BJA's Justice Today
October 2010
In the Spotlight

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) In response to the need for critical information on violence against the police, BJA has awarded $467,312 to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to launch the Center for the Prevention of Violence Against the Police. This Center is designed to reduce the frequency and severity of felonious assaults on law enforcement officers by providing: data collection on the key variables that are present when a felonious assault on an officer occurs; analysis of why the felonious incidents occur; and a translation of the data and analysis into guidance on the steps officers can take to avoid injury or death. This data analysis and research will also be used to inform federal, state, local, and tribal policies and training that will prevent or mitigate officer injuries. In addition, the Center will develop a web site or clearinghouse to distribute timely and relevant reports and analysis to the law enforcement community, its governing bodies, jurisdictional risk managers, procurement officials, and the safety and medical communities at large. Designed as a multi-year effort, the Center for the Prevention of Violence Against the Police is anticipated to reduce the number of felonious assaults on officers, reduce costs to governments, and increase community safety.

News You Can Use

Visit BJA at IACP
At the IACP Annual Conference in Orlando, meet Acting Director Jim Burch and other BJA staff at the OJP exhibit booth, #2601, on Monday, October 25, from 10:30-12:30.

Save the Date!
On December 6-8, 2010 in Washington, DC, BJA will host a National Conference: Advancing Justice Through Evidence and Innovation. More information will soon be available on the BJA web site.

Law Enforcement/Mental Health Partnership Program
BJA, the Justice Center, and the Police Executive Research Forum have partnered to examine and improve law enforcement-mental health collaborations. The Law Enforcement/Mental Health Partnership Program builds on the successes of individual communities across the country to address law enforcement encounters involving people with mental illnesses. The program provides resources for law enforcement leaders and community partners to (1) develop and enhance initiatives that allow easier access for law enforcement to connect people with mental illnesses to much-needed services, and (2) minimize the likelihood that law enforcement encounters will result in injury or death.

Grants and Funding

In FY 2010, BJA and its partner, the National Institute of Justice, awarded more than $43,452,255 in officer safety-related initiatives, including more than $30 million to reimburse agencies for the purchase of body armor, respond to line of duty deaths, deconfliction efforts, and technology development.

All BJA FY 2010 grant awards have been announced and are available at

Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program
Enacted in 1976, the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death, disability, and education benefits to those eligible for the program. For details regarding these federal benefits for law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders killed or catastrophically disabled in the line of duty, call the PSOB Office toll-free at 888–744–6513 or 202–307–0635, or visit the PSOB web site.

Did You Know?

In FY 2010, BJA launched a major new officer safety initiative to reduce and prevent law enforcement officer injuries and line of duty deaths. This initiative, named VALOR, is designed to prevent violence against law enforcement officers and ensure officer resilience and survivability following violent encounters during the course of their duties. Training will cover topics such as how to anticipate and survive a violent encounter by using "The Deadly Mix" framework (officer, offender, and circumstances that brought them together), techniques for identifying concealed weapons/armed gunmen, high-risk tactical considerations, and specific threat groups including domestic and international terrorists and other violent criminals and extremists. Other components in addition to training may also be added in the future.
VALOR: Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability

Featured Program

Southwest Border High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) seal In FY 2009, under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), BJA awarded $2,864,605 to the Chula Vista Police Department, on behalf of the Southwest Border High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), to fund the San Diego Regional Cross Border Chula Vista Police Department badge Violence Project. With a primary goal of retaining six positions and creating four positions, this project was designed to control, reduce, and prevent criminal narcotics activity, including drug-related crime and violence along the Southern border region of the United States. Just eight months into the grant project, the task force touts a number of successes, including: thwarting seven kidnappings and two murders in the U.S. and preventing two murders in Mexico; the execution of a search warrant that led to the recovery, in Mexico, of a student abducted at the border and the arrest of four people involved in the crime; and the seizure of significant amounts of narcotics, weapons, and cash.

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