TTA News & Information

In anticipation of upcoming Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) solicitations, BJA is hosting two trainings to help prospective applicants find funding opportunities. The first session, titled “Funding Opportunities for Your Community in 2021: An Overview of What’s Ahead,” will be held on January 14, 2021, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET. It will focus on BJA’s 2021 funding plans, eligibility requirements, and estimated funding amounts.

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is offering free virtual training and support to three local jurisdictions (e.g., county, city) during the winter/spring of 2021.

Tailored to your agency, the training will focus on several topics related to the intersection of people with mental illness and the criminal justice system, including the following:

Treatment courts implement community-based treatment and rigorous monitoring to help individuals and to reduce recidivism and incarceration. To help establish treatment courts, the Center for Court Innovation, which developed New York City’s first drug court and New York’s first mental health court, manage the program Treatment Courts Online, The National Training System for Treatment Court Practitioners (treatmentcourts.org).

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is now accepting nominations for the Congressional Badge of Bravery, which honors federal, state, and local law enforcement officers who have shown exceptional bravery in the line of duty. Annually, the U.S. Attorney General awards the medals, and the recipients’ Congressional representatives present the awards.

“To meet the definition of an act of bravery, nominees for the Congressional Badge of Bravery must have either:

Criminal justice professionals engaged in today’s national debate about criminal justice reform can learn from past efforts at collaboration. In 2019, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill saw a need for prosecutors and police chiefs to have candid conversations and really listen to each other when making policy decisions.

The Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS) Training and Technical Assistance Center, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP), released the transcript of their podcast “The Power of Peers.” According to the podcast, “The Peer Recovery Support Services Training and Technical Assistance Center supports COSSAP grantees as they plan, implement, and evaluate peer recovery support services.

Join CNA and its partners (Arizona State University, and Justice and Security Strategies) for a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) webinar. “Implementing BWC Technology in a Small Agency” will take place on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET.

Join the National White Collar Crime Center for their webinar “NDCAC Resources for Law Enforcement in the Digital Age” on December 15, 2020 at 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET. The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Domestic Communications Assistance Center (NDCAC) aims to help law enforcement agencies find and use resources to address the challenges of advanced communications services and technologies.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently released the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV) Strategy, 2nd Edition. The guide offers a customizable approach to victim response and is designed for all law enforcement staff in various sizes of agencies. ELERV outlines the benefits and challenges of adopting victim-centered, trauma-informed philosophies and practices as well as ways to successfully implement them. Some highlighted resources include:

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, which is run through Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), is convening four topical Communities of Practice (CoPs) to work intensively with select communities on the following topics:

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