several new strategies for implementing D.A.R.E. and how Atlanta Public Schools established a community-oriented school police department. While you're visiting www.schoolsafetyinfo.org, check out the first five volumes in the series, a calendar of events, extensive resource links and more.


New Video from VALOR Program

The Bureau of Justice Assistance VALOR Program has a new video titled "Not Today," which features law enforcement officers reciting lines from the "Not Today" poem about how officers can safeguard themselves against inherent dangers of the job. This poem emphasizes the mental preparations and actions that law enforcement officers should take to help ensure that they stay safe. To view the video, go to https://www.valorforblue.org/Home/VALOR-Interest/Not-Today-Poem.


Prison Test Shows Micro-Jamming May Counter Criminal Threat of Contraband Cell Phones

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has posted a report detailing its findings from the Jan. 17, 2018 test of micro-jamming technology conducted at the Federal Correctional Institution at Cumberland, Md.

Data from the test show that the micro-jammer's signal disrupted commercial wireless signals inside the prison cell, which meant that if cellphones were operating inside the cell, they would have been rendered inoperable. At 20 ft. and 100 ft. outside the cell, however, the micro-jammer signals did not disrupt the commercial wireless signals.

Department officials present during the January 17, 2018, test reported that while their cellphone signals were blocked inside the cell, their cellphones were operable when standing several feet from the cell's window.

The data in the report will be used by BOP and the Department to understand the efficacy of micro-jamming, conduct further evaluation of jamming technology, and develop recommendations for strategic planning.

For more information, see https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/prison-test-shows-micro-jamming-may-counter-criminal-threat-contraband-cell-phones. To read the full report, see https://www.its.bldrdoc.gov/publications/3206.aspx.

 
Federal Funding Opportunities:

For a list of all NIJ funding opportunities, go to: https://www.nij.gov/funding/Pages/current.aspx

For a list of all OJP funding opportunities, go to: https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore
/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm

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

New Team of Crime Analysts Dig Deep into Databases to Help Police in Hudson Valley
Spectrum News, (06/13/2018), Ben Nandy
A new crime analysis center is providing support for investigating crimes in the Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center in Goshen serves 65 police agencies and is connected to a state-supported network of records from police departments, motor vehicle departments, jails and the federal probation department. Crime analysts are trained on the latest social media mining tools, facial recognition software and license plate recognition software.
Link to Article

Police Giving Deaf Drivers Cards to Help Them Communicate
Mysanantonio.com, (06/13/2018), Michael R. Sisak for Associated Press
The New York Police Department is giving deaf drivers information cards to help communication with police during traffic stops. The laminated visor cards have symbols that officers can point at to indicate speeding, running a red light and other common violations. The cards are being mailed out and will also be available for download on the department's website.
Link to Article

Little Rock Approves New Gunshot Detection System
Texarkana Gazette, (06/12/2018), Associated Press
Officials have approved installing a gunshot detection system in a 2-square-mile area in Little Rock, Ark. The system immediately alerts police with a time stamp and geographic location when a shot is fired within range of one of the system's acoustic devices.
Link to Article

Quincy City Council Approves Police Body Cameras
WGEM, (06/11/2018)
Officials have approved outfitting police in Quincy, Ill., with body cameras. The cameras record interactions with the public and can send a call for help message which shows the officer's location.
Link to Article

DPS Launches New App to Report Suspicious Behavior
The Texas Department of Public Safety has a new app for the public to provide tips on suspicious activities. Filling out a confidential report with the iWatchTexas app takes less than five minutes to complete. From there, each one is reviewed by law enforcement analysts.
Link to Article

Corrections News

With Idaho's Inmate Population Skyrocketing, State Mulls $439M Prison Expansion
Idaho Press, (06/12/2018), Betsy Z. Russell
Idaho corrections officials recently presented to the Board of Corrections a proposal for a $439 million prison expansion, including a new 1,510-bed state prison. The proposal is aimed at providing the 2,400 new prison beds that forecasts show Idaho will need by the end of 2022. The proposal includes that the entire new 1,510-bed prison be devoted to special needs, from infirmary beds and mental health units to protective custody, a dementia and Ahlzheimer's unit, and a relocated and expanded reception and diagnostic unit, through which every new state inmate passes for evaluation and classification.
Link to Article

In Louisiana Jail, Inmate Deaths Mount as Mental Health Pleas Unheeded
Reuters, 05/31/2018
This article discusses problems with jails housing mentally ill prisoners and the deaths of several inmates that occurred in a Louisiana jail.
Link to Article

 
Upcoming Events

For additional information regarding Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts events go to:
https://www.justnet.org/calendar/calendar.html

  • 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 http://www.theiacp.org/DAIDConference
  • Annual International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP)
    Conference,
    El Paso, TX, September 24-28, 2018, for more information,
    please visit http://www.ialep.org/conf_18/default.htm

For additional information regarding School Safety events go to:
https://schoolsafetyinfo.org/news/news-index.html (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
    https://www.ncbrt.lsu.edu/Course/MGT-324
  • National Association of School Resource Officers Annual Conference
    June 24-29, 2018
    Reno, Nev.
    For information and registration, visit https://nasro.org/conference/
  • 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
    https://training.fema.gov/hiedu/aemrc/eplanning/l363.aspx
  • National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials Annual Conference
    June 30-July 3, 2018
    Melville, N.Y.
    For information and registration, visit http://www.nassleo.org/conference49.php
  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Annual Conference
    June 29-July 2, 2018
    Orlando, Fla.
    https://www.iaclea.org/iaclea-2019-annual-conference
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Law Enforcement Administrators Association (HBCU-LEEA) Annual Training Conference
    July 16-20, 2018
    Charlotte, N.C.
    For information, visit http://hbcu-leea.org/2018-conference/
  • 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
    https://training.fema.gov/hiedu/aemrc/eplanning/l363.aspx
  • 13th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition School Safety Advocacy Council
    July 23-27, 2018
    Orlando, Fla.
    For information and registration, visit http://www.schoolsafety911.org/event.html
  • 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)
    http://cupic.gmu.edu/
  • New Hampshire Campus Safety Academy
    New Hampshire Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
    Aug. 1-3, 2018
    Nashua, N.H.
    Information and Registration (fee)
    http://nhaclea.org/nh_campus_safety_academy
  • 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
    https://training.fema.gov/hiedu/aemrc/eplanning/l363.aspx
  • 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 https://www.dhs.gov/nttx
 
 
 
 
 

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