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Public Safety Partnership Supports Compton in Fight Against Gang Violence
With support from the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP), gang-related crimes in Compton, CA, have dropped dramatically and gang members have taken notice of the increased presence of federal law enforcement resources.
BJA's Problem-Solving Justice Initiative accepting applications for assistance
BJA's Problem-Solving Justice Initiative offers no-cost assistance to courts interested in launching a community court. Community courts are neighborhood-focused court programs that combine the power of the community and the justice system to address local problems. The Center for Court Innovation, as the initiative's national training and technical assistance provider, will offer hands-on planning and implementation support to up to five jurisdictions in 2019. Apply here.
BJA's VALOR Officer Safety And Wellness Program Trains Over 50,000 Officers
The VALOR Program, the flagship program of the VALOR Initiative, provides training and technical assistance at no cost to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies upon request. Its core curriculum focuses on four challenges to officer wellness, identified through research: suicide prevention, vehicle-related injuries and deaths, assaults against officers, and job-related stress.
DOJ BJA's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Helps Bring Serial Killer Samuel Little to Justice
The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), an innovative BJA program that is helping law enforcement agencies nationwide test rape kits and close cold case sexual assaults and homicides, is one of the critical investigative tools that led authorities to believe Samuel Little may be the worst serial killer in American history, by enabling police across the country to corroborate at least 34 of Little's confessions.
View special notices regarding Justice Assistance Grant award conditions
Submit your nominations for the 2018 Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery to recognize our nation's law enforcement for courageous actions performed in the line of duty.
The FY 2019 CTAS opportunity provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia an opportunity to apply for funding to aid in developing a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization. View the solicitation, learn about and register for pre-application webinars, and view additional resources.
Read the November 21, 2018 press release to learn about grant funding awarded by BJA and the National Institute of Justice to provide services designed to protect law enforcement officers and improve overall public safety.
BJA has awarded almost $43 million via 32 grants to support the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), an effort to strengthen jurisdictions’ capacity to act on evidence resulting from sexual assault kits. Learn more about SAKI and the FY 2018 awards.
With support from BJA, the Police Executive Research Forum conducted a multi-year project to assess homicide investigation practices in five cities: Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, and Pittsburgh. This report summarizes the lessons learned from those studies.
Developed by the Major Cities Chiefs Association with support from BJA, this resource outlines actions and activities that are relatable agency to agency and that have contributed to successful crime-fighting strategies throughout the country.
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