TTA News & Information

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, recently released the report “A Matter of Public Health and Safety: How States Can Support Local Crisis Systems.” The report discusses five actions state policymakers can take to fund and sustain local crisis systems, which relieve the burden on law enforcement, hospitals, and jails while providing individuals with much-needed resources to address and prevent mental health crises.

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to support communities seeking to implement or expand Community Violence Intervention (CVI) efforts, subject matter experts will present on CVI-related topics in a series of webinars. This webinar series is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education, and the White House Domestic Policy Council.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police created the Home Safe Library of Resources as part of their work supporting Kevin and Avonte Program grant sites through the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Reducing Injury and Death of Missing Individuals with Dementia and Developmental Disabilities program. This library is a free, publicly available, searchable online catalog that includes articles, webinars, tools, and other resources on wandering, elopement, missing persons, and law enforcement response to individuals with dementia and other developmental disabilities.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Program. The Medal of Valor is the highest honor for public safety officers, and it was created when Congress passed The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001. The President or Vice President award the medals annually to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) recently released a how to guide for state administering agencies (SAAs) titled “How and Why to Engage with Local Criminal Justice Planning Boards.” This guide provides case studies for four states on effective approaches to include diverse stakeholder groups in planning processes by engaging their Local Criminal Justice Planning Boards, often referred to as Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils.

Join the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) for a free, virtual presentation on their latest study “Averting Targeted School Violence: A U.S. Secret Service Analysis of Plots Against Schools” on Tuesday, June 29 at 12:00–3:30 p.m. ET. The study examines 67 disrupted plots against K–12 schools and highlights the importance of proactive reporting and intervention. This presentation is a replay of a previously broadcast live event from March 30, 2021.

With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice operates the Conviction Review/Integrity Units Resource Center. “This Resource Center aggregates and organizes resources, best practices, and materials that Conviction Integrity Units and Conviction Review Units across the country have found valuable.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance currently has over 30 funding opportunities with deadlines in June and July, and they update their website regularly with new opportunities.