Get to Know the National Criminal Justice Training Center

A National Leader in Training and Technical Assistance

Our mission is to provide premier criminal justice training and technical assistance to enhance public safety and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

We are here to empower those we serve to better protect their communities.

We value collaborative partnerships, continuous improvement, diversity, programmatic excellence, and responsiveness.

At the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College (NCJTC), we are dedicated to equipping criminal justice professionals with the right training and tools to affect lasting and meaningful change in the communities they serve.

As a leading national criminal justice training organization, we deliver quality innovative training, expert instruction, and technical assistance solutions for combating prevailing public safety and community challenges. NCJTC has significant experience working in culturally sensitive areas, such as tribal communities. We tailor our training and technical assistance to support rural and under-resourced communities and understand the importance of meeting your specific needs, rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Impacting Communities

Celebrating 30 Years of Impacting Communities

For over 30 years, NCJTC has placed an emphasis upon providing training and technical assistance to rural, tribal, and underserved communities. We developed our training and technical assistance approach by listening and understanding needs first and then responding to each unique circumstance. We deeply value our long-standing partnerships with some of the Nation’s leading providers in areas of Tribal justice, law enforcement, child safety, and victim services. This coupled with our talented and diverse staff and associates equip us to be responsive to a multitude of criminal justice and community needs. We understand that working collaboratively will lead to better outcomes and success when tackling complex issues.

We are proud of the fact that we pioneered some of the nation’s first interdisciplinary team training programs in the early 1990’s. Our training model brings community and organizational leaders together with subject matter experts, who are actively working in their respective fields, to apply research driven best practices in all of our training and targeted technical assistance programs. We routinely work with host agencies to identify their unique challenges and needs so that we can develop customized training and provide ongoing support and services well after the training has taken place. Our impact assessments routinely demonstrate that our approach provides communities with the information, strategies, model policies, programs and resources necessary to effect meaningful change that will live beyond any one individual or organization.

  • Trusted with over $287 million in federal grant funds to facilitate training on a national and international basis.
  • We leverage the knowledge and talent of more than 250 subject matter experts, actively working in their fields of expertise, to deliver reliable, easy-to-execute solutions.
  • Flexible training options, onsite and virtual, to meet your training needs.
  • Customized training options - Our dedicated staff will help define your challenges and find the most cost effective way to deliver customized solutions.
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Brad Russ

Executive Director - National Criminal Justice Training Center

NCJTC is dedicated to developing new programs and resources to meet the constantly evolving needs of the criminal justice communities we serve. In addition to an array of scheduled regional training events, NCJTC stands ready to assist you in hosting technical assistance and other programmatic support activities important for your community. With more than 30 years of experience and 150+ subject matter experts skilled in working with smaller departments, as well as rural and tribal agencies, NCJTC provides training and resources uniquely and strategically positioned to address the challenges and needs most important to you and those you serve. We remain committed to finding new opportunities to more effectively work with and protect America’s tribal communities and indigenous sovereign nations by leveraging the subject matter expertise of our tribal liaisons and law enforcement personnel.

Through U.S Department of Justice federal grants, NCJTC is pleased to announce two new programs to complement the vast programs we currently offer, The Internet of Things (IoT) National Training and Technical Assistance Program and The Emmett Till Cold Case Prosecution Program. The IoT Program provides emerging technology training and resources to help you prevent, solve, and prosecute crimes involving IoT devices– electronic objects with sensors, processors, or software that connects to and exchanges data with other devices and systems via communications networks. Many investigators are unaware of the valuable information collected by the growing number of “smart devices” people carry or have installed in their homes, businesses, and vehicles. Our IoT training program can help you understand how to extract data from these devices, properly store and analyze the information, and use it to inform and support an investigation. Our program’s training and resource materials also can help you educate your communities about IoT-related security and privacy issues that can help reduce victimization. In January 2023, NCJTC hosted its inaugural annual National IoT Investigative Conference, which brought together nearly 100 participants from 27 states.

The Emmett Till Program, in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance and Behavioral Science Unit LLC, provides training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies working to investigate and prosecute cold case murders associated with civil rights violations that occurred on or before December 31, 1979. Training offered through this program is designed to help you employ powerful tools to help solve civil right-related cold case investigations.

NCJTC is committed to continuous learning and process improvements to effectively meet your training and technical assistance needs. Although in-person training has been the foundation of services for decades, our year over-year growth in the areas of self-paced eLearning and live webinars positioned us to swiftly respond to the massive virtual training needs which arose from the Covid-19 pandemic. As in-person training returns to pre-pandemic levels, we will continue to develop and offer flexible training options which optimize your access to important information and resources. Look to us now and in the future for classroom training, live and on demand webinars, self-paced eLearning, live virtual training, and hybrid courses! Visit for upcoming opportunities and downloadable resources.

On behalf of the NCJTC staff and associate cadre, 220-strong and growing, we are excited and honored to work with you in 2023 – and beyond!

Brad Russ, Executive Director
National Criminal Justice Training Center

NCJTC Team 2022
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