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Bureau of Justice Assistance Programs Supporting Law Enforcement

NCJ Number
Date Published
March 2020
2 pages

This fact sheet presents summary descriptions of nine grant programs of the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) that support various law enforcement needs and services.


Under the Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program, government units can apply for funding to purchase bullet-resistant body armor for their sworn law enforcement officers. The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulants, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) focuses on combatting the opioid epidemic by promoting effective policy strategies that improve public safety, behavioral health, and public health information-sharing partnerships. The Body Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program supports the purchase of BWCs for pilot programs, full implementations, or expansion of existing programs. The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program is designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond to, and help prevent violence in schools. The Officer Robert Wilson III Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative intends to improve the safety, wellness, and resilience of the nation's law enforcement officers. The Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders. The National Officer Safety Initiative (NOSI) develops innovative programs that increase officer safety based on needs, emerging trends, and concerns related to threats to officers' safety. Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) Program assists law enforcement agencies in identifying and defining their most pressing crime problems and organizational changes. The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) assists law enforcement and prosecutors in addressing the backlog of unsubmitted sexual assault kits. For each of the aforementioned programs, information sources and contact persons are provided.