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Office of Justice Programs

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Training and Communication

OJP staff provide training and presentations to criminal justice professionals on issues including victim rights, financial compensation, victim notification, post conviction issues and other customized training curricula. 

Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy

The Office of Justice Programs is pleased to offer the Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy! 
  • Foundational level educational opportunity designed to improve the quality and consistency of victim services in Minnesota
  • For victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, law enforcement, this training uses a multi-disciplinary approach to help restore the victim to whole and regain control of their lives.
  • Comprehensive curriculum with academic credit through St. Cloud State University (available for an additional fee)
  • CEU credits for the MN Board of Social Work will be made ​available​
  • The dates for the 2021 MNVAA Academy are October 5-8, 2021 and November 17-19, 2021
  • MNVAA is an academic environment with approximately 25 attendees/graduates annually.  ​

​Assisting Crime Victims 

OJP offers free, one day training opportunities for victim services, social services and law enforcement professionals who work with crime victims. This training is offered in various locations around Minnesota; both metro and outstate depending on space availability and demand. 
If you are interested in having a regional training in your area, please contact Joann Jones at 651-201-7318 or Joann.Jones@state.mn.us

Training and Presentations for Your Agency

The Office of Justice Programs can provide training on a variety of topics, including:

  • Crime Victim Rights - basic and advance presentations
  • Building Basic Identity Theft Advocacy Skills
  • Data Practices and Crime Victims
  • Ethics and Crime Victims in the Prosecution Process
  • Crime Victim Reparations (financial compensation program for victims) 
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Law Enforcement Supervisor Management
  • Informant Management
  • Gang and Drug Trends in Minnesota
  • Task Force specific topics upon request.   

For further information on these trainings, or general inquiries on OJP presentations, please contact Joann Jones at 651-201-7318 or Joann.Jones@state.mn.us


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