The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Law Enforcement Forecasting Group (LEFG) was created to identify emerging issues and trends and to anticipate tactics and strategies that might assist law enforcement agencies in providing quality police services. Composed of law enforcement executives and criminal justice researchers, LEFG members provide invaluable environmental scanning that BJA uses to prepare for the future, develop new programs to test concepts, and create training and technical assistance programs that are immediately relevant to the law enforcement field. The LEFG has identified several priority issues for BJA law enforcement programs, including, but not limited to, crime analysis capacity building, information sharing, human resources (recruiting, training, retaining), and social media.
During LEFG meetings, member discussions focus on identifying emerging issues and potential ways to prepare for the future of policing. Some of the themes include enhancing community and industry partnerships; leveraging new technologies while protecting citizens’ privacy; providing state, local, and tribal law enforcement with greater guidance on federal resources; working with all agencies to better define roles in the new era of technology and crime where jurisdictional boundaries are changing; exploring next-generation policing and the model police agency of the future; partnerships between public health and public safety; and justice/mental health collaborations.