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Learning Management System Bids Sought
The Division of Criminal Justice Services seeks bids for the procurement of a learning management system to meet the education and training needs of criminal justice professionals the agency serves. The agency aims to procure the system so it is operation by late summer or early fall of 2021.
Key features of the learning management system must include: course delivery; community engagement; content management; complete set of authoring tools; role-based permissions; assessments; social learning and collaboration tool; mobile-first experience; SaaS deployment; integrated web-conferencing; browser-based functionality; desktop and application sharing; document uploads in a variety of formats ( PPT, PDF, image files); collaborative whiteboards; group interaction and status (raise hand features/away status, etc.); room and moderator chat; polling; breakout rooms with video capability; phone dial-in capability; attendance reports; Mp4 recordings; integrated course registration; course catalog; self-registration; reporting; progress tracking; certificates; and notifications. The system should be able to accommodate up to 500 contemporaneous users and all implementation requirements should be clearly outlined and client responsibilities clearly defined.
Any questions about this procurement must be submitted in writing to Patricia.Clements@dcjs.ny.gov as state law prohibits agency staff from communicating directly with any one vendor to answer questions or discuss an RFP. All questions received and responses to them will be posted here for potential bidders to review on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
Responses to the RFP are due no later than close of business on June 30, 2021. The complete solicitation is available in the New York State Contract Reporter.
New York State’s SNUG Street Outreach program featured in national report
The Giffords Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s latest report – America at a Crossroads: Reimagining Federal Funding to End Community Violence – features the SNUG Street Outreach program as an example of effective use of federal funding to target community violence.
The Division of Criminal Justice Services partners with the state Office of Victim Services to fund and support the SNUG program, which operates in 12 communities across the state that have high rates of gun violence: Albany, the Bronx, Buffalo, Hempstead, Mt. Vernon, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Troy, Wyandanch and Yonkers.
SNUG street outreach workers detect, interrupt and intervene in high-risk disputes to prevent retaliation through mediation, mentoring and access to resources and services, including education assistance, drug and alcohol counseling, and job readiness training.
Social workers and case managers at SNUG sites work to address trauma individuals face due to long-term exposure to gun violence and provides help and support to improve lives and strengthen neighborhoods impacted by crime. The staffers provide mental health counseling and other services to individuals and families, and social workers also are embedded at trauma centers serving SNUG sites to reach victims and families in the immediate aftermath of violence and connect them with services and support from SNUG site-based social workers and case managers after discharge.
The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights work of the Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank, Research Consortium in promoting evidence-based policy making
Created by the Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank and Research Consortium promote and expand the use of data-driven research and evidence-based programs by criminal justice professionals.
Pew’s article, New York’s Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank Builds Evidence of Public Safety Best Practices, highlights that work.
The Division of Criminal Justice Services is one of 10 states participating in the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. Through the initiative, DCJS developed a comprehensive framework to help agency decision makers use an evidence-based framework when making strategic decisions about programming and funding decisions. The goal is to implement, fund and support programs that work and are cost effective.
New York also is part of the Results First Exemplar Network and is considered an ambassador for evidence-based decision making. New York assists other states with this work and receives additional training and support through Results First because of that status, which allows it to further explore and strengthen evidence-based policymaking efforts.
Non-New York State convictions that may prohibit firearms possession or obtaining firearm permits
State law requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services to maintain and annually publish a list of non-New York State convictions that include the essential elements of a “serious offense” in New York that may prohibit individuals from possessing firearms or obtaining pistol permits if the non-New York State conviction occurs on or after April 3, 2021.
Requesting expungement and destruction of certain marijuana conviction records
State law permits individuals convicted of Penal Law sections 221.05 and 221.10 to ask the court where the conviction occurred to expunge and destroy their criminal history records related to these charges. Individuals seeking destruction of those conviction records must make a formal request through the state Office of Court Administration (OCA).
Please visit the OCA website for more information about how to make this request. It is important to note that convictions of Penal Law sections 221.05 and 221.10 have been sealed. This means that all of the arrest, court, prosecution and criminal history records related to those convictions are confidential and cannot be seen except under the following circumstances:
• If an individual is applying for a job as a police or peace officer; and,
• If an individual is applying for a pistol permit.
Individuals who are satisfied with the confidentiality that record sealing already provides are not required to apply for expungement or destruction of conviction records.
COVID-19-related guidance for law enforcement professionals available through the Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank
The Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank includes a special section featuring COVID-19-related guidance, resources and links exclusively for law enforcement professionals.
The COVID-19 Resources section includes guidance and protocols issued by the Division of Criminal Justice Services, state Department of Health and other state agencies, as well as information from professional associations representing police chiefs, probation officers, district attorneys and sheriffs, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Created by the Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank allows police, prosecutors and probation professionals to share promising and innovative programs and practices designed to reduce crime and recidivism.
The Knowledge Bank also features links to national criminal justice resources and information about the Criminal Justice Research Consortium, which connects these professionals with academics across the state to research and develop evidence-based approaches to address specific public safety issues in their communities.
Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank
COVID-19 Resources for Law Enforcement