National Criminal Justice Association
DOJ Training area of focus: Tribal-State Collaboration
Based in Washington, D.C. , the NCJA is a nonprofit membership organization representing state, tribal and local governments on crime prevention and crime control issues. Its members represent all facets of the criminal and juvenile justice community, from law enforcement, corrections, prosecution, defense, courts, victim-witness
services and educational institutions to federal, state and local elected officials. The NCJA is a national voice in shaping and implementing criminal justice policy since its founding in 1971. As the representative of state, tribal and local criminal and juvenile justice practitioners, the NCJA works to promote a balanced approach to communities' complex public safety and criminal and juvenile justice system problems. The NCJA recognizes the importance of interrelationships among criminal and juvenile justice agencies and between these agencies and the community and the strong, steady advocacy necessary to achieve comprehensive planning and policy coordination goals.
This is a joint project of the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).
Project Goals and Strategies
• Use existing resources and publications developed by NCJA and NCAI as foundation for new training and technical assistance program (TTA) including collaboration toolkit and hundreds of already collected law enforcement service agreements.
• Convene two working groups of tribal and state representatives and criminal justice stakeholders to guide TTA development, needs, and delivery mechanisms.
• Conduct two pilot training programs using a team approach with teams from states lead by the state agency administrator (SAA) and tribal teams within the states lead by elected tribal leaders with justice system stakeholders from each. At least one will be conducted in and with PL-280 states.
• Conduct Webinars and online training session to reach states and tribes unable to participate in the pilot trainings and to disseminate promising practices.
• Establish a Mentoring Program for state-to-state and tribe-to-tribe mentoring relationships focused on building tribal-state collaboration efforts in justice areas.
• Collect and disseminate promising practices in tribal-state collaboration and strategic justice planning using the membership organizations of both national organizations and other national organizations of key stakeholders.
The pilot trainings will bring in teams from state government and each tribe in the state for training collaborative work between tribal and state leaders aimed at enhancing collaboration on law enforcement and other criminal justice issues specific to each state's geographic area. At least one training site will be for a PL-280 state and the other site will be selected using geographic diversity, cultural diversity, and PL-280 or section 638 states as a guide to
selection. The selection of sites will be done in consultation with BJA, tribes, states, and the NCJA-NCAI project team. The state teams will include the State Agency Administrator (SAA) as lead along with other key stakeholders including local law enforcement, courts, substance abuse treatment providers, and other appropriate justice practitioners. The tribal teams will include tribal leaders and tribal law enforcement, courts, treatment and service providers, and other tribal justice practitioners. Training and Technical assistance is not limited to tribes that have been awarded federal grants such as CTAS.
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