TTA Today Blog

Welcome to BJA NTTAC's TTA Today blog! TTA Today posts tell the story of training and technical assistance (TTA) engagements through individual perspectives, including those of DOJ and BJA leaders, staff, technical assistance providers, subject matter experts, community members, and other relevant stakeholders. These posts serve as an informal venue to share relevant updates or best practices from the criminal justice community, as well as to feature first-hand accounts of how TTA impacts state, local, and tribal communities across the nation.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center (BJA NTTAC) builds safer and stronger communities through proactive, responsive, and innovative training and technical assistance. BJA NTTAC has adopted new branding to reflect the growth and change in the landscape of community safety. While NTTAC branding is changing, the commitment to supporting organizations and strengthening communities is not.

Over 800 law enforcement officers, allied professionals, and community leaders convened in Atlanta in May for the Professionalizing Law Enforcement Community Engagement (PLECET) conference. Hosted by MovementForward, Inc.the conference provided an opportunity for law enforcement officers assigned to community engagement and outreach roles to learn, network, and enhance their capacity to engage communities.

Earlier this year, representatives from a select group of law enforcement agencies from across the country convened in Tampa, FL, for Security Integration – Using our Collaborative Expertise to Prevent Violent Crime and Build Trust, a peer-to-peer learning opportunity with the purpose of providing practitioners with an opportunity to learn from one another regarding the responsible use of technology, deployment of field operations, and development of modern analytical methods to improve public safety.
The excitement in the air was palpable on the kick-off day of the inaugural Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI) Grantee Conference last month in St. Louis, MO. The conference-turned-family-reunion was filled with joy as colleagues and friends from a variety of violence interruption organizations had an opportunity to catch up.

In April 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration announced historic investments in community violence intervention (CVI) efforts to combat the gun violence epidemic.

In recent weeks, the topic of mass violence has weighed heavily on our hearts and minds.  As we mourn lives lost and provide support to grieving families and communities, law enforcement agencies and other public safety partners must also turn their attention to planning and preparation to ensure that they are response-ready should tragedy strike again.    

Supporting tribal criminal justice systems and tribal communities in achieving safer communities is a priority for the Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center (BJA NTTAC). Each quarter, tribal representatives, training and technical assistance (TTA) provider organizations, and BJA staff meet to coordinate TTA efforts, collaborate on best practices, and share funding opportunity updates.

Law enforcement, criminal justice, and other justice system jurisdictions have access to free training and technical assistance through the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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One emerging cyber threat that can impact individuals, including law enforcement officers, other criminal justice practitioners, and their families, is doxing. Doxing occurs when someone’s personal information is discovered and maliciously exposed online. This can include uncovering someone’s real name, home address, place of employment, and other personal information. It is important to ensure that apps, browsers, and devices are set in a way that minimizes the risk of compromise.

In 2019, the Orlando Police Department (OPD), tasked with protecting the safety of nearly 290,000 full-time residents and millions of visitors each year, began a three-year project aimed at improving public safety and reducing crime in their city.