News Archive

Crime Victim Awareness Through the Decades

December 6, 2019

In 1974, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) launched a new initiative to fund research that analyzed the needs and problems of crime victims. This initiative has flourished over the past 45 years, as NIJ has continued to play an integral role in performing and funding research on issues critical to victim recovery and evaluating victim services.

NIJ funding has spanned from early victim and witness programs, to experiments to find ways to deter intimate partner violence, to evaluation of grant programs funded by the Office for Victims of Crime to support wraparound legal services for victims.

Online Course: Designing Effective Community Responses to Radicalization to Violence

December 6, 2019

Designing Effective Community Responses to Radicalization to Violence (DECRRV) is a six-week, no-cost online course that provides an interactive, hands-on opportunity to apply design thinking methodologies to the development of community-based Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts. This course was developed by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Training and Education Division.

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how whole community approaches to CVE can build resilience to hazards.

  • Identify the five phases of the design thinking process and associated techniques.

  • Describe how design thinking methods can be used to develop a community-based program to counter violent extremism.

  • Utilize design thinking to develop a community engagement program to counter violent extremism.

New Website: AMBER Alert in Indian Country

December 6, 2019

A newly redesigned AMBER Alert website now features Indian Country resources. From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the refreshed AMBER Alert website now includes access to the AMBER Alert in Indian Country website, a summary of the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative, and training and technical assistance resources. The website, managed by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), provides resources to help regional and state-level AMBER Alert training and coordination efforts and links to resources that support the AMBER Alert program through national partners and OJJDP grantees.

NIBRS Transition: National Crime Statistics Exchange

November 29, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS), are spearheading the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) to increase the number of law enforcement agencies reporting detailed crime data to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). NCS-X is enrolling an additional 400 scientifically selected agencies to report to NIBRS, including all of the largest agencies in the United States. Once data from the 400 NCS-X agencies are combined with the nearly 7,000 current NIBRS-reporting agencies, the nation will have detailed crime information from law enforcement agencies that serve an estimated two-thirds of American citizens, and from which national estimates can be accurately developed. 

The majority of BJS funds from this program have provided direct resources to state and local law enforcement agencies. Funds also have supported training and technical assistance and the development of statistical estimation procedures.

Stopping Fentanyl at the Border

November 29, 2019

In this article from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), scientists discuss the effectiveness of chemical screening at points of entry. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency there are large quantities of the synthetic drug fentanyl flowing into the country at ports of entry along the Southwest border. Because this drug drives a nationwide overdose epidemic, law enforcement agencies are considering technologies that might help stem the flow.

These NIST Scientists have tested whether a chemical detection technology called ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) can be used to screen vehicles for fentanyl. Their results show that IMS can be effective for this purpose and include sensitivity levels, error rates, and other performance metrics that can help authorities weigh the costs and benefits of using this technology.

Guide to Addressing Crime Hot Spots

November 29, 2019

Under the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) initiative the problem-oriented policing (POP) guide Understanding and Responding to Crime and Disorder Hot Spots was recently released. This guide was developed in collaboration with the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing at Arizona State University and BJA.

The POP guide examines:

  • Defining what crime hot spots are and discussing why they are important.

  • Identifying crime-concentrated areas.

  • Addressing crime hot spots with effective policing strategies.

Webinar: Mass Shootings and Victim Considerations During Prosecution

November 29, 2019

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) for their webinar “Mass Shootings and Victim Considerations.” This webinar will focus on a topical and complex subject that is likely at the forefront of many prosecutors’ minds. District Attorney George Brauchler—widely known as the prosecutor of James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado, gunman—will examine the issues district attorneys face while prosecuting mass-shooting cases. He will provide anecdotal insights and lessons learned along the way. This webinar is part of APA’s Capital Litigation Improvement Project webinar series.

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., ET

FBI Report: Hate Crime Statistics

November 29, 2019

There were over 7,000 reported incidents of hate crimes in 2018 according to the latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in its annual report, Hate Crime Statistics, 2018. While overall incidents of hate crimes remained relatively flat between 2017 and 2018, incidents of violent attacks rose. 

Of the more than 5,500 offenses classified as crimes against persons, 46 percent were for intimidation, 34 percent were for simple assault, and 18.4 percent were for aggravated assault. In addition, 24 murders and 22 rapes were classified as hate crimes. 

Law Enforcement Dog Encounters Training

November 22, 2019

The Office of Community Oriented Police Services publishes materials for law enforcement and community stakeholders collaboratively addressing crime and disorder challenges. These free publications provide best-practice approaches and access to collective knowledge from the field.

Its newest release, Law Enforcement Dog Encounters Training (LEDET): A Toolkit for Law Enforcement, is designed to help law enforcement officers deal with dog encounters. Use of force by law enforcement officers, deadly or otherwise, has become a major issue before the public. As human cases have become more visible, so have cases in which law enforcement officers have used deadly force against companion dogs. The purpose of this toolkit is to provide law enforcement agencies and officers with the information, tools, and resources necessary to handle dog encounters.

American Indian Justice Conference-December 5–6, 2019

November 22, 2019

The American Indian Justice Conference (taking place on December 5–6, 2019, in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico) is a free event that will provide training to tribal communities to enhance their response to alcohol and drug abuse, enable them to recognize how trauma impacts drug and alcohol abuse in tribal communities, and identify current trends and best practices for tribal justice systems to strengthen multidisciplinary approaches to healing and justice.

The conference, supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will feature five multidisciplinary tracks:  Alcohol and Substance Abuse; Courts and Traditional Justice; Probation, Reentry, and Policing; Strategic Planning; and Addressing Violent Crime in Native Communities.

Digital Evidence Task Force Executive Primer

November 22, 2019

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has released a publication entitled “Digital Evidence Task Force Executive Primer.” This provides law enforcement executives what they need to understand the complexities of digital evidence, consider what policy changes they may need to adopt, and how they can work with their communities and policymakers to succeed in an ever-changing environment. The document covers policy considerations, the problems associated with “going dark,” and education and outreach. 

FBI Report: Lone Offender Terrorism

November 22, 2019

A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) study of lone offender terrorist attacks in the United States takes an unprecedented look at the backgrounds, behavioral characteristics, and circumstances surrounding 52 attacks since 1972, as well as the singular perpetrators and the bystanders who often see clues but rarely act on them.

The “Lone Offender Terrorism Report,” produced by the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), analyzed domestic attacks between 1972 and 2015. Within BAU, researchers reviewed a trove of data and contextual investigative information in FBI case files and police records—as well as academic research and media accounts—to develop a richer picture of the varied circumstances surrounding dozens of lone offender attacks.

Webinar: Stepping Up Data-Driven Justice

November 22, 2019

Many communities are focusing on the small number of people who frequently cycle in and out of emergency rooms, shelters, crisis services, and the justice system—a population that disproportionately contributes to the high utilization of resources. In Part Two of a series on collecting and using data, Stepping Up and the Data-Driven Justice Project—supported by the National Association of Counties (NACo)—will host a no-cost webinar featuring counties that have implemented policies and practices that identify frequent utilizers of these systems and use this information to connect people with appropriate treatment and services.

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., ET

A Primer for Police Leaders on Futures Thinking

November 15, 2019

In a profession that tends to be reactive and responsive, futures thinking encourages police leaders and organizations to identify the future they prefer and to work to bring that future into reality.

A collaboration among the National Police Foundation, the Society of Police Futurists International, and the Futures Working Group —supported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation —this document provides guidance to public safety leaders on the potential impact of societal changes and how to appropriately apply futures thinking to such scenarios.

Webinar: Forensics and Business Email Compromises

November 15, 2019

This no-cost webinar, brought to you by the National White Collar Crime Center, will cover the types of evidence that should be collected in response to a business email compromise/Office 365 email investigation, methods of email compromise (e.g., phishing, malware), types of data at risk, and commonly seen schemes.

Date:  November 13, 2019 
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: Rapid and Effective Identification of Organic and Inorganic Gunshot Residues

November 15, 2019

Forensic laboratories and law enforcement personnel provide valuable support in the reconstruction of events and assessment of the value of evidence in firearm-related investigations. The main goal of this webinar, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), is to present a discussion of the current state of gunshot residue (GSR) detection and efforts being made to improve current capabilities.

This no-cost webinar presents the development and validation of novel methods to identify organic and inorganic gunshot residues. Electrochemical and laser-based spectroscopic techniques (LIBS) are presented as screening methods that are quicker, more selective, and more powerful than any current field-testing technique. At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand challenges faced in forensic analysis of gunshot residues.

  • Recognize the capabilities and limitations of electrochemistry, LIBS, and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry for GSR detection.

  • Identify the value of using populations that simulate casework samples for the validation and assessment of performance measures of qualitative data.

Date:  November 20, 2019 
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., ET

Joint Statement: Security of 2020 Elections

November 15, 2019

Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, FBI Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director General Paul Nakasone, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs released a joint statement regarding the security of the 2020 election. 

In the joint statement, representatives from across the federal government named election security as a top priority for the U.S. government. They also warned that adversaries will seek to interfere in the voting process or influence voter perceptions in the next election through a variety of means, including social media campaigns, disinformation operations, or disruptive or destructive cyberattacks on state and local infrastructure. To protect U.S. elections, the agencies have increased their level of support to state and local election officials. 

New Website: COAP Resource Center

November 15, 2019

The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP), funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, works to support effective responses to the opioid epidemic to reduce overdose deaths, promote public safety, and support access to treatment and recovery services in the criminal justice system. The recently updated COAP Resource Center provides many opportunities for local, state, tribal, and territorial stakeholders to address the opioid epidemic in their communities through policy efforts and practical solutions. 
Resources include the following:

Webinar: Surviving the Service: Cardiac, Cancer, Behavioral Threats, and The Role of Early Detection

November 8, 2019

Members of the uniformed services have unique occupational health risks. Tragically, each year countless men and women with law enforcement, fire and rescue services, and emergency management services lose their lives or suffer permanent disability from entirely preventable occupational health risks. Largely, this occupational risk includes fatal cardiovascular events. On November 14, 2019, the International Public Safety Association will host a no-cost webinar on health in the uniformed services.

Date:  November 14, 2019 
Time:  12:00 Noon – 1:15 p.m., ET

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Portal

November 8, 2019

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has recently updated its toolkit to include the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Portal. The SAFER Portal is a collection of best practices and protocols that provide guidance on using a multidisciplinary approach that ensures effective communication and offers policy considerations.

These updates were developed in response to the National Institute of Justice SAFER guidelines, which are found in National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach.

Congressional Testimony: Global Terrorism -- Threats to the Homeland

November 8, 2019

Last week, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray gave a statement before the House Homeland Security Committee. In his remarks, he discussed the current threats to the United States including homegrown violent extremism, cybercrime, and hostile foreign intelligence operations.

The Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice

November 8, 2019

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order last week to establish the Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice (the Commission)—the first comprehensive commission on criminal justice in nearly 50 years.

The Commission will conduct a comprehensive review of the nation’s criminal justice system, develop a strategic plan to include recommendations for moving forward, and provide guidance to federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. The Commission will study issues that are critical to ensuring that our communities are safe and that those who enforce and administer the law are properly supported.

Pilot Program: Use of Body-Worn Cameras

November 8, 2019

On Monday, October 28, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a pilot program which, for the first time, will allow federally deputized task force officers to use body-worn cameras while serving arrest warrants or executing search warrants. The DOJ partners with state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement on hundreds of federal task forces throughout the nation. Together, these task forces work to combat violent crime, stem the flow of illegal narcotics, and arrest dangerous fugitives. Several of DOJ’s partner agencies require their officers to wear body-worn cameras and have requested that their officers wear these cameras on federal task forces when the use of force is possible.

Law Enforcement Best Practices —Lessons Learned From the Field

November 1, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services examines key areas for community policing. These areas include de-escalation; crisis intervention; first-line supervisors; early intervention systems; internal affairs; recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention; and data systems.

The Law Enforcement Best Practices guide was developed in collaboration with experts and practitioners from across the country and provides best and promising practices grounded in academic research and practical experience, suitable for agencies of all sizes. In order to address the complex relationship among each of these issues, the guide provides actionable checklists to start a conversation about the actions law enforcement agencies can take to positively affect the quality of life and safety for every member of the community.

Learn How Police Agencies Can Get Survey Data at No Cost

November 1, 2019

The National Law Enforcement Applied Research and Data Platform is an effort facilitated by the National Police Foundation and funded by the National Institute of Justice. This new data-driven platform provides survey data to police agencies at no cost. The data may be used to drive policy decisions, as well as gauge the community’s perspectives on law enforcement.

The data is near-real-time, with survey content uploaded to the platform within 48 hours. Agencies that participate in the data platform are also given detailed written reports within ten days. To see what they provide, view a sample report. This report specifically focuses on the impact of technology on officer safety and wellness.

Webinar: Understanding the Darknet

November 1, 2019

As the Internet continues to evolve, new layers populate where offenders commit criminal offenses. One such area is known as the Darknet. Participants will learn how the Darknet works and how potential criminal activity is facilitated on the Darknet as a crucial part of investigating and prosecuting child exploitation cases. Additionally, participants will learn how to access other locations on the Darknet.  This no-cost webinar is hosted by the Midwest Regional Child Advocacy Center.

Date:  November 7, 2019 
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: The Opioid Crisis: One State's Approach to Supporting the Health and Wellness of Its First Responders

November 1, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program team, invites you to participate in this no-cost webinar. It will feature representatives from the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). Topics will include how first responders are becoming trauma-informed, practical applications of putting trauma-informed strategies in place, and innovative state and local programs (including training programs and support initiatives). The role of leadership and integrated system responses will be highlighted, including OhioMHAS’s new first responder liaison, who serves as a resource to first responders, their agencies, behavioral health care providers, and the community at large. Additionally, the Ohio Aiding Safety Services with Incident Survival Techniques (ASSIST) program will be introduced. Ohio ASSIST provides post-critical incident seminars to first responders and their families.

Date:  November 6, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

New Website: SLATT Program

November 1, 2019

The updated State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program website is now live and will house new and updated resources to help you in your efforts in countering terrorism. The SLATT Program, supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has been undergoing curriculum and website revitalization efforts to reflect a more role-based approach to identifying what terrorism looks like, understanding how to report it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and preparing to respond to an incident. As part of the revitalization effort, on-site training courses are being developed in order to provide content tailored to different roles: law enforcement, emergency managers, crime analysts, and intelligence analysts.

Please note, for security purposes, all previous user accounts were deactivated and are now obsolete. Information regarding the sign-up and vetting process for new SLATT user accounts will be available soon.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 2019 Toolkit

October 25, 2019

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. NCSAM 2019 emphasizes personal accountability and stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s overarching message—Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.focuses on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and e-commerce security.

The 2019 NCSAM Toolkit is a comprehensive guide that promotes positive, lasting cybersecurity habits.

Webinar: U.S. Department of Justice Tribal Access Program Overview

October 25, 2019

The Tribal Access Program (TAP) provides federally recognized tribes with enhanced ability to access and exchange data with the national crime information databases for both criminal justice and noncriminal justice purposes. It also provides training and software and biometric/biographic kiosk workstations to process finger and palm prints.

To assist and educate interested tribes, TAP will host a TAP Overview webinar on Monday, October 28, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., ET. To register for this no-cost webinar, email

BJA Programs Supporting Law Enforcement

October 25, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation’s criminal justice system. BJA’s grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide government jurisdictions (state, local, tribal, and territorial) and public and private organizations with the cutting-edge tools and best practices they need to support law enforcement, reduce violent and drug-related crime, and combat victimization.

BJA supports a wide suite of programs designed to help law enforcement. The following document provides information on these programs and includes both the associated websites and BJA policy leads.

To learn more about BJA, visit, or follow BJA on Facebook ( and Twitter (@DOJBJA).

The Strategies for Policing Innovation Initiative, Reflecting on Ten Years of Innovation

October 25, 2019

Over the past ten years, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, in partnership with CNA’s Institute for Public Research, has supported law enforcement agencies across the country in implementing innovative policing approaches through the Strategies for Policing Innovation Initiative (SPI, formerly the Smart Policing Initiative). SPI supports not only the development and implementation of innovative policing strategies, but also the research partnerships that result in in-depth analyses and rigorous evaluations of these strategies to advance what is known about effective and efficient policing practices. This report examines SPI’s accomplishments since its inception in 2009 and explores some of the major themes across SPI initiatives in both policing and policing research.

Community Policing in Action: Photo Contest

October 25, 2019

The sixth annual U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services “Community Policing in Action” Photo Contest is currently open and accepting submissions. This contest is an opportunity to visually share examples of community policing in action with other law enforcement and community stakeholders.

Each state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agency is invited to submit one photo that reflects the agency’s positive community engagement and trust building with community members, stakeholders, local government officials, and others.

Brief overview on how to enter a complete submission:

  • Select or snap a photo that best conveys your agency’s community policing ethos. Horizontal images are preferred.

  • Fill out the required Permission and Release to Law Enforcement Agencies Form and Privacy Consent, Waiver, and Release Authorizing Use and Disclosure of Photographic Image Forms for each recognizable individual.

  • Write a brief description of the photo and how it reflects your department’s positive community engagement.

Submissions will be accepted through Monday, November 4, 2019, at 8:00 PM, ET.

DHS Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence

October 18, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence explains how DHS will use the tools and expertise that have protected and strengthened the country from foreign terrorist organizations to address today’s evolving challenges.

Webinar: The Investigation and Prosecution of Gang-Related Crimes: An Introduction

October 18, 2019

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse and sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association, will serve as a primer for basic gang investigation and prosecution.  It will focus on different types of gangs, the importance of documenting gang members and gangs, and the tools that prosecutors need to have in order to be successful in court.

This webinar will discuss:

  • How to determine if a case is gang-related

  • What evidence is needed for a gang prosecution

  • Benefits of prosecuting a case as a gang crime

    This is the first of a three-part series on gang-related crime.  The other webinars in this series include:

  • January 23, 2020:  The Changing Face of Gangs and Criminal Organizations

  • March 31, 2020:   Challenges and Issues in Investigating & Prosecuting Gang-Related Crimes

Date:  October 22, 2019

Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

A Patrol Officer's Perspective

October 18, 2019

The demands of a community policing effort are different from one level of an organization to the next.  This publication, Community Policing: A Patrol Officer’s Perspective, and its companion volume, A First-Line Supervisor’s Perspective, illustrate how individual officers and supervisors can implement community policing practices in their agencies.  It contains examples of officer-led problem-solving and relationship-building, along with guidelines for understanding community policing concepts and practices.

These documents were developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.


Webinar: The Federal Funding Process: The First Steps to Applying, How to Prepare, and Other Considerations

October 18, 2019

This webinar will explain how the Office of Justice Programs grant process works, what applicants should understand when applying for funding, and other necessary steps that a first-time applicant should understand.  In this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • What requirements applicants should prepare pre-submission ( registration process)

  • How to find the critical elements of a solicitation

  • What to include in the application

  • Tips for developing a budget

  • How the peer review process works

Date:  October 30, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

Webinar: School Resource Officers: Conducting Formal Security and Vulnerability Assessments

October 18, 2019

In this no-cost webinar, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, the presenter will discuss the importance of conducting a formal security and vulnerability assessment as well as creating a diversified assessment team with adequate representation from various school-based groups.

Date:  October 29, 2019

Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET

2018 Crime Statistics—FBI’s Annual Crime in the United States

October 11, 2019

Both violent crime and property crime fell in 2018 from the previous year, according to “Crime in the United States, 2018,” the annual crime statistics report produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program. 

The crime data was voluntarily reported to the FBI by more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies across the country.  In 2018, there were about 1.2 million violent crimes, according to the report. Nearly every category of violent crime decreased in the last year, with the exception of rape offenses, which increased 2.7 percent.

In the property crime category, there were nearly 7.2 million offenses reported in 2018. Burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts all declined in 2018 compared with 2017 data.

OJJDP Launches Redesigned Website

October 11, 2019

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has launched a redesigned website that offers a modern look and feel, enhanced technology, and a more user-friendly experience on mobile devices.  The OJJDP website now features state-of-the-art search capabilities, updated site navigation, and a simplified layout. New content includes a state support page, expanded funding information, and a multimedia page that incorporates video messages from the OJJDP Administrator, recorded webinars, training, and more.

2018 National Crime Victimization Survey

October 11, 2019

The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey collects information on nonfatal crimes by surveying a nationally representative sample of U.S. households.

After declining by more than 60 percent from 1994 to 2015 (the most recent year in which a one-year decline was observed), the number of violent-crime victims rose between 2015 and 2016 and again between 2016 and 2018.

Webinar: How Justice Agencies Can Implement and Benefit From Sentinel Event Reviews

October 11, 2019

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Sentinel Events Initiative takes a learning approach to error in the criminal justice system. This approach advocates for nonblaming, forward-looking, all-stakeholder event reviews of negative criminal justice outcomes, which might include a death in custody, a routine police encounter that escalates to violence, a wrongful conviction, or a “near miss” in which a negative event is narrowly avoided.

Drawing on years of research, stakeholder input, and beta projects, NIJ launched a National Demonstration Project in 2018 to implement sentinel event reviews across the country. This webinar will describe the sentinel events approach and discuss successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the demonstration project.

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, will:

  • Outline the sentinel events approach.

  • Share how criminal justice practitioners can implement sentinel event reviews in their jurisdictions.

  • Include information about a National Demonstration Project being implemented across the country by NIJ and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Date:  October 22, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Starting a CyberCrime Unit: Key Considerations for Police Chiefs

October 11, 2019

Nearly every crime has a digital component. As such, police leaders are under increased pressure to dedicate resources to combatting cyber-enabled crime. The purpose of this document is to offer law enforcement executives key considerations for establishing a cybercrime unit, including scope, recruitment/staffing, interagency partnerships, training, and funding.  Additional resources can be found at the Law Enforcement Cyber Center website.

Review the Resources at the Law Enforcement Cyber Center:


Webinar: Rural School Safety

October 4, 2019

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse and sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association, will apply research-based information in a discussion to promote school safety. The discussion will allow the participants to identify and evaluate components of a school safety plan for schools located in small towns or unincorporated areas.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Evaluate available research when developing a school safety plan.

  • Identify low-cost and effective components for rural school safety plans.

  • Test assumptions regarding the components of their rural school safety plans.

Date:  October 9, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET

Toolkit for Youth Gang Violence Prevention

October 4, 2019

The National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) recently released the “Youth Gang Violence Prevention” toolkit, which is housed through PSP’s Public Safety Clearinghouse.  The customizable toolkit includes resources for addressing gang participation, especially among young people, and provides best practices to help state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies prevent gang violence in their jurisdictions.

Updated National Emergency Communications Plan

October 4, 2019

Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released the updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)—the nation’s road map to ensuring emergency communications interoperability at all levels of government. The NECP was updated to address the current gaps within emergency communications, reflect new and emerging technological advancements, and provide guidance to drive the nation toward a common end state for communications.

Webinar: Police-Mental Health Collaborations

October 4, 2019

Increasingly, law enforcement officers are called on to be the first, and often the only, responders to calls involving people who have mental health needs. To begin tackling that challenge, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released the Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) framework to help law enforcement agencies across the country better respond to the growing number of calls for service they receive involving this population. In this webinar, presenters will discuss the questions that law enforcement executives should consider when developing or enhancing PMHCs in their jurisdictions and share practical approaches that have been implemented in the field.

This no-cost webinar is hosted by the CSG Justice Center with funding support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Date: October 8, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: Case Study: Methods to Detect Forged Documents

October 4, 2019

Digital evidence has become an essential part of every legal matter, whether it be a criminal, civil, or internal investigation. Using a case study, this webinar session will demonstrate the methods used to determine that an email submitted as evidence in federal court had been forged. The methods demonstrated in this case study may be reliably referenced when reviewing any questionable digital documents, without the need for specialized software. This presentation will demonstrate the probative value of digital forensics in fraud investigations.

You will learn how to:

  • Recognize the value of digital forensics in fraud cases.

  • Identify methods to examine digital files and metadata.

  • Determine how to make and report on evidence-based conclusions.

  • Recall a practical example of how these methods were applied.

This no-cost webinar is hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center.

Date:  October 15, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 pm., ET

Analyst Professional Development Road Map, Version 2.0

September 27, 2019

The Analyst Professional Development Road Map, developed by the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, in conjunction with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, creates a sustainable, professional career path for analysts operating within federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial organizations.

The Road Map was first released in July 2015.  While the purpose of the resource remains the same, many of the training opportunities, certifications, and other means to further professional development for analysts have changed, warranting an update to the resource. 

The resource creates a sustainable, professional career path for analysts operating within federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial organizations. This path focuses on the development and enhancement of analytic-related knowledge, skills, and abilities over four overarching analyst levels (basic, intermediate, advanced, and supervisory) and the training recommended for achieving each level.

Applying the Evidence: Legal and Policy Approaches to Address Opioid Use Disorder in the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Settings

September 27, 2019

Communities across the country have prioritized increased access to treatment medications for opioid use disorder. Many systems that formerly discouraged or even prohibited the use of medications such as methadone and buprenorphine—including correctional facilities, drug courts, and the child welfare system—are beginning to recognize that access to these medications saves lives and forms a fundamental component of any effective program. Litigation, legislative reforms, new funding sources, leadership from policymakers, and advocacy efforts have helped create this culture shift.

The O’Neill Institute is partnering with Business for Impact at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University in sponsoring this symposium where participants will learn about trends in litigation and legislative reforms related to access to medication to treat opioid use disorder. Participants will also learn how to develop, fund, and implement best practices in their own communities to improve outcomes for people with opioid use disorders.

Attendees will include service professionals for addiction and drug policy, advocacy, health care, criminal justice reform, law enforcement, and members of the community.

Date:  October 30, 2019

Time:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., ET

Webinar: Staffing 911 Centers in the Era of NG911 (Next-Generation 911)

September 27, 2019

NG911 can provide different kinds of information to public safety agencies. Ultimately, it is a community decision to pay for technologies and staffing to support NG911 applications designed to meet community needs.

The gradual adoption of NG911 information technologies will require public safety answering points to collect and analyze data that measure staff workload and performance. Accurate current workload information will be important for determining how much additional staff time may be needed to handle work generated by NG911 capabilities.

This no-cost webinar, hosted by the Justice Clearinghouse, will address methods for quantifying call taker and dispatcher workload for police, fire, and emergency medical services.

By the end of the webinar, attendees should have clear guidance on how to establish an effective, ongoing data collection and analysis process that can measure staffing needs when NG911 technologies are being proposed in their communities.

Date:  October 3, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m., ET

National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations Project

September 27, 2019

The National Police Foundation, with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations Project and the Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Integration Initiative, and its partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will begin providing TTA to new FY 2019 CGIC grantees in October. 

CGICs represent an innovative and collaborative concept developed by ATF that identifies armed violent offenders for investigation and prosecution in order to reduce and prevent violent crime. CGIC operations include close collaboration among ATF, local police departments, local crime laboratories, probation and parole offices, prosecuting attorneys, crime analysts, and other partners. The goals of CGICs include:

  • Decreasing gun crime incidents.

  • Enhancing gun crime investigations, clearance rates, and prosecutorial outcomes.

  • Increasing public trust in law enforcement through community engagement.

The National Police Foundation’s TTA services will include guides and checklists, technical briefings and trainings, and quick reaction assessments provided by violent crime experts. CGIC replication sites and other selected agency points of contact may request TTA by completing the Training and Technical Assistance Request Form or by contacting the National Police Foundation at or (202) 833-1460.

Webinar: Through the Looking Glass: Protecting Yourself While Conducting Internet-Based Investigations

September 27, 2019

“Through the looking glass” is a metaphorical expression meaning on the strange side, in the twilight zone, or in a strange, parallel world. While the internet can be considered a strange, parallel world, it can also be an informative, interesting, yet scary place when conducting different types of investigations. Various technologies and methods can be used to protect your identity and information while conducting internet-based investigations. This session will illustrate these technologies and methods to keep you safe when investigating online.

Hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center, this no-cost webinar will identify the methods criminals use to find your data; compare various technologies and software tools to protect your identity while  investigating online; and examine various methods to employ to hide your own tracks while conducting internet-based investigations.

Date: October 3, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET