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 beginning of the year brings an ongoing release of grant solicitations. With the many funding opportunities with specific focuses, it’s essential that your agency present a polished and focused grant application to give you the best chance at receiving funding. While grant writing can seem daunting, taking actionable steps and breaking down the process can help you write a solid grant application.

Losing even one life to officer suicide is too many. To address this important issue, the Bureau of Justice Assistance created the National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide.

The Bronx, New York community is a vibrant melting pot of individuals from many cultures, nationalities, and ethnicities. Despite the county being as large as most major cities—the Bronx has a population of roughly 1.2 million people—it has historically been under-resourced and continues to be today, including in social services and education. When District Attorney Darcel Denise Clark (DA Clark) took office in January 2016, she outlined a new vision and plan to modernize the Office of the Bronx District Attorney (Bronx DA’s Office).

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) connects state, local, and tribal justice agencies in need of assistance with no-cost training and specialized guidance—also known as training and technical assistance—both in person and virtually on a wide variety of criminal justice topics. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, BJA Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) providers served thousands of agencies by delivering a variety of TTA activities and creating many resources tailored to the needs of the field, some of which are highlighted below.

A pretrial assessment is designed to balance individuals’ rights for due process, ensure public safety, and maintain the integrity of the judicial system. So how do you ensure the pretrial assessment process is fair? That’s the question Las Vegas Municipal Court (LVMC) wanted to address when implementing the Nevada Pretrial Risk Assessment (NPRA) tool.

At the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), each requestor comes to us with distinct needs that require tailored support. For example, some requestors have general crime concerns while others have a desire to assess current operations or learn best practices. This is where the BJA NTTAC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Coordinator comes in.

It’s law enforcement's job to keep our communities safe, but they can’t do it alone. Officers must work with community members to create a team approach to the crime fight.

Dane County, Wisconsin—home of the nationally acclaimed University of Wisconsin-Madison, the state capital, and beautiful land and lakes—is commonly cited as one of America’s most livable counties. Yet, for African Americans in the community, racial disparities paint a different picture, especially in the criminal justice system.

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.