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In This Issue: August 9, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

Resource Webpage for the Medical Examiner and Coroner Community

The National Institute of Justice, a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, has a new resource webpage for medical examiners, coroners and death investigators. A product of a Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services working group launched in March 2018, the Federal Interagency Medicolegal Death Investigation Working Group Resource Page serves as a single source for information regarding current federal programs and grant-funding opportunities that support medicolegal death investigation activities to advance both public safety and public health initiatives.

Visit the page at

Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

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

Sheriff's Forensics Unit Receives Advanced Equipment to Dry and Store Evidence, (07/28/2018)
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Forensics Unit now has new, advanced equipment to dry and store evidence. Forensic Evidence Drying Cabinets were recently installed at sheriff's stations in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.
Link to Article

Smyrna Police Introduce Online Crime Mapping Feature
Delaware State News, (07/22/2018), Craig Anderson
Police in Smyrna, Del., have launched an online interactive crime map that the public can view. Crimes are shown with category icons on a town map at the scene of an incident, and can be customized to a certain time frame to indicate trends.
Link to Article

No More Handwritten Speeding Tickets. Anderson Police Are Switching to Etickets.
Anderson Independent Mail, (07/26/2018), Nikie Mayo
Police in Anderson, S.C., will be issuing electronically produced tickets. Etickets will be used when people commit low-level offenses worthy of citations, and will replace handwritten tickets. Officers will have computers in their vehicles and handheld scanners to scan a driver's license. The information will be transferred onto an electronic ticket that can then be printed and handed back to the driver.
Link to Article

FirstNet Brings Internet to Tribal Police
GNC, (08/02/2018), Stephanie Kanowitz
The Oglala Sioux Police Department in South Dakota has implemented FirstNet, the country's nationwide public safety broadband network. Now the department's 32 vehicles are equipped with Mi-Fi devices that connect to a cellular network and create a mini wireless broadband cloud or hotspot to provide internet access for the vehicles' devices such as computers and cameras. Officers can now drive across the entire Pine Ridge Reservation without losing connectivity.
Link to Article

San Jose Police Unveils Newly Upgraded 'Air3' Helicopter
The Epoch Times, (07/28/2018), Cynthia Cai
San Jose Police have a new helicopter to replace the agency's current one. Officials say the new Airbus H125 helicopter, dubbed Air3, is faster, larger, has better surveillance capabilities, and can fly at higher altitudes and for longer periods of time.
Link to Article

Police at Fulton Schools Will Wear Body Cameras This Year
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 08/02/2018), Mitchell Northam
Police officers at Fulton County Schools in Georgia will be using body cameras in the new school year. In all, 75 camera systems were purchased at a cost of about $31,000, which includes batteries.
Link to Article

Hitting the Front Lines: Cape Fear Opioid Overdose Response Team Launches Friday
WECT, (08/03/2018), Chelsea Donovan
Officials in New Hanover County, N.C., have launched the Cape Fear Opiate Overdose Quick Response Team to fight opioid addiction. The pilot project will pair treatment specialists and first responders. The team will contact overdose victims through repeated house visits, phone calls, text messages and other communication.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Opioid Addiction Treatment Expands to County Prisons
WHTM, (07/31/2018)
Pennsylvania is expanding to county prisons a medication that has proven successful in helping state prison inmates quit addictive drugs. State prisons use Vivitrol, which officials say is non-addictive and reduces heroin cravings.
Link to Article

Prison Inmates to Get Access to Tablets
NBC Connecticut, (07/25/2018)
Connecticut this summer plans to provide prison inmates with computer tablets in an effort to help their education, keep them connected to family, and reduce noise and violence in prison. The devices will be preloaded with e-books, educational videos and games.
Link to Article

First Inmates Graduate From Wesleyan Program
Associated Press, (08/01/2018)
The first inmates have graduated from a prison education program in Connecticut. The 18 men and six women officially graduated from Middlesex Community College, which partnered with the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy served as commencement speaker at the ceremony at the Cheshire Correctional Institution. A similar ceremony for the women recently took place at the York Correctional Institution.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information regarding Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts events go to:

  • 30th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Dallas, TX, Aug. 13-16, 2018. For information, visit
  • 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).

  • 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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