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In This Issue: September 27, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

The National Center for Campus Public Safety Offers New Virtual Professional Development Initiative

The new NCCPS Virtual Professional Development (VPD) initiative provides flexibility in advancing practitioner knowledge about specific topic areas. Programs are self-paced and practitioners can choose to complete an online program at a time that is convenient for their schedule. The first VPD course is a Physical Security Education Program, developed for those working at the beginner level at colleges and universities including campus law enforcement, emergency managers, facilities and building services personnel, and others responsible for managing the physical security of a campus.

For more information, visit NCCPS is a program of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Federal Funding Opportunities:

For a list of all NIJ funding opportunities, go to:

For a list of all OJP funding opportunities, go to:

Grants to States for School Emergency Management (GSEM), deadline for transmittal of applications: September 4, 2018

Federal Funding Webinars:

Recording Available: OJP FY 2018-19 Tribal Funding Policy Webinar

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

Three North Central Wisconsin Counties Train for Child Abductions
WAOW, (09/19/2018)
First responders from three Wisconsin counties recently trained for dealing with child abductions. The simulation training brought together multiple departments from Adams, Wood and Juneau counties, including first responders, sex offender registry specialists and volunteers. The training included using drones and the GIS mapping system.
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Mesquite Police Department Joins Neighbors App to Improve Public Safety
Mesquite News, (09/19/2018)
The Mesquite Police Department in Texas is joining the free mobile app Neighbors to enhance efforts to communicate with the community on public safety news and information. The department will monitor the app for crime activity and use it as an investigative tool. Residents can download the app to join their neighborhood area and share crime information and receive alerts from the police department.
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Houston Fire Chief Announces Funding for Ballistic Vests for First Responders
KHOU, (09/19/2018), Jamie Galvan
The Houston Fire Department has received funding for new ballistic-resistant vests for firefighters when responding to a violent scene. The bid process is ongoing. Once approved and procured, firefighters will wear the vests during calls that clearly have the potential for danger, such as domestic violence incidents, shootings and stabbings.
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Garfield County Disbands Crime-Tip Program
Aspen Daily News, (09/22/2018)
The Garfield County Sheriff's Office in Colorado is disbanding its chapter of the Crime Stoppers tip program Oct 1, citing the rise of social media, cellphone cameras and other ways provide information to authorities. Crime Stoppers gathered information from residents, and if useful tips led to an arrest, the tipster was paid up to $1,000. Today, the use of surveillance cameras at businesses, and residents using cameras that can transmit images via text or email have aided law enforcement in fighting crime.
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LaRue County Schools Implements New System to Cut Emergency Response Times
The News-Enterprise, (09/23/2018)
Schools in LaRue County, Ky., have started using a new navigation system in hallways to improve communication between schools and public safety agencies. Through hallway signs, the FastPath Hallway Navigation System is designed to make communication more efficient and cut the time it takes first responders to arrive to the exact scene of an emergency.
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Spokane Police Want to Use Drones for Investigations & Searches
KXLY, (09/25/2018), Melissa Luck
The Spokane Police Department wants to use drones for crime scene mapping, missing persons searches and other investigations. The city council is scheduled to discuss the issue at the next regular council meeting.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Return to Sender: No More Mailing Books to Inmates in Pennsylvania
Slate, (09/19/2018), Mia Armstrong
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is banning direct book donations to inmates as part of new restrictions to thwart contraband in prisons. Previously, approved organizations could mail books or other publications directly to inmates. Now, the department is beginning a transition to ebooks to fight the flow of illegal drugs into facilities. The DOC also will no longer process inmate mail at correctional facilities; mail will go to a processing center where it will be opened, scanned, and emailed back to individual facilities to print and distribute.
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Moran Stops Policy That Would Bar Women From Wearing Tampons When Visiting Virginia Prison Inmates
Richmond Times-Dispatch,( 09/25/2018), Frank Green
A policy barring women who visit inmates at Virginia prisons from wearing tampons or menstrual cups set to take effect Oct. 6 has been suspended. The Virginia Department of Corrections had said the measures were needed to keep contraband from entering prisons. State Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran suspended the policy, saying a more thorough review is needed. The policy was criticized by the ACLU of Virginia, which argued that it could discourage visits from family and friends.
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Upcoming Events

For additional information regarding Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts events go to:

For additional information regarding School Safety events go to: (calendar events listed on the right hand side of the page).

New Publications

Managing Campus Protests and Demonstrations at HBCUs,
National Center for Campus Public Safety (Bureau of Justice Assistance),

A Longitudinal Examination of Teen Dating Violence from Adolescence to Young Adulthood,
National Institute of Justice,

NIJ-Sponsored Research in Peer-Reviewed Journals
"Development of the Emergency Department Senior Abuse Identification - ED Senior AID tool,"
Timothy F. Platts-Mills, Joseph A. Dayaa, Bryce B. Reeve, Kayla Krajick, Laura Mosqueda, Jason S. Haukoos, Mehul D. Patel, Carrie F. Mulford, Samuel A. McLean, Phil D. Sloane, Debbie Travers, Sheryl Zimmerman, Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, Volume 30, Issue 4.

"Elemental Analysis of Packaging Tapes by LA-ICP-MS and LIBS,"
Claudia Martinez-Lopez, Masataka Sakayanagi, Jose R. Almirall Journal: Forensic Chemistry, Volume 8, May 2018.

"LC-MS/MS Based Detection and Characterization of Covalent Glutathione Modifications Formed by Reactive Drug of Abuse Metabolites,"
R. Allen Gilliland, Carolina Möller, and Anthony P. DeCaprio, Xenobiotica, Aug. 2, 2018.

"Open-source Tools for Dense Facial Tissue Depth Mapping (FTDM) of Computed Tomography Models,"
Terrie Simmons-Ehrhardt, Catyana Falsetti, Anthony B. Falsetti, Christopher J. Ehrhardt, Human Biology, Issue: 1.

"Racial/Ethnic Parity in Disciplinary Consequences Using Student Threat Assessment,"
Dewey Cornell, Jennifer Maeng, Francis Huang, Kathan Shukla, Timothy Konold. School Psychology Review, June 2018, Vol. 47, No. 2.

"Revealing Individual Lifestyles through Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Chemical Compounds in Fingerprints,"
Paige Hinners, Kelly C. O'Neill, Young Jin Lee, Scientific Reports, Volume 8, Article number: 5149 (2018).

"Simplification of Complex DNA Profiles using Front End Cell Separation and Probabilistic Modeling,"
Nancy Stokes, Cristina Stanciu, Emily Brocato, Christopher Ehrhardt, Susan Greenspoon, Forensic Science International: Genetics, September 2018, Volume 36.

"The Use of LA-ICP-MS Databases to Calculate Likelihood Ratios for the Forensic Analysis of Glass Evidence,"
Ruthmara Corzo, Tricia Hoffman, Peter Weis, Javier Franco-Pedroso, Daniel Ramos, Jose Almirall, Talanta, Volume 186, Aug. 15, 2018.

"Transmission Infrared Imaging Microscopy and Multivariate Curve Resolution Applied to the Forensic Examination of Automotive Paints,"
Francis Kwofie, Undugodage Don Nuwan Perera, Matthew D. Allen, Barry K. Lavine. Talanta, Volume 186, Aug. 15, 2018.


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