11: Countering Terrorism & Ensuring Domestic Preparedness

The availability of weapons of mass destruction - biological, chemical, and radiological - has increased the potential for terrorist incidents in the United States. By delegation of authority from the Attorney General, OJP is helping communities prepare for mass casualty incidents. OJP's Office of State and Local Domestic Preparedness Support (OSLDPS), established in June 1998, provides equipment and training to state and local governments for first responders to terrorist incidents. OSLDPS works closely with the National Domestic Preparedness Office led by the FBI, and with other federal and state agencies, to assess the needs of communities and assist them in preparing to respond to attacks. Other OJP components also play a role in domestic preparedness. BJA sponsors training for state and local law enforcement officers and prosecutors, NIJ supports the development of counterterrorism technology and equipment, and OVC provides resources for U.S. citizens who are victims of terrorism, at home and abroad.

Funding Opportunities

Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities

Other Resources

Additional Information

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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