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.

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.

A question that we are often asked at the National Center on Restorative Justice (NCRJ) is “how does restorative justice differ from more mainstream approaches to justice-making in the criminal justice system and beyond?”

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. BJA worked with 148 BJA training and technical assistance (TTA) awards totaling over $545,000,000 and supported 131 BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) engagements.

Law enforcement agencies and jurisdictions across the United States are increasingly recognizing the importance of using crime analysis to disrupt crime patterns in their communities. However, the question that many agencies face is, “Where do we start?” Agencies may look for outside help to address their crime analysis needs. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), for example, provides crime analysis training and technical assistance (TTA).

Please note that the application deadline has passed. 

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is accepting applications for the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP). PSP serves as a U.S. DOJ-wide initiative that enables cities experiencing high rates of violent crime to partner with DOJ and to receive intensive, coordinated training and technical assistance (TTA) from DOJ to support and enhance public safety and community violence intervention (CVI) strategies.

Cities across the U.S. are experiencing an increase in gun violence and homicides, especially in segregated, high-poverty neighborhoods. Black men and women, Latinos, and Native Americans are disproportionately impacted by this violence.

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.

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