TTA News & Information

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.

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.

Many agencies are looking for alternative ways to respond to calls for low-level incidences. To help address this, the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program held the webinar “Alternative Response to Calls for Service—Denver STAR Program” in March 2021. During this webinar, Dr.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The U.S. Department of Justice has many programs and resources dedicated to officer safety and wellness, including addressing mental health and preventing suicide. These are a few of them:

May is National Drug Court Month, honoring the work that drug court professionals do around the country to help those impacted by substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Below are some drug court resources developed by some of BJA’s training and technical assistance grantees.