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In This Issue: September 14, 2017
NLECTC Spotlight

Read the new JTIC Fact Sheet on Patrol Vehicle Evaluations on JUSTNET

The purchase of patrol vehicles is one of the largest expenditures a law enforcement agency faces. For many years, police fleet administrators have had numerous choices to make when choosing a vehicle, including overall vehicle size, engine and transmission combinations, and other performance-enhancing options, all of which can affect the overall capabilities of the vehicle. To further complicate the selection process, the environment (e.g., urban, suburban, rural) in which the agency operates can also play a significant role. Every year since 1981, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), through the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC), has partnered with the Michigan State Police (MSP) to conduct an annual evaluation. Read a new Justice Technology Information Center fact sheet about this effort at

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Posts Special Section
on Campus Safety

Every year since 2005, colleges and universities across the United States have recognized September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. To bring awareness to this recognition, NCJRS has compiled publications and related materials that focus on campus crime and safety for practitioners, students, parents and the public. You can find these materials at

Federal Aviation Administration Announces UAS Webinar Series

The FAA will hold a series of informational webinars for public safety organizations, starting on Wednesday, Sept. 20, and recurring on the third Wednesday of each month. Go to to register for "4-1-1 for 9-1-1: Drone Information for Public Safety Personnel," starting at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The webinars will cover operational considerations, enforcement considerations, hot topics and more, and will include a question-and-answer period.

Bureau of Justice Statistics Adds New Data to Arrest Data Analysis Tool

Data for 2013 and 2014 are now available on BJS's Arrest Data Analysis Tool. You can generate trend tables and figures of arrest data since 1980, including national arrest estimates and agency-level counts by offense, age, sex and race.

The underlying data come from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program. You can access the tool at
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

3-D Mapping Crash Sites With Drones May Unblock Roads Faster
U.S. News and World Report, (09/06/2017), Associated Press
The North Carolina Transportation Department and North Carolina Highway Patrol are looking into the possibility of using drones to create 3-D models of crash scenes. In a test, the time needed to reconstruct an accident dropped from about two hours to 25 minutes, and officials say use of the drones would also improve officer safety.
Link to Article

Wareham Police Dept. Gets Improved 911 System - Cell Phone Calls Go Direct to Station, Locations Pinpointed
Wicked Local Wareham, (09/06/2017), Mary McKenzie
An upgraded 911 system put into place in Wareham, Mass., sends cell phone calls directly to the local police department rather than to the nearby Massachusetts State Police Barracks and also provides greater accuracy in locating the call's origin. The state began implementing the Next Generation 911 system in 2016.
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Lima Police Department to Receive $100,000 for Substance Abuse Assistance for Everyone Program, (09/06/2017), John Bush
The Substance Abuse Assistance for Everyone (SAAFE) program, a new initiative in the town of Lima, Ohio, will receive a $100,000 grant from the Ohio Attorney General's Office. The program provides drug treatment instead of criminal charges for individuals who indicate they want to overcome their addiction, and was born out of an officer's desire to help after seeing deaths in the local community due to overdoses. A number of local police departments in the state received similar grants.
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Hampton Fire and Rescue Adds Bulletproof Vests, (09/06/2017), Marielena Balouris
The Hampton (Va.) Fire Department has paid $650 each for enough ballistic-resistant vests to outfit all of its firefighters and paramedics with the same protection worn by the city's law enforcement officers. The fire and rescue workers will not wear the vests full-time, but will don them in certain situations, such as domestic violence and hostage situations.
Link to Article

Suspect Killed in Shootout With Police After Wounding Two Officers
Capital Public Radio, (09/07/2017), Bob Moffitt
Two Sacramento (Calif.) police officers were wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect on September 7, at the same time a funeral took place for a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy killed in a shootout with another suspect several days prior. One of the wounded officers was saved by his ballistic-resistant vest.
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Corrections News

Getting Nevada's Offenders Ready for Life After Prison
Las Vegas Sun, (09/04/2017), Michael Lyle
The Nevada Department of Corrections has embarked on a program of change to better ensure that inmates are prepared for life after prison. This question-and-answer piece with Director James Dzurenda, who took the position in April 2016, takes a more in-depth look at these changes.
Link to Article

How Tablets Are Helping Us Clean Up Our Prison
Washington Examiner, (09/05/2017), Capt. Sean Stewart
Those on both sides of the debate as to whether prisons should take an approach that favor punishment or one that favors rehabilitation appear to agree that allowing prisoners restricted access to tablet computers can be a useful tool. In this opinion piece, the corrections captain from the Pima County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Department lays out the reasons why use of tablets can be beneficial.
Link to Article

Police, State Authorities Use GPS to Track Down Suspect Who Fled Into Cornfield
Kenosha News, (09/10/2017), Terry Flores
The Pleasant Prairie (Wis.) Police Department used GPS monitoring technology to track down a man suspected of assault who hid in a cornfield. Marteese L. Gaither had been sentenced to wear a GPS monitoring device, and authorities set up a perimeter around the field and pinged his tracking device to determine his location.
Link to Article

Another Lawsuit Targets Macomb County Jail for Death
Macomb Daily, (09/08/2017), Jameson Cook
The family of a local man who died of a drug overdose while in custody has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Macomb County Jail. Daniel Byrd died two days after being moved from a drug rehabilitation unit to a place with the facility's general population. The lawsuit is the fifth wrongful death filed against the jail in the past several years.
Link to Article

Ohio Jail Releases Wrong Inmate, Says Old Technology Is to Blame
WCMH-TV Columbus, (09/08/2017)
Outdated technology may have led to the release of the wrong woman when an individual posted bond for a different woman. Jail officials blame the error on an inadequate intercom system, and say both women are now where they belong.
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At County Jail, Opiate Epidemic Forces a New Way of Thinking
Mansfield News Journal, (09/08/2017), Emily Mills
A new body scanner that searches individuals for drugs and new treatment programs are two steps taken in the Richland County (Wis.) Jail to help combat the growing opioid epidemic. Grants paid for the implementation of the scanner in the wake of a July 2016 death from an overdose. Although such overdose incidents have been rare, the jail does see numerous individuals suffering from withdrawal, who can be referred for needed treatment.
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Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • 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:

  • 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

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