TTA News & Information

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) recently released an updated edition of Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement, which was originally released in 2000. The updated version provides law enforcement professionals and first responders step-by-step guidance on a complete range of crime investigation tasks – from securing the scene to submitting the evidence.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is committed to being responsive to the needs of the criminal justice field. Through NTTAC, BJA is excited to announce four new training and technical assistance (TTA) resources that can be tailored to address the critical needs faced by state, local, and tribal agencies.

Are you attending the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., October 19-23? If so, be sure to stop by one of the thirteen various workshops that highlight the Bureau of Justice Assistance's (BJA) work – through partners and funding – in support of law enforcement.

In an effort to implement President Obama’s Digital Government Strategy, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) recently published an application programming interface (API) that provides access to twenty years (1993-2013) of OJP Grant Awards Data in open, machine-readable formats. The interface includes current-year grant awards data and is updated daily. According to OJP’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Operations and Management, James H.

Register for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 2013 Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking sponsored by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and various state agencies. The one and a half-day summit will take place October 3-4 at the Omni Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. The objective of the summit is to raise awareness of human trafficking at both the national and state level and to bring together federal, state, and local agencies and stakeholders to promote a coordinated response to human trafficking in Virginia.

Please join the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) for their September Final Fridays webinar, Using Data to Advance Equity, Accountability and Professionalism, which will be held on Friday, September 27, from 3 – 4 p.m. EST. This webinar will be led by Whitney Tymas, Director of Prosecution and Racial Justice Programs (PRJ) at the Vera Institute of Justice.

Recently, Justice and Health Connect launched a new website to increase the ability of government agencies and community organizations to share information across behavioral health and justice systems. When law enforcement agencies, courts, probation and parole departments, jails, and prisons use health information, they can make intelligent decisions about which people are eligible to participate in drug courts, receive alternatives to incarceration, and enter into specialized treatment programs.

Register now for the Building Collaborative Relationships to Enhance Tribal-State-Local-Federal Public Safety Efforts webinar, which is taking place tomorrow, August 27, from 3 - 4 p.m. (EST). Webinar presenters will share lessons learned and best practices that can be used to assist participants who are building collaborative relationships in tribal-state-local-federal initiatives to sustain public safety.