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Mental Health and Law Enforcement Fellow in the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice: An IPA Opportunity
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announces an exciting opportunity for an individual with demonstrated experience in specialized police-base responses to persons with mental disorders to assist BJA in enhancing its strategic efforts to strengthen law enforcement responses to the mentally ill. Read more >>

Combating Criminal Narcotics Activity
Read the Program Performance Update: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Combating Criminal Narcotics Activity Stemming from the Southern Border of the United States (CCNA) Program, October 2010–September 2011

Training and Technical Assistance
BJA's Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative developed the Responding to First Amendment-Protected Events—The Role of State and Local Law Enforcement Officers videos, which are designed to assist law enforcement personnel in: Understanding their roles and responsibilities as they prepare for and respond to a First Amendment-protected event; protecting the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of persons and groups participating in a First Amendment-protected event; and reinforcing fundamental concepts learned at law enforcement training academies and during in-service programs.

With BJA funding, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) provides training and technical assistance in the following areas: firearms interdiction, model law enforcement policies, special needs of small police departments, and antidrug activities involving illegal aliens.

The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) provides support to several national law enforcement programs, including the Center for Task Force Training (CenTF), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS), and the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), a partnership of federal law enforcement organizations, provides quality, cost-effective training for law enforcement professionals.

For detailed information on all BJA-sponsored training and technical assistance, visit BJA's Training & Technical Assistance page.


President Obama Hosts a Medal of Valor Ceremony

On May 16, 2016, President Barack Obama awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to 13 public safety officers who exhibited exceptional courage in saving and protecting others and whose heroic actions were above and beyond the call of duty. Read the White House advisory to learn about the recipients, see Attorney General Lynch’s prepared remarks, or watch the ceremony.

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) State Solicitation Now Available

BJA is seeking applications for funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program FY 2016 State Solicitation. The JAG Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to jurisdictions and supports a range of program areas. Applications are due June 30, 2016.

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Local Solicitation Released

BJA is seeking applications for funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program FY 2016 Local Solicitation. The JAG Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions and supports a range of program areas, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, drug treatment, and more. Applications are due June 30, 2016.

Tribal Justice System Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program Funding Available

BJA is seeking applications through the Tribal Justice System Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program. This program assists federally recognized Indian tribes in planning and implementing comprehensive strategies to reduce and control crime associated with alcohol and other drug abuse; and in developing, implementing, and enhancing American Indian and Alaska Native tribal justice systems. Applications are due June 2, 2016.

BJS JAG Report Released

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released "Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, 2014," which describes steps used in the JAG formula calculation process to determine award amounts for states, local governments, and territories. The report presents summary results of the FY 2014 allocation amounts.

Justice and Health Connect Web Site Launched

With support from BJA, the Vera Institute of Justice launched the Justice and Health Connect (JH Connect) web site, JH Connect provides a series of resources, with the aim of increasing agencies’ abilities to share data between community health and justice systems in a confidential, legal, and ethical way. The goal is to better serve people with behavioral and other health needs who come into contact with justice systems. Read more.

Fostering Processes of Reconciliation (Webinar)
Dates: 6/1/2016 - 6/1/2016
Location: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET,

Advanced Cold Case Long Term Missing Investigations
Dates: 6/2/2016 - 6/3/2016
Location: Pearl, MS

Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery and Resources (Webinar)
Dates: 6/2/2016 - 6/2/2016
Location: 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET,

Training Conference on Crime Victim Assistance
Dates: 6/2/2016 - 6/3/2016
Location: Boise, ID

International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) Conference
Dates: 6/5/2016 - 6/8/2016
Location: Grand Rapids, MI

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Milwaukee (Wis.) Homicide Review Commission (MHRC)
A program that provides a unique forum for addressing violence in Milwaukee, Wis., by engaging law enforcement and other stakeholders in the community to assess and evaluate the cause of homicides in efforts to prevent future incidents.

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.

Operation Hardcore (Los Angeles, CA)
A judicial intervention implemented to improve the prosecution of gang-related crimes. Selective prosecution through the use of specialized units designed to effectively convict gang members associated with gang-related crimes.

Community Trials Intervention to Reduce High-Risk Drinking (RHRD)
A multicomponent program for all ages that aims to reduce underage drinking, binge drinking, and drinking and driving by using environmental interventions and community mobilization to decrease formal, informal, and social access to alcohol. Its goal is to help communities prevent various types of alcohol-related accidents, violence, and injuries.

Operation Impact (Newark, New Jersey)
A saturation foot-patrol initiative implemented in Newark, New Jersey, in 2008.

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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.

Homicide Process Mapping: Best Practices for Increasing Homicide Clearances, This resource provides insight into "what works" in homicide investigations and identifies effective approaches and key elements of practice for managing these investigations. The resulting "process map" is offered as a guide for increasing clearances in U.S. law enforcement homicide investigations.

Ten Things Law Enforcement Executives Can Do To Positively Impact Homicide Investigation Outcomes, BJA-Sponsored, October 2013. This resource looks beyond clearance rates to offer a starting point for executives to extend their support of homicide investigations, investigators, and their communities.

Real Crimes in Virtual Worlds: An Interview With Dr. Brian Regli and Dr. Robert D'Ovidio , An interview with Dr. Brian Regli, Chief Executive Officer of Drakontas LLC, and Dr. Robert D’Ovidio, Associate Professor at Drexel University, about crime in virtual worlds and online gaming communities.
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Solutions for Safer Communities: BJA FY 2012 Annual Report to Congress, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2014. This Annual Report describes the funding, technical assistance, and diverse resources BJA provided to support jurisdictions in reducing and preventing crime and promoting fairness in the criminal justice system.

Preventing Line of Duty Deaths: A Chief's Duty, This agency self assessment tool is designed to help law enforcement leaders evaluate their agency’s efforts to fully address the safety needs of their officers.

Gang Members in Small-town and Rural Communities, BJA-Sponsored, 2014. This article briefly outlines what is known about gangs and gang members in rural communities and small towns as derived from the empirical literature.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2013, BJA-sponsored, September 2014. This report presents an overview of the grant activities of JMHCP grantees during FY 2013.

Program Performance Report: Intellectual Property Theft Enforcement Program (IPEP), January-June 2013, BJA-Sponsored, September 2014. This report presents performance information reported by IPEP grant recipients for the January through June reporting periods.

Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: A Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement, BJA-Sponsored, December 2014. This Pocket Guide provides law enforcement with explanations of legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it. It also highlights issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred.

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