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JAG State Solicitation Released

BJA has released the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program FY 2014 State Solicitation. Applications are due June 3, 2014.

OJP Releases API of Grant Award Data

In keeping with President Obama’s Digital Government Strategy, the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) recently published an application programming interface (API) that provides access to 20 years of OJP Grant Awards Data (1993–2013) in open, machine-readable formats, including current-year grant awards data that is updated daily.

Press Release: Guidance for Planning Large-Scale Events Released

OJP/BJA released guidance for law enforcement and local governments for planning and managing large-scale events. The guidance includes three documents synthesizing best practices relating to security planning. They are the result of an analysis of information provided from the Tampa, Florida, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina police departments as they planned and executed operations for the 2012 Presidential Nominating Conventions.

New Resource for Faith and Community Organizations

BJA partnered with DOJ’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to develop Faith and Communities in Action: A Resource Guide for Increasing Partnership Opportunities to Prevent Crime and Violence. The guide is designed to provide useful information to faith and community-based organizations working on building capacity, improving partnerships, and effectively applying for and managing grants.

New BJA NTTAC Lead/Deputy Program Manager

BJA Director Denise E. O'Donnell announced that beginning July 18, Suzette McLeod will be joining the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) contractor team as the BJA NTTAC Lead and Deputy Program Manager. Read more

State Fact Sheets Now Available

BJA is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource for the field—the BJA State and Territory Fact Sheets. The fact sheets provide a snapshot of state and territory statistics related to BJA investments, Byrne JAG Program highlights, crime trends, and related criminal justice information. BJA hopes these fact sheets will be useful to criminal justice agencies, as they can easily obtain and reference criminal justice data from state to state for a variety of purposes.

2014 Hate Crimes Summit
Dates: 5/6/2014 - 5/6/2014
Location: Towson, MD

Drug/Terrorist & Criminal Interdiction Training Conference
Dates: 6/15/2014 - 6/19/2014
Location: Austin, TX

Public Safety Writers Association Annual Conference
Dates: 7/10/2014 - 7/13/2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV

2014 International Terrorism and Organized Crime Conference
Dates: 8/11/2014 - 8/15/2014
Location: West Covina, CA

Air Domain
Dates: 8/12/2014 - 8/13/2014
Location: Nashville, TN

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InnerChange Freedom Initiative (Minnesota)
A voluntary, faith-based prisoner reentry program that attempts to prepare inmates for reintegration into the community, employment, family, and other significant relationships through educational, values-based programming.

Too Good for Drugs—Middle School
A school-based drug prevention program designed to reduce students’ intention to use alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs, while promoting prosocial attitudes, skills, and behaviors.

Teenage Health Teaching Modules
A comprehensive school health curriculum for grades 6 to 12. By addressing various health issues, the curriculum aims to positively affect student health knowledge, attitudes, practices, and behaviors.

Indigent Defense for Homicide Cases (Philadelphia, Penn.)
Indigent defense involves the constitutionally mandated free representation of individuals accused of crimes who are unable to afford private representation. Since 1993, every fifth murder case is sequentially assigned at the preliminary arraignment to be represented by attorneys from the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Public Surveillance Cameras (Baltimore, Maryland)
Public surveillance systems include a network of cameras and components for monitoring, recording, and transmitting video images. The ultimate goal of installing public surveillance cameras throughout the city of Baltimore, Md., was to reduce the historically high levels of crime in the city.

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Assessing and Managing the Terrorism Threat, (NCJ 210680), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Joel Leson, September 2005. Presents the essential components of risk assessment and management, including criticality, threat, and vulnerability assessments, countermeasure identification, risk calculation, and critical infrastructure and key asset inventory. This monograph, one of four Promising Practices Briefs from the Post 9-11 Policing Project, discusses the challenging demands on law enforcement to effectively and efficiently collect, assess, disseminate, and act on intelligence information regarding transnational and domestic terrorist threats.

Engaging the Private Sector To Promote Homeland Security: Law Enforcement-Private Security Partnerships, (NCJ 210678), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Andrew Morabito and Sheldon Greenberg, September 2005. Describes the advantages of law enforcement-private security partnerships in helping to prevent terrorism and terror-related acts and protect the nation’s infrastructure. This monograph, one of four Promising Practices Briefs from the Post 9-11 Policing Project, reviews the background of law-enforcement-private security partnerships, discusses why these partnerships are important to homeland security, provides nine guidelines for collaboration, and profiles a number of local and regional programs and initiatives, state, and federal programs.

Intelligence-Led Policing: The New Intelligence Architecture, (NCJ 210681), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Marilyn Peterson, September 2005. Discusses the strengths and pitfalls of traditional intelligence-led policing and the need for fundamental change in the way information is gathered, assessed, and redistributed in the light of new dangers presented by terrorism. This monograph, one of four Promising Practices Briefs from the Post 9-11 Policing Project, elucidates the issues, explains how we got where we are today and what we need to do to improve safety.

Mutual Aid: Multijurisdictional Partnerships for Meeting Regional Threats, (NCJ 210679), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Phil Lynn, September 2005. Presents numerous examples of the efforts of regions across the country to work in collaborative partnerships across jurisdictions. This monograph, one of four Promising Practices Briefs from the Post 9-11 Policing Project, provides agencies interested in taking a more regional approach to terrorism prevention, preparedness, and response, with varied initiatives upon which to base mutual aid agreement proposals.

Solutions for Safer Communities: Annual Reports to Congress 2006 and 2007, (NCJ 225799), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2010. This annual report describes the mission, goals, and structure of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the funding and technical assistance that BJA provided to State and local criminal justice systems in fiscal years 2006 and 2007 to support initiatives in every area of the justice system.

BJA 2008 Annual Report to Congress, (NCJ 228734), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2010. This annual report describes the mission and goals of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the funding and technical assistance that BJA provided to state and local criminal justice systems in fiscal year 2008 to support initiatives in every area of the justice system.

Role of Law Enforcement in Public Health Emergencies: Special Considerations for an All-Hazards Approach, (NCJ 214333), Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2006. This report describes the role of law enforcement during public health emergencies, mass vaccinations, voluntary restrictions, and quarantines; securing the perimeter of contaminated areas and securing health care facilities; controlling crowds; investigating scenes of suspected biological terrorism; and protecting national stockpiles of vaccines or other medicines.

Fusion Center Technology Guide, (NCJ 233419), Bureau of Justice Assistance, April 2009. This report highlights the purpose of the fusion center, to provide an aggregation, analysis, and dissemination point for classified and unclassified data relevant to “all-crimes” and “all-hazards” intelligence approaches.

State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program, (NCJ 192165), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2002. Discusses the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program, a BJA-funded program that provides training in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting extremist criminal activity.

Role of Information Sharing in Counter-Terrorism Investigation and Prevention: An Interview With Director Richard A. Marquise, Discussion with Richard A. Marquise, Director of the SLATT® [State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training] Program and former FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] agent, about his experience with counter-terrorism prevention and investigation.
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