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In This Issue: July 19, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

VALOR Launches Roll Call Series Encouraging Officers to Wear Vests

Visit to check out a new four-part roll call video series encouraging officers to wear their ballistic-resistant vests. The series reviews proper fit and care, and emphasizes the importance of wearing a vest during every shift. The site also lists additional relevant resources. The series reinforces the importance of wearing a properly fitted ballistic-resistant vest and properly maintaining that vest according to National Institute of Justice standards.

COPS Office Releases New Episode of "The Beat"

The COPS Office has released a new episode of "The Beat" podcast series, featuring Kelly Kennedy, the owner of Fit-to-Enforce, an organization that teaches law enforcement physical fitness trainers how to instruct exercise sessions for departments and/or academies. The episode focuses on rhabdomyolysis, the rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle from extreme physical exertion. Individuals typically experience rhabdomyolysis when beginning a new or more intense exercise program or routine. For law enforcement, this is an important condition to be aware of when training cadets in the academy who are often unaccustomed to rigorous, daily physical exercise designed specifically for law enforcement.

Go to to download the episode.

Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

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

City to Launch 'Smart911' Allowing Citizens to Create an Emergency Profile
Cincinnati Enquirer, (07/11/2018), Sarah Brookbank
Cincinnati area residents now have the option of registering both cellphones and landlines with the city's system. Users can create a Safety Profile that can include persons to contact, medical notes, car make and model, and more; this profile will display whenever that number calls 911.
Link to Article

Secret Service Issues "Actionable" Guide to Help Identify Students Who May Be a Threat
CBS This Morning, (07/12/2018), Kolbe Nelson
The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center has released a new step-by-step guide aimed at helping schools identify students who might be a threat. A threat assessment program helps students and teachers identify individuals who might be exhibiting questionable behavior or experiencing some sort of distress.
Link to Article

The Unlikely Crime-Fighter Cracking Decades-Old Murders? A Genealogist.
Washington Post, (07/16/2018), Justin Jouvenal
Since law enforcement used genealogical data to build a profile and locate a man suspected of being the Golden State Killer, other departments have adopted the technique for use in solving cold cases.  A team based at Parabon NanoLabs in Reston, Va., has proven instrumental in using similar techniques to solve several cases, most recently one in Indiana involving a case from 1988. However, there are a number of concerns about law enforcement's use of genealogical data as a crime-solving tool.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Jail and Opioids Keep More Men Out of the Workforce in the US Than in Other Big Economies: Goldman
CNBC, (07/12/2018), Liz Moyer
In the United States, higher incarceration rates and opioid abuse have contributed to a low labor force participation rate among men of prime working age. According to research just released by Goldman Sachs, that rate is more than 3 percentage points less than the rate in other developed countries. The research says that one-third of the difference can be explained by opioid abuse and incarceration.
Link to Article

These Formerly Incarcerated Entrepreneurs Are Trying to Keep People Out of Prison
VICE, (07/06/2018), Mary Mazzoni
Unlocked Futures, a business accelerator, annually supports business ventures by eight entrepreneurs impacted by the criminal justice system to provide assistance. All of these initiatives offer help to others who have been incarcerated; this article profiles several of those initiatives.
Link to Article

College Degree Options Are Disappearing for Women in Texas Prisons
Observer, (07/12/2018), Michael Barajas
Texas A&M University-Central is in the process of phasing out several four-year degree programs offered to women in the state's prison system, leaving women with access to only associate's degree programs. Men in the state's system can continue to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees
Link to Article

Injunction Stops the Nevada Prison Planning to Use Fentanyl in an Execution
Slate, (07/11/2018), Rob Dozier
Alvogen, the pharmaceutical company that made one of three drugs to be used in an execution in Nevada, sued to stop the July 11 execution because it did not want its drug to be used. The "drug cocktail" was also to include fentanyl, a key factor in the nationwide opioid crisis. It was the first time any U.S. prison had planned to use fentanyl in an execution.
Link to Article

Drug Users on Probation Can be Required to Remain Drug-Free, Court Rules
WTVR6, (07/16/2018)
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that putting a person who is on probation back in jail after a single positive drug test is not cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling came as a result of appeals regarding a case in which a woman who had been struggling with opioid addiction relapsed while undergoing treatment. Her attorney argued that the time spent in jail hindered, rather than helped, her eventual recovery.
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–Aug. 1, 2018
  • 148th Congress of Correction - American Correctional Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Aug. 2-7, 2018
  • 30th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Dallas, TX, Aug. 13-16, 2018
  • Annual IACP Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving (DAID), Nashville, TN, Aug. 13-15, 2018. For more information and registration details, visit
  • Annual International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP)
    El Paso, TX, Sept. 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).

  • 13th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition School Safety Advocacy Council
    July 23-27, 2018
    Orlando, FL
    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, NH
    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, IN
    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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