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In This Issue: August 29, 2019
NLECTC Spotlight

FTCoE To Host Webinar on Synthetic Opioids

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will host "Improving National Laboratory Capability and Capacity to Measure Human Exposure to Synthetic Opioids," a free webinar, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

The CDC laboratory at the National Center for Environmental Health is collaborating with public, private and academic laboratories to respond to the opioid overdose epidemic. Some states are leveraging Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats (LRN-C) infrastructure to respond to the epidemic. This webinar will cover performance of screening immunoassays, with highlights on cross-reactivity gaps in contrast to fentanyl chemical structure. It will also discuss Traceable Opioid Material* Kits (TOM Kits*), developed by the CDC; these kits have been designed to measure fentanyl-like compounds reported in the DEA Emerging Threat Reports. CDC is sharing these reference kits with public, private and academic laboratories in order to encourage more consistent laboratory measurements across the United States.

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Federal Funding Webinars:

Nothing at this time.

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

Deputy's Bulletproof Vest 'Saved His Life' in Traffic-Stop Shooting
Houston Chronicle, (08/21/2019), Julian Gill and Michelle Iracheta
A Harris County Precinct 7 deputy constable survived a traffic stop shooting thanks to his ballistic-resistant vest and his flashlight, both of which deflected bullets. The deputy took a hit directly to his chest when he approached a vehicle after making the traffic stop and the driver opened fire.
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New Wichita Police Patrol: No Guns, No Badges; But Golf Carts, Eyes and Ears
Wichita Eagle, (08/21/2019), Dion Lefler
The 11 concerned citizens who make up the Wichita Police Department's Volunteers in Policing patrol aren't just volunteers riding around in golf carts: they have attended the city's Citizens Police Academy and received training on observation, communication, personal safety, and golf cart operation and maintenance. The volunteers patrol the Arkansas River Walkway, hand out fliers on electric scooter safety and provide information to homeless individuals about available services, and immediately report any suspicious behavior encountered.
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'Safe Place' Program Launched To Report Hate Crimes: SJ Police
Campbell Patch, (08/26/2019), California Wire Services
The police department in San Jose, Calif., has begun partnering with local businesses to provide safe places for victims to report hate crimes. All employees at participating businesses receive mandatory training in how to take a report and to act as liaison with the agency, all while the victims remain safely in the establishment. Each partner business will display a program decal in its window.
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Upcoming Events

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New Publications

Arrest-Related Deaths Program: Pilot Study of Redesigned Survey Methodology,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Immigration, Citizenship, and the Federal Justice System, 1998-2018,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Tribal Crime Data-Collection Activities, 2019,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Juvenile Arrests, 2017,
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,

Articles on NIJ-Funded Research

"Microbial Similarity between Students in a Common Dormitory Environment Reveals the Forensic Potential of Individual Microbial Signatures," American Society for Microbiology July/August 2019, Vol. 10, Issue 4, pp. 1-12,

"Sex Offender Supervision: Communication, Training, and Mutual Respect Are Necessary for Effective Collaboration Between Probation Officers and Therapists," Sexual Abuse Vol. 31, Issue 5, pp. 607-631,


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