TTA Spotlight

Welcome to NTTAC’s TTA Spotlight! Through these TTA Spotlights, NTTAC will highlight those TTA engagements that have demonstrated success in achieving meaningful impact in the criminal justice system. It is our hope that these TTA Spotlights will enhance awareness and understanding of best practices to be replicated by criminal justice professionals. By highlighting these model engagements, NTTAC hopes to facilitate the sharing of information on provider capabilities, critical success factors, and achieved impact in order to strengthen the level of collaboration across the criminal justice community.

Over the years, researchers and practitioners have supported the implementation of numerous policing strategies to prevent crime and increase public safety. Some of these strategies proved to be effective in preventing crime and enhancing public safety, while some showed promising outcomes that contributed to community outreach, technology adoption, crime mapping, resource allocation, and data collection. Below, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) has highlighted resources that can help law enforcement decisionmakers build awareness of effective crime reduction and policing strategies.

Across the United States, criminal justice agencies have adopted various types of technology-based tools and processes to support crime prevention, law enforcement, and other aspects of the justice system. This technology adoption has included the use of hard technology, such as closed-circuit television cameras, computers in squad cars, and body-worn cameras, as well as soft technology, such as risk assessment instruments and crime mapping. However, a recent National Institute of Justice study revealed that the capacity for identifying, acquiring, and using technology tools varies both within and across justice agencies, and many jurisdictions still lack a guiding strategy for technology adoption.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) offers a wide array of violence reduction information and resources to criminal justice agencies, policymakers, and practitioners, yet many agencies in need of assistance may struggle with navigating available resources and determining the appropriate DOJ points of contact for specific topics. In June 2018, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched the DOJ Violence Reduction Response Center (VRRC) to connect state, local, and tribal justice agencies, victims’ groups, and others with crime reduction training and technical assistance (TTA) resources offered by DOJ.

A disproportionate number of people who interact with the criminal justice system are persons with mental health disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities, often prompting specialized responses from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. 

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