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In This Issue: August 31, 2017
NLECTC Spotlight

VALOR for Blue Releases Two Online Trainings

The VALOR Program has released two new online trainings, "Casualty Care-Get Off the X" and "Officer-Involved Shooting," both available through the VALOR for Blue e-learning portal.

"Casualty Care—Get Off the X" is designed to increase the capacity of law enforcement personnel to implement mitigation techniques for major hemorrhage secondary to gunshot and/or knife wounds. This mock law enforcement officers/suspect encounter deals with a fairly common law enforcement incident, a felony vehicular stop. The scenario reinforces tactics to mitigate injuries associated with gunfire from a suspect or suspects. Participants will learn the importance of suppressing the threat, using cover and concealment for protection, and treating life-threatening bleeding as the first medical priority.

"Officer-Involved Shooting" examines the sensory distortions that officers may experience before, during and after officer-involved shootings. It also provides some training considerations and recommendations for improving how officers react to the stress of shootings, such as reality-/scenario-based training to improve situational awareness and communication and coordination skills.

For information on how to sign up for VALOR for Blue to access these trainings and more, visit
Federal Funding Opportunities:

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program FY 2017 Local Solicitation, all applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on September 5, 2017.

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Mount Carmel Approves Handheld Speed Camera Enforcement
Kingsport Times, (08/23/2017), Jeff Bobo
Use of a handheld photo speed enforcement camera by patrol officers was recently approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in Mt. Carmel, Tenn. The device, which the police department will use to issue $50 citations, is essentially a radar gun mounted with a camera. It stores photos and related information in a tablet computer, which is then used to generate citations, thus saving the officers the time that would be involved in conducting traffic stops. Tennessee has banned used of stationary speed enforcement cameras.
Link to Article

Call 911? Dispatchers May Send Licensed Therapist to Talk With You
KOAA News 5, (08/25/2017), Eric Ross
The Pueblo (Colo.) Police Department and partner Crestone Recovery Health Solutions have assigned two licensed therapists to respond along with law enforcement officers when individual callers appear to be having a mental health crisis. The goal of the project is to get people the help they need and reduce the burden on officers responding to such calls.
Link to Article

First Responders Working to Understand 'Immediate Detentions' and What to Do About Them
Emergency Management, (08/25/2017), Jim McKay
The town of Fishers, Ind., which has a population of approximately 90,000, has undertaken a mental health initiative aimed at helping first responders and community members deal with rising rates of suicide and calls for those perceived at risk of suicide. The program includes better communication and coordination between departments and ongoing crisis intervention training.
Link to Article

Police Shooting Suspect Has Extensive Criminal History
KOAT, (08/28/2017), Chris Guardaro
A New Mexico state police officer is recovering after his ballistic-resistant vest and his badge stopped a bullet fired by a suspect with a long criminal past early on the morning of August 27. The officer and a San Juan County deputy sheriff pulled over a pickup truck that matched the description of a wanted vehicle and arrested the two occupants; one of them managed to draw a gun and fire despite being in handcuffs. He was killed when the officers returned fire.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Two More Texas Prisons Evacuated as Hurricane Harvey Flooding Continues
The Texas Tribune, (08/29/2017), Jolie McCullough
A total of five prisons and nearly 6,000 inmates have been evacuated from Houston area prisons due to Hurricane Harvey-related flooding. The prisoners have been loaded onto buses and transported to other facilities in the eastern part of the state, with no incidents occurring during the evacuation. All five prisons house only men.
Link to Article

Corrections Pilot Program Results Show Reduced Recidivism
WITF, (08/23/2017), Rachel McDevitt
Pennsylvania's State Intermediate Punishment (SIP) program houses non-violent drug offenders who have already served 10 months in prison in a community corrections setting with drug and alcohol treatment and strict behavioral guidelines that can land a participant back in prison for a short term or permanently. A two-year pilot project has proven effective in reducing recidivism, and the project is in the process of being rolled out statewide.
Link to Article

Drones With Weapons Are Latest Prison Threat
Detroit News, (08/28/2017), Michael Gerstein
An Aug. 17 incident involving the use of a drone to drop contraband into the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility marked the third time in 2017 that a drone has made such an intrusion into a Michigan correctional facility. Several additional attempts have resulted in crashed devices or entry without dropping any contraband. The state is in the process of trying to determine how to handle this new threat while still grappling with an ongoing shortage of correctional staff.
Link to Article

Report: Video Visits Can Be a "Powerful Supplement" for the Incarcerated
IndyWeek, (08/27/2017), Sarah Willets
A new report from the Vera Institute says that supplemental video visits provide increased family contact and improved relations for inmates, but that eliminating in-person visits in favor of video-only visits can have negative results. As the report was released, the Durham County (N.C.) Detention Facility is preparing for the launch of video visitation this fall, and the Sheriff's Office says these video kiosks will be used in a supplementary manner.
Link to Article

Drone Carrying Cellphones Crashes Over Georgia Prison
WCTV, (08/25/2017), Associated Press
A drone carrying cellphones recently crashed near Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, Ga. A guard drove to the crash site and recovered the contraband.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • Third World Congress on Probation, Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 12-14, 2017
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Planners Annual Conference San Diego, CA., Sept 12-15, 2017 (Click on the 'Conference' tab for more details and training topics.)
  • 11th Annual National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference, Atlanta, GA, Sept. 19-21, 2017
  • International Community Corrections Association, 25th Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2017

For additional information on these events go to:

  • FEMA L0363 Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Higher Education
    Sept. 12-14, 2017, Athens, Texas, Free Information and Registration
  • 2017 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education U.S. Department of Homeland Security and University of Utah, Oct. 10-11, 2017, Free information and registration at
New Publications

Officer Safety and Wellness Group Meeting Summary: Improving Law Enforcement Resilience - Lessons and Recommendations,
Bureau of Justice Assistance,

An Empirical Analysis of the Intersection of Organized Crime and Human Trafficking In the United States,
National Institute of Justice,

National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach,
National Institute of Justice,

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Study: The Characteristics and Components of RSAT Funded Treatment and Aftercare Services, Executive Summary,
National Institute of Justice,

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Study: The Characteristics and Components of RSAT Funded Treatment and Aftercare Services, Final Report,
National Institute of Justice,

States' Roles in Keeping Schools Safe: Opportunities and Challenges for State School Safety Centers and Other Actors,
National Institute of Justice,

Summary of School Safety Statistics,
National Institute of Justice,


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