This report by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) describes how it has used its grants, training, technical assistance, and policy-development services to provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting-edge tools and best practices to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their law enforcement policies and practices.
BJA’s Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) Training and Response to Mental Health Crisis Program funds efforts to address, prevent, and reduce school crime. BJA’s Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) is a strategic approach to crime reduction that focuses law enforcement efforts on high-crime neighborhoods. BJA’s Kevin and Avonte Program supports local jurisdictions’ efforts to reduce the number of deaths and injuries of individuals with forms of dementia or developmental disabilities. BJA’s Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) funds police agencies’ effective use of evidence-based practices, data, and technology. BJA’s Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response Program supports cross-system collaboration to improve public safety responses to and outcomes for individuals with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA) who become involved with the justice system. BJA’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) creates and fosters safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime. It focuses on establishing and sustaining coordination, cooperation, and partnerships of local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) promotes the leveraging of community resources to support addiction recovery. BJA’s DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program (CEBR) facilitates reliable, quality, and efficient forensic DNA services. Other BJA programs address public protection from counterfeit goods and product piracy; improvement in the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services; and study of the scope of unanalyzed sexual assault kits and their workflow.