Preface Introducing OJP Resource Guide

PREFACE
INTRODUCING THE OJP RESOURCE GUIDE

Most communities across this country cannot escape the consequences of crime. Despite welcome drops in recent years -- particularly among juveniles -- crime rates remain unacceptably high. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and its Bureaus -- the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime -- are committed to aggressively addressing the problems associated with crime and violence in partnership with communities across the country.

This Resource Guide provides information on OJP activities and programs and highlights resources available for collaborative relationships with criminal justice and community organizations. In effect, it offers a road map of opportunities for joint efforts and available assistance to communities at the state and local levels.

Specifically, the Resource Guide describes comprehensive community-based initiatives; available training and technical assistance; opportunities for financial assistance; and criminal and juvenile justice clearinghouses and resource centers you can tap into.

In particular, I would like to emphasize the wealth of federal resources available through OJP that provide training and technical assistance to disseminate the results of proven programs and state-of-the-art practices. These resources are an effective means of building the capacity of state and local criminal justice and social service agencies to prevent and control crime. The Resource Guide provides information on opportunities to assist states and local jurisdictions interested in implementing these "best practices."

In order to make it easier for states and local communities to access OJP services, programs, and information, we have created a new interdepartmental, Internet-based clearinghouse called PAVNET that provides information on promising programs, available funding, and technical assistance. The Web address is www.pavnet.org. Through the Department of Justice (DOJ) Response Center, staff are available to answer your questions concerning the services, program availability, and funding described in this Guide. You can call the DOJ Response Center at 800-421-6770 or 202-307-1480.

As we face the serious problems of crime and violence plaguing our nation today, it is our hope that the programs and activities described in this Guide afford us opportunities to work together to make our communities safer places.

Laurie Robinson
Assistant Attorney General

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