Law Enforcement
Forecasting Group

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Bureau of Justice Assistance Law Enforcement Forecasting Group?

In an effort to assist state and local law enforcement agencies to stay abreast of emerging issues, trends, and major developments, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, funded the creation of the Law Enforcement Forecasting Group (LEFG) in 2011.


The primary objectives of the LEFG are to forecast issues and concerns that might require increased law enforcement resources and attention and identify current or emerging trends, programs, and developments that could help law enforcement perform effectively in the future. In addition, LEFG members provide invaluable environmental scanning that can be useful in the development of new programs to test concepts and to create training and technical assistance programs that are immediately relevant to the law enforcement field.


What are the criteria to be a member of the LEFG?

The LEFG is an invitation-only group that is composed of criminal justice executives and researchers.


To date, what has the LEFG identified as priority issues?

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, and produced the following reports:

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