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In This Issue: November 1, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

Justice Department Awards More Than $67 Million to Combat Human Trafficking

The Office of Justice Programs has awarded more than $67 million in FY 2018 grant funding to support state, local and tribal jurisdictions' efforts to protect human trafficking victims, prosecute those who commit trafficking crimes and support coordinated community responses to human trafficking throughout the United States.

OJP's Office for Victims of Crime, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention awarded grants to jurisdictions and task forces nationwide. These awards will provide for mental health counseling and other services to human trafficking victims, training for investigators and prosecutors, and help bring public awareness to human trafficking issues. Awards include:

  • Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Forces to Combat Human Trafficking: $23.1 million will help jurisdictions develop and implement effective task forces focused on identifying victims of sex and labor trafficking and provide services to meet their needs. Funds will also support the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases at the federal, state, local and tribal levels.
  • Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking: $16.5 million will enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to human trafficking victims.
  • Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking: $14.7 million will support organizations with a history of providing quality services to victims of all forms of human trafficking, as well as build the capacity of organizations to provide a wide range of comprehensive services to trafficking victims.
  • Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance: $2.7 million will provide intensive training and technical assistance to service providers and court personnel.
  • Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking: $1.9 million will help improve the lives of child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking by changing policy and programming at the state level; approximately $600,000 is for training and technical assistance.
  • Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking: $1.2 million will support innovative ways to provide trauma-informed services and to address barriers in identifying and assisting labor trafficking victims.
  • Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking: The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention awarded $1.8 million to three mentoring project sites, and one training and technical assistance provider under this program.
  • Missing and Exploited Children Training and Technical Assistance: $1.8 million will support a training and technical assistance provider to design, develop and provide training and technical assistance services to multi-disciplinary teams of prosecutors, state and local law enforcement, child protection personnel, medical providers and other child service professionals to strengthen the overall response to missing and exploited children's issues, including child sex trafficking.
  • National AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance: $3.4 million will support training and technical assistance for law enforcement and service providers to enhance their capacity, capability, skills and response to incidents of missing, endangered and abducted children and victims of child sex trafficking.
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

Deputy Carries Man Lost in Woods on His Back as Drone Guides Them to Safety
12 on Your Side, (10/24/2018)
A sheriff's department drone helped guide a Stafford County (Va.) deputy who was carrying a lost man on his back to safety. The deputy located and assisted the injured man as part of a search and rescue effort, and the drone provided guidance in the dark.
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Idaho Falls Police Get Ahead of the Curve With New DNA-testing Device
East Idaho, (10/23/2018), Rett Nelson
The Idaho Falls Police Department has become the first law enforcement agency in the state to begin using a new device that uses a "vacuum cleaner" concept to gather forensic evidence for DNA testing. A company official says the M-Vac system is up to 200 times more effective than a traditional swab test.
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Some Police Dogs Now Have Cameras, Too
Times Daily, (10/24/2018), Carrie Antlfinger for the Associated Press
In Oregon and elsewhere, some police dogs are getting their own version of body-worn cameras. The devices, attached to the dogs' vests and worn on their backs, transmit video to their handlers to help with situational assessment. Departments generally use the cameras when dogs go out to look for suspects, missing people or explosives.
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New Technology to Track Dementia Patients, At-risk People Now Available in Hall County
11, (10/25/2018), Joe Henke and Lauren Padgett
Officers from three Georgia law enforcement agencies recently received training on new GPS tracking devices to be given to dementia patients and people living with autism. When an individual equipped with one of the devices goes missing, a caregiver can call law enforcement and provide the tracking number; officers can then attempt to locate the person with police radio frequency receivers.
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Hero 24/7: Virginia State Trooper Raises Awareness of PTSD in Law Enforcement
WJLA, (10/24/2018), Nancy Chen
This piece profiles Virginia State Police Trooper Michael McSellers and his efforts to raise awareness about the struggle that police officers and other first responders have in dealing with PTSD. McSellers has made a video about his own experiences that has gone viral.
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Officers in Pews, Pastors in Police Cars: Program Lets Police and Community Walk a Mile in Each Other's Shoes
CBN News, (10/26/2018), Amber C. Strong
In Indianapolis, a program called One Cop involves community policing officers and members of the local clergy working together in a crime prevention effort. This article describes the program's effectiveness.
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'Art of Forensics' at Tampa History Center Aimed at Solving Cold Cases
Tampa Bay Times, (10/29.2018), Josh Fiallo
The University of South Florida's Institute of Forensic Anthropology & Applied Science has created clay busts from the unidentified remains in 21 cold cases throughout the country; the busts remain on display at the Tampa Bay History Center through November 27. The goal of the event is for an attendee to recognize a face and be able to help investigators identify a victim. Similar events held previously have succeeded in helping close cold cases.
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School Drug Prevention Program Puts New Focus on Opioids
Newsday, (10/28/2018), Keshia Clukey
The Shelter Island School District has become the first in New York State to begin using a new D.A.R.E. program that targets opioid abuse. The police-led curriculum lessons focus on opioid and over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse prevention. Shelter Island has a year-round population of 2,500 residents; the community saw 26 drug overdoses between 2013 and 2017.
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Southern California Police Are Sending Drones to Respond to 911 Calls, (10/28/2018), Feilidh Dwyer
The Chula Vista (Calif.) Police Department recently began deploying drones to certain 911 calls. If used in a response, a drone moves quickly to the scene and gives responding officers a live aerial view of the area. In the first week of the project, the department used drones to respond to more than 30 calls.
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Apple, Google Add Life Saving 911 Location Data to iOS & Android
KTLA 5, (10/29/2018), Rich Demuro
New software added to the latest operating system updates for both iOS and Android phones enables dispatch centers to more precisely target the location of someone calling 911 from a wireless phone. Previously, the operating systems relied on tower triangulation, which only placed the call within a wide area.
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Corrections News

Oklahoma Prison Experiences Three Synthetic Opioid Overdoses in One Day
NewsOK, (10/25/2018), Josh Delaney
At Oklahoma's Jess Dunn Correctional Center, three inmates overdosed on synthetic opioids and were revived by first responders using Narcan. The incidents at the facility in Taft took place in a 15-minute span.
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S.C. Probation Officers Searching for More Than 5,000 Wanted Parolees
ABC 4 News, (10/25/2018), Ashley Blackstone
This article looks at the work of some of the individuals who search for wanted parolees who have gone off the state's radar in South Carolina. More than 5,000 individuals are unaccounted for, including two murderers and 29 sex offenders.
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South Dakota Prison Job Fair Aims to Reduce Recidivism
Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, (10/29/2018), Randy Dockendorf
As part of a pilot program aimed at reducing recidivism, Mike Durfee State Prison in Yankton, S.D., recently held a job fair. Approximately 325 inmates met with representatives of 15 employers who are willing to give them a chance at employment after their release.
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Gwinnett County, Ga., Receives $50K Grant to Expand Use of Recidivism-Reducing Software
Government Technology, (10/29/2018), Ben Miller
Probation and parole officers in Gwinnett County, Ga., are using a new software that helps their clients communicate with the myriad agencies and deal with the many requirements they must meet in order not to commit technical violations that would return them to prison. The county has received a $50,000 grant that will move use of Pokket from a pilot phase to permanent use.
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