National Criminal Justice Reference Service Provides Access to Funding, Publications

With the end of the Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC) program on Dec. 31, 2019, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) takes over distribution of criminal justice-sensitive publications and the JTIC-produced tools, School Safe and Safeguarding Houses of Worship (SHOW).

The following reports now can be obtained from NCJRS:

  • Testing of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Law Enforcement Use in Indoor Tactical Missions.
  • Selection and Implementation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology for Law Enforcement.
  • Countering the Threat of Jammers to Offender Tracking Programs.
  • Test and Evaluation of Hand-Held Cell Phone Detection Devices.
  • A Practical Guide for Offender Tracking Protocols.

School Safe and SHOW, both available as fillable PDFs, help school resource officers and administrators, and local houses of worship, assess safety and develop emergency plans. To obtain any of the above from NCJRS, send an email to from a legitimate government agency/law enforcement agency email address (no Yahoo, Gmail, etc.).

Inside view of house of worship

Members of the criminal justice community who previously obtained funding information via the JUSTNET website or JUSTNETNews can obtain this information directly from NCJRS. NCJRS provides information on the grant-making components of the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), which is comprised of six bureaus and program offices. These agencies award federal financial assistance to support law enforcement and public safety activities in state, local and tribal jurisdictions; to assist victims of crime; to provide training and technical assistance; to conduct research; and to implement programs that improve the criminal, civil and juvenile justice systems. The Congressional appropriation that supports DOJ’s programs and operations reflects the priorities of the President, the Attorney General and Congress.

Recommended resources include:

  • DOJ Program Plan. The DOJ Program Plan helps applicants and grantees find funding opportunities (solicitations) that address their criminal, juvenile and civil justice needs. The DOJ Program Plan provides summary details of the funding opportunities each DOJ grant-making component is expecting to release, or has released, in the current fiscal year.
  • Listing of Current Funding Opportunities. The table lists all open OJP funding opportunities, with links to the full text of the solicitations and to the appropriate grants system to use in applying.
  • 2019 OJP Grant Application Resource Guide. The 2019 OJP Grant Application Resource Guide provides guidance to assist applicants with preparing and submitting applications for OJP funding, as well as information that may help potential applicants decide to apply for funding.
  • DOJ Financial Guide. The DOJ Grants Financial Guide serves as the primary reference manual to assist OJP, OVW and COPS Office award recipients in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to safeguard grant funds and ensure funds are used for the purposes for which they were awarded.

For more information on the above resources, visit

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), part of OJP, awards grants and agreements for research, development and evaluation (CFDA 16.560). NIJ funds physical and social science research, development and evaluation projects about criminal justice through competitive solicitations. The focus of the solicitations varies from year to year based on research priorities and available funding.

  • Forensic laboratory enhancement. NIJ provides funding through formula and discretionary awards to reduce evidence backlogs and improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services. Programs include the DNA Backlog Reduction Program (CFDA 16.471)  and the Paul Coverdell Forensic Sciences Improvement Grant Program (16.472).
  • Research fellowships. NIJ funds two fellowships through annual solicitations. The focus of the solicitations varies from year to year. Learn more about NIJ’s fellowship programs here.

Guidance for NIJ applicants and awardees can be found here.

Practitioners can subscribe to Funding News from NCJRS to learn about funding opportunities, grant-related events, and more from NCJRS and federal sponsors at here.

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