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.

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.