The following abstracts on public safety-related articles appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites earlier in 2019. This page is no longer being updated due to the end of the Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC) program.


Pennsylvania Approves $40 Million in Grants for School Safety

USA Herald, (05/02/2019), Marivic Cabural Summers

Pennsylvania has approved $40 million in grants for school safety and $7.5 for community violence prevention and reduction. Across the state are 234 recipients for the school safety grants and 25 recipients for the community violence prevention and reduction grants.

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In Dallas, Police Can Now Handle 911 Texts

The Dallas Morning News, (05/03/2019), Cassandra Jaramillo

Dallas police now offer text-to-911 service. While phone calls are preferred, city officials say the option for emergency texting will help those who are deaf, hearing-impaired or in a situation where talking will make them at risk. In the first two weeks of April, Dallas police said they received 176 emergency texts.

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More Than 20 States Have Shown Interest in Idaho State Police’s Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System

Idaho Press, (05/02/2019), Emily Lowe

More than 20 states have contacted the Idaho State Police Forensic Services lab inquiring about the system it uses to track sexual assault kits. The state created an online sexual assault kit tracking system in January 2017 after legislation transformed how sexual assault kits would be tracked in Idaho.

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MetroHealth WRAP Program Decreases Recidivism Among People With Mental Health Diagnoses, (04/15/2019), Mary Kilpatrick

The Wellness Reentry Assistance Program identifies Cuyahoga County, Ohio, jail inmates with serious mental health conditions and substance abuse/addiction issues, and helps them find the resources they need on release. The free program helps inmates make plans for life outside the jail.

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Jacksonville Hopes ‘Watch For Me NC’ Will Reduce Bicycle and Pedestrian Crashes

WNCT, (04/13/2019), Loyd Price

The Jacksonville Police Department is participating in the “Watch for Me NC” program, which trains law enforcement officers on ways to improve road safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. Participating jurisdictions receive technical assistance, materials and media assistance with raising public awareness. Nearly 30 communities in the state participate in the program.

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Houston Pilot Program Will Let Victims Track Their Rape Kits Electronically

Houston Chronicle, (04/11/2019), Robert Downen

A pilot program set to launch in Houston and Harris County in May will allow sexual assault victims to track their rape kits from evidence collection to prosecution. The pilot, which will launch statewide in September, includes evidence collected in the Harris Health System and the Houston Forensic Science Center.

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