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In This Issue: November 22, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

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, in which Vera Bumpers, chief of the METRO Police Department of Harris County, Texas, discusses her early experiences as a woman in law enforcement and issues affecting gender diversity in policing. Chief Bumpers was appointed as the first woman police chief at the METRO Police Department. She also serves as the President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Go to to download the episode.

VALOR Program Spotlight

The Bureau of Justice Assistance VALOR Program's latest Spotlight on Safety focuses on casualty care. Casualty care training is essential for law enforcement officers. As officers, you have an ethical obligation to render medical assistance to all persons (including suspects) to the extent of your casualty care training, as soon as it is safe to do so. Being properly trained and equipped may save your life, the lives of fellow officers or members of your community involved in a critical incident.

To access the spotlight, go to

Director's Corner: Elevating Practitioners—From Advisers to Participants to Drivers

In a recent National Institute of Justice Director's Corner message, Director David Muhlhausen highlights the agency's efforts to ensure practitioners' needs are reflected in its research and to elevate the role of practitioners. These efforts include:

  • Giving Practitioners a Voice
  • Embedding Practitioners in NIJ
  • Supporting Practitioner-led Randomized Control Trials in Corrections
  • Listening and Learning to Shape the Research Agenda
  • Encouraging Research Partnerships
  • Empowering Practitioners to Conduct Their Own Research

To read the message, 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

Norwich to Join Stonington, Groton Town Police in State Radio System Partnership, (11/12/2018), Claire Bessette
The Norwich Police Department will join the Connecticut state police radio system following voter approval of a $2.7 million bond to replace the city's aging police radio system. Officials said the new system will give Norwich instant interoperability with surrounding state police troops and other state agencies and with participating local departments.
Link to Article

New Shooting Range Will Help Out Seneca Law Enforcement With Training, (11/12/2018), Autumn Bracey
A new shooting range will serve both the Eastern Shawnee Tribal Police in Oklahoma and the Seneca Police Department in Missouri. The Shawnee Skies Training Center and Shooting Complex is open to police three days a week and to the public the other four days of the week.
Link to Article

Hartford Council Will Consider Plan to More Closely Regulate Drones by Law Enforcement
Hartford Courant, (11/12/2018), Jenna Carlesso
Hartford city officials are considering a proposal to oversee the use of drones and other technology by law enforcement. Under the proposal in the city council, city agencies would need permission for all current and new methods of surveillance, including unmanned aerial devices, license plate readers, body cameras, video and audio recording systems, facial and voice recognition software and gunshot detection hardware.
Link to Article

Sheriff's Office to Employ New Technology to Improve School Safety
Paso Robles Daily News, (11/14/2018)
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says most public and private schools in the county now have access to an app designed to alert law enforcement of an active shooter incident. The Rave Panic Button Smart Phone App allows employees to immediately connect to the 911 dispatch center for their school and at the same time send a message to the other employees on campus.
Link to Article

West Palm Beach Police Reveal High-Tech ‘Real Time Crime Center' to Catch Criminals
CBS12, (11/15/2018), Luli Ortiz
The West Palm Beach Police Department has a new Real Time Crime Center, which is equipped with technology to monitor camera footage from across the city. Police can also collect data from license plate scanners and monitor 911 calls. The cameras work in sync with gunshot detection technology.
Link to Article

Load-Bearing Vest vs. Duty Belt: Ergonomic Researchers Determine the Winner, (11/12/2018), Judy Bertiaume for University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Load-bearing vests are a safe and healthier alternative to the traditional duty belt, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Police officers who carry most of their equipment on vests rather than duty belts experience significantly less hip and lower-back pain, the study found.
Link to Article

Corrections News

State Prisons Showcase Apprenticeship Programs
WBAY, (11/15/2018), Emily Matesic
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections, along with Workforce Development, is showcasing apprenticeship programs in prisons to encourage employers to consider the prison population as possible future employees. At Oshkosh Correctional, up to eight inmates at a time are involved in the two-year culinary arts apprenticeship program that teaches skills to help inmates in their search for employment following release.
Link to Article

Rhode Island Prisons Push to Get Inmates the Best Treatment for Opioid Addiction
NPR, (11/19/2018), Andrea Hsu, Ari Shapiro
This article discusses the Rhode Island Department of Corrections' $2 million program to provide inmates treatment for opioid addiction. Rhode Island is the only state to screen every individual who comes into the correctional system for opioid use disorder, and to offer, in conjunction with counseling, all three types of drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat addiction (methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone).
Link to Article

Neuroscientists Make a Case Against Solitary Confinement
Scientific American, (11/09/2018), Dana G. Smith
This article discusses the effects of solitary confinement. It was presented during a session at the recent annual Society for Neuroscience meeting.
Link to Article

High-Tech Bail Tool Helps Decide Who Stays in Jail, Who is Released
KIRO7, (11/16/2018), Amy Clancy
Officials in Yakima County, Wash., are using a computer program to help determine whether people arrested for allegedly committing various crimes should be released from jail. A suspect's history is entered into the program, and the outcome is a Public Safety Assessment that identifies various risk factors such as whether the arrest is for a violent offense or if the suspect has prior felony convictions. How the suspect scores will help determine whether he or she remains behind bars on bond, or is let out of jail without having to post any bail after an initial court appearance.
Link to Article

Honolulu Rolls Out Ankle Bracelet to Monitor Drunken Drivers
Honolulu Civil Beat, (11/15/2018), Terri Langford
Repeat drunken drivers in Honolulu can soon be made to wear a SCRAM CAM anklet that detects alcohol consumption through a wearer's sweat and notifies the courts. The anklet will be used as a condition of bail or sentence for repeat offenders. Hawaii courts are notified through the anklet if a repeat drunken driver has been drinking.
Link to Article

Smartphone App Streamlines Remote Inmate Visitation
Government Technology, (11/13/2018), Francis Scarcella for The Daily Item
Friends and family of Northumberland County Prison inmates can now visit their loved ones through a smartphone app. The app allows inmates to make video calls from inside the Pennsylvania prison.
Link to Article

Officials: Inmate Used Cellphone to Contact Detective Posing as Girl
WFTV, (11/14/208), Jason Kelly, Len Kiese
An inmate at the Tomoka Correctional Institution in Florida allegedly used a cellphone to chat with and send explicit photos and messages to an Orlando police detective posing as a 14-year-old girl, according to police. The detective had created an online profile of a child decoy, according to an arrest report.
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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