This issue of “Justice Resource Update” reports on recent events, actions, and programs of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP).
The issue first reports on the President’s awarding of the Medal of Valor to five distinguished public safety officers, which honors their heroic action performed above and beyond the call of duty. This is followed by an announcement of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services’ (COPS’) publication of security guidelines for major special events. A related CD-ROM training program for safety at public events is described, along with an announcement of the COPS Office’s and the Institute for Law and Justice’s report to Congress on best practices for safety and security at major public events. The issue reports that in September 2007, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention awarded just over $3 million to 13 State and local law enforcement agencies in support of the development of task forces to combat Internet crimes against children. Also announced is the National Institute of Justice’s launching of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) which consists of two databases: records of unidentified decedents and reports of missing persons. In addition, the OJP has scheduled training for Child Abduction Response Teams (CARTs) for 2008. Other issues described are the establishment of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, an electronic means to verify and exchange titling, brand, and theft data on motor vehicles. Other topics addressed are the hosting of the National Tribal Symposium on Sex Offender Management and accountability by the SMART Office (Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking); the showcasing of new emergency responder technologies at the November 2007 Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness Conference and Exposition; innovations in rescuing abducted children; and the announcement of a new tribal grants policy.
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