Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide:

Developed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, this guide is intended to identify the critical elements of violent crime reduction efforts.

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Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

Offering actions that first responders can take to protect themselves from exposure; when exposure occurs; and when they or their partners exhibit signs of intoxication.

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Fentanyl: The Real Deal Video

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Five in 5

The Criminal intelligence Coordinating Council’s (CICC) Five in 5 is a snapshot of law enforcement and criminal intelligence-related articles, resources, and research that may be of interest to CICC members and partners working to improve the nation’s ability to develop and share criminal intelligence. Read the Latest Edition   or   View the Archives

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Managing Change: Transitioning to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)

NIBRS takes UCR Program data to the next level by capturing wide-ranging details on crime incidents and separate offenses within the same incident, including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property. Law enforcement agencies around the country have started making the transition to NIBRS and are already seeing the benefits. The video below highlights agencies that are implementing NIBRS.


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Alerts Save Lives: A Unified Message Regarding the Need to Support Nationwide Alerts:

This message defines the different alerts types, stresses the import role alerts play in law enforcement and community member safety, and what steps are being taken to further enhance alert processes.

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Crime Analysis on Demand

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) offers training and technical assistance (TTA) to law enforcement agencies to enhance their capabilities.  The BJA NTTAC supports a wide range of TTA for state, local, tribal, or territorial criminal justice agencies under the Crime Analysis on Demand TTA program.  Examples of this support can be found in the fact sheet below. 

The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Resource Center

According to provisional counts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoses—including illicit drugs and prescription opioids—killed more than 72,000 Americans in 2017, a two-fold increase in ten years.

Responding to this epidemic is one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s top priorities.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) aims to reduce opioid abuse and the number of overdose fatalities, as well as mitigate the impacts on crime victims by supporting comprehensive, collaborative initiatives.  To help jurisdictions design and implement their COAP program, BJA launched the COAP Resource Center.  The materials in the COAP Resource Center support effective state, local, tribal, and territorial responses to the opioid epidemic.

Byrne JAG Promising Practices

The National Criminal Justice Association recently launched the new Library of Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Promising Practices.  This searchable library highlights Byrne JAG-funded programs across the country and allows users to showcase promising practices, generate new ideas, and potentially replicate successful programs.

The library contains over 200 calendar-year 2016 program examples from all 50 states and Washington, DC, to demonstrate how Byrne JAG dollars are being invested throughout the nation.  Users can browse the entire librarysearch by keyword, or filter entries by state, purpose area, or 22 different project types.

Police Body-Worn Camera Legislation Tracker

Laws governing how and when police body-worn cameras can be used and whether the footage is released vary considerably across the country. The Urban Institute has developed a legislation tracker to find out more about passed and pending state legislation.  Recently, the Urban Institute updated the tracker and published an article on five new trends in state body-worn camera legislation:

  • States are developing evidence-based model policies and standards.

  • There’s no nationwide standard on when footage is considered public record.

  • Privacy issues continue to surface.

  • State guidelines regarding officer viewings of body camera footage before investigations are rare but needed.

  • It’s not just about state legislation (but also includes local agencies’ policies and processes).

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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), which is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides funding through a competitive grant program to support the jurisdictional reform of approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in sexual assault kits (SAKs) that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory. SAKI aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases by assisting jurisdictions in establishing sustainable change in practices, protocols, and policies as they relate to untested SAKs and sexual assault response.

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