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In This Issue: November 15, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners have collected nearly 11 million pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications over the course of 16 DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back events. During the 16th semiannual event on Oct. 27, 2018, DEA and federal, state and local partners disposed of more than 900,000 pounds of prescription medications collected at nearly 6,000 sites across the country. Complete results for DEA's fall Take Back Day are available at

2019 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium

Registration is open for the 2019 National Institute of Justice Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium, to be held Feb. 19, 2019, during the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting in Baltimore, Md. The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will assist in hosting the symposium, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET.

The future of forensic sciences and its impact on the public and criminal justice community is a motivating topic to gather expertise in a forum to discuss, discover and share new research approaches and applications to promote the advancement of forensic sciences. Symposium attendees can learn about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas.

For information and to register, go to

Reducing Injury and Fatalities on Rural Roadways

An article is available on an effort to reduce injury and fatalities on rural roadways. "Utilizing Data and Science to Reduce Serious Injury and Fatality Crashes on Rural Roadways" appears in the Fall 2018 issue of Translational Criminology, the magazine of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP), which is housed within the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. The Iowa State Patrol and CEBCP partnered to develop an innovative, targeted, place-based, proactive, and tailored problem-oriented strategy, with the goal of increasing the perception of law enforcement presence and thus significantly reducing traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities in Iowa.

Access the issue and article at

Webinar on a Practical Approach to Evidence-Based Policing

A Justice Clearinghouse webinar, "Evidence-Based Policing: A Practical Approach" will be held Nov. 27, 2018. The National Institute of Justice is developing a framework for evidence-based policing that is rigorous and practical. Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Gain a clear understanding of evidence-based policing, including its limitations.
  • Learn why data and analysis are the foundations of evidence-based policing, key to identifying and understanding problems both inside the organization and in the community.
  • Learn why it is important to evaluate policies and programs, current ones as well as new ones, in order to make continuous improvement a reality.
  • Learn where to look for credible information about what works for reducing crime, enhancing public trust, improving officer safety and wellness, and other key policing outcomes.

For details and to register for the webinar, 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

Missouri School District Gets $4.3 Million to Upgrade School Security
Campus Security & Life Safety, (11/06/2018), Jessica Davis
The school board in Springfield, Mo., has allotted $4.3 million to improve safety in public schools. Plans include a new visitor screening process and increasing active shooting training, building safety and security training.
Link to Article

Fort Smith Directors OK $1.8M for Police Body Cameras, Equipment
Times Record, (11/07/2019), Jadyn Watson-Fisher
The board of directors for the city of Fort Smith, Ark., has approved $1.8 million for the police department to purchase equipment such as body cameras, new vehicles and in-car camera systems.
Link to Article

Digital Mapping to Help First Responders Locate Emergencies in Schools
Burlington County Times, (11/08/2019), Danielle DeSisto
Schools and community organizations in Burlington County, N.J., now have a digital mapping service available to help first responders identify locations of emergencies. The project asks schools and groups to add an accurate depiction of the interior and exterior grounds of buildings into a cloud-based database to give emergency personnel access to floor plans through their mobile devices.
Link to Article

Howard Co. Police Partner With 'Neighbors' Video-sharing App to Curb Local Crime
WTOP, (11/12/2018), Hallie Mellendorf
The Howard County Police Department in Maryland is partnering with the video-sharing app Neighbors, a neighborhood watch app that uses doorbell cameras and alerts to keep the public up to date on neighborhood crime. Residents do not need to own a doorbell camera to access shared photos and videos.
Link to Article

Twinsburg Township Deputies Getting Body Cameras
Twinsburg Bulletin/GateHouse Media Ohio, (11/12/2018), Jeff Saunders
The Summit County Council has approved buying four body cameras for use by Summit County sheriff's deputies in Twinsburg Township, Ohio. The $20,446 cost includes five years of maintenance and software licensing.
Link to Article

Corrections News

More Oklahomans Registering for Inmate Movement Alert System
Newsok, (11/09/2018), Josh Dulaney
A program for Oklahoma residents who want to monitor inmate movement in the correctional system has more than doubled in new registrants in the past five years. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday program provides free and anonymous online and mobile app services to notify people about inmate release dates, escapes, court dates and custody status. From September 2017 to August 2018, the program received 96,900 new registrations.
Link to Article

Returnees to Arkansas Prisons Fall by 41%
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, (11/06/2018), John Moritz
The number of people sent to Arkansas' prisons for violating their terms of probation or parole fell more than 41 percent in 2017, as a new law went into effect that was aimed at stemming the surge in population. However, the number of state prisoners is expected to grow by 0.9 percent annually over the next decade, according to a new report.
Link to Article

Body-scanned Inmates Will Get Radiation Exposure Stats
New York Post, (11/08/2018), Rich Calder and Tamar Lapin
The New York City Health Department has issued new regulations that would allow inmates to learn how much radiation they've absorbed from body scans while incarcerated. The regulation was in response to a new state law authorizing corrections officers to again use high-powered body scanners to spot nonmetal objects, such as ceramic knives, in the possession of inmates.
Link to Article

Momentum for Prison Education
Inside Higher Ed, (11/06/2018), Ashley A. Smith
This article discusses the advantages of college-level education programs in prisons, and the need for state and federal funding.
Link to Article

More Drones Spotted Flying Over Delaware's Largest Male Prison
Delaware News Journal, (11/09/2018), Esteban Parra
Drones were recently spotted flying over the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware three times in one week. The state Department of Correction is investigating whether contraband found inside the prison was dropped by the devices.
Link to Article

NC High Court Weighs If Tracking Sex Offenders Reasonable
Idaho Statesman, (11/09/2018), Emery P. Dalesio for the Associated Press
North Carolina's Supreme Court is re-evaluating whether forcing sex offenders to be perpetually tracked by GPS-linked devices, sometimes for the rest of their lives, is justified or a Constitution-violating unreasonable search. The court takes up the case next month of a repeat sex offender.
Link to Article

Some Denver Jail Inmates Will Again Have the Freedom to Touch Their Loved ones — Eventually
Denverite, (11/12/2018), David Sachs
Beginning in 2020, inmates at the Denver County Jail will be able to have physical contact such as a hug or handshake with family members. The rule change will be a reversal of a 2005 policy that stripped inmates of their right to have physical contact with outsiders.
Link to Article

Report: Tech Will Enable, Not Threaten Future Government Jobs
Government Technology, (11/07/2018), Theo Douglas
A report predicts six public-sector positions that could exist by 2025 and beyond, and examines how technology will help their effectiveness. One of the envisioned positions is criminal redirection officer, who would assist low-risk, nonviolent offenders in "virtual incarceration," skill-building and employment, monitored by digital tools.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

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

  • 31st Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department, August 12-15, 2019, Sheraton Hotel Dallas, Dallas, TX. For information go to: or contact:

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

  • National Marathon and Running Events Safety and Security Summit
    National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security
    Dec. 11-13, 2018
    Orlando, Fla.
    Information and Registration (fee)


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