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Vacant Property Crime

Training and Technical Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is offering training and technical assistance (TTA) for state and local agencies and organizations that need help in their efforts to prevent, investigate and prosecute mortgage fraud and crimes associated with vacant properties. BJA has established a consortium of national TTA providers with the expertise to respond to a variety of training and technical assistance needs. The consortium consists of National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), the National District Association (NDAA), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the St. Petersburg College Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI). Available TTA resources include the following:

  •  NW3C offers a 3-day, face-to-face training on mortgage fraud to investigators and prosecutors, to help them effectively deal with mortgage fraud cases. NW3Cwill also connect investigators and prosecutors with subject matter experts to help answer case related questions.
  • CPSI provides a variety of training opportunities to criminal justice professionals, first responders and the community. For mortgage fraud, CPSI provides an on-line resource for law enforcement and code compliance officers on how to combat problems in their communities due to increase in the foreclosed and abandoned properties.
  • NCPC, through its nationally-recognized experts and master trainers, offers a training course  to discuss the leading causes of abandoned and foreclosed property crime and mortgage fraud. The training includes using comprehensive Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and foreclosed homes. The CPTEd-based strategy is tailored to include law enforcement, city government, and the leaders in each community.

Rapid Response Outreach Tools on Vacant Property

Improving Public Safety Series of Crime Prevention Podcast

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