Training and Technical Assistance Available From OJP Bureaus and Offices

Training to disseminate the results of proven programs and state-of-the-art practices and technical assistance to help address specific information and assessment of needs are effective means of building the capacity of state and local criminal justice agencies to prevent and control crime. Often, local jurisdictions are able to replicate a successful demonstration program solely as a result of committed local leaders receiving technical assistance or training in a proven new approach.

The OJP agencies' training and technical assistance are designed in accordance with their specific mandates. For example, BJA provides a wide array of training and technical assistance programs to provide criminal justice practitioners with information on state-of-the-art, effective programs and practices and to address new criminal justice issues. Criminal and juvenile justice practitioners, government officials, social service providers, representatives from community organizations, victim advocates, youth, and others involved in crime prevention and control can benefit from BJA's training and technical assistance programs.

The OJJDP Training and Technical Assistance Division seeks to strengthen the essential components of the juvenile justice system including juvenile courts and court personnel, law enforcement, detention and corrections, the network of youth service providers, and child advocacy organizations by providing training, technical assistance, and state-of-the-art information on trends, new approaches, and innovative techniques. To carry out its mission, the Division:

The Training, Dissemination, and Technical Assistance Division assists the OJJDP State Relations and Assistance Division and Special Emphasis Division in implementing the OJJDP state formula grant programs and national-scope program replications by providing structured training and technical assistance.

The Executive Office for Weed and Seed (EOWS) provides training and technical assistance to both funded and unfunded Weed and Seed communities in an attempt to strengthen program implementation and strategy development, as well as increase information sharing among the sites nationwide. Examples of assistance which attempt to meet the broad needs of the program include a national Weed and Seed training conference held annually and the monthly publication of In-Sites, the Weed and Seed newsletter, which enjoys a readership of over 2,500 nationally. To meet the specific needs of the Weed and Seed sites -- such as conducting community needs assessment, enhancing community policing, and strengthening job training or other economic development efforts -- organizations specializing in these areas, and additional training and technical assistance funds, are made available.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) training and technical assistance activities are intended to expand and enhance the coordination and delivery of services to crime victims; improve the criminal justice and social services system response to victims of crime; and support the development and distribution of policies, procedures and protocols in the treatment and handling of crime victims by Native American tribes, state and local governments, and private non-profit organizations. OVC also provides funding to respond to critical incidences of mass victimization, to disseminate information and products to the field, and to support statewide training efforts. A special emphasis area of OVC's training and technical assistance is outreach to Native American populations and rural communities.

OJP agencies can customize their training and technical assistance to meet the specific needs of a state or local community. They also can address a broad array of topics, examples of which are described in the following sections. For additional information about available training and technical assistance, please contact the DOJ Response Center at 800-421-6770 or the number listed after a specific training or technical assistance program.

Innovative Law Enforcement

Crime and Drug Abuse Prevention

Youth, Gangs, and Firearms

Prosecution and Adjudication

Violence Against Women and Children

Crime Victims

Corrections

Multijurisdictional Initiatives, Task Forces and Complex Financial Investigations

Research, Evaluation, Information Systems, and Technology

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