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October 2012   
In the Spotlight

DOJ Announces FY 2012 Grants to Combat Intellectual Property Theft

BJA Deputy Director Mahoney, U.S. Attorney Rosenstein, and Attorney General Holder
BJA Deputy Director Mahoney, U.S. Attorney Rosenstein, and Attorney General Holder

On October 3, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sponsored a press event at Towson University in Baltimore County, Maryland to recognize BJA's FY 2012 Intellectual Property (IP) Theft Enforcement Program grant award recipients. Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, and U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein (District of Maryland) addressed approximately 60 attendees at this event, which included a roundtable with IP task forces, industry representatives, and other stakeholder groups. The roundtable explored the emergent threats to IP protection and the role of DOJ and law enforcement in assuring the security of our nation's creative and technological innovations. BJA's Deputy Director for Policy Kristen Mahoney participated in the roundtable discussion and joined AG Holder, DAG Cole, and U.S. Attorney Rosenstein in recognizing all of the FY 2012 grantees.

Read the press release.

News You Can Use

View OJP's Police Suicide Prevention Webcast
On October 10, OJP and the COPS Office teamed up with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on an Officer Safety and Wellness Police Suicide Webcast as part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of law enforcement officers.

Now Available: Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision
With support from BJA, the National Institute of Corrections, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Council of State Governments Justice Center released Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery.

BJA Is Now on Twitter!
TwitterFollow BJA on Twitter to receive the latest information on funding, training and technical assistance, and critical criminal justice events. 

Grants and Funding

Financial Management Training
The DOJ Regional Financial Management Training Seminar is now available online. This training—DOJ Grants Financial Management Online Training—is designed for individuals responsible for the financial administration of discretionary and/or formula grants awarded from OJP, the COPS Office, and the Office on Violence Against Women. In its 24 modules, the training emphasizes the basics of federal grants management. DOJ is offering this online version to give current grantees the ability to complete federal grants management training from their desktop rather than traveling to the onsite trainings.

FY 2012 Grant Awards
To search all OJP FY 2012 grants awarded by state, county, or congressional district, go the OJP web site.

This Month in Law Enforcement

November Is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month
BJA Programs Assist Law Enforcement Respond to Missing Persons with Dementia

Missing persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia present special challenges to the law enforcement community. With 5.4 million Americans of varying ages diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and 60 percent of them at risk of wandering or becoming lost or separated from their families or caregivers, BJA has taken steps to work with a variety of public agencies and non-profit organizations to create a collaboration of information and resources. These resources are designed to assist law enforcement take steps within their communities to proactively promote proven techniques to prevent incidents of wandering and, should an incident occur, prepare law enforcement for the search and rescue process.

IACP's Alzheimer's Initiatives
A project with IACP has resulted in a the development of a toolkit (model policy, risk assessment checklist, and more) and most recently has begun to offer comprehensive training for law enforcement and public safety personnel to help them respond appropriately to calls for service involving persons with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. To obtain a toolkit for your law enforcement agency or to register for an Alzheimer's training course, visit the IACP web site.

MedicAlert + safe return logoBJA continues to support the registry program and a variety of location management and locative technologies, such as Project Lifesaver and the Alzheimer's Association's Comfort Zone, designed to help monitor or locate missing persons with Alzheimer's disease. Work is nearing completion on an Internet-based portal connection between BJA's Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) and the MedicAlert® + safe return® program database, which will expedite law enforcement's ability to identify persons with Alzheimer's who are missing.

BJA awarded FY 2012 funds to develop protocols and guidance for law enforcement agencies in areas with a high percentage of their population over 65 years of age to develop community partnerships to create a local registry and be proactive in preventing persons from wandering and becoming lost. Additionally, a second project will promote the use of Silver Alert systems.

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?
At the IP grant award event, Deputy Attorney General Cole noted that IP grantees have reported seizing over $220 million in counterfeit merchandise and currency in the few years this grant program has been in existence. In addition, past grant awardees have arrested over 1,400 individuals for violation of IP laws, served over 345 state and local IP search warrants, and disrupted or dismantled almost 600 piracy/counterfeit organizations. Read the Deputy Attorney General's speech. Read more on BJA's IP Program.

Featured Program

BJA Supports New Law Enforcement Leadership Training
BJA is very excited to be on the cutting edge of how we educate our police officers. BJA is working with Michael Nila, retired police commander, and the Blue Courage Team to research and develop a transformational 2-day leadership development event—Blue Courage: The Heart and Mind of the Guardian—a breakthrough educational process for police officers. Blue Courage was born from the belief that how we have historically educated our police officers was good, but incomplete. It is our goal to close the gap and take a holistic approach to how we develop the men and women behind the badge. Blue Courage will include a wide range of topics that are essential to human effectiveness and foundational to sound policing. Topics will include: Police Culture, Policing with Respect, Resilience and Managing Stress, Courage, Positive Psychology, Understanding How the Brain Affects Performance, Identifying Strengths, Practical Wisdom, Deliberate Practice, and Health and Wellness. Stay tuned for more information on Blue Courage!

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