Government Resources

Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provides leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building.

Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center

BJA also provides training and technical assistance via its National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC). The BJA NTTAC website shares training and technical assistance opportunities, as well as new information and tools to assist criminal justice professionals in the effort to improve the nation’s state, local, and tribal criminal justice systems.

COPS Office, US Department of Justice

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component within the U.S. Department of Justice dedicated to the concept that trust and mutual respect between police and the communities they serve is critical to public safety. The COPS Office is a key resource for information, guidance, training and technical assistance related to all aspects of community policing

Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that helps Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. CNCS is the nation’s largest grant maker for service and volunteering, which plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges through service. provides easy to understand ratings about research on the effectiveness of programs and practices pertaining to criminal justice. uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.

National Criminal Justice Reference Center

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

National Institute of Justice

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. It is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

Office of Justice Programs

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime-fighting strategies.

Non-Governmental Organizations

International CPTED Association

The International CPTED Association (ICA) supports local organizations, practitioners and communities that utilize CTPED principles to create safer communities and environments.

National Crime Prevention Council

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) works to help people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. The NCPC produces tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local police agencies.

National Criminal Justice Association

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) represents state, tribal and local governments on crime prevention and crime control issues. The NCJA works to promote a balanced approach to communities' complex public safety and criminal and juvenile justice system problems.

International Association of Chiefs of Police

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. The IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services.

International Association of Crime Analysts

The International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) was formed to help crime analysts improve their skills, to help law enforcement agencies make the best use of crime analysis, and to advocate for standards of performance and technique within the profession itself. IACA does this through training, networking opportunities, and publications.

National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives

The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) is the first organization established to address the unique needs of women holding senior management positions in law enforcement. NAWLEE furthers the interests of women executives and those who aspire to be executives in law enforcement.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) works to raise awareness about domestic violence through education, programming, and technical assistance, to assist the public in addressing the issue, and to support those impacted by domestic violence.

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) is a public service organization that provides solutions to law enforcement issues and concerns, as well as to the ever-changing needs of our communities.

National Sheriffs’ Association

The primary goal of the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) is to preserve and protect the Office of Sheriff, so that the Sheriffs of this country can provide quality service to their constituents. The NSA tries to achieve that goal by being a voice for the Sheriffs of this nation, and by providing resources to Sheriffs all over the country.

National White Collar Crime Center

The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) provides a nationwide support system for law enforcement and regulatory agencies involved in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime.

Police Executive Research Forum

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a police research and policy organization and a provider of management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support law enforcement agencies. PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership, public debate of police and criminal justice issues, and research and policy development.

Police Foundation

The purpose of the Police Foundation is to help the police be more effective in doing their job, whether it is deterring robberies, intervening in potentially injurious family disputes, or working to improve relationships between the police and the communities they serve. The Police Foundation works closely with police officers and police agencies across the country.

Police Society for Problem Based Learning

The Police Society for Problem Based Learning (PSPBL) was created to help improve the quality of police training. PSPBL supports Problem Based Learning in police training through training for trainer courses, police training officer courses, mentoring and consulting.

Research & Education

Center for Crime Prevention and Control

The Center for Crime Prevention and Control fosters innovative crime reduction strategies through hands-on fieldwork, action research, and operational partnerships with law enforcement, communities, social service providers, and other practitioners. The Center is actively engaged in crime prevention initiatives and is focused on issues affecting vulnerable communities.

Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy

The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP), housed within the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University, seeks to make scientific research a key component in decisions about crime and justice policies. The CEBCP carries out this mission by advancing rigorous studies in criminal justice and criminology through research-practice collaborations, and proactively serving as an informational and translational link to practitioners and the policy community.

Center for Problem-Oriented Policing

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) advances the concept and practice of problem-oriented policing in open and democratic societies. It does so by making readily accessible information about ways in which police can more effectively address specific crime and disorder problems.

Center for Security and Crime Science

The Center for Security and Crime Science, housed in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University, is the first center in the United States devoted to Crime Science. The Center participates in numerous projects, publications, and training.

Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics

The Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics is a university-based center established to foster greater concern for ethical issues among practitioners and scholars in the criminal justice field. It serves as a national clearinghouse for information and as a stimulus to research and publication.

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