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In This Issue: September 5, 2019
NLECTC Spotlight

Crime Mapping Article in NIJ Journal

Mapping law enforcement report data can be an effective way to analyze where crime occurs. The resulting visual display can be combined with other geographic data (such as the locations of schools, parks and industrial complexes), and used to analyze and investigate patterns of crime and help inform responses.

The National Institute of Justice has been a long-time investor in research on mapping and analysis. A new NIJ Journal article follows the field's evolution — from crime mapping to crime forecasting (and, in some cases, crime prediction) — and discusses NIJ's investments in research and future directions. To read the article, go to
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Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Countywide Emergency Responders Meet for First-Ever Group Training Program
Murfreesboro Voice, (08/28/2019)
Hundreds of law enforcement and emergency personnel from Rutherford County in Tennessee are participating in a comprehensive training program to better coordinate response to major incidents and active threats. Officials plan to train roughly 1,200 personnel by the end of the year representing Rutherford County, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, Eagleville, Middle Tennessee State University and Motlow State Community College.
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WCSO Deputies Get Body Cameras, GPS Trackers
Daily Mountain Eagle, (08/29/2019), Jennifer Cohron
The Walker County Sheriff's Office in Alabama is issuing body cameras to its deputies. A departmental policy governs how the cameras are to be used by deputies. The department also purchased GPS units to be installed in patrol vehicles to track location and driving habits.
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Somerset Sheriff to Launch Active Shooter App Program for Schools
Portland Press Herald, (08/29/2019, Amy Calder for Morning Sentinel
A program new to schools in Somerset County, Maine, will enable a teacher to push a button on a cellphone or other device in an active shooter situation to alert law enforcement officers in the area within four seconds. Law enforcement, including public safety dispatchers, will be alerted on their cellphones, mobile data terminals and other devices. Officers could immediately view on their devices the layout of the school and where the incident is occurring.
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State to Fund Panic-Button App for Louisiana School Teachers
KATC News, (08/29/2019)
Louisiana is providing funding for K-12 schools to begin using a mobile safety app that will better alert authorities to emergencies on school campuses. Teachers and school officials can use the panic button app to quickly request immediate assistance from law enforcement or other first responders in the event of a health or safety emergency.
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Indiana Allocates More Than $19 Million to School Safety
WBIW, (09/03/2019)
The Indiana Secured School Board has approved more than $19 million in matching state grant funds, which allows the board to partially or fully fund all top-priority projects identified by 429 schools in their applications to the Secured School Safety Grant (SSSG) program. The SSSG issues matching grants for eligible items and then schools match those funds at a certain level, either 25 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent. Examples of eligible items include funding for school resource officers and equipment and technology.
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Corrections News

Vernon Police Join a Growing Trend of Offering Addicts an Option: Treatment Over Jail
Hartford Courant, (09/02/2019), David Owens
The police department in Vernon, Connecticut, now has a program intended to move addicts into treatment rather than jail. The program connects addicts with recovery coaches to move them into treatment.
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