TTA News & Information

Please join the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) for their March Final Fridays webinar, Restitution Enforcement: A Practical Approach to Assure Restitution to Victims. The webinar will be held on Friday, March 29 from 3 – 4 p.m. EST. The webinar will highlight the Restitution Enforcement Court in Maricopa County, Arizona, and will be presented by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Roland J.

Registration for the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Technology Institute for Law Enforcement is now open. This event will take place June 2-6 in Annapolis, MD, and provides law enforcement officers with the opportunity to learn about, and discuss, technology initiatives and issues affecting the law enforcement community.

Register now for a new, free online training course for law enforcement: Addressing Crimes Committed Using Handheld Devices. This Bureau of Justice Assistance-supported training was developed by Drakontas, in partnership with Drexel University and BKForensics. This free, self-paced, online training is designed for use in-service, workplace training, or to support training conducted in classrooms by certified personnel.

With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) has launched its new website, Developed with the input of noted experts, this free, online resource provides a straightforward guide to walk non-scientists through the key disciplines that are crucial to today’s investigative and judicial process.

With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) has released SAA Strategic Planning: Stakeholder Engagement Strategies. This document details how State Criminal Justice Administering Agencies engage in strategic planning, while also examining stakeholder identification, outreach, and engagement strategies. This report also provides information on data integration and strategic planning consensus-building strategies.

What is happening in cities where murder rates are down, and what is not happening in those cities where murder rates are escalating? What are the most important elements to consider within a jurisdiction with respect to homicides and public safety? Don’t forget to join the Urban Institute tomorrow, March 5, for a forum on how criminal justice practitioners can put homicide rates in their place.

In commemoration of Black History Month, the Office of Justice Programs Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will present a web forum discussion on best practices for reaching young men of color exposed to violence. Tomorrow, February 28 at 2 p.m. EST, join Mitru Ciarlante and John Rich, MD, MPH, for this online discussion and exchange of expertise and best practices. To submit questions for Ms. Ciarlante and Dr. Rich in advance, visit the OVC web forum now at

Registration for the next Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) – Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) Joint Symposium and Congressional Briefing on evidence-based policing is now open. The symposium, which will take place April 8-9, 2013 in Arlington, Va., will focus on translating police research into practice.

The West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative, in collaboration with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), is holding the 2013 Spring Essentials of Forensic Science for Legal Professionals program. The two-day program will provide the basic precepts of forensic science training and supply the tools to effectively apply this information for trial. Attendees will also be given information on evaluating the scientific rigor of expert testimony and the reliability of forensic evidence.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the Smart Policing Initiative. This program furthers the Department of Justice's mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system. Applicants must register with prior to submitting a concept paper. All concept papers must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 14, 2013.