Other Types of Specialized Programs

Operating under broad mandates that allow them to respond effectively to the needs of the criminal justice community, the OJP agencies address a broad range of criminal justice issues through their programs and special initiatives. The following information describes some of these special initiatives.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Supported by OJJDP, this Center serves as a national clearinghouse and resource center. It uses the latest in advanced computer technology to assist in the timely collection and dissemination of information on missing children cases. The Center's research and demonstration programs focus on data collection, improving the response to and recovery of missing children, the psychological impact of abductions on children and families, reunification of missing children with their families, and behavioral analysis of child molesters and abductors. For further information, please contact the Center at 703-235-3900 or, toll free 800-843-5678. The Center's Web address is www.missingkids.org.

Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) Program. Each of six regional projects funded by BJA offers information sharing and data analysis on criminal activity, telecommunications and investigative support, and specialized equipment sharing. Member agencies can receive training in the use of specialized investigative equipment; analytical and surveillance methods; and techniques for investigating narcotics trafficking, organized crime, white-collar crime, and terrorism. They also can receive technical assistance on the use of information-sharing services. Representatives from state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies from all 50 states are members of and receive services from the six regional projects. Representatives of federal agencies may participate as a member of a RISS project for the region in which they work. Extensive training and technical assistance are available to member agencies upon request. For further information, please contact BJA at 202-514-5943.

White-Collar Crime Center. This center, supported by BJA, takes the lead in and provides support for multi-state investigations of white collar crimes, including but not limited to: investment, telemarketing, securities, and health care fraud; boiler room operations; and advanced fee loans. The Center maintains a database on white-collar crimes that can be accessed by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. For further information, please contact BJA at 202-514-6278.

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program. Financial benefits are awarded to the eligible spouses, children, and parents of federal, state, and local public safety officers (comprising law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical technicians) killed in the line of duty or to officers permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. This program is administered by BJA. For further information, please contact BJA at 202-307-0635.

Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program. This program, administered by BJA, assists states and local units of government to respond to law enforcement emergencies. Awards have been made to law enforcement agencies in the aftermath of earthquakes and floods, in emergencies such as long-term confrontations or standoffs between law enforcement officials and criminal offenders, and in serial murder and arson cases. For further information, please contact BJA at 202-307-0635.

Denial of Federal Benefits. OJP operates a Denial of Federal Benefits Clearinghouse to receive notices from state and federal courts of sentences that include the denial of federal benefits as the result of a conviction for possession of or trafficking in drugs. This information is transmitted to the General Services Administration for inclusion in its Debarment List and to other federal agencies. A related program maintains a listing of persons convicted of felonies involving Defense Department contracts. OJP also assists federal, state, and local agencies with implementation of Denial of Federal Benefits projects. A national public awareness campaign has been launched to educate the public, particularly college students, about the consequences of a conviction for illegal drug possession, use, or distribution. Those consequences can include the denial of federal benefits. For further information, please contact BJA at 301-937-1542.

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