Criminal Justice News

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit

The Bureau of Justice Assistance has announced the Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Toolkit. BJA has gathered the best practices and resources to help officers respond appropriately and safely to people with mental illness. The toolkit outlines the overall benefits of PMHC programs and provides step-by-step guidance to implement a collaboration program in your community. To view the PMHC Toolkit, go to

Website Addresses Domestic Violence and Firearms

A new website seeks to help agencies and organizations work together to prioritize victim safety and address the challenges that communities face in responding to firearm-involved domestic violence. The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women launched the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center's Safer Families, Safer Communities website. The federal Gun Control Act prohibits anyone subject to a domestic violence protective order and those who have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes against select individuals, among other classes of individuals, from purchasing, possessing, and/or receiving firearms and ammunition. The Safer Families, Safer Communities Project seeks to reduce firearm-involved domestic violence and homicide by helping communities coordinate these efforts and effectively implement and enforce firearm prohibitions across all systems. The website highlights the significance of an approach focused on addressing five key areas: criminal, civil, federal, purchase prevention and resources. Visit the website at

FEMA's FusionTalk Webinar Series

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Office of Counterterrorism and Security Preparedness, is presenting a free FusionTalk webinar series, which includes presentations by subject-matter experts. The webinars are designed to provide a quick, deep dive into a topic in under 20 minutes. The following topics are currently scheduled, and all webinars begin at 3 p.m., Eastern Time.
  • November 2: Vehicle Security
  • November 16: Technology Tools for Fusion Centers
Visit the National Criminal Intelligence Resource Center training calendar at for instructions on how to participate.