National Institute of Justice Annual Report 2006   [open pdf - 3MB]

"Crime control today is a collaborative process grounded in innovative scientific research and community policing. The National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) crime and justice research evolves to meet the needs of the modern world, providing sophisticated technologies and an international perspective. Increasing globalization and the widespread use of electronic media for communication and information exchange pose novel challenges for crime investigators. After 9/11, for example, law enforcement had to adjust and respond to the critical role of homeland security while continuing to prevent and control crime at the local level. Where electronic crimes such as cyberstalking and identity theft were rare 10 years ago, these have become prevalent and hard to target, aided by the ease of international communication and travel. […]. NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges that crime and justice professionals face, particularly at the State and local levels. Research and development projects support the fieldwork of public safety professionals by advancing technology so that officers can make arrests without harming suspects or bystanders or endangering their own lives. Research is turned into practice that helps victims from diverse populations and communities. NIJ's partnerships with public agencies and private corporations leverage ideas and resources for use in law enforcement. Evaluations ensure return on investment and guide professionals in designing better programs. Results are published on NIJ's Web site, educating policymakers, law enforcement officers, forensic experts, scientists, electronic crime investigators, victim advocates, and criminal justice researchers."

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