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BJA focuses its programmatic and policy efforts on providing a wide range of resources, including training and technical assistance (TTA) to law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, reentry, justice information sharing, and community-based partners to address chronic and emerging criminal justice challenges nationwide. BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support state, local, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. To accomplish this mission, BJA is organized into four primary components: Programs Office, Policy Office, Planning Office, and the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Office. The Programs Office administers state, local, and tribal grant programs and acts as BJA’s direct line of communication to states, local jurisdictions, territories, and tribal governments by providing customer-focused grants management support and careful stewardship over federal funds. The Policy Office provides national leadership to criminal justice organizations and agencies that partner with BJA to identify effective program models for replication and infuse data-driven evidence-based strategies into operational models, practices, and programs. The Policy Office provides policy guidance and TTA to communities and criminal justice partners to meet emerging and chronic criminal justice needs. The Planning Office provides overall BJA-wide planning and coordination, including coordination of communications, budget formulation and execution, contract management, performance measurement, and administrative support.

Mission: BJA's mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support state, local, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. To accomplish this mission, BJA is organized into four primary components: Programs Office, Policy Office, Planning Office, and the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Office.

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Funding Reminder: BJA's Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program supports state and local governments ...
11/05/2020

Funding Reminder: BJA's Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program supports state and local governments in purchasing drug take-back and disposal equipment and complements existing federal take-back efforts such as National Take Back Day. Applications are due November 25, 2020. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/funding-opportunity-and-webinar-available-comprehensive-secure-and-responsible-drug-disposal?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=takebackprogram&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

With the school year in session, the latest issue of Catching Up With COSSAP, the bimonthly newsletter for BJA’s Compreh...
11/02/2020

With the school year in session, the latest issue of Catching Up With COSSAP, the bimonthly newsletter for BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program, highlights strategies that law enforcement agencies can use to guide drug-endangered children and their families toward treatment – it’s the inaugural release from the National Stakeholder Partnership, a new BJA-Office for Victims of Crime collaboration. Another in-depth feature explores adverse childhood experiences in tribal communities and strategies to address them. Read now. https://www.cossapresources.org/Media

Recently Released: Final report on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide. This report outlines recommendations from evidenc...
10/26/2020
National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide Final Report Available | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Recently Released: Final report on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide. This report outlines recommendations from evidence-based research to improve how agencies address officer mental health and prevent suicide in their ranks. Read the full report and learn more about BJA’s ongoing commitment to provide law enforcement officers with better access to wellness resources and suicide prevention strategies. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/national-consortium-preventing-law-enforcement-suicide-final-report-available?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=suicide-prevention&utm_campaign=bjanews

Access the report to view recommendations.

New Funding Opportunity: Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program. This solicitation seeks to support ...
10/24/2020
Funding Opportunity and Webinar Available: Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program | Bureau of Justice Assistance

New Funding Opportunity: Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program. This solicitation seeks to support state, local, and tribal governments in purchasing drug take-back and disposal equipment, enabling law enforcement agencies, first responders, and/or citizens to destroy and/or return unused medicine. This program complements existing federal take-back efforts, such as National Take Back Day, and expands this important component in a community’s fight against substance abuse into a year-round opportunity. #TakeBackDay https://bja.ojp.gov/news/funding-opportunity-and-webinar-available-comprehensive-secure-and-responsible-drug-disposal?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=takebackprogram&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

Learn about this opportunity and register for an informational webinar.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is pleased to announce the Consortium’s final report on Preventing Law Enforcement Suic...
10/23/2020
National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide Final Report Available | Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is pleased to announce the Consortium’s final report on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide, which outlines recommendations to improve how agencies address officer mental health and prevent suicide in their ranks. These recommendations represent input from a broad range of expertise and pull from evidence-based research to provide the most robust and timely information available to address the mental wellness needs of our nation’s officers. Learn more. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/national-consortium-preventing-law-enforcement-suicide-final-report-available?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=suicide-prevention&utm_campaign=bjanews

Access the report to view recommendations.

Today is the last day of the #IACP2020 conference. Don’t forget to visit our booth in the virtual expo hall. BJA’s grant...
10/23/2020
IACP 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo Exhibitor Directory

Today is the last day of the #IACP2020 conference. Don’t forget to visit our booth in the virtual expo hall. BJA’s grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting-edge tools and best practices they need to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, and combat victimization. https://iacp2020v.mapyourshow.com/8_0/exhibitor/exhibitor-details.cfm?exhid=1659915&utm_campaign=iacp2020&utm_content=bja-pre-conference-iacp2020&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

Visit the show directory at https://IACP2020V.mapyourshow.com

The United States Department of Justice
10/22/2020

The United States Department of Justice

“By preventing firearms from falling into the hands of individuals who are prohibited from having them, we can stop violent crime before it happens.”—Attorney General Barr www.justice.gov/projectguardian

Are you attending the #IACP2020 conference? Visit our virtual booth to learn more about the Bureau of Justice Assistance...
10/22/2020
IACP 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo Exhibitor Directory

Are you attending the #IACP2020 conference? Visit our virtual booth to learn more about the Bureau of Justice Assistance, receive resource materials, and network with BJA staff and representatives. https://iacp2020v.mapyourshow.com/8_0/exhibitor/exhibitor-details.cfm?exhid=1659915&utm_campaign=iacp2020&utm_content=bja-pre-conference-iacp2020&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

Visit the show directory at https://IACP2020V.mapyourshow.com

10/21/2020
International Association of Chiefs of Police

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) invites conference attendees of the 2020 International Association of Chiefs of Police to visit our booth in the virtual expo hall. Attendees can find the latest developments in criminal justice resources, information, and policy that support law enforcement. #IACP2020 https://iacp2020v.mapyourshow.com/8_0/exhibitor/exhibitor-details.cfm?exhid=1659915&utm_campaign=iacp2020&utm_content=bja-pre-conference-iacp2020&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

The International Association of Chiefs of Police: Serving the Leaders of Today, Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow. http://www.theiacp.org http://twitter.com/TheIACP

Webinar Announced: The Youngest Victims of the Opioid Epidemic - Law Enforcement’s Role in the Response. This webinar wi...
10/08/2020
The Youngest Victims of the Opioid Epidemic: Law Enforcement’s Role in the Response | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Webinar Announced: The Youngest Victims of the Opioid Epidemic - Law Enforcement’s Role in the Response. This webinar will be held October 22, 2020 from 2-3pm ET. Learn more and register. https://bja.ojp.gov/events/youngest-victims-opioid-epidemic-law-enforcements-role-response?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=webinar_cossap&utm_campaign=bjaevents

Register to participate in this October 22 webinar from BJA's Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program.

Today is National Night Out. This annual event aims to enhance the relationships between neighbors and law enforcement p...
10/06/2020
Programs & Initiatives | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Today is National Night Out. This annual event aims to enhance the relationships between neighbors and law enforcement professionals while supporting a true sense of community. Learn about BJA led programs and initiatives dedicated to supporting safe and productive communities across the Nation. https://bja.ojp.gov/programs?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=crime-prevention&utm_campaign=commemorations

BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building.

October is National Crime Prevention Month. Find resources and tools dedicated to supporting law enforcement officer’s s...
10/06/2020
Programs & Initiatives | Bureau of Justice Assistance

October is National Crime Prevention Month. Find resources and tools dedicated to supporting law enforcement officer’s safety and crime prevention strategies. https://bja.ojp.gov/programs?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=crime-prevention&utm_campaign=commemorations

BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building.

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) VALOR Officer Safety Program, which brings...
10/01/2020
VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program Marks 10-Year Anniversary | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) VALOR Officer Safety Program, which brings vital resources to the field of law enforcement. Through this program, more than 700 trainings have been held, training over 64,000 officers. Learn more about this BJA funded program dedicated to supporting the law enforcement community.
https://bja.ojp.gov/valor-officer-safety-and-wellness-program-marks-10-year-anniversary?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=valor_10years&utm_campaign=bjanews

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) VALOR Officer and Safety Wellness Program. This program brings vital resources to the field of law enforcement. More than 700 trainings have been held through VALOR, training over 64,000 officers.

Just Announced: The United States Department of Justice announced more than $295.8 million in awards to improve public s...
09/30/2020
Department of Justice Invests More than $295.8 Million in Grants to Improve Public Safety, Serve Crime Victims in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Just Announced: The United States Department of Justice announced more than $295.8 million in awards to improve public safety, serve victims of crime and support youth programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Learn more. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/department-justice-invests-more-2958-million-grants-improve-public-safety-serve-crime-victims?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=doj_funding_ai/an&utm_campaign=bjanews

Learn about the awards announced by the Department of Justice.

BJA invites you to the Webinar: Comprehensive Framework for Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide. This event will be held ...
09/29/2020
Comprehensive Framework for Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide | Bureau of Justice Assistance

BJA invites you to the Webinar: Comprehensive Framework for Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide. This event will be held on September 30, 2020 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET and will focus on key strategies to prevent law enforcement suicide. Learn more and register. https://bja.ojp.gov/events/comprehensive-framework-preventing-law-enforcement-suicide?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=webinar_nosi&utm_campaign=bjaevents_iacp2020

Participate in this September 30 webinar for information on preventing officer suicide and strengthening officer mental wellbeing.

Just Announced: 10th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Virtual Enhancement Training. This is a tribal-specific nat...
09/21/2020
Agenda | enh-training

Just Announced: 10th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Virtual Enhancement Training. This is a tribal-specific national training for tribal problem-solving courts that features Wellness Court best practices and innovative strategies. Register now. https://enhancementtraining.org/agenda

Workshop Description: Healing to Wellness Court Operations have shifted primarily to remote and tele-service oriented operations in response to the pandemic related limitations. This presentation will address how wellness court operations can adapt to increased teleservices in times of crisis, in a...

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September. This year’s theme—Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.—...
09/16/2020
Make A Plan | Ready.gov

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September. This year’s theme—Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.—reinforces family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. #BeReady https://www.ready.gov/plan

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

BJA's National Officer Safety Initiatives (NOSI) address law enforcement safety in three key areas: law enforcement suic...
09/16/2020
National Officer Safety Initiatives | Overview | BJA

BJA's National Officer Safety Initiatives (NOSI) address law enforcement safety in three key areas: law enforcement suicide, traffic safety, and a national public awareness and education campaign. BJA knows that officer safety encompasses a wide range of issues aside from tactics; it also includes physical, emotional, and mental factors. All contribute equally to an officer being safe. Learn more during #SuicidePreventionMonth. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/national-officer-safety-initiatives/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=nosi&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

BJA's NOSI efforts currently address law enforcement safety in areas such as preventing officer suicide, improving traffic safety, strengthening officer wellness programs, and more.

Acting BJA Director Michael Costigan and officials from the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative will speak during today’s Nati...
09/16/2020

Acting BJA Director Michael Costigan and officials from the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative will speak during today’s National SAKI Grantees Meeting. Virtual meetings will take place September 16-18, 2020 and are open to all BJA SAKI awardees. The goal of this meeting is to provide a platform to discuss the sustainability of jurisdictional efforts towards identification, investigation, and prosecution of serial offenders associated with unsubmitted sexual assault kits and other violent crimes. Learn more and register. https://bja.ojp.gov/events/national-sexual-assault-kit-initiative-saki-grantees-meeting?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=saki&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

09/16/2020

BJA's National Officer Safety Initiatives (NOSI) address law enforcement safety in three key areas: law enforcement suicide, traffic safety, and a national public awareness and education campaign. BJA knows that officer safety encompasses a wide range of issues aside from tactics; it also includes physical, emotional, and mental factors. All contribute equally to an officer being safe. Learn more during #SuicidePreventionMonth. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/national-officer-safety-initiatives/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=nosi&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

09/16/2020

BJA's National Officer Safety Initiatives (NOSI) address law enforcement safety in three key areas: law enforcement suicide, traffic safety, and a national public awareness and education campaign. BJA knows that officer safety encompasses a wide range of issues aside from tactics; it also includes physical, emotional, and mental factors. All contribute equally to an officer being safe. Learn more during #SuicidePreventionMonth. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/national-officer-safety-initiatives/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=nosi&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

BJA’s Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program effectively integrates evidence-based substance abuse treatment, mandatory ...
09/16/2020
Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program | Overview | Bureau of Justice Assistance

BJA’s Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program effectively integrates evidence-based substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in judicially supervised court settings that have jurisdiction over offenders to reduce recidivism and opioid, stimulant, and substance abuse. Learn more about this BJA initiative during National Recovery Month. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/drug-court-discretionary-grant-program/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=drugcourts&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

The Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to enhance the operations of drug courts or to implement new veterans treatment courts.

President Trump has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month. In his proclamation, the President states “I en...
09/09/2020
Proclamation on National Preparedness Month, 2020 | The White House

President Trump has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month. In his proclamation, the President states “I encourage all Americans to adopt a proactive mindset and take the necessary steps to prepare their families and communities to withstand and recover from unexpected events. We cannot always know when the next crisis will occur, but we can know that we will be prepared by committing ourselves to a culture of resilience.” #BeReady https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-national-preparedness-month-2020/

During National Preparedness Month, we pause to reflect on the importance of mitigating the effects of disasters and tragedies

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. BJA’s National Officer Safety Initiatives (NOSI) supports multiple progr...
09/09/2020
National Officer Safety Initiatives | Overview | BJA

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. BJA’s National Officer Safety Initiatives (NOSI) supports multiple programs working to provide law enforcement officers with better access to wellness services and suicide prevention strategies. Learn more about how BJA supports LE safety. #SuicidePreventionMonth #BeThe1To https://bja.ojp.gov/program/national-officer-safety-initiatives/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=nosi&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

BJA's NOSI efforts currently address law enforcement safety in areas such as preventing officer suicide, improving traffic safety, strengthening officer wellness programs, and more.

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