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By Kristie Brackens, Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance 

In almost every community if you tune into your local news, visit your favorite online news web site, or pick up the paper, you will find a story about violent crime. Violent crime is not a new topic. What is new is the approach the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken in working with cities to reduce violent crime and increase public safety. The Violence Reduction Network (VRN), an initiative started in 2014 by DOJ through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), is confronting this problem and its root causes with a holistic approach.

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Please join Justice Clearinghouse on Thursday, September 3 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET for the “ABCs of Tactical Emergency Medical Support: Part 2” webinar. This webinar will cover the basics of tactical emergency medical support (TEMS). TEMS is a current hot topic and is relevant to law enforcement, fire and emergency medical support. The webinar will address the development of integrated medical support in law enforcement operations and the recent genesis of the Rescue Task Force.

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According to the FBI’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report, there were more than 1.5 million drug-related arrests in 2013—including 325 in Alabama—and nearly 100,000 people are currently serving time in federal prison for drug offenses. That statistic alone makes up almost half of the federal prison population.

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