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Short Tandem Repeats

Short tandem repeats are repeating DNA sequences that can be used to identify people and remains. Forensic investigators compare short tandem repeats to distinguish among individuals and match DNA profiles, which can help solve missing persons cases and identify people convicted of or arrested for crimes.

OJJDP News @ a Glance, June 2024

The June newsletter highlights a recent increase in the nonfatal violent victimization rate for youth, Administrator Liz Ryan’s remarks at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice annual conference, and the work of OJJDP’s Pride Justice Resource Center.

Now Accepting Nominations

The nomination period is now open for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor. Agency heads can nominate law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency services officers who have demonstrated extraordinary acts of courage and contributions beyond the call of duty.

Now Accepting Nominations

The National Crime Victims’ Service Awards recognize individuals, programs, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding achievements or extraordinary acts in support of victims and survivors and expand access to justice across all communities. Submit your nominations by Thursday, August 1, 2024.

Grant Application Resource Guide

This resource contains information to help you prepare and submit applications for OJP funding and offers guidance on award administration.

Learn about JustGrants, DOJ's Grants Management System

Access information about JustGrants, including news updates, resources and training opportunities for applicants and recipients of DOJ grant awards, and other forms of federal financial assistance.