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In This Issue: October 18, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

Justice Technology Information Center Releases Video on Improper Use of UAS

Visit the JTIC YouTube Channel at to watch "Safer Skies: How the FAA Helps Law Enforcement Respond to Reports of Improper Use of UAS." Just under five minutes in length, this video provides law enforcement officers with information to assist them when investigating UAS complaints from the community. While you're visiting the channel, check out other videos from JTIC on body armor, patrol vehicle testing and more.

Registration Open for National Institute of Justice Research for the Real World Seminar: What Works in Reentry

On Monday, Oct. 29, NIJ will host its next Research for the Real World panel, "What Works in Reentry." This webinar focuses on the role and importance of institutional and community corrections, and rehabilitative and reentry services in crime prevention and public safety efforts.

The seminar, which runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m., will support NIJ and the field in furthering the corrections and reentry research agenda, and in advancing the knowledge of the Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry.

Panelists include:
  • Chief Terri McDonald, Chief Probation Officer, Los Angeles County Probation Department
  • Grant Duwe, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation, Minnesota Department of Corrections
  • John Wetzel, Secretary of Corrections, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

To register to attend online, or to be notified when the recording is available, visit

COPS Office Announces Fifth Annual "Community Policing in Action" Photo Contest

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services invites law enforcement agencies to submit photos of positive interaction with the communities they serve for the annual Community Policing in Action photo contest. Winning photos will be featured on the COPS Office website and its Twitter and Facebook headers for one month during the 2019 calendar year. They may also be featured in the COPS Office e-newsletter, Community Policing Dispatch, and/or a COPS Office-issued press release.

Each law enforcement agency may submit one photo that accurately depicts the department's community policing efforts by 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, by email at Visit the COPS website at for complete contest rules, terms and conditions along with frequently asked questions. Winners will be notified no later than Dec. 28, 2018, by email.

Justice Department Awards More Than $600,000 to Support Victims of Mass Violence

The Office of Justice Programs' Office for Victims of Crime has awarded two Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program grants totaling more than $600,000 to help victims, family members and first responders deal with the after-effects of two deadly incidents in Colorado and Washington State.

On Sept. 23, 2016, a gunman entered the Macy's department store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Wash., and began indiscriminately shooting, leaving four women and one man dead, and numerous employees and customers traumatized. The Washington Department of Commerce's Office of Crime Victims Advocacy will receive $185,258 to reimburse the agency for victim crisis response and vital services rendered after the incident. The funding also will provide important training and support services for first responders and other victims impacted by the shooting to help them heal.

The other mass violence incident occurred on Nov. 1, 2017, when a man entered a Walmart Supercenter in Thornton, Colo., and shot and killed three people and terrorized 179 customers and 63 employees. Colorado's 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office will receive $423,414 in reimbursement for crisis response services provided following the incident. The funding will also be essential to offer additional resources for victims, first responders and the community, while also supporting the victims during the upcoming trial.

For more information about AEAP, please visit:

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Awards More Than $104 Million to Protect Children

OJJDP has awarded more than $104.2 million in grant funding to enhance state, local and tribal jurisdictions' capabilities to protect children and respond to juvenile victimization. Grants go to more than 90 sites, jurisdictions and task forces to help communities find missing children, support law enforcement investigations and increase overall public safety through aggressive prosecution of those who seek to abuse or exploit children.

Of the $104.2 million awarded, more than $42 million will support missing and exploited children programs and services; $29.35 million will help combat and prevent Internet crimes against children; more than $20.5 million will fund services for victims of child abuse; and $10.62 million will serve children who are victims of neglect or abuse, including those in dependency or child welfare systems. Another $1.75 million will fund child abuse training for judicial and court personnel. For a complete list of individual grant programs, amounts to be awarded, and the jurisdictions that will receive funding, visit

Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

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

Why All Cops Should Take Advantage of FLETC's Tactical Medical Training
Police News, (10/10/2018), Sean Curtis
This article offers a first-person account of participation in free tactical medical training provided by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers. The entire approach to law enforcement medical training has changed in recent years, with emphasis placed on police officers as immediate first responders.
Link to Article

Fentanyl Detection Strips Made Free to Public
The Healdsburg Tribune, (10/11/2018), Laura Hagar Rush
The Healdsburg (Calif.) Police Department and Healdsburg District Hospital now distribute free fentanyl detection strips, no questions asked, from the police department lobby and the hospital ER. The program is aimed at helping drug users from accidentally overdosing on fentanyl mixed with heroin.
Link to Article

SNAP Program Alerts Officers to Special Need Residents
Cleburne Times-Review, (10/14/2018), Matt Smith
In Johnson County, Texas, residents can sign up for the Special Needs Awareness Program (SNAP) to provide emergency dispatch and law enforcement with information about an individual's special needs. Special needs may include issues such as autism, PTSD, schizophrenia, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, dementia, Down syndrome and hearing impairment; making officers aware of the individuals' needs can help situations involving interactions with law enforcement go more smoothly.
Link to Article

Opioid Crisis: Miami Police to Place Addicts in Rehab, Not Jail
Newsweek, (10/16/2018), Daniel Moritz-Rabson
In a move to prioritize detainment of dealers over users, the Miami Police Department is partnering with several health providers to set up a one-year outpatient treatment program open to individuals possessing small quantities of opioids. Justice Department grants will pay for the treatment of approximately 100 individuals during a three-year pilot program.
Link to Article

Harris County Steps Toward Mental Health Treatment Instead of Incarceration
Houston Public Media, (10/11/2018), Elizabeth Trovall
A new mental health diversion center serving Houston and Harris County recently opened to provide treatment and assistance to individuals who have committed non-violent, low-level crimes. Law enforcement officers could bring an Individual who is trespassing, for example, while in the midst of a mental health episode to the center for treatment rather than taking the individual to jail.
Link to Article

Corrections News

New Tech at the Montgomery County Jail Designed to Prevent Airborne Overdoses
ABC 22Now, (10/09/2018), Bryn Caswell
New technology that will shut off an air-handling valve and confine an airborne substance to a small area of the Montgomery County (Ohio) Jail should help to prevent inhalation sickness if an illicit substance goes airborne. The jail opted to install the technology due to several incidents in nearby jails where a contraband substance got into the facility's ventilation system and made a large number of people sick.
Link to Article

Officials Confirm Nearly 3,000 Florida Inmates Evacuated Because of Prison Damage
Miami Herald, (10/15/2018), Ben Conark for
Four days after Hurricane Michael made landfall, the Florida Department of Corrections has stated that four correctional facilities have been closed and nearly 3,000 inmates evacuated due to storm-related damage. The Florida DOC opted not to evacuate the inmates ahead of the storm, but conditions including damaged roofs and lack of sanitation forced the closures.
Link to Article

Missouri Man Jailed After Posting Video on How to Remove Ankle Monitors
WVLT8, (10/11/2018)
Dustin W. Burns, 33, of Springfield, Mo., has been jailed on charges of tampering with electronic monitoring equipment after making a four-minute video on how to remove a tracking device and posting it on Facebook. Police say Burns made the video while on probation for violating a restraining order.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

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

Fall 2018 Police Planners Course, sponsored by the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP), Nov. 5-9, 2018, St. Louis, Missouri.
For more information, please visit

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


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