Office of Justice Programs Weekly News Brief

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is the Office of Justice Programs Weekly News Brief for the week of August 29, 2011:

Keeping Up With Technology, Preparing for Critical Incidents – In remarks at the Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness Conference and Exposition in National Harbor, Md., on Tuesday, August 30, Attorney General Eric Holder, said, "We've come a long way (since 9/11).  We've seen breakthrough technological advances and more effective communications platforms and techniques.  But in spite of the improvements and innovations that have marked the last ten years, it's important to remember that – in those crucial first seconds after an incident is reported – even the most advanced technology is just a tool.  It is the individual who wields the tool – the local, state, tribal, or federal responder – who ensures public safety and saves lives." In her remarks, OJP's Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson discussed efforts to improve protective gear to help officers respond to hazardous materials.

Upcoming Events:

September Is Recovery Month –The Bureau of Justice Assistance Web site highlights a link to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Web site offering a wealth of knowledge on topics related to addiction, treatment and recovery.  There is also a Toolkit providing a Single State Agency Directory, listings of State offices providing local information and guidance about addiction, treatment, and recovery in communities, and a directory of organizations offering support, treatment, and information on substance use and mental disorders.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Justice Programs