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The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) system was originally created in 1994 as a program of National Institute of Justice’s Office of Science and Technology. The NLECTC System plays a critical role in enabling NIJ to carry out its critical mission to assist state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement, corrections and other criminal justice agencies in addressing their technology needs and challenges.
The NLECTC System provides:
- Scientific and technical support to NIJ’s research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) projects.
- Support for the transfer and adoption of technology into practice by law enforcement and corrections agencies, courts and crime laboratories.
- Assistance in developing and disseminating equipment performance standards and technology guides.
- Assistance in the demonstration, testing and evaluation of criminal justice tools and technologies.
- Technology information and general and specialized technology assistance.
- Assistance in setting NIJ’s research agenda by convening practitioner-based advisory groups to help to identify criminal justice technology needs and gaps.
The NLECTC System recently completed a reorganization. It has realigned its outreach efforts into three new centers serving different demographic regions of the public safety community: the States, Major Cities and Counties Regional Center; the Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center; and the Alaska Regional Center.