The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation’s criminal justice system.
From building online resource centers to developing curriculum and launching national awareness campaigns, we work with BJA on a variety of initiatives focused on crime reduction and intervention, officer safety and wellness, organizational culture, and more.
Measuring What Matters: Building Trust and LegitimacyA national initiative maximizing police effectiveness featuring our MWM e-Guide—a web-based resource focusing on violent crime reduction, organizational culture, officer safety and wellness, and measuring and sustaining success. Learn more.
My Voice. Our Community.A national awareness campaign for our “Violent Crime Reduction, Information, Messaging, and Engagement” program which promotes a sense of shared responsibility between community members and law enforcement in the reduction of violent crime.
Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating ConflictA national train-the-trainer initiative focused on strategic and preventive methods for reducing violence. Learn more.
BJA NTTAC Service ProviderVCPI conducts assessments of law enforcement agencies and provides recommendations, training and technical assistance, program development, implementation, & evaluation. Learn more.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) advances the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through the development and delivery of information and grant resources.
Together, VCPI and the COPS Office have spent more than two decades in partnership with a constant commitment to providing community policing training and resources to the field.
COPS Office Training PortalAn online learning center that provides no-cost training and resources to tens of thousands of public safety professionals nationwide. VCPI developed and administers the Portal’s backend infrastructure, develops and coordinates the launch of new curriculum and resources, manages day-to-day operations, and promotes Portal awareness. Learn more.
Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled InsightA direct, national instructor-development training initiative enhancing ethical decision-making capacity for officers nationwide. Learn more.
National Critical Response and Recovery Technical Assistance Program for 21st Century PolicingTraining delivery and technical assistance services to law enforcement agencies nationwide engaged in a critical response effort; providing onsite and remote assistance to specific needs.
Community Policing Training and Technical Assistance ProgramProvided community policing TTA services for COPS hiring grant recipients.
Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime ReductionA national program designed to assist law enforcement in efforts to reduce homicides through the selection/implementation of appropriate, evidence-based practices. Learn more.
A Contemporary Approach to Reimagining Effective Broken Windows TheoryA national, multi-media, web-based training initiative.
Pathways to Resiliency: Preventing Violent Radicalization Through Community PolicingA national eLearning initiative depicting law enforcement agencies’ efforts.
Enhancing Highway Safety: NHTSA Online Training InitiativesDevelopment of three online courses: Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Online (ARIDE Online), Drug Recognition Expert Online (DRE Online), and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Online (I/DD Online).
Contemporary Community PolicingA national community policing instructor-development training initiative.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the critical mission of securing the nation from the many threats we face.
As a FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) training provider, VCPI has partnered with DHS to develop and deliver in-person and web-based training, leadership development, and community engagement programs that focus on building community resilience in the face of terrorism and violent extremism.
Strategic, Tactical, and Resilient Interdiction of Violent Extremism (STRIVE)A national, collaborative training program (in-person and online) for community members, local officials, and public safety practitioners, integrating community policing into communities’ tactical efforts to detect, deter, disrupt, and deny violent extremism.
Scenario-Based Executive Level Training (S-BELT)A national collaborative leadership development course: VCPI partnered with another public safety training organization to develop and deliver in person and online training to thousands of public safety and emergency management leaders nationwide.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, and is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science.
VCPI has partnered multiple times with NIJ to assist law enforcement and prosecutors overcome the challenges brought on by forensic and DNA advancements in the investigation and resolution of cold cases.
Cold Case Analysis for Law Enforcement and ProsecutorsA national training program (in-person and online) designed to support local and state law enforcement officers and prosecutors in their efforts to solve cold cases through training in investigational techniques, targeted efforts (cold case units), and advanced forensic technologies.
Together, VCPI and the COPS Office have spent more than two decades years in partnership with a constant commitment to providing community policing training and resources to the field.
Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled InsightA national instructor-development training initiative enhancing ethical decision-making capacity for officers nationwide. Learn more.
Community Policing Training and Technical Assistance ProgramA multi-year collaborative initiative providing training and services to organizations receiving hiring grants from the COPS Office.
VCPI partners with state, local, tribal, and industry partners to identify, design, and implement customized solutions to directly address the unique public safety challenges facing their communities.
Organizations turn to VCPI for a wide range of services and expertise to help them achieve their statewide public safety missions.
Our team manages a professional certification program, administers a victim notification service, provides physical security and organizational assessments, and many other services to professionals and agencies serving in all areas of a state’s criminal justice system.
Virginia VINEAn automated victim notification system providing real-time offender custody status information to registered victims in Virginia. VCPI implemented this service in all of Virginia’s local and regional jails in 2006 and continues to administer and expand the program (to include sex offender registry notification, photo enhancements, and protective order notification), enhancing victim services across the Commonwealth. Learn more.
Judicial Security InitiativeConducting physical security assessments including policy and procedures review, Instructor Development Training, CPTED, and more for the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Police Training Officer ProgramBuilding on concepts of problem-based learning as an alternative to the Field Training Officer program.
Gang Investigations Training ProgramTraining Virginia’s law enforcement agencies and communities in gang recognition, response, and investigative techniques.
Helping localities address public safety challenges is how VCPI got its start, and it continues to be a fundamental element of our work.
Whether we’re building customized online curriculum for an urban sheriffs’ department navigating a federal consent decree, developing educational content for a tribal law enforcement agency facing a multitude of intracommunity challenges, or providing in-person training to an understaffed police department, VCPI works with agencies of all sizes to meet the needs of their communities in all 50 states and US territories.
Community Engagement ForumsA series of problem-solving workshops conducted in partnership with a large urban police department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to build upon existing local efforts to identify and prioritize local crime and disorder problems, analyze why those problems exist, and develop collaborative strategies for addressing them.
Customized Training ProgramsDeveloped in response to individual agency requests, including Bias-Based Policing; Creating and Maintaining Excellence in Your Agency; Community Oriented Government; and many others.
Rapid Mobilization Responding to an urgent request from a large urban police department in conducting an assessment of rising crime issues and providing immediate training and resources; assessing an agency’s communications strategies post-crisis and making future recommendations to enhance public trust and transparency; addressing consent decree agency mandates through comprehensive organizational transformation, achieved through an alignment process; and conducting data analysis to assist an agency taking proactive measures to address community concerns of profiling and bias detailed in the media as part of an effort to ensure transparency, public trust, and community partnerships.
Community Policing AssessmentsFor a large, state university to address growing tensions between the administration, local law enforcement, and the student body.
Urgent Needs Assessment and Training ResponseFor a police department in a tourist destination following NAACP lawsuits that resulted over incidents occurring during a Spring motorcycle rally.
While many of our projects are funded by government grants, we also work closely with other industry leaders, community organizations, and businesses seeking to make a positive public safety impact.
Mitakuye Oyasin (We Are All Related)A video program supporting a community-based approach to public safety for the Lakota people, Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Learn more.
Law Enforcement and Private Security: On the Job TogetherA video program depicting national best-practice examples of successful private security/public safety partnerships.
MousetrapAn Internet Crimes Against Children DVD resource
Incorporating Successful Business Models into Public Safety OrganizationsLearn More.
An Examination of Racial Disparities in Bicycle Stops and Citations Made by major metropolitan police department.
Virginia VINEAn automated victim notification system providing real-time offender custody status information to registered victims in Virginia. VCPI implemented this service in all of Virginia’s local and regional jails in 2006 and continues to administer and expand the program (to include sex offender registry notification, photo enhancements, and protective order notification), enhancing victim services across the Commonwealth.Learn more.
Mitakuye Oyasin (We Are All Related)A video program supporting a community-based approach to public safety for the Lakota people,Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Learn more.
An Examination of Racial Disparities in Bicycle Stops and Citations Made by major metropolitan police department.