law enforcement

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking nominations for its annual Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor now through July 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. To honor public safety officers, Congress passed The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, which created the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor—the highest national award for valor for public safety officers.

Webinar: “Part 2: Mindfulness Strategies for Law Enforcement”

Join the International Association of Chiefs of Police on June 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST for “Part 2: Mindfulness Strategies for Law Enforcement” webinar. This webinar is part of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Officer Safety Initiatives Program. It will be hosted by Mindful Junkie Founder, Gina White. Police officers across every rank, dispatchers, victim services personnel, crime scene personnel, other law enforcement personnel, and family members are encouraged to attend this 30-minute interactive mindfulness session.

Webinar: Web Resources for Identifying Effective Criminal Justice Programs: What They Offer and How They Differ

Researchers, program planners, and policy makers have access to a number of web-based resources that serve as a centralized source of information on what works in criminal and juvenile justice. These resources typically present information on the characteristics and effectiveness of various programs or practices along with a summary of the empirical evidence on their effectiveness drawn from evaluations or meta-analyses.

Effective Collaborations: 10 Steps to Address the Opioid Crisis

This webinar will explore successful examples of law enforcement/community coalitions that have produced positive outcomes. Examples of positive outcomes include increasing public awareness of opioid risks, reaching youth with critical messages regarding fentanyl, responding to fatal overdoses, reducing stigma associated with Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and promoting links to effective treatment. The webinar will also discuss multidisciplinary and community policing partnerships that helped lead to program success.

Webinar: “Pandemic Lessons, Police Accountability and the Shifting Role of the Prosecutor”

In the past two months, prosecutors' offices and court systems across the nation have seen their daily work to maintain constitutional justice uprooted, altered, and halted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, in response to George Floyd’s death, the criminal justice system also began facing calls for expanded police accountability. The role of the prosecutor is changing rapidly and the steps that prosecutors take in the upcoming months could impact the justice system for years to come.

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