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BJA 2010 Annual Report to Congress: Solutions for Safer Communities

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80 pages
This report to Congress describes the funding, technical assistance, and diverse resources the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provided in fiscal year 2010 to support jurisdictions in their efforts to reduce and prevent crime.
Programs are described in 11 categories: Enhancing Law Enforcement Initiatives; Honoring America's Public Safety Officers; Advancing Information Sharing and Technology To Fight Crime and Protect the Homeland; Countering Terrorism and Planning for Emergencies; Managing Offenders; Breaking the Cycles of Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and Crime; Supporting Innovation In Adjudication; Addressing Crime and Justice for American Indians and Alaska Natives; Preventing Crime and Empowering Communities; Protecting and Supporting Victims of Crime; and Building Capacity. Individual projects within these 11 categories are described, to include the first-ever Smart Policing National Meeting, which enabled the Smart Policing community to share best practices and collaboration on goals; the launching of a new Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Showcase that highlights the most innovative, results-oriented projects that have been funded with Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant money in the past several years; the development of community-based transition facilities that address the needs of offenders in secure facilities who would not otherwise have access to reentry services; and how the modification of the Drug Court model to include Veterans' Treatment Courts can better serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness, and/or co-occurring disorders, such as, undertreated ailments (post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries), both of which can produce higher rates of drug abuse, domestic violence , and other criminality. BJA also administers programs like the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program (PSOB) which provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders; and Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting initiative which enables law enforcement agencies to appropriately identify and share suspicious activity data. Acronyms, abbreviations, and appendixes available online at www.bja.gov/AR