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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 and CEU's available for an additional fee. 
  • Dates for the 2018 MNVAA Academy are tentatively set for:  October 10-12, 2018 with an evening reception on October 9th, and November 14-16, 2018.  Attendees are expected to attend all sessions on each date in its entirety.  Applications to attend will be on this site closer to the date.  

Assisting Crime Victims - Regional Training

OJP is currently offering a free, one day training opportunity for victim services, social services and law enforcement professionals who work with crime victims. This training will be offered in Southwestern Minnesota on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Marshall, MN at the Marshall Fire Department (201 E Saratoga Street, Marshall, MN  56258) from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.   The next day, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 find us in Mankato, MN at the Blue Earth County Justice Center (401 Carver Road, Mankato, MN  56001, Room 2166) also from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

The trainings team is currently planning for the next round of trainings.  If you are interested in having a regional training in your area, please contact Joann Jones at 651-201-7318 or


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


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