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In This Issue: July 4, 2019
NLECTC Spotlight

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Nominations

Nominations for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor are due July 31, 2019. The Medal of Valor recognizes law enforcement, firefighter and emergency medical personnel for brave and selfless actions performed in the line of duty. Visit the Medal of Valor website at to learn more and to submit a nomination.

PREA Data Collection Activities, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics has released PREA Data-Collection Activities, 2019. This report, the ninth in a series that began in 2011, describes activities during 2018 and 2019 by BJS to collect data and report on the incidence and effects of prison rape, as required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. This report meets the PREA requirement for BJS to report on its activities for the preceding calendar year by June 30 of each year. Access the report at

National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence and the National Institute of Justice are hosting the National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum on July 18-19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The forum will build off the momentum of stakeholder meetings convened to discuss the drug threats, the consequences of this national epidemic on public safety and health, and the criminal justice response. To register, 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:

New Solicitation: Evaluation of Juvenile Corrections Executive Leadership Training. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 12, 2019.

New Solicitation: Establishment of a National Center on Restorative Justice. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 12, 2019.

New Solicitation: Evaluation of Street Law™ Programs. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 12, 2019.

New Solicitation: Longitudinal Research on Delinquency and Crime. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 13, 2019.

New Solicitation: National Survey of Internet- and Technology-Facilitated Child Exploitation. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 20, 2019.

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

Illinois to Get Tougher on Texting and Driving
NPR Illinois, (06/27/2019), Sean Crawford
Starting July 1, 2019, texting while driving in Illinois will carry a $75 fine. Previously, a first offense only carried a warning.
Link to Article

Greenwich Police and Human Services Team Up to Reduce Opioid Overdoses
Greenwich Sentinel, (06/26/2019), Richard Kaufman
Police in Greenwich, Conn., are working with the city's Department of Human Services to reach out to residents known to be struggling with drug addiction. The program's intent is to steer people toward treatment programs rather than the criminal justice system. The contact team includes two detectives and a social worker, who coordinate a meeting time with each person in a non-confrontational setting to explain options for addiction treatment.
Link to Article

New K9 at CCSO Will Play Vital Role in Internet Crime Investigations
MTN News, (06/27/2019)
The Cascade County Sheriff's Office in Montana will be using a K9 to help in electronic crime investigations. During searches, the dog can sniff out hidden electronic devices such as SD cards and laptops. A chemical found in SD cards and laptops produces an odor that the dog is trained to detect.
Link to Article

Body Cameras Approved for Berlin Police Officers
The Dispatch, (06/27/2019), Charlene Sharpe
The Berlin (Md.) Town Council has approved the policy that provides guidelines on the police department's use of body cameras. The department has been using body cameras under a pilot program. The policy provides guidelines for the use, management, storage and review of media recorded by the cameras.
Link to Article

Florida's Strengthened No Texting While Driving Law Is Now in Effect
WJCT, (07/01/2019), Bill Bortzfield
As of July 1, police can pull drivers over in Florida if they spot someone texting behind the wheel. A first-time offense carries a $30 fine. Previously, texting while driving was only enforced as a secondary offense; drivers were only cited if they were stopped for other infractions.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Volusia Jail's Tattoo Database Provides Agencies More Tools to ID
The Dayton Beach News-Journal, (06/27/2019), Tony Holt
The Volusia County Branch Jail has implemented a tattoo database, which contains thousands of images of ink signatures from inmates. The log of photos is helpful to law enforcement officers in the field because it is another tool they can use to identify a dangerous suspect, authorities said.
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).

New Publications

PREA Data-Collection Activities, 2019,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from State Prison: A 9-Year Follow-Up (2005-14),
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Historical Overview of U.S. Policy and Legislative Responses to Honor-Based Violence, Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting,
National Institute of Justice,

Person or Place? A Contextual, Event History Analysis of Homicide Victimization Risk,
National Institute of Justice,

Veterans Moving Forward - Process and Impact Evaluation Results of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department VMF Program, Summary Overview,
National Institute of Justice,

AMBER Alert Field Guide for Law Enforcement Officers,
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 2018 Annual Report,
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,

Journal Article on NIJ-funded Research

"Equal or Not? Private Versus Public Corrections Services, Programming, and Climate,”
Criminology & Public Policy,


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