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September 15, 2016

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NLECTC Spotlight

Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor Models Added to NIJ Compliant List

The following body armor models were recently added to the list of armor models that comply with the National Institute of Justice Standard-0101.06 for Ballistic-Resistance of Body Armor. To view the entire list, go to





Hardwire, LLC




Top-Line Armor Systems, LLC,
HighCom Security, Inc.,
Blue Stone Safety Products,
Victory Tactical Gear,
Tamiami International Equipment,
Covert Armor International
(Wellington, FL),
Battalion Defense,
Chase Tactical




Top-Line Armor Systems, LLC,
HighCom Security, Inc.,
Blue Stone Safety Products,
Victory Tactical Gear,
Tamiami International Equipment,
Covert Armor International
(Wellington, FL),
Battalion Defense,
Chase Tactical




JUSTNET Observes 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

To mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, JUSTNET offers a look back at the ways in which the National Institute of Justice and the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System assisted with the response in the weeks that followed. Visit to read "Special Report: Counterterrorism Response 9.11."

JUSTNET Blog: "Internet of Things" and Its Impact on Community Corrections

Visit to read "The Internet of Things: Turning Data Into Insights and Actions," a new entry in the JUSTNET blog by Justice Technology Information Center corrections subject-matter expert Joe Russo. While you're there, check out new publications, the latest issue of e-TechBeat and JUSTNET's other features.

 Body Armor Compliance Testing Program at IACP

The National Institute of Justice Body Armor Compliance Testing Program (NIJ BACTP) team will attend the 2016 International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in San Diego. CTP staff can be found at booth #2217; please feel free to stop by and talk with the team about the program. If you would like to schedule a specific time to meet with the NIJ BACTP team, please email Matthew Frey at with the day and time you would like to meet and the specific topic you would like to discuss. CTP staff will be available during all show hours (Sunday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Increasing Confidence in Body Armor's Capability

Learn more about how the National Institute of Justice Compliance Testing Program conducts surveillance of production models of ballistic-resistant body armor by reading Follow-up Inspection and Testing Program Helps Stop Potential Armor Issues, a new fact sheet from the Justice Technology Information Center. Download the fact sheet from JUSTNET, the website of the National Law Enforcement and Technology Center System, at

National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education Set for November

Registration opened September 12 for the 2016 NTTX set for Nov. 16-17, 2016, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, includes:

  • Workshop sessions focusing on campus violence, including active shooter and other threats.
  • Tabletop exercise using a facilitated discussion.
  • Deliberative session following the exercise to develop long-term decision-making lessons.

The DHS Office of Academic Engagement and FEMA request input on workshop session topics that reflect campus resilience issues or trends that impact the college and university community and also align with DHS core missions. Submit topic nominations to through September 16. Nominations must include title, a brief description of the topic and a short biography of the proposed speaker(s)/presenter(s). Please include the following subject line in your message: 2016 NTTX Workshop Session Topics Nomination.

Guide on Handling Officer-Involved Shootings Released

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services have jointly developed Officer-Involved Shootings: A Guide for Law Enforcement Leaders. The guide is organized into the following sections:

  • Pre-Incident Preparations.
  • Incident Scene Procedures.
  • Post-Incident Investigation.
  • Officer Mental Health and Wellness.
  • Media Relations.

Access the guide at

IACP and the COPS Office also have a companion brochure, Officer-Involved Shootings Investigative Protocols: A Guide for Law Enforcement Leaders (  This trifold indicates the critical steps that should be taken after an officer-involved shooting incident, and includes resources and an assessment of your approach.

AskRail App Safety Tool

The Association of American Railroads and the Railinc Corporation have released the AskRail app, which is a safety tool that provides first responders immediate access to accurate, timely data about what type of hazardous materials a railcar is carrying so they can make an informed decision about how to respond to a rail emergency. To download the app, visit the Google Play ( or Apple App ( stores. For more information, visit

Training Program for Florida Law Enforcement on How to Respond to Illegal Drone Activity

The Unmanned Safety Institute and the Fraternal Order of Police are sponsoring training for Florida law enforcement officers who are FOP members on proper techniques for responding to unauthorized or unlawful use of unmanned aircraft systems. The first workshop will be held at the FOP Orlando Lodge on Nov. 18, 2016. For more information or to attend the workshop, call (877) 525-SAFE or e-mail

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Cop Shot, Injured in Butts County
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, (09/13/2016)

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting of a patrol officer in Jackson overnight Tuesday. Officer Sherry Hall approached a man sitting on the shoulder of a road to see if he needed assistance; the man became argumentative and then fired a shot at her, authorities said. Hall sustained a deep bruise in the abdomen but the bullet was stopped from penetrating by her ballistic-resistant vest. The officer returned fire but the man fled into nearby woods.
Link to Article

Marshall, TX Police Acquire New Use of Force Training Simulator
KSLA, (09/06/2016)

The Marshall Police Department has a new simulator to help with use of force training. The simulator is pre-loaded with nearly 600 different scenarios and approximately 50 new scenarios are added each year. The scenarios require the officer to respond appropriately to everything from simple verbal commands to necessary lethal force.
Link to Article

UNT Students Will Soon Help the Feds Investigate Cellphone Cyber Crimes
North Texas Daily, (09/01/2016), Steven Payne

The University of North Texas plans to open a cellphone cyber security lab at UNT Frisco, thanks to a $350,000 donation from an alumnus. The cyber laboratory will assist police departments and federal agencies in investigations by analyzing cellphone data from devices used in criminal activities. The lab will provide students in the College of Criminal Justice with the opportunity to gain experience working with professional analysts and law enforcement.
Link to Article

APD Receives Grant to Help With DNA Lab Backlog
CBS Austin, (09/12/2016), (09/12/2016)

Austin police will use a $200,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to help reduce the backlog of DNA testing of evidence, including sexual assault kits. The department temporarily shut down its DNA testing lab in June due to concerns raised by the Texas Forensic Science Commission. The department plans to reopen the lab next year. It will also look in the budget to find additional money for the tests. When the lab shut down in June, there was a backlog of 3,000 sexual assault kits awaiting testing. Since then, according to the SAFE alliance, 1,400 additional cases have been added, 700 which are from sexual assaults. While the APD lab is shut down, the Texas Department of Public Safety is testing 20 samples per month.
Link to Article

Newberry County Sheriff's Office Receives Grant for Body Cams
WACH, (09/09/2016), Matthew Stevens

The Newberry County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina has received $118,000 from the state to supply its deputies with body cameras. The next step is to meet with prospective vendors, followed by a bidding process and finally the implementation of the cameras.
Link to Article

Fulton Police to Start Using Body-Worn Cameras
The Marietta Daily Journal, (09/09/2016), Ross Williams

The Fulton County Police Department in Georgia is purchasing body cameras for its officers and in-car video cameras at a cost of about $400,000. According to the police department, there is no specific timeline on equipment delivery but the agency anticipates being fully deployed by year's end.
Link to Article

Corrections News

First Aid for Mental Health: A New Approach in Pennsylvania's Prisons
CNN, (09/05/2016), Sarah Jorgensen, Brian Vitagliano and Bryce Urbany

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections overhauled its approach to inmate mental health care following an investigation by the Department of Justice that focused on the treatment of inmates with mental illness and the use of solitary confinement. Inmates with mental illness can no longer be held in solitary confinement. Also, all staff members are trained in Mental Health First Aid. Trainees learn how to identify warning signs of a suicide attempt and how to intervene when someone is experiencing delusions, and are educated on the various symptoms of different mental illnesses. Also, inmates can participate in the training to become peer-to-peer counselors for other inmates.
Link to Article

Use of Electronic Offender-Tracking Devices Expands Sharply
Pew Charitable Trusts, (09/07/2016)

The number of accused and convicted criminal offenders monitored with electronic tracking devices in the United States increased 140 percent between 2005 and 2015, from approximately 53,000 to more than 125,000, according to a survey. The survey conducted by the Pew Charitable Trust counted the number of active GPS and radio-frequency units reported by the companies that manufacture and operate them. Correctional authorities use tracking devices such as ankle bracelets to monitor compliance with conditions of pretrial release, probation or parole.
Link to Article

Use of Ankle Monitors Surges, But Effectiveness a Question
U.S. News & World Report, (09/07/2016), Alan Neuhauser

Use of electronic tracking devices has climbed 140 percent in the past 10 years, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. But there has been little study of how well the devices affect recidivism or ensure pre-trial defendants show up for court. Adam Gelb, director of Pew's Public Safety Performance Project, which produced the report, said, "That's fairly rapid growth of a new technology throughout the system without a solid research base that shows when and how the technology would be most effective. There are some indications that electronic monitoring can reduce recidivism, but at this point it's not clear for which offenders or at what stage of the process."
Link to Article

Why Prisoners Nationwide Are Striking
CBS News, (09/09/2012), Aimee Picchi

Inmates in the U.S. planned a work strike for September 9, calling for an end to forced labor and what they call "prison slavery." Prisoners wash floors, work in the laundries and kitchens, and provide a large amount of the labor that keeps their facilities running. In return, they earn pennies per hour or even no pay at all. The results of the strike won't be known for days or weeks, said Azzurra Crispino, the media co-chair for the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. "By withdrawing from participation in their work, they believe it's the best way to have an impact on the prison industrial complex," she said. "This is not a one-day strike. The solutions to this problem are going to require at the very least a constitutional amendment change to be effective."
Link to Article

Safety Improvements Coming to Rikers Island
News12, (09/01/2016)

Technology upgrades are coming to Rikers Island to address safety concerns among corrections officers. Upgrades include contraband scanners and Tasers. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the scanners will be similar to what airports use, and the Tasers will be used to break up small fights and prevent officers from having to wrestle inmates to the ground.
Link to Article

Incarceration in the U.S. Costs More Than $1 Trillion a Year, Washington University Study Claims
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, (09/10/2016), Kristen Taketa

The economic toll of incarceration in the United States tops $1 trillion, and more than half of that falls on the families and communities of the people incarcerated, according to a study by Washington University researchers. The study's authors claim to be the first to assign an actual dollar amount to the societal costs of incarceration, not just the governmental costs of running corrections systems, which many experts estimate to be $80 billion. Some of the societal costs of incarceration include the wages people no longer earn while imprisoned and the amount of lifetime earnings they will likely lose on release because of employment restrictions and discrimination against the formerly incarcerated.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • International Community Corrections Association: 24th Annual International Research Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 2-5, 2016
  • School Safety Leadership Academy, November 10-11, 2016, Palm Springs, CA.
  • American Probation and Parole Association: Winter Training Institute, Reno, NV,
    January 8-11, 2017
  • American Correctional Association Conference, San Antonio, TX,
    January 20-25, 2017
  • 2017 National Conference on Bullying, March 1-3, 2017, Orlando, FL.

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