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Recovery Act Training and Technical Assistance Program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,000,000)

The Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) will help communities improve the capacity of state and local justice systems and provide for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. This competitive grant announcement focuses on initiatives in eight areas: 1) preventing and reducing violent crime through community-based data-driven approaches; 2) providing funding for neighborhood-based probation and parole officers; 3) reducing mortgage fraud and crime related to vacant properties; 4) hiring of civilian support personnel in law enforcement (training staff, analysts, dispatchers, etc.); 5) enhancing forensic and crime scene investigations; 6) improving resources and services for victims of crime; 7) supporting problem-solving courts; and 8) national training and technical assistance partnerships.

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) will use Recovery Act Funds to deliver training and technical assistance (TTA) to the nation's criminal justice leaders. NCJA will partner with BJA and work collaboratively with State Administrating Agencies (SAAs) to provide on-site TTA, webinars, semi-annual conferences, and publications to assist SAAs in developing their statewide plans and ensure the proper use of Byrne JAG Funds. NCJA will also assist SAAs (and the NCJA broader membership of state, local, and tribal criminal justice and public safety practitioners) in the use of evidence-based practices, and data-driven strategies. As a product of this initiative, the NCJA will develop a case study to include lessons learned and promising practices. The goal is to improve the effectiveness of criminal justice programs across the country.


Date Created: September 7, 2009