Volume 13, Issue 4

A publication of the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety

March 25, 2016

News and Announcements

Ohio Community-Police Relations Grant Program Solicitation

The Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) has released the Ohio Community-Police Relations Grant Program solicitation and the March 31, 2016 deadline is fast approaching. This program aims to encourage, improve, and enhance the important relationship between communities and law enforcement agencies serving those communities. For application and eligibility details, please review the solicitation located on our website: http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/.

In addition, OCJS has received questions about the requirement that all Law Enforcement agencies applying for the Community-Police Relations Grant Program must be working toward the Ohio Collaborative certification.

Please note that a Law Enforcement Agency only needs to submit an Ohio Collaborative certification application to OCJS before June 1, 2016, which is the start of the Community-Police Relations Grant award period, to meet this requirement.


Research Finds Most Sexual Assault Reports to be True: Uncovering Myths and Practices, Influencing Change

To STOP Administrators and Sub-grantees: Please see the announcement below regarding Research Finds Most Sexual Assault Reports to be True: Uncovering myths and practices, influencing change, the issue brief now available from The Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI), a project of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

The Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI), a project of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, specializes in the multidisciplinary response to sexual violence. SVJI is available to offer technical assistance customized for STOP Administrators and explore the state or territory-wide connections that make local teams effective and foster innovation in the response to sexual violence. This spring, SVJI will release a series of issue briefs and webinars that translate existing issues in response to sexual assault and highlight implications for your work. 

We are pleased to announce the release of the first resource: Research Finds Most Sexual Assault Reports to be True: Uncovering myths and practices, influencing change. This issue brief, describes the problems within our system response that preserve the fictitious notion that most victims lie about being raped and creates barriers to reporting for rape victim/survivors. It also highlights the areas where STOP Administrators can influence change in their state.

Stay tuned for briefs and webinars on the issues of unsubmitted rape kits and backlogs in March 2016, and trafficking and sexual exploitation in April 2016. During the webinars, experts will go into more detail on the issues and share ideas for influencing change in your state. 

For more information, go to http://www.mncasa.org/stop-administrators-project/ or contact Leah Lutz, SVJI Program Manager, at leah@mncasa.org.


Call for Nominations

The Ohio Attorney General’s Two Days in May Promising Practice & Robert Denton Special Achievement Awards are designed to recognize the outstanding services of individuals and/or organizations empowering victims of crime in Ohio. Individuals and/or programs of any public or private nonprofit organization, whose mission is to assist, protect, or empower victims of crime, are eligible for consideration. Awards will be presented at the Attorney General’s Awards Luncheon at the 2016 Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance on May 24th.

Nominations and Deadlines: 
Please complete the nomination form below in its entirety. All entries must be received by the Attorney General’s Office on or before March 2, 2016. Nominations should include a descriptive narrative in a maximum of two typewritten pages. You may submit more than one nomination, but each must be submitted on a separate nomination form. The nomination form may be duplicated. Each nomination must be signed and dated by the person making the nomination.

Important Note to the Nominating Individual or Agency: 
If your nominee or program is selected, you will be contacted to provide information to the Attorney General’s Office on the winning entry. The information/materials will be used in the preparation of a video that will be played at the awards luncheon. Items to submit should include: formal/official photos, newspaper clippings, family photos, awards, videotape, and any other material or photos relating to your nominee. These items will be returned. 

Click Here to Download the PDF Nomination Form 

For more information on the Promising Practice & Robert Denton Special Achievement Awards, contact:
Venica Miller, Conference Director
Phone (614) 644-1234
Fax (866) 372-7133


Nominations Open for NCJA Regional Representatives

The NCJA Elections Committee is seeking nominations for regional representatives on the NCJA Advisory Council, the principal governing body for NCJA.

Regional representatives bring a different perspective to the NCJA leadership as the voice of practitioners in the field. Other members of the Advisory Council are state criminal justice agency administrators from each member state, so the regional representatives bring added diversity to the governing body. The members of the Advisory Council help the NCJA Board of Directors formulate and guide the policy and direction of the association. NCJA Advisory Council members are eligible for election as NCJA officers and Board of Directors members. Click here to view a statement of responsibility.

The Advisory Council meets annually in conjunction with the National Forum on Criminal Justice. The next meeting is on August 7, 2016. At that time the Council will also elect officers and the Board of Directors.

Any individual or tribal member or the designated representative of a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in good standing can serve as a regional representative. The regional representatives are elected for a term of one year and may serve consecutive terms. Each region will elect a minimum of three representatives; a fourth representative may be elected from the tribal government members in each region .A roster of current regional representatives is available on the NCJA website.  A list of eligible members is also available by region.

Any member in good standing may submit a nomination. After nominations are solicited from the membership-at-large, individual members, tribal government members and designees of criminal justice coordinating council members will vote by secret ballot in elections held this spring. Ballots will be sent to members by email and elections will be held online. The top three vote getters from each region will serve as regional representatives with the fourth highest vote getter serving as an alternate.

Nominations may be submitted online or by email to Bethany Broida. All nominations should be accompanied by a short biographical sketch of the nominee with at a minimum the nominee’s present position and responsibilities, background, and education. Members may submit multiple nominations. 

All nominations must be received at the NCJA office no later than 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Friday, April 22, 2016, which is also the deadline for becoming an NCJA member in order to participate in the 2016 election for regional representatives.


Training/Technical Assistance

Free Grant Writing Seminars

OCJS will host free Grant Writing training sessions throughout 2016. The trainings will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Department of Public Safety 1970 W. Broad St. Columbus. Two dates – April 27 and August 15 – have been scheduled at this time. OCJS’s grant trainings provide an overview of the grant making process. Focus is on the major components of OCJS’s applications including problem statements, project descriptions, program objectives, budget details and collaboration boards. Participants must register through the Public Safety Training Campus, the course ID is OCJS-GrantWriting. To register, click here, select new user and follow the instructions given. Space is limited to the first 30 registered participants. Contact Melissa Darby – mbdarby@dps.ohio.gov or Jacquetta Al-Mubaslat jal-mubaslat@dps.ohio.gov with any questions.


State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program (SLATT)

Specialized Workshop | Beachwood, Ohio | Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance

Who Should Attend
State, local, and tribal patrol and street-level law enforcement officers as well as officers and analytical personnel assigned to a unit with responsibilities in the area of information gathering and/or investigation of terrorism and criminal extremism will benefit from this training.

Course Description
This workshop will address the following:

Hosted by

Workshop Schedule

There is no registration fee. Travel, lodging, and per diem expenses are the responsibility of the attendee.  For questions, call the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) at (800) 446-0912, extension 278 or 266.

Register HERE.


Stalking: Tracking the Creeper

Stalking is a crime predominantly committed by individuals known to the victim. It takes both an emotional and physical toll on victims, yet it is difficult to understand the dynamics and what constitutes a crime.  The presenters will profile cases and walk participants through the process of pulling together each isolated incident to create a bigger picture of intimidation, coercion, and fear.  Participants will leave with information on the various types of stalking and investigative tactics, evidence preservation and documentation, safety planning with the victim, effectively prosecuting from a victim-centered perspective and the benefits of a multidisciplinary response.


When: April 8, registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the training is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Columbus Police Academy, 1000 N. Hague Ave., Columbus, 43204

Cost: FREE

Professional credits have been applied for through the Ohio Counselor and Social Work Board and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Certificates will be emailed within 30 days after each training.

Register HERE.

Due to trainings filling up quickly, if you are unable to attend, please notify Sandy Huntzinger as soon as possible so your seat can be given to someone else.


The Legal Advocate’s Perspective: Board of Immigration Appeals Recognition and Accreditation & Immigration Legal Services for Abused Immigrants

Presented by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and ASISTA Immigration Assistance

April 27-28, 2016
Sheraton Tysons Hotel
8661 Leesburg Pike
Tysons, Virginia 22182
(703) 448-1234

* Registration Deadline is April 8th *
This two-day course is geared towards non-lawyer legal advocates who will be or are currently working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence (DV) or sexual assault (SA). Trainers will combine a basic overview of immigration law with an introduction to legal and case management skills critical to becoming an effective immigration law advocate. This training is designed to help prepare legal advocates to become Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited. BIA accreditation allows non-lawyers to practice immigration law and assist survivors with obtaining lawful immigration status without the abuser’s knowledge or consent.

Topics covered shall include: an overview of the immigration system and laws, immigrating through marriage and other family relationships, grounds of inadmissibility and removability, immigration remedies under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA and U status), adjustment of status, BIA recognition and accreditation and ethical considerations in working with immigration cases.

The training will be interactive with group and individual exercises and several opportunities for discussion and information sharing. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up to receive an individual consultation on assembling their BIA recognition and accreditation applications. This is a two-day training, and participants will be required to attend both days of the training.

Faculty members include Kristina Karpinski, Susan Schreiber and Silvana Arista of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and Cecelia Levin of ASISTA Immigration Assistance. CLINIC and ASISTA assists DV and SA advocates with obtaining BIA recognition for their agency and BIA accreditation for themselves as staff working for those agencies.

This training is open to Legal Assistance for Victims, Rural Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence and Stalking grantees and partners, as well as recipients of the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program (STOP) sub grantees. The grantees referenced above will have priority for the training. If OVW Technical Assistance providers and other OVW grantees are interested in participating, they will be admitted if space is available. Registration is limited to 38 participants. Up to two participants from the same organization/agency are permitted to register. If there are more than two participants from the same organization/agency interested in attending, we will place them on a waiting list and contact them if additional spaces become available.

Please note that this training is open solely to non-lawyer legal advocates who are seeking initial BIA accreditation.

Please register no later than April 8, 2016 at: https://cliniclegal.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=405
Please let us know in the registration form if you need any accommodations, such as wheelchair access, spoken language or ASL interpreters, large font handouts, or any other assistance.

If you have any questions about the training or registration form, please contact: Silvana Arista of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) at 301-565-4827 or via Email at sarista@cliniclegal.org.

News From Our Ohio Task Force Commanders

Drug Task Force Director Sees Heroin Increase In County

Heroin is killing this county.

That was the message shared with the public at the Community Resource Center Friday by Brian McLaughlin, county Drug Task Force (DTF) director, who offered a look at the various drugs being used in the area. Although he also discussed the dire effects of cocaine, crack cocaine and methamphetamines, McLaughlin told the group, “Heroin is literally killing us.”

He related a drastic increase in heroin use since the start of the task force, asking, “What the heck happened?”

To answer that question, McLaughlin first explained the reason most people become addicted to heroin, saying most start with pain pills that were legally prescribed for some ailment or another.

After a while, the patient builds up a tolerance to the pills and needs more, until it takes 15 to 20 per day to do the job, which McLaughlin noted “gets expensive.”

At that point, he said, “Someone says, ‘It’s only $20 for this bag, and it does the same thing,’ and you’re off on the heroin.”

He said doctors have often been “way over-prescribing” the pain medication Oxycontin which can lead to the desire for more medication but said some changes are being made in regulations regarding the drug. McLaughlin said a member of the county’s Special Response Team who is also a medic recently offered a startling revelation about the use of heroin, saying he doesn’t remember working a shift during which he didn’t have to revive someone from a heroin overdose.

Some in the audience were astounded by the facts McLaughlin offered, including those who had never seen a marijuana leaf or a rock of crack cocaine which he passed around, and those who could not believe a sugar packet-sized package of cocaine goes for $100 on the street and equates to one use for many addicts.

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