Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ category: General

What is the difference between BJA NTTAC and the other TTA providers that BJA works with?

The goal of BJA NTTAC is to provide TTA services to meet the needs of the field that aren’t addressed through current funding to TTA providers. BJA NTTAC closely coordinates its services and support to the field with all of BJA’s TTA providers and will coordinate the work of all of BJA’s TTA services through enhancing coordination and collaboration efforts among BJA’s TTA providers.

What is the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC)?

Established in 2008 by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), BJAs NTTAC connects state, local, and tribal justice agencies in need of assistance with specialized guidance – known as technical assistance – from national experts to help address those needs. The justice agencies BJA NTTAC assists range from prosecutors' offices, to police departments, to city and county commissioners, to corrections departments. Our goal is to provide these agencies the resources needed to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, manage offenders, and combat victimization.

What is training and technical assistance (TTA)?

BJA NTTAC’s training and specialized guidance – also known as technical assistance – take a variety of forms that can be combined or modified to meet the unique needs of criminal justice practitioners and agencies, as well as elected officials, community organizations, or citizen advocates. Services range from short-term to more comprehensive, longer-term engagements and cover a variety of justice topics. The objectives of BJA’s training and technical assistance (TTA) services are to:

  • Provide information to grantees and criminal justice professionals to replicate model programs and approaches;
  • Increase knowledge and use of best practices, emerging technologies, and new models; and
  • Help agencies and jurisdictions identify and address operational and programmatic needs.

 

Who is the primary audience of BJA NTTAC?

BJA NTTAC supports the work of criminal justice practitioners and agencies; elected officials; community organizations; or citizen advocates in state, local, and tribal justice communities.

FAQ category: Requestor

What is the process for submitting a TTA request to BJA NTTAC?

To submit a TTA request through BJA NTTAC, please complete our online application form. Once the application for TTA services is submitted, an email notification is sent to the user who submitted the application, confirming that the information was successfully transmitted. BJA NTTAC staff will review the application and an additional assessment form will be sent to the request point of contact to collect more in-depth information regarding the request. As part of the assessment, a letter of support must be submitted from an authorizing official from the requesting agency for the TTA services being requested. Once the assessment form and letter of support are submitted, the BJA NTTAC team will review the responses and schedule a call with the requestor to fill in any gaps and address any questions.

What is the process for applying for and receiving a BJA NTTAC grant?

BJA NTTAC is not a grant making organization; BJA NTTAC provides support for training and technical assistance services.

FAQ category: Provider

What level of coordination and collaboration with BJA NTTAC will be required for me or my organization to deliver TTA services?

To ensure that there is consistent communication between BJA NTTAC and a TTA provider working on an engagement, TTA providers must be willing to share regular status updates with BJA NTTAC throughout the provision of TTA services. It is the role of the TTA provider to maintain steady communication and serve as the face of BJA NTTAC in the field. Once the TTA engagement is complete and in order for BJA NTTAC to continually improve our services, BJA NTTAC solicits feedback from TTA providers regarding the overall process of working with the requesting agency and BJA NTTAC, as well as the result of the TTA engagement.