Do More With Less
Law enforcement and corrections agencies are increasingly challenged to tighten budgets, cut costs, and maintain accuracy and quality. They are asked to Do More With Less, and it is imperative that they do so without skimping on services. Creative, cost-effective solutions that work for one agency may be adapted to work in another. NLECTC acts as a conduit of information and technical assistance. JUSTNET offers a sounding board and a chronicle of best practices that can help agencies large and small, all across the country and around the world. The idea is to reduce budget burdens and keep communities safe.
NIJ Technology Institutes
NIJ, through NLECTC, sponsors technology institutes for law enforcement, corrections and rural law enforcement. Participants share information on projects, issues and solutions, and garner valuable networking opportunities that continue long after the institute ends.
NLECTC-National coordinates the corrections and law enforcement institutes. The NLECTC Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center coordinates the Rural Law Enforcement Technology Institutes, which target practitioners in agencies with fewer than 50 sworn personnel.
There is no registration fee, and NIJ pays all travel, food and lodging expenses. Participants present on technology issues affecting their departments.
For general information on NIJ's technology institutes contact:
NIJ Program Manager
For rural institutes contact:
Executive Director, SRTB-RC
Excess Property Program
Weapons, vehicles, boats, aircraft, armored personnel carriers, computers, gym equipment, binoculars, tactical goggles and radios are just a few of the types of gear available to law enforcement agencies for free or reduced cost through the Federal Excess Property Program. The system consists of three individual programs:
DHS Responder Knowledge Base and SAVER Program
The mission of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Responder Knowledge Base (RKB) is to "provide emergency responders, purchasers, and planners with a trusted integrated, online source of information on products, standards, certifications, grants and other equipment-related information." The Web-based information service operates with no cost to users.
The DHS SAVER, or System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders program, provides information on hundreds of products to help emergency responder agencies make knowledgeable decisions on what to purchase. The program tests and evaluates an array of commercial and off-the-shelf equipment that falls under DHS Authorized Equipment List categories. Go to https://www.llis.dhs.gov/knowledgebase/SAVER.
Although NLECTC is not a funding agency or organization, it offers tools and assistance to help law enforcement and corrections agencies locate and better prepare to apply for funding opportunities. Go to funding.
The NLECTC System is critical to the NIJs mission to assist state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement, corrections and other criminal justice agencies with addressing technology needs and challenges.
The NLECTC System is an integrated network of centers and Centers of Excellence that offer free criminal justice technology outreach, demonstration, testing and evaluation assistance to law enforcement, corrections, courts, crime laboratories and other criminal justice agencies.
The National Center is the hub of the system. It operates a call center and can provide information on all aspects of criminal justice. It specializes in information on standards, testing and body armor, and offers outreach materials including: