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Office of Justice Programs Anti-Terrorism Funding Sources   [open pdf - 71KB]

Terrorism within the borders of the United States has been a focus of attention for emergency response agencies since the bombings of the World Trade Center in 1993 and the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City in 1995. Since September 11, 2001, public agencies at every level of government have made building the capacity to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks a high priority. State and local agencies are drawing on resources to address their needs from a number of sources, including several grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) in the U.S. Department of Justice. OJP resources that can be used by state and local jurisdictions to prepare and respond to domestic terrorism are available primarily through four OJP components: the Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). In addition, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) collects and analyzes statistical data and provides financial and technical support to state governments in developing state capabilities in criminal justice statistics and data. ODP focuses on training, equipment acquisition, technical assistance, and support for national, state, and local exercises. Information about the ODP State Administering Agency (SAA) points of contact is available at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/state.htm. BJA provides funding to states and localities for use by law enforcement agencies and funds several training and technical assistance initiatives that could aid law enforcement in preventing and responding to terrorist acts. OVC plays an active role in assisting victims of mass casualty terrorist crimes.

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