BJA is offering training and technical assistance (TTA) for state and local agencies and organizations that need help in their efforts to prevent, investigate and prosecute mortgage fraud and crimes associated with vacant properties. BJA has established a consortium of national TTA providers with the expertise to respond to a variety of training and technical assistance needs. The consortium consists of the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the St. Petersburg College Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI). Available TTA resources include the following:
- NW3C offers a 3-day, face-to-face training on mortgage fraud to investigators and prosecutors, to help them effectively deal with mortgage fraud cases. NW3C will also connect investigators and prosecutors with subject matter experts to help answer case-related questions.
- CPSI provides a variety of training opportunities to criminal justice professionals, first responders, and the community. For mortgage fraud, CPSI provides an on-line resource for law enforcement and code compliance officers on how to combat problems in their communities due to the increase in foreclosed and abandoned properties.
- NCPC, through its nationally-recognized experts and master trainers, offers a training course to discuss the leading causes of abandoned and foreclosed property crime and mortgage fraud. The training includes using comprehensive Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles to address neighborhoods that are plagued with abandoned properties and foreclosed homes. The CPTED-based strategy is tailored to include law enforcement, city government, and leaders in each community.
- NDAA sponsors a series of 1-day and 3-day training courses for state and local prosecutors engaged in the investigation and prosecuting mortgage fraud. NDAA also will provide resources and case assistance to prosecutors and allied criminal justice professionals pursuing these mortgage fraud and vacant property crime cases.?
To request help with training and technical assistance, go to www.nw3c.org/mortgagefraud/.