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July 6, 2017

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

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 July 7, 2017.

FY 17 National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X-State) Project: Technical Assistance and Implementation Support, all applications are due by 11:59 eastern time on July 17, 2017.

Census of State and Federal Adult Correctional Facilities (CSFACF), all applications are due by 11:59 eastern time on July 17, 2017.

John R. Justice (JRJ) FY 2017 Competitive Grant Program, all applications are due by 11:59 eastern time on July 18, 2017.

Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners’ Offices, all applications are due by 11:59 eastern time on July 24, 2017.

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NLECTC Spotlight

Sharing Ideas and Resources to Keep Our Nation's School Safe! Volume 5 Now Available

Visit, the Justice Technology Information Center's school safety website, to download the latest volume in the Sharing Ideas and Resources to Keep Our Nation's Schools Safe! series. Volume 5 includes all articles posted to from June 2016 through June 2017. You can learn about programs as diverse as a successful youth court program in North Carolina, an easy-to-replicate reverse checkout procedure used in rural Alabama and new best practices for school resource officers from the FBI. While you're on the site, check out a calendar of events, free publication resources, the first four volumes in the series and more.

DEA Resource Guide on Drugs

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has released the 2017 edition of Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide. The guide is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. The guide provides science-based information about the harms and consequences of drug use, describing a drug's effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin and legal status. The 2017 edition updates the 2015 Drugs of Abuse publication with the most current information on new and emerging trends in drug misuse and abuse, including fentanyl, other opioids and synthetic drugs.

The guide is intended as a tool not just for medical practitioners and law enforcement officials, but also for educators, families and communities. The guide also offers a list of additional drug education and prevention resources, including the DEA websites:, for parents, for teens, and for teachers. For more information and to view the 2017 Drugs of Abuse resource guide, visit

Latest OJJDP News at a Glance

The latest OJJDP News at a Glance features a toolkit to help police respond to children exposed to violence. For more information on this and other Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention activities, see

Virtual Training for Active Shooter Incidents Available for First Responders

A virtual training platform for active shooter and other critical incidents is available to first responders through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment is a multiplayer, scalable, online environment that trains responders — single agencies or cross-agency, jurisdiction or discipline — for a coordinated response to active shooter incidents. EDGE allows responders to collaboratively role-play complex scenarios in a virtual environment, improving coordination and communication while mitigating injuries and loss of lives. S&T's First Responders Group developed the technology with ARL's Simulation and Training Technology Center and Cole Engineering Services, Inc.

The initial scenario is a hotel active shooter response and features avatars, equipment, vehicles and architecture designed completely to scale. Cole Engineering will distribute EDGE to interested response agencies and provide related technical support. Agencies may contact or 877-EDGE-011 (877-334-3011) to obtain a free copy of EDGE. A second EDGE virtual training scenario featuring a school shooting response will be released in fall 2017. Visit or contact for additional information.

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Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Four Municipal Police Departments Launch Digital Crime-Fighting Tool
Southern Chester County Weeklies, (06/27/2017), Fran Maye
Four municipal police departments in Chester County in Pennsylvania have joined a statewide digital Crime Watch program. The website allows participants access to e-mail alerts for public safety announcements, crimes committed locally, the ability to view recent arrests and most wanted lists, and the ability to submit a tip to local law enforcement. Parkesburg, North Coventry, Southern Chester County Regional Police Department and Kennett Township have signed on to the program.
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Louisville Metro Police: Use Anonymous Tip Hotline. It's Working
The Courier-Journal, (06/27/2017), Thomas Novelly
The Louisville Metro Police Department is asking the public to submit more anonymous tips. In 2016, the tip hotline contributed to more than 600 arrests, but nearly 50 percent of homicide cases this year are unsolved. Police recently held a demonstration for the public to explain how tips are submitted while maintaining a person's identity and security. Residents can submit tips by phone, text or through an online website. When the tip line was first created in 2004, it received 8,000 calls; last year, it received approximately 99,000, roughly 13 percent of which were crime tips.
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All Pittsburgh Police Set to Wear Cameras by Next Year
TribLive, (06/27/2017), Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh plans to equip all police officers with body cameras by next year. Currently, 147 officers who are members of motorcycle and bicycle patrols or patrol officers who volunteered for a pilot program wear cameras while on duty. Officers will be equipped with torso mounted cameras that can attach magnetically to shirt or jacket pockets. All officers who respond to calls would be required to wear them.
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Fresno PD Unveils $2M State of the Art 911 Call Center, (06/28/2017), Connie Tran
The Fresno Police Department has a $2 million remodeled 911 call center with a dispatch room that features state-of-the-art telecommunications equipment. The center, located in the basement of police headquarters, receives about 3,000 emergency and nonemergency calls a day. The center has advanced telephone equipment, an upgraded electrical system and state-of-the-art mapping technology.
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Plymouth Police Unveil Mobile Fingerprint Scanners
The Times Herald, (06/29/2017), Oscar Gamble
The police department in Plymouth Township, Penn., now has mobile ID scanners to help verify the identity of people when necessary. The scanners will be carried by officers and used to positively identify subjects with records in the Pennsylvania State Police Automated Fingerprint Identification System through a secured server. The system records a subject's index finger or thumbprint on the window plate, which is an FBI-approved scanner. The fingerprint is then compared to those within the fingerprint database and the FBI's Repository for Individuals of Special Concern intelligence database. If there's a hit, the person's name, date of birth and arrest records are transmitted back to the scanner within minutes. Officers can also use the phone to snap a picture of the subject, which can then be matched to photos in the arrest database. Police are required to ask for consent before administering mobile ID and, according to officials, it can only be used in situations where reasonable suspicion exists.
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BART Replaces All Decoy Cameras on Train Cars With Real Ones
SFGate, (06/28/2017), Evan Sernoffsky
A $1.42 million project to replace fake security cameras inside Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train cars has been completed. The new video systems on trains include four digital cameras on each car, DVRs and housing units, costing $463,749. After labor and other materials, the total cost of the project came out to $1.42 million.
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Courts News

State Grant Will Help Boost Courthouse Security
Faribault Daily News, (06/29/2017), Suzanne Rook
A state grant will be used to increase security at the Rice County courthouse in Minnesota. The $25,334 grant is part of $1 million in grants through the state's Safe and Secure Courthouse Initiative. The money must be matched by the county, either in cash or in-kind services. The grant will pay to upgrade security cameras and add distress buttons throughout the courthouse, which was built in 1934. The alarms will allow courthouse personnel to press a button to alert sheriff's deputies of an emergency and that law enforcement's assistance is required.
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Corrections News

Correctional Officer Intercepts Fentanyl Mailed to Edmonton Prison Inmate
The Canadian Press, (06/30/2017)
The Correctional Service of Canada says an officer intercepted a package of fentanyl that was mailed to an inmate at the Edmonton Institution, a federal maximum security prison in Alberta. The drug was found on paper that was in a package. Police are investigating to determine who mailed the drugs.
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Judge: Psychiatric Care Unconstitutional in Alabama Prisons
Associated Press via The Cullman Times, (06/27/2017)
A federal judge has ruled that Alabama's psychiatric care of state inmates is "horrendously inadequate" and violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled in favor of all current and future Alabama inmates with serious mental health problems. Gov. Kay Ivey said she would work closely with the corrections commissioner and state legislative leaders to address the issues raised in the ruling.
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More Eyes Being Fixed on Volusia-Flagler Juveniles on Probation
Daytona Beach News-Journal (06/26/2017), Patricio G. Balona
Volusia County sheriff's deputies have joined Daytona Beach police officers in keeping track of juvenile offenders. Daytona Beach police use smartphones to track offenders, while the Volusia County Sheriff's Office just took over the monitoring of offenders wearing Department of Juvenile Justice-issued ankle monitors in West Volusia and in Flagler County. This year, Daytona Beach police went from a one-piece ankle device to one that works in tandem with a smartphone carried by the person on probation. A Bluetooth system wrapped around the ankle is paired with the smartphone. Unlike the Daytona Beach police, the sheriff's office will not equip juveniles with ankle monitors, but will only monitor Department of Juvenile Justice-placed devices.
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Oklahoma Corrections Report Details "Overwhelmed" System, (06/27/2017), Graham Lee Brewer
Aging facilities, low staffing, increasing medical costs for aging inmates, flat budgeting, and decreasing rates of parole are among the issues plaguing the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The problems are in a report delivered to the Oklahoma Board of Corrections and discussed by department director Joe Allbaugh and other officials during a board meeting. The state's prison population has risen for years, and as the inmate population and the costs to house them continue to increase, funding must be stripped from other areas of the corrections budget.
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Inmate Tablets Have Now Been Delivered to All South Dakota Prisons
Argus Leader, (06/29/2017), John Hult
Inmates in South Dakota adult correctional facilities now have closed-network tablets. Tablets were distributed to inmates who want them. Inmate-paid subscriptions provide access to ebooks, games and streaming music.
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With FCC Blocked, Will States Make Prison Calls Affordable?
Governing, (06/29/2017), Natalie Delgadillo
This article discusses a recent federal court ruling that struck down 2015 federal regulations that would have limited the cost of intrastate prison phone calls, and efforts by activist organizations to convince state and local governments to lower the price of calls. The ruling said the federal government can't regulate what state prisons and county jails charge for calls made within state lines, voiding the Federal Communications Commission's 11-cents-per-minute cap on intrastate calls.
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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:

  • National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition, National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, July 11-13, 2017, Orlando, FL
  • National Association of School Resource Officers Annual Conference, July 23-28, 2017, Washington, DC
  • School Safety Advocacy Council Annual Conference, July 24-28, 2017, Las Vegas, NV
  • Campus Safety Conferences,
    - Philadelphia, PA, July 13-14, 2017
    - Long Beach, CA, July 31-Aug. 1, 2017

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