National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
At the core of the NLECTC System is the notion of "translational technology," or linking research with practice. As a program of the National Institute of Justice, the NLECTC System is the conduit between researchers and criminal justice professionals in the field for technology issues. NLECTC works with criminal justice professionals to identify urgent and emerging technology needs. NIJ sponsors research and development or identifies best practices to address those needs. NLECTC centers demonstrate new technologies, test commercially available technologies, and publish results — linking research with practice. Originally created in 1994 as a program of NIJ's Office of Science and Technology, the NLECTC System plays a crucial 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 includes the following centers: Justice Technology Information Center; Justice Innovation Center for Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Criminal Justice Agencies; National Criminal Justice Technology Research, Test ad Evaluation Center; Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence; and Criminal Justice Priority Technology Needs Initiative.