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Justice Today

 

Bureau of Justice Assistance • Office of Justice Programs

 

September 2017

Tracey Trautman, Acting Director

In The Spotlight

Enhancing Public Safety Training

From November 28 to 29, 2017, the Wyandotte Tribal & Municipal Police Department will lead “Enhancing Tribal and State Collaborations to Build Sustainable Public Safety Partnerships” in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. This training course is designed to foster teamwork among tribal, state, federal, and local governments. Working together, agencies can more effectively implement criminal justice initiatives with respect for rich tribal community values. Participants in this course will learn to strengthen partnerships by identifying existing challenges. The training will build participants’ problem-solving strategies and teach methods to increase coordination and communication among government agencies.

Tribal and non-tribal partners who have direct involvement in tribal government, law enforcement, corrections, or the administration of justice programs are encouraged to participate. Please come prepared to share your experiences and specific challenges. For more information contact: Ashley Schaumburg, Phone: 503–751–4011 or email schaumburga@wou.edu.

News You Can Use

NAICJA Publishes New Infographics on Collateral Consequences in Tribal Jurisdictions

The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) released two new infographics: Collateral Consequences and Seeking Assistance to Address Collateral Consequences. They discuss the collateral consequences that result from arrest, convictions, and/or incarceration. The second infographic also explores resources dedicated to helping offenders deal with collateral consequences. Both resources highlight the importance of providing representation to individuals going through the tribal court system.

 

California Clarifies Tribal Protection Order Enforcement through AG Bulletin and Video

As a result of the collaboration among the Judicial Council’s Tribal Court-State Court Forum, the California State Sheriff’s Association, the California Attorney General, and other justice partners issued formal guidance on the enforcement of tribal court protection orders. In addition to this guidance, the forum partners produced a video that explains the obligations of law enforcement officers in California under both federal and state law to recognize and enforce tribal court domestic violence restraining orders. The video and bulletin emphasize that these orders do not need to be registered with the state court or locatable in law enforcement databases.

 

The Utah Model: A Path Forward for Investigating and Building Resilience to Cyber Crime

As new internet-based technologies are introduced, cybercrime is growing exponentially. These crimes are not only becoming more frequent, but also more devastating in their impact on victims, including financial loss, invasion of privacy, blackmail, and threats to our national security. To respond to this ever-changing threat, national and local police agencies across the globe continue to explore ways to coordinate resources and attack the problem. The Utah Model: A Path Forward for Investigating and Building Resilience to Cyber Crime highlights the many promising practices demonstrated by the Utah Department of Public Safety. Stakeholders involved in implementing these practices include law enforcement leaders, cyber investigators, emergency management personnel, and Federal Bureau of Investigation partners. More than a “case study,” this publication serves as a foundational national document for governors, their staff, and others to guide and inform their policies and practices.

In Focus This Month

The Public Safety Partnership Summit

The National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) was established earlier this year under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fulfill President Trump’s promise to reduce violent crime in America. PSP provides a framework for enhancing federal support of state and local law enforcement officials and prosecutors as they aggressively investigate and prosecute violent criminals, specifically those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking, and gang violence. PSP provides a platform for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to directly engage with cities to identify and prioritize resources to address violent crime challenges locally.

The inaugural DOJ PSP Summit was held on September 11–13, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The summit convened 240 local, state, and federal partners from 14 PSP Operations sites and programmatic and law enforcement leaders from the Office of Justice Programs; the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; the Office on Violence Against Women; the Executive Office for United States Attorneys; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the U.S. Marshals Service. Remarks were provided by the Honorable Rachel Brand, Associate Attorney General; Mr. Alan Hanson, Acting Assistant Attorney General; Mr. Duane Evans, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana; and Superintendent Michael Harrison of the New Orleans Police Department.

During the summit, DOJ explored questions with cities such as, how can DOJ support cities in the violent crime fight? What resources do cities need? What training can DOJ components provide? How can DOJ federal law enforcement agencies ensure that their task forces add value and increase effectiveness? PSP Operations site representatives heard from 60 speakers in plenary sessions and customized breakout sessions centered on the PSP Operations core focus areas: community engagement, crime analysis, criminal justice collaboration, federal partnerships, gun violence, investigations, and technology. The summit provided an opportunity for site leaders to engage in networking opportunities to share strategies and lessons learned, and to discuss emerging issues related to public safety and reducing violent crime. Through PSP, the Department is leveraging its collective resources and expertise to help cities enhance their capacities to fight violent crime.

Grants & Funding

Visit our Funding Page to stay up-to-date on BJA solicitations.

Don't forget to visit OJP's Funding Resource Center, where you'll find OJP funding opportunities, an overview of OJP's grant process, and more.

Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program

Enacted in 1976, the PSOB Program provides death, disability, and education benefits to those eligible for the program. Visit the PSOB website to apply for these federal benefits for law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders killed or catastrophically disabled in the line of duty. For questions regarding the PSOB Program, call the PSOB Office at 888-744-6513 (toll-free) or 202-307-0635.