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In This Issue: August 22, 2019
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Read New NIJ Journal Article on School Safety

"Making Schools Safe for Students," a new NIJ Journal article, looks at the numerous initiatives that the National Institute of Justice has funded over the years to evaluate school safety practices. These efforts range from how to prevent tragic incidents like school shootings to how to promote a positive school environment where day-to-day challenges, like bullying and harassment, can be reduced.
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Register for "Digital and Multimedia Forensics: The Impact of Disturbing Media"

Registration is now open for Digital and Multimedia Forensics: The Impact of Disturbing Media, a free webinar hosted by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. For information, visit

Almost every criminal investigation involves more than one form of digital evidence. In some cases, multimedia analysts need to enhance audio/video/image evidence in order to identify the actors or clarify the context of the situation, all of which may involve repeatedly viewing or hearing heinous acts (e.g., homicide, child sex abuse, torture).

The goal of this webinar is to better understand the well-being of digital and multimedia forensic analysts exposed to evidence from different types of criminal cases. The key takeaway: research shows the job is having a significant effect on their mental health, and we need to identify successful interventions to alleviate burnout and poor psychological well-being.

New NIJ Journal Articles Focuses on Conducted Energy Device Policies

Better knowledge of the use and effects of conducted energy devices (CEDs) and developments in constitutional law have prompted law enforcement in the past decade to revisit policies on the widely used "less-lethal weapon" that stuns and usually immobilizes subjects to make it easier for law enforcement officers to subdue them.

Since CEDs were introduced as a law enforcement tool, NIJ has sponsored research related to implementation, officer training and potential effects. NIJ-sponsored research on CED effects has repeatedly stated that the effects of electrical shock from these devices are complex and more research is needed to fully understand them.

Learn more about this research and how policies are changing in the wake of research and field deployment experience in the article at
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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

Eagle Scout Aiden Smyrnios' Scent Wall Project Helps Train K-9s
CBS4 Denver, (08/16/2019), Mekialaya White
As an Eagle Scout project, 18-year-old Aiden Smyrnios has created a "scent wall" for the Arapahoe County (Colo.) Sheriff's Office to use in training K-9s. The wall has a number of "scent holes" containing illegal substances, and as part of their training, dogs must alert on these scents.
Link to Article

Nine NYPD Officers Have Died by Suicide This Year. The Department Thinks It Has a Plan.
VICE, (08/16/2019), Trone Dowd
In the aftermath of the eighth and ninth suicides among active officers this year, the New York Police Department has taken steps to set up an independent service to give officers anonymous access to mental health services. NYPD also plans to expand insurance coverage to address more mental health issues. The department also plans to preinstall an anti-suicide app on department-issued smartphones.
Link to Article

Mount Airy Police Department Is the First in Maryland to Launch "CrimeWatch"
WDVM, (08/16/2019), Stephanie Duprey
The Mount Airy (Md.) Police Department has begun using CrimeWatch, a social media platform that allows the same post to simultaneously be pushed out to multiple platforms. CrimeWatch also provides a secure network that helps law enforcement manage sensitive criminal justice information.
Link to Article

Consider This: It's Not Hard to Keep Police Dogs Cool
Riverdale Press, (08/16/2019), Heather J. Smith
This article explains the various measures and safeguards that the New York State Police takes to ensure that its canine officers can safely remain in vehicles while their human partners are away. In addition to the primary concern of protecting the dog's life, keeping the trained canines cool also enables them to better do their jobs: Overheated dogs cannot smell as well, if at all.
Link to Article

Corrections News

A Better Return for Older Prisoners
U.S. News and World Report, (08/14/2019), Gabby Galvin
This article profiles an elder inmate reentry initiative run by the Osborne Association, a criminal justice-focused services provider and advocacy group. The initiative has served 388 New Yorkers since its inception in 2015. Older prisoners released into today's world are often bewildered by advances in technology, further complicating their reintegration into society.
Link to Article

Is Music Effective Rehab for California Inmates?
KCRW, (08/14/2019), Steve Chiotakis
Jail Guitar Doors, a California nonprofit, uses performances by rock musicians, along with workshops that encourage prisoners to become involved in music, as part of inmate rehabilitation efforts. Following concerts by outside artists, inmates also perform, sometimes in sets featuring their own original music.
Link to Article

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