Volume 13, Issue 3

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

March 4, 2016

News and Announcements

Ohio Community-Police Relations Grant Program Solicitation

The Office of Criminal Justice Services has released the Ohio Community-Police Relations Grant Program solicitation. 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: ocjs.ohio.gov.


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


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, found at http://www.mncasa.org/false-reporting, 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.


House Committee Passes Second Chance Reauthorization Bill

Last month, the House Judiciary Committee passed by voice vote the Second Chance Act reauthorization bill. The bill, H.R. 3406, sponsored by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Danny Davis (D-IL), reauthorizes and updates the Second Chance Act programs, originally passed into law in 2008. Second Chance Act grants are discretionary grants awarded to federal, state, and local governments to help inmates successfully reintegrate into their communities upon release and avoid reoffending.

In addition to reauthorizing the grant programs, the bill consolidates some duplicative programs and allows nonprofit organizations to apply for certain grants. To ensure grant programs are better prepared to measure and track recidivism consistently over time, applicants who partner with local evaluators to develop data-collection systems and outcome evaluations will be prioritized for funding. The bill also authorizes separate planning grants for programs that use evidence-based practices that are most likely to reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes. The bill also would make federal prison inmates who are 60 years of age or older eligible for release to home detention after serving two-thirds of their sentence and give prison officials greater discretion in determining when older inmates who no longer pose a safety risk would be eligible for early release.

Click to read a section-by-section summary and one-page summary of the bill. Read more about Second Chance Act programs at the National Reentry Resource Center. NCJA joined with other groups in a sign-on letter.



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.


Seeking Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs

NCJA is seeking nominations for its annual NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards. These awards honor successful criminal justice programs that use promising practices to address important crime and justice issues in communities.
Programs are evaluated using the following criteria:

The NCJA will honor these winning programs during an Awards Luncheon at the 2016 National Forum on Criminal Justice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Travel expenses will be provided for one representative from each winning program.

NCJA wil host a webinar to help potential applicants craft their nomination packages. Join us for NCJA’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards: Tips and Tricks for Success, on February 24 at 2:00PM ET.

During this webinar NCJA Executive Director Cabell Cropper will discuss the elements that go into a submitting a successful Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award application package. He will outline what the evaluators look for in a winning program and what information can and should be included for your nomination materials. Using examples from previous winners, he will also discuss what makes a program stand apart from the other applicants. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Visit the NCJA website for more information about the Outstanding Criminal Justice Awards, including a nomination form. The deadline to submit nominations is April 15 at 5:00 PM ET.


Training/Technical Assistance

Free Grant Writing Seminars

The 2016 schedule will be announced shortly.


OAESV & ODVN Partner to Provide Legal Access Works Training

The Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network are holding free orientation sessions for advocacy organizations on our collaboration to provide on-going legal assistance to survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking.

We will cover information on how to screen and refer survivors to each of our programs, but we'll also cover other information including:

When: March 7 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Columbus State Library, 274 E. First Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201

Register HERE.


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.


Trauma-Informed Practices to Enhance Policy, Investigation, and Resolution of Gender-Based Misconduct

March 7th - March 8th, 2016 
Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

As the conversation around gender-based misconduct expands to the popular media, so does the pressure institutions of higher education face to address these issues in a compassionate, competent, and compliant manner. Campus professionals need to know how to work beyond their policies in order to effectively respond to gender-based violence.

Join the Victim Rights Law Center for a two-day conference to learn: 
The fundamentals of creating integrated, trauma-informed policies

This conference will draw from campus-specific examples to create sound, practical systems and will be beneficial to Title IX Coordinators, campus administrators, investigators, conduct board members, faculty, first responders, and general counsel. 

Registration Fee: $495 (A $50 per person discount will be applied when registering 3 or more people) 

Register HERE.


Grant Funding

Please see top story.


News From Our Ohio Task Force Commanders

Columbus Man Guilty on Drug Trafficking Charges

One of three men arrested during a raid at a home in South Point has been sentenced to prison after being convicted on drug charges.

Mark Smith, 65, of Columbus, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Last week during a two-day trial in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court, a jury found Smith guilty on 5 of 7 trafficking counts, according to court records.

Smith, Robert Duty, 51, of South Point, and the homeowner, William D. Yapp, 49, were arrested following the raid back in September.
The Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force initiated an investigation, after receiving multiple complaints of heroin being sold at Yapp’s residence on County Road 1.

Investigators say they seized $1800 in cash, heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana, digital scales and a gun at the home where Smith was arrested.

Prosecutors say Yapp and Robert have already pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin. They will be sentenced at a later date.