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BJA strengthens the Nation’s criminal justice system and helps America’s state, local, and tribal jurisdictions reduce and prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and promote a fair and safe criminal justice system. BJA focuses its programmatic and policy efforts on providing a wide range of resources, including training and technical assistance, to law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, reent

BJA strengthens the Nation’s criminal justice system and helps America’s state, local, and tribal jurisdictions reduce and prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and promote a fair and safe criminal justice system. BJA focuses its programmatic and policy efforts on providing a wide range of resources, including training and technical assistance, to law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, reent

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Since its launch in 2015, BJA’s Sexual Assault Toolkit Initiative has improved the response to sexual assault by identif...
11/19/2021
BJA’s SAKI Program Solves 36-Year-Old Sexual Assault Cold Case, Bringing Long-Sought Justice to the Victim | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Since its launch in 2015, BJA’s Sexual Assault Toolkit Initiative has improved the response to sexual assault by identifying and apprehending offenders and by addressing unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Learn more about how this program recently solved a 36-year-old cold case. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/blog/bjas-saki-program-solves-36-year-old-sexual-assault-cold-case-bringing-long-sought?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=saki

Read this blog post to learn about the impact of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Program.

The Department of Justice today announced more than $139 million in grant funding through the department’s Office of Com...
11/18/2021
Justice Department Announces $139 Million for Law Enforcement Hiring to Advance Community Policing

The Department of Justice today announced more than $139 million in grant funding through the department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The awards provide direct funding to 183 law enforcement agencies across the nation, allowing those agencies to hire 1,066 additional full-time law enforcement professionals. Read the press release. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-139-million-law-enforcement-hiring-advance-community-policing?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=communitypolicinghiring

The Department of Justice today announced more than $139 million in grant funding through the department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The awards provide direct funding to 183 law enforcement agencies across the nation, allowing those age...

Learn how funding from BJA's Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program have provided Mon...
11/18/2021
Pennsylvania School Districts Use BJA STOP Funding to Erase School Violence through Social-emotional Learning | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Learn how funding from BJA's Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program have provided Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, educators with the means to implement a social-emotional learning strategies program and curriculum. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/blog/pennsylvania-school-districts-use-bja-stop-funding-erase-school-violence-through-social?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=stopschoolviolence

Learn how BJA STOP funds are being used in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

11/17/2021

Senior Policy Advisor at BJA, Tammy Brown, introduced Acting Assistant Attorney General Amy Solomon at the 2021 Forum on Prosecution Innovation: Addressing Prosecutor Wellness and Challenges in Today’s Environment, a workshop with the purpose of promoting education and knowledge sharing to enhance federal support of state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution authorities in enhancing public safety and encourage and support the belief that criminal justice agencies benefit tremendously from sharing their experience and best practices.

Tomorrow: Hosted by BJA through Cossap, the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program Na...
11/15/2021

Tomorrow: Hosted by BJA through Cossap, the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program National Forum will focus on tackling one of the most critical challenges of our time: putting an end to America’s opioid, stimulant, and substance misuse. The virtual setting will offer the feel of an in-person event, allowing participants to connect directly with colleagues to hear from federal experts, discuss relevant issues and trends, share ideas, exchange resources, and gain new skills to improve programs. Register below for free. https://www.cossapresources.org/Learning/Forum2021?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=cossapvirtual

Tomorrow: Hosted by BJA through Cossap, the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program National Forum will focus on tackling one of the most critical challenges of our time: putting an end to America’s opioid, stimulant, and substance misuse. The virtual setting will offer the feel of an in-person event, allowing participants to connect directly with colleagues to hear from federal experts, discuss relevant issues and trends, share ideas, exchange resources, and gain new skills to improve programs. Register below for free. https://www.cossapresources.org/Learning/Forum2021?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=cossapvirtual

Law enforcement officers are inquisitive and accustomed to looking at evidence, so help them look past the misinformatio...
11/15/2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for the Law Enforcement Community Released | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Law enforcement officers are inquisitive and accustomed to looking at evidence, so help them look past the misinformation and find the facts that are science- and research-based. Download the COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for the Law Enforcement Community today. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/covid-19-vaccine-toolkit-law-enforcement-community-released?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=covidtoolkit

Access the toolkit for fact sheets and customizable materials.

A collaboration between the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, MVAI equ...
11/12/2021
Mass Violence Advisory Initiative | Overview | Bureau of Justice Assistance

A collaboration between the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, MVAI equips law enforcement leaders and their communities with expert assistance, guidance, and rapid response resources in the event of targeted acts of mass violence. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/mass-violence-advisory-initiative/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=mvai

The Mass Violence Advisory Initiative equips law enforcement leaders and their communities with expert assistance, guidance, and rapid response resources in the event of targeted acts of mass violence.

The Justice For Vets National Veterans Day Toolkit outlines the many ways you can recognize the commitment and sacrifice...
11/11/2021

The Justice For Vets National Veterans Day Toolkit outlines the many ways you can recognize the commitment and sacrifices made by veterans in your community throughout the month. #VeteransDay. Learn more. https://justiceforvets.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Veterans-Day-Toolkit-2021-v4.pdf?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=veteranstoolkit

The Justice For Vets National Veterans Day Toolkit outlines the many ways you can recognize the commitment and sacrifices made by veterans in your community throughout the month. #VeteransDay. Learn more. https://justiceforvets.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Veterans-Day-Toolkit-2021-v4.pdf?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=veteranstoolkit

The month of November is one of great historical significance for our nation, as we honor and recognize those who have s...
11/11/2021

The month of November is one of great historical significance for our nation, as we honor and recognize those who have served in United States Armed Forces. Unfortunately, one-in-six veterans suffer from varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can lead to anti-social behavior, drug addiction, and potential involvement in the justice system. Visit our Veterans Treatment Courts page to learn more about a special program that connects veterans with vital resources available through their service in the Armed Forces. #VeteransDay . Learn more. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/veterans-treatment-court-grant-program/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=vtc

The month of November is one of great historical significance for our nation, as we honor and recognize those who have served in United States Armed Forces. Unfortunately, one-in-six veterans suffer from varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can lead to anti-social behavior, drug addiction, and potential involvement in the justice system. Visit our Veterans Treatment Courts page to learn more about a special program that connects veterans with vital resources available through their service in the Armed Forces. #VeteransDay . Learn more. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/veterans-treatment-court-grant-program/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=vtc

Veterans Day is an opportunity to show respect to the veterans we know as our friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleag...
11/11/2021

Veterans Day is an opportunity to show respect to the veterans we know as our friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleagues. The Bureau of Justice Assistance remembers the fallen and offers thanks to all the men and women who have served in the military and their families. #VeteransDay

Veterans Day is an opportunity to show respect to the veterans we know as our friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleagues. The Bureau of Justice Assistance remembers the fallen and offers thanks to all the men and women who have served in the military and their families. #VeteransDay

Hosted by BJA through Cossap, the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program National For...
11/10/2021

Hosted by BJA through Cossap, the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program National Forum will focus on tackling one of the most critical challenges of our time: putting an end to America’s opioid, stimulant, and substance misuse. The virtual setting will offer the feel of an in-person event, allowing participants to connect directly with colleagues to hear from federal experts, discuss relevant issues and trends, share ideas, exchange resources, and gain new skills to improve programs. Register here. https://www.cossapresources.org/Learning/Forum2021?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=cossapvirtual

Hosted by BJA through Cossap, the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program National Forum will focus on tackling one of the most critical challenges of our time: putting an end to America’s opioid, stimulant, and substance misuse. The virtual setting will offer the feel of an in-person event, allowing participants to connect directly with colleagues to hear from federal experts, discuss relevant issues and trends, share ideas, exchange resources, and gain new skills to improve programs. Register here. https://www.cossapresources.org/Learning/Forum2021?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=cossapvirtual

Mark your calendars: the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program @COSSAP National Foru...
11/08/2021
National Virtual Forum 2021Virtual National Forum on Overdose Fatality Review - COSSAP Resource Center

Mark your calendars: the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program @COSSAP National Forum: COSSAP 2021—New Partners, New Tools, Renewed Hope will be held November 16, 17, and 18, 2021. Register below.. https://www.cossapresources.org/Learning/Forum2021?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=cossapvirtual

The 2021 Virtual National Forum on Overdose Fatality Review offers a mix of general interest plenary panel discussions, guided virtual discussions, and café sessions for informal, small-group meetings. The forum is applicable to participants at all levels of expertise.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Law Enforcement can be customized for your department’s needs. Download this resourc...
11/08/2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for the Law Enforcement Community Released | Bureau of Justice Assistance

The COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Law Enforcement can be customized for your department’s needs. Download this resource to share across your department and with members of your community to boost confidence in vaccines. Learn more. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/covid-19-vaccine-toolkit-law-enforcement-community-released?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=covidtoolkit

Access the toolkit for fact sheets and customizable materials.

BJA’s Betsi Griffith concluded the American Indian Justice Conference today, bringing to close a constructive two days i...
11/05/2021

BJA’s Betsi Griffith concluded the American Indian Justice Conference today, bringing to close a constructive two days in which attendees engaged in workshops and sessions including Integrating Traditional Law and Practice into Tribal Court and Trauma-Informed Responses to Violent Crimes in Indian Country.

BJA’s Betsi Griffith concluded the American Indian Justice Conference today, bringing to close a constructive two days in which attendees engaged in workshops and sessions including Integrating Traditional Law and Practice into Tribal Court and Trauma-Informed Responses to Violent Crimes in Indian Country.

Since its launch in 2015, BJA’s Sexual Assault Toolkit Initiative has improved the response to sexual assault by identif...
11/05/2021
BJA’s SAKI Program Solves 36-Year-Old Sexual Assault Cold Case, Bringing Long-Sought Justice to the Victim | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Since its launch in 2015, BJA’s Sexual Assault Toolkit Initiative has improved the response to sexual assault by identifying and apprehending offenders and by addressing unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Learn more about how this program recently solved a 36-year-old cold case. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/blog/bjas-saki-program-solves-36-year-old-sexual-assault-cold-case-bringing-long-sought?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=saki

Read this blog post to learn about the impact of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Program.

Tribal veterans participating in wellness court programs hold distinct cultural and personal identities that should be i...
11/05/2021
Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

Tribal veterans participating in wellness court programs hold distinct cultural and personal identities that should be individually addressed by Tribal Wellness Court team members. Join us at 2 pm ET for a 90-minute workshop to will explore the therapeutic value of tradition and humor in a Tribal Veterans Court context. Presenters will discuss the tribal warrior tradition, including the role traditional activities and culture play in treatment. Presenters will also discuss the therapeutic value of humor, unique to tribal veterans in treatment settings. Register below. http://wellnesscourts.org/events/?a=753?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=tribalveteranswebinar

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

Want to find out how to implement tribal-veteran specific programming in your treatment court? Tribal veterans treatment...
11/04/2021
Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

Want to find out how to implement tribal-veteran specific programming in your treatment court? Tribal veterans treatment courts target the underlying causes of veterans' criminal behavior in a culturally appropriate and holistic fashion. Join us at 2 pm ET today for a 90-minute workshop that will include an overview of how your program can best serve the needs of tribal veterans in treatment court settings. Register below. http://wellnesscourts.org/events/?a=753?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=tribalveteranswebinar

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

BJA Acting Director, Kristen Mahoney, opened the American Indian Justice Conference today, which will explore strategies...
11/03/2021

BJA Acting Director, Kristen Mahoney, opened the American Indian Justice Conference today, which will explore strategies to enhance tribal justice systems, including essential information on court development, alcohol and substance abuse, probation, and reentry, and addressing violent crime. Registration is still open. https://www.ojp.gov/events/2021-american-indian-justice-conference?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=americanindianjusticeconference

BJA Acting Director, Kristen Mahoney, opened the American Indian Justice Conference today, which will explore strategies to enhance tribal justice systems, including essential information on court development, alcohol and substance abuse, probation, and reentry, and addressing violent crime. Registration is still open. https://www.ojp.gov/events/2021-american-indian-justice-conference?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=americanindianjusticeconference

Developed with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Planning a Reentry Program: A Toolkit for Tribal Communiti...
11/03/2021
Planning a Reentry Program: A Toolkit for Tribal Communities Now Available | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Developed with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Planning a Reentry Program: A Toolkit for Tribal Communities is designed to help tribal justice system practitioners create or enhance reentry programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives returning from jail or prison. It also offers guidance for practitioners who are currently working in a reentry program. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/planning-reentry-program-toolkit-tribal-communities-now-available?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social &utm_content=tribalreentrytoolkit

New toolkit offers guidance for practitioners who are currently working in a reentry program.

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Since its launch in 2015, BJA’s Sexual Assault Toolkit Initiative has improved the response to sexual assault by identifying and apprehending offenders and by addressing unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Learn more about how this program recently solved a 36-year-old cold case. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/blog/bjas-saki-program-solves-36-year-old-sexual-assault-cold-case-bringing-long-sought?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=saki
The Department of Justice today announced more than $139 million in grant funding through the department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The awards provide direct funding to 183 law enforcement agencies across the nation, allowing those agencies to hire 1,066 additional full-time law enforcement professionals. Read the press release. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-139-million-law-enforcement-hiring-advance-community-policing?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=communitypolicinghiring
Learn how funding from BJA's Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program have provided Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, educators with the means to implement a social-emotional learning strategies program and curriculum. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/blog/pennsylvania-school-districts-use-bja-stop-funding-erase-school-violence-through-social?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=stopschoolviolence
Senior Policy Advisor at BJA, Tammy Brown, introduced Acting Assistant Attorney General Amy Solomon at the 2021 Forum on Prosecution Innovation: Addressing Prosecutor Wellness and Challenges in Today’s Environment, a workshop with the purpose of promoting education and knowledge sharing to enhance federal support of state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution authorities in enhancing public safety and encourage and support the belief that criminal justice agencies benefit tremendously from sharing their experience and best practices.
Tomorrow: Hosted by BJA through Cossap, the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program National Forum will focus on tackling one of the most critical challenges of our time: putting an end to America’s opioid, stimulant, and substance misuse. The virtual setting will offer the feel of an in-person event, allowing participants to connect directly with colleagues to hear from federal experts, discuss relevant issues and trends, share ideas, exchange resources, and gain new skills to improve programs. Register below for free. https://www.cossapresources.org/Learning/Forum2021?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=cossapvirtual
Law enforcement officers are inquisitive and accustomed to looking at evidence, so help them look past the misinformation and find the facts that are science- and research-based. Download the COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for the Law Enforcement Community today. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/covid-19-vaccine-toolkit-law-enforcement-community-released?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=covidtoolkit
November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth! Find BJA resources aimed at supporting tribal communities and law enforcement. #NNAHM #TribalJustice https://bja.ojp.gov/topics/tribal-justice?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=nahm
A collaboration between the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, MVAI equips law enforcement leaders and their communities with expert assistance, guidance, and rapid response resources in the event of targeted acts of mass violence. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/mass-violence-advisory-initiative/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=mvai
The Justice For Vets National Veterans Day Toolkit outlines the many ways you can recognize the commitment and sacrifices made by veterans in your community throughout the month. #VeteransDay. Learn more. https://justiceforvets.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Veterans-Day-Toolkit-2021-v4.pdf?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=veteranstoolkit
The month of November is one of great historical significance for our nation, as we honor and recognize those who have served in United States Armed Forces. Unfortunately, one-in-six veterans suffer from varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can lead to anti-social behavior, drug addiction, and potential involvement in the justice system. Visit our Veterans Treatment Courts page to learn more about a special program that connects veterans with vital resources available through their service in the Armed Forces. #VeteransDay . Learn more. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/veterans-treatment-court-grant-program/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=vtc
Veterans Day is an opportunity to show respect to the veterans we know as our friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleagues. The Bureau of Justice Assistance remembers the fallen and offers thanks to all the men and women who have served in the military and their families. #VeteransDay
Hosted by BJA through Cossap, the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program National Forum will focus on tackling one of the most critical challenges of our time: putting an end to America’s opioid, stimulant, and substance misuse. The virtual setting will offer the feel of an in-person event, allowing participants to connect directly with colleagues to hear from federal experts, discuss relevant issues and trends, share ideas, exchange resources, and gain new skills to improve programs. Register here. https://www.cossapresources.org/Learning/Forum2021?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=cossapvirtual