Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

National Institute of Justice Examines Use Of 3d Printers In Crime-Solving

WASHINGTON – The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice today published an article online that provides an overview of how 3D printing technology is being used by criminal justice practitioners in firearm identification. The NIJ-funded research determines best practices and provides credibility for use of the technology in a forensic science capacity.
TITLE:       “The Next Generation of Crime Tools and Challenges: 3D Printing”

AUTHORS:        National Institute of Justice

The point of contact for this advisory is Sheila Jerusalem, public affairs specialist, Office of Communications, OJP. She can be reached at or 202-598-0793.

Nebraska Man Sentenced to Prison for Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

A Nebraska man was sentenced today to six years in prison for child pornography offenses, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Robert C. Stuart of the District of Nebraska.

Robert Louis Bergstrom, 47, of Omaha, Nebraska, pleaded guilty on July 20, to receipt and distribution of child pornography.  U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. of the District of Nebraska sentenced Bergstrom and also ordered him to serve 10 years of supervised release.

In May 2016, law enforcement identified an IP address belonging to Bergstrom’s residence as sharing child pornography images on a peer-to-peer file sharing network.  Devices seized from his home during a federal search warrant in August 2016 contained numerous videos and images constituting child pornography.  When interviewed by law enforcement, Bergstrom admitted that he had specifically searched for and downloaded child pornography.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the FBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The matter is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney William M. Grady of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Norris of the District of Nebraska.  Trial Attorney Jessica L. Urban of CEOS also served as a member of the prosecution team at earlier stages of the litigation.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Attorney General Sessions Announces $98 Million To Hire Community Policing Officers

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced $98,495,397 in grant funding through the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The Attorney General announced funding awards to 179 law enforcement agencies across the nation, which allows those agencies to hire 802 additional full-time law enforcement officers.

“Cities and states that cooperate with federal law enforcement make all of us safer by helping remove dangerous criminals from our communities,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Today, the Justice Department announced that 80 percent of this year’s COPS Hiring Program grantees have agreed to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in their detention facilities. I applaud their commitment to the rule of law and to ending violent crime, including violent crime stemming from illegal immigration. I continue to encourage every jurisdiction in America to collaborate with federal law enforcement and help us make this country safer.”

CHP provides grant funding directly to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to support hiring additional law enforcement officers for three years to address specific crime problems through community policing strategies.

In September, the Justice Department announced additional priority consideration criteria for FY2017 COPS Office grants. Applicants were notified that their application would receive additional points in the application scoring process by certifying their willingness to cooperate with federal immigration authorities within their detention facilities. Cooperation may include providing access to detention facilities for an interview of aliens in the jurisdiction’s custody and providing advance notice of an alien’s release from custody upon request. Eighty percent of the awarded agencies received additional points based on their certifications of willingness to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The complete list of award recipients can be found here.

The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing officers, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing.