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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. 

Crime Victims Rights, Reparations and Tribal Considerations Training  - June 19, 2019​

Northwest Area Foundation
60 W. Plato Boulevard, 4th Floor
St. Paul, MN  55107
8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

This one day, free training will provide attendees with an overview of the state financial compensation program, crime victim rights, and how to best support a victim through an investigation, prosecution, and post-conviction phases of a case.  Specific focus will include culturally specific financial assistance available for American Indian crime victims, and considerations professionals can give thought to when working with Tribal and off Reservation populations.  POST, CEU, and CLE credits have been requested.  A light lunch will be provided. PLEASE NOTE:  The training is currently full; registrations after 6/6/2019 will be placed on a waiting list. 

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 2019 MNVAA Academy are tentatively set for:  October 8-11, 2019 with an evening reception on October 8th, and November 6-8, 2019.  Attendees are expected to attend all sessions on each date in its entirety.

Assisting Crime Victims - Regional Training

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.  There are no trainings scheduled at this time.  

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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