3: Building Strong Communities

A central idea governing OJP programs is that, simply put, local communities are best able to solve local problems. OJP focuses its resources on supporting local innovation, sharing information and replicating promising programs, and conducting research and evaluation to help gain a clearer picture about what works in strengthening communities. Several OJP initiatives are taking creative, comprehensive approaches to encouraging various parts of communities to work together to solve common problems.

Funding Opportunities

Several of OJP's major formula grant programs, including BJA's Byrne and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant programs and OJJDP's Title V and other formula programs, are potential sources of funding for communities wishing to support partnerships to improve public safety. (For information on funding through these programs, contact the appropriate program administrator for your state, listed in the Online Resource Guide.) In addition, OJP supports a number of discretionary grant programs in this area. These include the following:

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Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities

Other Resources

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) serves as OJP's clearinghouse for information and publications on criminal and juvenile justice related topics, including law enforcement and public safety. By calling NCJRS toll-free at 1-800/688-4252, you can speak with an information specialist who can conduct individualized research and provide you with copies of OJP publications. NCJRS also has a homepage on the World Wide Web at www.ncjrs.org. The site contains the full text of most OJP publications in a searchable format, as well as links to other relevant sites.

For more information, call OJP's Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703 or the Department of Justice Response Center at 1-800/421-6770.

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