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Grants Awarded to Increase Law Enforcement Safety

BJA awarded more than $32.6 million to increase police officer safety and wellness in communities across the United States. The awards were funded under the Bulletproof Vest Partnership and Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative/VALOR programs. Funds were also awarded to continue the Blue Courage training program.


Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group Meeting Report Released

BJA and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services have released Officer Safety and Wellness Group Meeting Summary: Improving Law Enforcement Resilience - Lessons and Recommendations. This report summarizes the October 2016 OSW meeting during which participants discussed promising practices for supporting officer resilience.


Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit

Developed with funding support from BJA, the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit was created to promote learning about officer safety and encourage the leveraging of resources to augment state, local, and tribal efforts to promote officer safety.


Fentanyl: The Real Deal Video Released

As first responders are increasingly likely to encounter situations involving fentanyl, watch "Fentanyl: The Real Deal" and read additional safety recommendations to help keep first responders safe while in the line of duty. Learn more and watch the video.


The Truth About Fentanyl

Read a blog post by BJA Director Jon Adler to learn about BJA and other federal efforts to educate first responders on how to perform their duties safely in light of the threat of fentanyl exposure.


Visit the Funding page to see currently available opportunities as well as additional funding resources.

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See the Upcoming VALOR Events page for a list of upcoming trainings offered through the VALOR initiative.

Deborah Meader
Policy Advisor
202-305-2601
E-mail: deborah.meader@usdoj.gov

Michael Medaris
Senior Policy Advisor
202-616-8937
E-mail: Michael.Medaris@usdoj.gov

David Lewis
Acting Associate Deputy Director
202-616-7829
E-mail: David.P.Lewis@ojp.usdoj.gov

James Chavis
Senior Polcy Advisor
202-307-0688
E-mail: james.chavis@usdoj.gov

Linda Hammond-Deckard
Policy Advisor
202-514-6015
E-mail: Linda.Hammond-Deckard@usdoj.gov

Steven Edwards
Senior Policy Advisor
202-307-2601
E-mail: Steven.Edwards@usdoj.gov

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program
888-744-6513
E-mail: AskPSOB@usdoj.gov
https://psob.bja.ojp.gov/

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program, This fact sheet describes the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program (PSOB) and Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits (HHSB) Programs.
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Guide to Occupational Health and Safety for Law Enforcement Executives, (NCJ 233580), Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2010. With support from BJA, the Police Executive Research Forum has released, A Guide to Occupational Health and Safety for Law Enforcement Executives. This report emphasizes the critical role occupational health and safety programs play in protecting law enforcement personnel from the hazards they face in routine activities and during emergency events.
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Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program Educational Assistance Program, This fact sheet describes the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Educational Assistance Program (PSOEA) Program which provides an educational assistance allowance to eligible survivors of public safety officers whose deaths or permanent and total disabilities are the direct and proximate result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty.
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Officer Safety Initiatives, This fact sheet presents information about BJA's officer safety portfolio, which provides law enforcement executives and their officers with resources in tactical training and overall wellness.
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Reducing Officer Injuries Final Report: A Summary of Data Findings and Recommendations from a Multi-Agency Injury Tracking Study, This report provides an in-depth review of data collected during a study in which eighteen agencies tracked officer injuries over the course of 1 year. Also highlighted are other findings pertinent to injury trends and officer safety considerations.
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The Importance of Tracking Injuries, This fact sheet provides information and findings from a BJA-sponsored study conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police looking at officer injuries and the development of strategies to prevent such injuries.
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The Impact of Fitness and Weight on Injuries, This fact sheet provides information and findings from a BJA-sponsored study conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police looking at officer injuries and the impact fitness and officer weight had on such injuries.
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Can my organization apply for more than one category?  Answer

Can a subrecipient (a partner to a lead applicant) be listed as a subrecipient in more than one proposal?  Answer

I understand that VALOR is an existing program. Where can I learn more about the current VALOR program?  Answer

The solicitation states that there needs to be close coordination and collaboration between the different categories. Does this mean that we need to begin coordination during the application process?  Answer

All awardees are expected to attend quarterly in-person coordination meetings with BJA. Where will these meetings be held?  Answer

The funding amount listed under each category—is that the amount that will be awarded each year of the 2-year project period, or is that amount the total amount to be received for the 2 years?  Answer

Can I apply under this competitive solicitation to request funding to bring training and/or technical assistance to my area/department? Is this solicitation for requesting training funding?  Answer

Can an applicant propose to develop other deliverables in addition to the listed required deliverables?  Answer

Can funding be awarded to an applicant/entity that is not a U.S. applicant/entity if the activities will be done within the United States?  Answer

Can you tell me what the peer reviewers who review applications under this solicitation will be looking for during their review?  Answer

How can I get more information related to overhead and indirect costs, and any other budgetary issues?  Answer

Where can I learn about the current VALOR TTA program?  Answer

Can a proposed advisory board member also be one of the instructors or subject matter experts involved in the development and delivery of the TTA program?  Answer

What does “natural physiological response to stress” mean?  Answer

Category 2 mentions a trainings that addresses the need for an established response plan and accounts for other first responders (Fire/EMS). Does this mean that the training that includes Fire/EMS personnel as training participants?  Answer

Where can I learn about the current officer safety and wellness recognition program under VALOR?  Answer

Will the Category 3 awardee need to organize and hold the two national conferences mentioned under deliverable 4 of Category 3?  Answer

Should the kick-off meeting that is required with each pilot site be conducted together with all three sites, or individually – conducting three different kick-off meetings?  Answer

Can a proposed advisory board member also be one of the instructors or subject matter experts involved in the development and delivery of the TTA program?  Answer

Can a proposed advisory board member also be one of the instructors or subject matter experts involved in the development and delivery of the TTA program?  Answer

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Announcement:

National Officer Safety Initiatives Program

BJA has released the FY 2018 National Officer Safety Initiatives Program solicitation. This program enhances law enforcement safety and wellness and provides support to efforts, including training and technical assistance programs, strategically targeted to address law enforcement safety and wellness needs. Apply by: July 2, 2018.


Funding for Training and Technical Assistance Initiative Available

BJA has released the FY 2017 BJA: A National Training and Technical Assistance Initiative to Improve Police-Based Responses to People with Mental Health Disorders and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities funding opportunity. The National Center will assist BJA to coordinate and build upon existing assets and resources to serve police agencies and their mental health and social service partners. Apply by: August 22, 2017.


Funding Available for VALOR Program

BJA has released the FY 2017 National Initiatives: Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative. Through this opportunity, BJA is seeking applications under the following three categories: Law Enforcement and Community - Crisis Intervention Training Model; Law Enforcement Agency and Officer Resilience Training Program; and, Specialized Officer Safety and Wellness Topics - Training and Technical Assistance National Provider. Apply by: March 7, 2017.


Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative—VALOR Program Solicitation Released

BJA is seeking applications for the FY 2016 National Initiatives: Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative—VALOR Program. This national program seeks to improve the criminal justice system, enhance law enforcement safety and wellness, and provide support to efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address law enforcement safety and wellness needs. Applications are due April 21, 2016.


LE Officer Safety Awareness Message

BJA, through the VALOR Program, is working to improve immediate and long-term health, wellness, and safety of law enforcement professionals throughout our nation. Unfortunately, the number of law enforcement officer deaths is on the rise for 2014. Please partner with us in sharing this officer safety awareness message. Let’s continue to bring safety awareness to the forefront of all law enforcement agencies across the United States by spreading this message far and wide!


VALOR Webinar Available

BJA’s VALOR webinar, “Street Survival: Casualty Care,” is now online on the secure side of the VALOR web portal (www.valorforblue.org) under the Trainings tab (Online Training). Sign in (or register for an account) for access to this important officer safety webinar. Learn why self-aid/buddy-aid is important!


Police Magazine Features VALOR

In the May 2013 edition of Police Magazine, read the feature article "The DOJ's VALOR Training Initiative: The Justice Department's VALOR Initiative offers free officer safety training." Visit BJA's Officer Safety Initiatives page to learn more about VALOR, ALERRT, and other BJA-supported programs that help officers prevent, survive, and respond to violent encounters.


“Local authorities look to learn lessons from LAX shooting”

From myFOXAustin (Texas), November 1, 2013: “Active shooter situations, like the one Friday at the Los Angeles airport, are being analyzed locally to better prepare law enforcement across the country. Officers at Texas State's ALERRT program focus on taking down active shooters. What happened today will one day become a lesson plan. ‘That's what they do. They run to the sounds of gunfire...while everybody else is running away,’ Terry Nichols of Texas State's ALERRT Program said.” Read the full story and watch the news video or learn more about BJA’s Active Shooter Response Training.


Officer Safety Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2013 National Initiatives: Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative—VALOR solicitation. Applications are due May 2, 2013.


Funding:

National Officer Safety Initiatives Program
Application Deadline: 07/02/2018, 08:00 PM
BJA is seeking applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 National Officer Safety Initiatives Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by enhancing law enforcement safety and wellness; and providing support to efforts, including training and technical assistance programs, strategically targeted to address law enforcement safety and wellness needs.
Solicitation


FY 2017 National Initiatives: Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR)
Application Deadline: 03/07/2017, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for the FY 2017 National Initiatives: Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative. This national initiative furthers the Department’s mission by improving the criminal justice system; enhancing law enforcement safety, wellness, resilience, and survivability; and providing support to efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address law enforcement safety and wellness needs.
Solicitation


FY 2016 National Initiatives: Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative-VALOR Program
Application Deadline: 04/21/2016, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for the FY 2016 National Initiatives: Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative—VALOR Program. This national program furthers the Department’s mission by improving the criminal justice system, enhancing law enforcement safety and wellness, and providing support to efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address law enforcement safety and wellness needs.
Solicitation


National Center for Campus Public Safety FY 2013 Competitive Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/27/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for development and operation of a National Center for Campus Public Safety to support the field, foster collaboration, facilitate information sharing, and support policy development, model practices, operations, and research that will enhance the safety of the nation’s institutions of higher education.
Solicitation


National Initiatives: Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative—VALOR FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/02/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for a national officer safety and wellness training and technical assistance coordinator to continue, and enhance, the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) program.
Solicitation


FY 2012 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program
Application Deadline: 07/06/2012, 05:59 PM
The BVP Program provides funds to help jurisdictions provide bullet- and stab-resistant body armor for sworn law enforcement and corrections officers.
BVP Application System  BVP Application Checklist


Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/14/2012, 11:59 PM
This program provides support to state, local, and tribal efforts to reduce gun and gang-related violent crime.
Solicitation

 

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