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.

For the past ten years, the University of Chicago Crime Lab has worked closely with law enforcement agencies across the country to help integrate data analytics into their decisionmaking processes. Data analytics training for crime analysts has been a growing part of our work at the Crime Lab, and we wanted to expand to help law enforcement civilian analysts. Specifically, we began to consider what an ideal professional development event for analysts would look like.

In Fall 2019, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) hosted the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) Enhancing Crime Analysis Capacity meeting at the University of Chicago Crime Lab (Crime Lab) in Chicago, Illinois.

In 2017, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provided support to the University of Chicago Crime Lab (Crime Lab) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to organize an Early Intervention System (EIS) National Advisory Committee (NAC). An EIS identifies officers in need of assistance early on, allowing supervisors to intervene with the appropriate support in an effort to put the officer on the right trajectory toward a successful career and prevent any adverse outcome that would be harmful to the officer, the department, or the community.

Our nation’s law enforcement officers face unpredictable situations involving cruelty, injury, danger, and risk on a daily basis. Responding to difficult and dangerous people, working long hours and overnight shifts, and other work-related stressors take physical and emotional tolls on officers that can result in obesity, heart attacks, substance abuse, and even suicide.