The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is accepting nominations for the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing, which “recognizes individual state, local, or tribal sworn rank-and-file police officers, deputies, and troopers for exceptional efforts in effective community policing.” The Attorney General will present the awards at a ceremony honoring recipients in Washington, D.C., at the Great Hall of the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Department Building.
In 1962, President Kennedy designated May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. National Police Week pays special recognition to officers who have fallen in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Due to challenges with COVID-19, National Police Week looks a little bit different this year. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will host virtual events during the week of May 9–15, 2021 with a focus on officer safety and wellness.
As part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Office for Victims of Crimes recognized individuals and organizations who had performed outstanding victims’ rights services. This year, the Award for First Responders was presented to Robin Taylor of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio and John Guard, Chief Deputy with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, which underscores the vital role of law enforcement in supporting victims.
Join the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) and its partners for National Reentry Week on April 26–30, 2021. They will be sharing resources, including on-demand webinars, podcasts, and publications throughout the week. Each day will focus on a different topic: employment and education, behavioral health and housing, youth and family, making reentry work, and evaluation.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many courts worked to switch to a virtual format, while criminal court cases became backlogged. This problem has continued throughout the pandemic to the point that some courts face such a large backlog that some cases may need to be dropped. To help address this challenge and others related to virtual courts and backlogged cases, the Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence published the report “Prosecutor Backlog Causes, Data and Solutions” in January 2021.
President Biden declared April as Second Chance Month in support of reentry services. Reentry Week will also take place April 26–30, 2021. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) will host virtual events and resources related to reentry during that week. Learn more.
As part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s e Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Category 3: Responses to Alcohol and Substance Abuse and Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Program, the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College produced the webinar “Building Stress-Resilient Tribal Communities.” This webinar discusses factors that lead to stress, the correlation between stress and alcohol and substance abuse, and ways to reduce stress and build resilience in tribal communities.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) is a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) program that works to eliminate backlogs of untested rape kits. As part of these efforts, SAKI created the Core Standards for Sexual Assault Investigations Toolkit.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR), with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, operates the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), which was established by the Second Chance Act (SCA). SCA provides federal funding and support to jurisdictions and nonprofits that provide reentry services and those working to reduce recidivism.