The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) partners with many law enforcement agencies at the state and local levels to combat crime and promote safer neighborhoods. Through formula and discretionary grant programs, training, and technical assistance, OJP works with states, communities, and tribes to guarantee they have the resources necessary to provide effective law enforcement and to ensure the safety of their citizens. OJP assistance to law enforcement is rooted in the belief that federal dollars should support initiatives that work and that are backed by the communities they serve.
Programs & Initiatives
Following are examples of programs and initiatives from OJP and the OJP program offices related to this topic:
- Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
- Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program
- Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV)
- Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Programs
- Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) Program
Also see the Law Enforcement page on the CrimeSolutions website for ratings of related programs.
Training & Technical Assistance
Visit the following sites to learn about training and technical assistance services from and supported by OJP program offices:
Frequently Asked Questions
DNA has been used for forensic examinations since the late 1980s, with DNA testing advancing significantly since that time. Please view the following resources and websites to learn more about the use of DNA:
- National Institute of Justice (NIJ): Forensic DNA: This section of the NIJ website provides extensive information on DNA, including NIJ-sponsored research and development projects.
- Short Tandem Repeat DNA Internet Database (STRBase): This website brings together the abundant literature on forensic DNA.
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS): This organization is committed to the promotion of education and the elevation of accuracy, precision, and specificity in the forensic sciences.
- International Association for Identification (IAI): The IAI is the largest and oldest forensic organization.
- PubMed: PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 17 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles dating back to the 1950s and includes links to full-text articles and other related resources.
Additionally, a search of the Abstracts Database will also provide you with resources related to DNA and forensics.
Information about stress among law enforcement officers can be found on the following sites:
- Fighting Stress in the Law Enforcement Community, National Institute of Justice
- Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Wellness: Mitigating the Impact of Stress, Bureau of Justice Assistance