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National Police Week 2018
May 12 – 19

National Police Week is an annual nationwide tribute to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. It is a solemn occasion for America's law enforcement officers to come together in Washington, DC, and honor their own.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) actively supports National Police Week. BJA leadership and staff will be participating in several Police Week events and paying tribute to our nation's fallen law enforcement. See events calendar.

To stay current on BJA activities during Police Week, follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@DOJBJA).

BJA honors law enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice and hopes to pay tribute to them by helping today's officers through a range of programs and initiatives to keep them safe, healthy, and informed. In addition, BJA recognizes law enforcement by bestowing awards on officers who have exhibited exceptional bravery. And for the survivors of fallen officers and officers injured in the line of duty, BJA ensures that they receive the benefits they deserve. BJA also provides law enforcement with the funding and other tools they need to both fight crime and keep themselves and the communities they serve safe.

BJA offers the following awards, training and technical assistance, toolkits, and programs that address a wide range of law enforcement issues and needs:

BJA Programs

The Officer Robert Wilson III Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative
The VALOR Initiative provides tools to help prevent violence against law enforcement officers and to enhance officer safety, wellness, and resiliency. It includes classroom and web-based training, research, and resources for sworn state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers. The following are the programs supported by VALOR:

  • VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Training and Technical Assistance Program (VALOR Program)
    This training and technical assistance program delivers classroom and web-based trainings that focus on recognizing indicators of dangerous situations, applying defusing techniques, implementing casualty care and rescue tactics, emphasizing professional policing standards, and improving wellness and resilience.

  • T3 – Tact, Tactics, and Trust™ Training and Technical Assistance Program
    This training and technical assistance program provides law enforcement with evidence-based knowledge, tools, and skills to better defuse and then resolve tense situations with the least amount of force necessary.

  • Destination Zero – Officer Safety and Wellness Recognition Program
    The Destination Zero Program is an online platform that provides U.S. law enforcement agencies with the ability to research successful and/or promising officer safety and wellness programs and identify the resources necessary to begin their own risk management initiatives.

  • Law Enforcement Agency and Officer Resilience Training Program
    This training and technical assistance program identifies, develops, implements, and analyzes the effectiveness of resiliency concepts and skills taught within a law enforcement agency. The goal is to build more resilient officers and agencies.

  • Law Enforcement and Community: Crisis Intervention Training Model Program
    This training and technical assistance program delivers the BJA crisis intervention training (CIT) model to law enforcement agencies, along with a suite of resources and technical assistance. The goal is to improve law enforcement's response and interaction with individuals with mental illnesses.

  • Officer Safety and Wellness Pilot Research and Evaluation Program
    This research and evaluation program serves as a pilot program that will evaluate the impact of the entire suite of resources under the VALOR Initiative within three law enforcement agencies. Through this work, BJA plans to identify innovations and best practices, starting in FY 2017, that may be replicated to improve officer safety and wellness programs nationwide.

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program (PSOB)
The PSOB Program provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty. For questions regarding the PSOB Program, call 888-744-6513 (toll-free) or 202-307-0635.

Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program
The BVP Program provides critical resources to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions for the purchase of bullet-resistant body armor for sworn law enforcement officers. Through the BVP Program, states, units of local government, and tribal governments are reimbursed for up to 50 percent of the cost of each unit of eligible body armor.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
The JAG Program is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. It provides states, tribes, and local governments with funding necessary to support a range of program areas, including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.

The Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Initiative
The CGIC Initiative is an interagency collaboration focused on the immediate collection, management, and analysis of illegal firearms evidence (such as shell casings) in real time to identify shooters, disrupt criminal activity, and prevent future violence.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)
PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce violent crime in America by sharing information about networking existing local programs that target violent gang and illegal firearms crime. Since its inception in 2001, funding has been used to support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile illegal firearms crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other violent crime reduction strategies.

Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI)
The Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) initiative is a collaborative effort among the Bureau of Justice Assistance, national training and technical assistance partners, state and local law enforcement agencies, and researchers. It is designed to assist agencies with identifying innovative and evidence-based solutions to effectively and efficiently tackle chronic crime problems in their jurisdictions.

BJA Toolkits and Other Resources

Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Toolkit
The PMHC Toolkit provides resources for law enforcement agencies to develop strategies to respond appropriately and safely to people with mental illnesses. By developing a response strategy and leveraging resources through partnership and collaboration, responding officers can get the skills and resources needed to increase the safety of all involved. A trained response can reduce injuries and use of force, lower arrest rates, and increase health care referrals.

Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit
BJA's Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit is a clearinghouse of resources to support law enforcement agencies in establishing a naloxone program. It provides them with the knowledge and tools needed to reduce opioid overdoses and help save lives.

Promising Strategies: Public Law (PL) 280
In PL 280 jurisdictions, concurrent jurisdiction among state and tribal authorities over criminal and civil matters arising in Indian country creates many interactions and complications. Tensions and misunderstandings have been common features of tribal and state policing relations in the past, sometimes erupting in jurisdictional conflicts. Learn about unique ways in which tribal and state jurisdictions have entered into collaborations to overcome barriers to effective justice provision.

Training and Technical Assistance (TTA)

National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC)
BJA's NTTAC connects state, local, and tribal justice agencies in need of assistance with specialized national experts to help address those needs. It provides free training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies to help prevent violence against law enforcement officers and promote officer resilience and safety.

The National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC)
NRTAC seeks to improve law enforcement investigations at the local level through the development of resources on new tools and methodologies; assessment of current practices and recommendations on innovative investigative policies and practices; assessment of departmental investigatory functions and practices; and issue-related recommendations for improving investigative practices. NRTAC provides site-specific assistance investigators, prosecutors, researchers, and policy experts involved in the investigative process and criminal justice system.

State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program
The SLATT Program provides instruction that focuses on the prevention of terrorism within the United States and provides the tools necessary for state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers to understand, detect, deter, and investigate acts of terrorism and violent criminal extremism in the United States. To learn more about SLATT, receive publications, register for an upcoming training, request to host a SLATT training, or access materials, visit the password-protected

Enhancing Tribal and State Collaborations to Build and Sustain Tribal Partnerships (ESTCP)
ESTCP is designed to provide initial awareness-level training to create, expand, and sustain tribal collaborative partnerships across the country. It includes classroom and web-based resources for tribal, state, and local law enforcement officers and their active stakeholders. Training on other topics is offered by the Western Community Policing Tribal Training Institute, funded by both BJA and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Tribal Community Supervision Officer Training and Technical Assistance
BJA, through the American Probation and Parole Association develops, delivers, and evaluates training and technical assistance for tribal probation officers. Training events include a Tribal Probation Academy to address the training needs of new tribal probation officers. Additionally, onsite technical assistance is available to assist any tribe interested in receiving assistance to help identify, develop, and/or enhance the use of correctional options such as probation programs, day reporting centers, elder panels, and transitional housing in their communities.

BJA Awards

Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB)
The Federal Law Enforcement CBOB and the State and Local Law Enforcement CBOB honor exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers. The medals are awarded every year by the U.S. Attorney General and are presented by the recipients' Congressional representatives.

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV)
MOV, the nation's highest award for valor by a public safety officer, is awarded annually by the President or Vice President to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.

For information on BJA's current funding opportunities, visit: