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In This Issue: August 8, 2019

NLECTC Spotlight

Webinar: Understanding the Impact of Drug Background Levels in Forensic Laboratories

This webinar from the National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will be held Aug. 13, 2019, at 1 p.m. Eastern time. As drugs become increasingly potent and analytical instrumentation becomes more sensitive, the need to understand and monitor drug background levels is becoming imperative. Background monitoring is commonplace in many other industries, but has been largely overlooked in forensic laboratories. This webinar will present results based on a National Institute of Standards and Technology-led, multi-agency collaboration focused on establishing drug background levels in forensic laboratories and understanding the implications for data quality, data integrity, and occupational health and safety.

For information and 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 19, 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 19, 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

Sheriff’s Department Partners With Mental Health Clinic, (07/25/2019), Chesley Oxendine
The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Department now has iPads to quickly put patients having a mental health crisis in touch with clinicians with specialized training. Each iPad has the MyCare app, which allows clinicians to video chat with law enforcement officials and clients. The process allows clinicians to help law enforcement determine a course of action for a given situation.
Link to article

Mission Police Department Upgrading With New Radio Equipment
Shawnee Mission Post, (07/24/2019), Leah Wankum
The Mission Police Department is purchasing new portable and mobile radio equipment for its officers. The department’s current portable and mobile radios are about 15 years old. The new equipment will be compliant with P25, the standard for design and manufacture of interoperable digital two-way wireless communication products.
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Virtual Reality Helps Police Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios
GCN, (07/24/2019), Stephanie Kanowitz
The New York City Police Department is using virtual reality-based training that allows officers to run through active-shooter scenarios and receive immediate feedback on their performance. In April, about 200 NYPD officers participated in a pilot test of the technology, moving through a virtual version of the city’s National September 11 Memorial.
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New Firestone Police Station Expected to Open in September
Times-Call, (07/23/2019), Kelsey Hammon
Construction of a new police station in Firestone, Colo., is expected to be completed in mid-September. When complete, the facility will include a municipal courtroom, records area, forensics lab, and an onsite training room complete with a firearms shooting simulator.
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Minnesota Peace Officers to Adopt ‘Victim-Centered’ Approach to Sexual Assault Investigation
Grand Forks Herald, (07/25/2019), Dana Ferguson
Minnesota law enforcement officers in training will soon be expected to identify trauma in sexual assault survivors and train in methods to avoid re-traumatizing victims. The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training recently approved new training standards related to sexual assault cases. Those seeking their first law enforcement licenses will be trained in on the new objectives and once the curriculum changes are in place, trainees will see questions reflecting the new educational materials on their licensing exams.
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‘Disgruntled Employee’ Kills 2 Coworkers, Wounds Officer Inside Mississippi Walmart
NBC News, (07/30/2019), David K. Li
A “disgruntled employee” allegedly killed two Walmart colleagues and wounded a responding police officer July 30 in far northwest Mississippi, authorities said. Another responding officer eventually wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody and to a hospital. Police said the officer who was shot was saved by his body armor.
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Ohio Launching New Drug Trafficking Investigation Unit
WOSU, (08/01/2019), Olivia Miltner
Ohio is launching a new drug trafficking investigation unit dedicated to incorporating intelligence and data analysis into drug trafficking investigations. Gov. Mike DeWine recently created the Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center with an executive order. Activities of the unit will include tracking cell phone records, conducting video and voice analysis, and monitoring the dark web and tracking cryptocurrencies used to purchase drugs online.
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Corrections News

Western Regional Treatment Program Expanding
The Herald-Dispatch, (07/29/2019), Taylor Stuck
The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation wants to expand its inpatient substance abuse treatment program to two more regional jails in the state. A pilot program, originally launched at the Western Regional Jail, will be offered at the Northern Regional Jail and possibly one other jail.
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To Lower Recidivism, Washington State Lets More Felons Clear Their Records
Governing/Stateline (07/30/2019), Teresa Wilt
A new law in Washington state will give formerly incarcerated people who have turned their lives around have a chance to wipe their records clean. The New Hope Act, shortens the time it takes to expunge felonies and expands the number and types of crimes former felons can clear from their records. Former offenders still will need to petition a court to vacate convictions. Certain crimes are not eligible for expungement, such as crimes against a police officer or involving a deadly weapon.
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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).


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