Volume 13, Issue 9

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

October 24, 2016

News and Announcements

Ohio Law Enforcement Agency Certification Stats

Agency Applications Approved: 214
Agencies Earning Provisional Certification: 31
Agencies Earning Final Certification: 68

For more information about the Law Enforcement Certification process, click HERE.


DOJ Launches Effort to Collect Data on Use-of-Force By Law Enforcement

Earlier this week the Department of Justice announced plans to enable collection of nationwide data on law enforcement interactions with civilians including a database on use-of-force by law enforcement officers.

“Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed and productive discussion about community-police relations,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a press release. “The initiatives we are announcing today are vital efforts toward increasing transparency and building trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve.  In the days ahead, the Department of Justice will continue to work alongside our local, state, tribal and federal partners to ensure that we put in place a system to collect data that is comprehensive, useful and responsive to the needs of the communities we serve.”

This information will be collected as part of the National Use of Force Data Collection, which is an online portal run by the FBI, to collect data from law enforcement agencies across the country. For more information about the efforts involved in this data collection, click here.


U.S. Violence Rates Flat Last Year, Victim Survey Says

Violent crime levels did not rise last year in the United States, an annual federal survey on victimization reported October 20, 2016.

The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) administered by the Justice Department said that last year’s violent crime rate was 18.6 victimizations per 1,000 people age 12 or older, sharply lower than the 79.8 per 1,000 rate of the modern-day high point of crime in the nation, 1993.

NCVS includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault in its violent crime category, but it does not include homicide because it is based on asking a sample of U.S. households if their members have been crime victims in the past year.

A significant exception to the overall flat crime rate reflected in NCVS came in the categories of intimate partner violence (offenses by current or former spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends), which rose from 634,610 to 806,050 last year, and rape, which jumped from 234,350 to 431,840.

The victim survey differs from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), which is based on reports from local law enforcement agencies.

Last month, the FBI reported that violent crime totals last year rose 3.9 percent, including a homicide increase of 10.8 percent.
Criminologists say that the two reports are not necessarily contradictory, because Americans report crimes to local law enforcement at varying rates.

NCVS is considered a more complete report because it includes the many offenses that are not reported to police. NCVS estimates a violent crime total of a little over 5 million last year (not including homicides). The FBI report gives the total as 1,197,704.

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Attorney General’s Office Regional Community Leadership Engagements

Do you serve or mentor youth and/or adults interested in justice, equity, safety and rights? If so, we would like to enhance your ability to direct those you serve to the best possible knowledge and understanding of resources available. It is the priority of my office to ensure that every Ohioan knows how to access the programs and services available to them through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The Regional Community Leadership Engagements are focused on sharing information to help protect Ohio communities. The half-day symposium style event will take place throughout the state of Ohio. Representatives from several areas of the Attorney General’s Office will discuss civil rights, consumer protection, crime victim services, and other topics of interest.

The “kickoff” for the Regional Community Leadership Engagements will be held in central Ohio on November 2, 2016, from 9AM-12PM, at the OSU African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43203. To RSVP for this event, click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8LJDH9Q.

We invite you and anyone interested in creating a better future for Ohio to participate. Additionally our office conducts more detailed presentations and you will be able to request this at a later date.

Please contact Venica Miller at Venica.Miller@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or 614-466-5610 with any questions.


Training/Technical Assistance

Free Grant Writing Seminars

OCJS will host free Grant Writing training sessions throughout the remainder of 2016 on November 9. The trainings will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Department of Public Safety 1970 W. Broad St. Columbus. 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. To register, click here, select new user and follow the instructions given. Space is limited to the first 30 registered participants. Contact Melissa Darby at mbdarby@dps.ohio.gov or Jacquetta Al-Mubaslat at jal-mubaslat@dps.ohio.gov with any questions.


Join NCJA for a Webinar on Tools for Improving Community Policing

Join NCJA for a webinar on Improving Community Policing with Intelligence Led Public Safety on November 2 from 3:00 -4:00 PM ET.  With ever-changing technology in public safety, how does your agency manage its data and the data coming in from the community? Join speakers from Motorola Solutions on this webinar to discover how your agencies data combined with community engagement can improve the safety of your city by using Intelligence Public Safety Solutions.


Family Law Survival Kit: Tipping the scales in favor of domestic violence survivors who have mental health concerns

November 1st, 2016 / 2:00-3:30 pm EST

It is all too common for perpetrators of domestic violence to emotionally harm their partners and then to use the depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. that they caused as justification for taking away survivors’ children. Too often survivors have to navigate a complex family law process without legal representation and without support. The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project in King County, WA created Family Law Toolkits for domestic violence advocates, attorneys, mental health service providers, and survivors. These tools enable survivors of domestic violence, particularly those with mental health concerns, to access the information, resources, and support they need to navigate the family law system successfully, and to protect themselves and their children from further harm. The scales of justice have not been balanced; we are tipping them by joining together. During this webinar, we will introduce the Family Law Toolkits, discuss why they are needed, and how to utilize them to improve outcomes for adults and children who have experienced domestic violence. We will also be sharing our new, free templates that you can use to adapt our tools for the needs of your community.

Learn more and register now!


Spotlight on Communities of Promise: Accessing Safety in Hennepin County (Minnesota)

November 15th, 2016 / 2:00-3:30 pm EST (Webinar)

Accessing Safety in Hennepin County is a collaboration between The Arc Greater Twin Cities (The Arc) and the Sexual Violence Center (SVC). The purpose of Accessing Safety in Hennepin County is to make The Arc and SVC safe places for people with developmental disabilities who are victims of sexual violence. During this webinar, learn more about the work of Accessing Safety in Hennepin County and their work to make the services at both organizations empowering for victims of sexual violence with developmental disabilities so that they have the skills and resources they need to heal. You will learn about their needs assessment process conducted in the summer of 2015 and the development of a strategic plan that outlines five initiatives to improve services. The webinar will include a history of this collaboration, why they choose to work together to support victim/survivors with disabilities, and the ways in which both organizations have benefited from a formal collaboration including tools that were developed as a result of the collaborations work.

Learn more and register now!


Racial Intelligence Training for EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

It’s time to look at cultural diversity thru a new lens, that improves implicit bias and internal communication. Leaders will discover how the (6) modules of Emotional Intelligence (EI), and Social Intelligence (SI), combined with the RITE Tools, will improve their life. This recipe drives individual performance, towards agency success.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is being aware of our emotions, acknowledging that emotions can drive behavior which impacts others (positively and negatively). Social Intelligence (SI) is how we effectively navigate and negotiate all social
relationships and situations. This is especially needed as a Leader.

Racial Intelligence (RI) combines EI and SI with the RITE Tools, like the Emotional Energy Ladder. The 6-hour training is for the key leaders in your agency. RITE teaches Emotional and Social communication skills to de-escalate situations, improve career resiliency, and build leadership skills that drive agency success.

Preventing the Block-Out Syndrome, Avoids Negative Media in Your Department!

• Improved communication to De-escalation skill building techniques
• Officer Health and Wellness – 6th Pillar of 21st Century Policing
• Biased Policing Vs. Racial Intelligence Policing

$275pp for 1 or 2 $200pp for 3 or more from the same agency.
VISIT www.RITEacademy.com/EVENTS for Dates and Details
Easy online Registration. To register, click here.


Racial Intelligence TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Cultural diversity training, that improves officer wellness and implicit bias internal communication, is here. In this 2-day training, instructors learn how to personally use, and teach, the (6) modules of Emotional Intelligence (EI), and Social Intelligence (SI), combined with unique RITE Tools. Helping officers build skills for De-escalation, Officer wellness, and Career resiliency, that will resonate throughout the department.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is being aware of our emotions, knowing that emotions drive behavior which impacts others (good and bad). Social Intelligence (SI) is how we effectively navigate and negotiate all outside relationships and situations.

Working with unique individual RITE tools, in class (and beyond) for continued EI and SI learning, is the key to RITE
success. This lays the groundwork for positive employee engagement, and improved communication skills, at
work and at home. Officer wellness starts here!

INCLUDES: Instructor Manual, Trainer Tools, Power Point, Videos, Teaching aids, Evaluations, Exam, Certificates – TURN-KEY, EASY TO ROLL OUT FOR TRAINERS!

$675pp for 1 or 2 $600pp for 3 or more from the same agency
VISIT www.RITEacademy.com/EVENTS for Dates and Details
Easy online Registration. To register, click here.


Grant Funding

The Office of Criminal Justice Services will release the solicitation for the FY 2017 Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Grant Program on November 1, 2016.  The Request for Proposal (RFP) will be available at http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/solicitations.stm.

Applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. on December 8, 2016. The purpose of the federal FVPSA program is to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of programs and projects: to prevent incidents of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence; to provide immediate shelter, supportive services, and access to community-based programs for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents; and to provide specialized services for children exposed to family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, underserved populations, and victims who are members of racial and ethnic minority populations. For information regarding eligibility and application requirements as well as instructions on how to apply please access the RFP.