Law Enforcement

Body-Worn Camera Footage: What do we do with all of that evidence? (Part II)

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched the Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) in FY 2015 to assist law enforcement agencies in enhancing or implementing BWC programs. PIP’s primary goals are to improve public safety, reduce crime, and improve trust between police and the citizens they serve.

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.

Webinar – Neurobiology Applications for Community Supervision Professionals in Interpersonal Violence

Join the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College for their webinar “Neurobiology Applications for Community Supervision Professionals in Interpersonal Violence” on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET. During the webinar, participants will learn about the foundation of trauma, its impact on the brain, and how to recognize it in yourself and others. Presenters will also discuss what it means to be trauma-informed and how to help yourself and others through a trauma response. The webinar will emphasize trauma in victim/survivors and offenders.  

COSSAP Webinar: A Path to Recovery—The Story of a Peer Support Specialist

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) for their webinar "A Path to Recovery—The Story of a Peer Support Specialist" on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will feature a peer support specialist who will share her experiences with addiction, overdose, and path to recovery. The meeting host will also discuss addiction as it relates to the brain, as well as substance use disorder as a disease rather than a choice.

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.

During COVID-19 it has been challenging to connect people with appropriate medical care, especially incarcerated and recently released individuals. The rise in telehealth services can help address this problem and can be a cost-efficient and effective way to provide care.

Webinar: Innovative Practices and Policies to Reduce Criminal Case Backlogs

Join the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys on Wednesday, March 31 at 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET. This webinar, supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, will feature three jurisdictions using innovative approaches to reducing their backlogs during the pandemic, including updating policies, using pre-entry advocates, and continuing jury trials.