Solutions for Safe Communities: FY 2012 Annual Report to Congress   [open pdf - 912KB]

From the Message from the Director: "This Report to Congress highlights key resources that BJA [Bureau of Justice Assistance] provided to the field in fiscal year (FY) 2012, demonstrating the many examples of how these resources enabled our stakeholders to work with partners and communities to build exciting, worthwhile projects tailored to their local needs and conditions. Some of the most successful initiatives described in this report sprang from good ideas that were generated in the field. Officer safety continues to be a primary focus for BJA. BJA's VALOR (Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resiliency and Survivability) program is a national officer safety initiative that provides evidence-based TTA [training and technical assistance] to help prevent violence against law enforcement officers and ensure their resilience and survivability following violent encounters. VALOR training is based on research and lessons learned from past incidents. As part of the VALOR initiative, BJA's Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) supports the increased demand for active shooter response training. BJA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have partnered to develop and offer ALERRT free of charge to state and local law enforcement throughout the nation. BJA's Justice Reinvestment Initiative is a data-driven approach to improving public safety by reducing corrections and related criminal justice spending and reinvesting the savings into strategies that can strengthen neighborhoods and decrease crime. To date, competitive awards have been made to national TTA providers that offer free, direct services to states. Thirty-five jurisdictions now participate in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative."

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