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In This Issue: October 25, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight Features Article on UAS and Sporting Events

Visit, the Justice Technology Information Center's school safety website, to read "National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Offers UAS-Related Resources." The article takes a look at a recent forum on UAS Innovation and Technology hosted by NCS4, and its resulting resources and report. While you're on the site, check the more than 100 articles, the calendar of events and more.

COPS Office Releases New Episode of "The Beat"

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has released a new episode of "The Beat" podcast series, featuring Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., for a discussion about gender diversity in policing that is based on her professional experiences and observations regarding the evolution of law enforcement. Dr. Scott is the founding director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University. Previously, she served as the executive director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Deputy Commissioner of Training for the New York City Police Department, as well as holding senior supervisory roles in the Detroit and District of Columbia police departments, and with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Go to to download the episode.

Director's Corner: Introducing the Practitioner-in-Residence Program

National Institute of Justice Director David Muhlhausen recently announced a new program in which criminal justice leaders from corrections, law enforcement and courts will join NIJ in-house to provide a direct line of connection to the field. The Practitioner-in-Residence will serve as a liaison with the field and help NIJ establish connections to engage in mutually beneficial research in the years to come. With the addition of our first practitioner-in-residence, Dr. Reena Chakraborty, NIJ is expanding our focus on corrections research on prisons and community corrections to include jails.

Learn more about the program at

Webinar on Combating the Opioid Epidemic

A webinar on Challenges in Combating the Opioid Epidemic will be held Oct. 29, 2018, at 2 p.m. ET. The webinar is part of the BJA Center for Task Force Training™ (CenTF) "Critical Components of Task Force Success" webinar series. The webinar will address the challenges facing multijurisdictional task forces and their communities as they fight growing opioid trafficking and abuse. The discussion will include best practices for organizing and maintaining an opioid task force, building effective partnerships between law enforcement and the community, and how to identify and partner with other public safety efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

To register, go to

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Crash Scene Reconstruction

In major metropolitan areas across the United States, delays related to traffic incidents are estimated to account for more than half of all congestion-related delays. For police officers, "struck-by" incidents – when an officer is struck by a passing vehicle while at a crash scene – is one of the leading causes of accidental death among law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel. A study funded by the National Institute of Justice found that using unmanned aircraft systems can reduce the amount of time taken to clear a crash scene, thereby reducing the time officers are at risk of injury in the roadway.

To read an article about the study, go to

Upcoming Forensic Technology Center of Excellence Webinar

Advancing Research Initiatives and Combatting the Human Trafficking Epidemic wil take place Nov. 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. ET. Recommendations will be discussed addressing general policies and priorities; a need to better protect refuges, immigrants and other at-risk populations; labor trafficking; and sexual exploitation. For information and to register, go to
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

Portsmouth Council OKs Purchase of Drone by Police Dept.
Seacoastonline, (10/16/2018), Jeff McMenemy
The Police Department in Portsmouth, N.H., will use a $69,638 grant to pay for a small unmanned aerial vehicle as well as the cost of maintenance for the device and training of officers. Uses for UAVs include crime scene and accident investigations.
Link to Article

Davenport Firefighters Get Gear to Protect Them in Active Shooter Situations
WGAD, (10/17/2018), Katrina Lamansky
Members of the Davenport Fire Department in Iowa now have ballistic helmets and body armor for protection in active shooter situations. A $5,600 grant from the Scott County Regional Authority was used to pay for the equipment for six firefighters.
Link to Article

Freeport Police to Purchase Use-of-Force Training Simulator
Journal Standard, (10/16/2018), Derrick Mason
The Freeport City Council in Illinois has approved the purchase of a use-of-force simulator for the police department. The technology uses high-definition video, a projection screen, sound and other components to create realistic scenarios.
Link to Article

Mecklenburg County Commissioners Approve $4.6M for CMS Security Plan
WCNC (10/17/2018), Ariel Plasencia
The Mecklenburg County Commissioners have approved releasing an additional $4.6 million for security enhancements at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The funding will allow CMS to implement phase one of its safety enhancements, which include better cameras, stronger fencing and additional locks on exterior doors.
Link to Article

Irvine Police Department Begins Drone Operations
New University, (10/18/2018), Chelsea Pan
The Irvine City Council in California has approved the Irvine Police Department's establishment of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program. The UAS team is permitted to fly and operate a single drone to assist with crime investigations, search for missing persons, and respond to and evaluate natural disasters.
Link to Article

NYPD Suspends Use of Body Camera Model After One Explodes
Washington Times, (10/22/2018), Associated Press
The New York City Police Department has suspended use of a model of body camera after one exploded. The NYPD says an officer noticed smoke coming from the Vievu LE-5 body camera, removed it, and the device exploded. No one was injured. The NYPD says that the explosion revealed a potential for the battery to ignite, and that the 2,990 cameras in use are being removed. In a statement, Axon, Vievu's parent company, says it will do whatever is necessary to resolve the situation.
Link to Article

Handcuffed Man Shoots Trooper on I-75 Before Being Killed in Gun Battle
WXIA-TV, (10/18/2018), Kristen Reed
A handcuffed man was able to shoot a state trooper in the torso on I-75 in Bartow County, Ga., according to authorities. The trooper was wearing a ballistic vest and survived. The suspect was shot several times and died a short time later.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Staff Drug Exposure Problem Prompts Pa. Prisons to Screen Books
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, (10/19/2018), Mark Scolforo for the Associated Press
The Pennsylvania Corrections Department says it will screen books donated to state prison inmates for drugs as part of its response to a sharp rise in the number of employees seeking medical care for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana. The agency told The Associated Press that donation groups will no longer ship books directly to inmates; the books will be examined by drug sniffing dogs at a central location before being given to prisoners. After a two-week lockdown that began in late August and changes to mail and visiting procedures, drug finds and positive results in random inmate drug tests are down by about half, and assaults and drug misconducts are also down, according to the department. Staff emergency room visits for suspected drug exposure fell from 48 in August to eight in September.
Link to Article

Five Former Probation Commissioners Urge Officials to Stop Testing Parolees for Marijuana
New York Daily News, (10/16/2018), Reuven Blau
Some former New York City probation commissioners feel that people on parole and probation should no longer be tested for marijuana if the drug is legalized in New York State. Vincent Schiraldi, a former city probation commissioner, testified before a state Assembly committee hearing on allowing adult use of marijuana and spoke on behalf of four other former probation commissioners. New York currently allows people to use marijuana for medical purposes. State lawmakers are considering fully legalizing the drug for recreational use.
Link to Article

Sullivan Jail Turns to Tech for Double-Check of Inmate IDs
TimesNews, (10/18/2018), Rain Smith
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee has taken steps to ensure the correct inmates are released from the county jail. Corrections officers recently scanned more than 900 prisoners' thumbprints via a computer kiosk. Along with checks such as personal information and mugshots, staff will run prisoners through the biometric process again for release, double-checking that the right person is being freed from the facility.
Link to Article

Detention Alternative Initiative Adding Mentors
Pharos-Tribune, (10/18/2018), Mitchell Kirk
An Indiana county's implementation of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative plans to add a mentoring program next year. Through the initiative, Cass County offers an alternative to secure detention for low-level juvenile offenders. The mentoring program will aim to deter youth involved in the juvenile justice system from re-offending by making a positive impact on them through support and encouragement.
Link to Article

South Carolina Prisons Assessing Anti-cellphone Technology
WACH, (10/17/2018), Associated Press
South Carolina prison officials are assessing a managed access system intended to block cellphones smuggled inside by inmates. Managed access interferes with cell signals in a designated area.
Link to Article

Butler Co. Prison Revamps Mail Policy Following Sickenings
WISR, (10/17/2018), Kayla Molczanon
The Butler County Prison in Pennsylvania is revamping its mail policy following the sickening of six prison workers. Paper mail will no longer be coming into the prison other than legal mail. A company will scan personal mail and then upload it onto an electronic tablet, which an inmate can use to view mail.
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).

New Publications

Contacts Between Police and the Public, 2015,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Bias Crime Assessment: A Tool and Guidelines for Law Enforcement and Concerned Communities,
National Institute of Justice,

Desistance from Crime over the Life Course,
National Institute of Justice,

Examining Race and Gender Disparities in Restrictive Housing Placements,
National Institute of Justice,

Questioning Bias: Validating A Bias Crime Victim Assessment Tool In California And New Jersey, Summary Overview,
National Institute of Justice,

Journal Articles on NIJ-funded Research
"The Impact of License Plate Recognition Technology (LPR) on Trust in Law Enforcement: A Survey-Experiment,"
Journal of Experimental Criminology,

"An Inter-Laboratory Evaluation of LA-ICP-MS Analysis of Glass and the Use of Database for the Interpretation of Glass Evidence,"
Forensic Chemistry

"Raman Microspectroscopic Mapping as a Tool for Detection of Gunshot Residue on Adhesive Tape,"
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry,

"Same Space – Different Perspectives: Comparative Analysis of Geographic Context Through Sketch Maps and Spatial Video Geonarratives,"
International Journal of Geographical Information Science,

"Shared Struggles? Cumulative Strain Theory and Public Mass Murders From 1990 to 2014,"
Homicide Studies,

"Statistical Detection of Relatives Typed with Disjoint Forensic and Biomedical Loci,"


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