What is the National Institute of Peace

 

This institute is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.  This agency under the Department of Justice is involved in the detail operations and decisions made by the Department of Justice.  The functions and responsibilities this institute provides to the Department of Justice plays a significant role not only to the Department but to state and local governments as well.  The director is one of the positions that is appointed by the President but confirmed by the Senate.  The director establishes the objectives of the institute, guided by the priorities of the Office of Justice Programs, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the needs of the field.

     There are five basic principles in which this institute believes and directs their actions.  The first is that research can make a difference.  This involves not only individual lives but the health of communities.  The second principle is that government-funded research must be awarded through open competition and be subjected to anonymous critical review from both scientists and practitioners.  The third principle is that their research agenda must be driven by professionals in the real world.  This involves those who deal with crime and justice problems every day.  The final principle is that partnerships with other government agencies and professional associations are critical to determining what works.

     The institute is structured to accomplish four basic criteria.  The first is to emphasize outcome and cost-benefit evaluations of criminal justice programs and technologies.  The second is to keep the social and physical sciences together under one research agency to maximize collaborations, cost-effectiveness and benefits to the field.  The next one is to elevate the forensic sciences, as recommended in the National Academy of Sciences Report titled Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States:  A Path Forward.  The final objective is to group the core organizational functions under autonomous offices that report directly to the Deputy Director.

     Part of the structure includes four offices.   There is the Office of Communication, the Office of Operations, the Office of Research and Evaluation and the Office of Science and Technology. With this structure there are a number of activities with which this institute is involved including performing research on high-priority goals.  The high priority research goals each have specific details as to the objectives under them.  Overall the topics falling into a high priority status include ten areas which are identified below:

 

     policing/law enforcement

     Justice Systems (sentencing, courts, prosecution and defense)

     Corrections

     investigative and forensic sciences

     counterterrorism

     crime prevention

     violence and victimization

     drugs, alcohol and crime

      interoperability, spatial information and automated systems

      program evaluation.    

    

As you can see the scope of these high priority topics are important to our country but the depth of involvement of this institute is huge and much needed.  As part of the activities identified above there is also the process of performing tests, evaluations of programs, practices and equipment.  In any testing perform the value of the testing must be evaluated prior to it being initiated.  Along with this comes the validity of the evaluation must also be determined.  Part of the evaluation process involves ensuring the equipment doing the testing is reliable and meets the standards for the equipment being utilized.

     This institute performs a vital service not only to the Department of Justice but also to the country.  The activity with which it is involved is hard to comprehend the amount of details necessary to accomplish the objectives identified in this article.  Our justice system is great but sometimes problems exist and the function of this agency helps to identify where it appears it may have failed and to make adjustments to improve it.  There are many agencies such as this that perform vital services for which we have no clue that they exist or what they do in supporting our country in all its needs.

       

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"What is the National Institute of Peace?"

The hub is informative, educative, useful and beautiful.

The hubber says:

"This institute is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. This agency under the Department of Justice is involved in the detail operations and decisions made by the Department of Justice. The functions and responsibilities this institute provides to the Department of Justice plays a significant role not only to the Department but to state and local governments as well. The director is one of the positions that is appointed by the President but confirmed by the Senate. The director establishes the objectives of the institute, guided by the priorities of the Office of Justice Programs, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the needs of the field.

This institute is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. This agency under the Department of Justice is involved in the detail operations and decisions made by the Department of Justice. The functions and responsibilities this institute provides to the Department of Justice plays a significant role not only to the Department but to state and local governments as well. The director is one of the positions that is appointed by the President but confirmed by the Senate. The director establishes the objectives of the institute, guided by the priorities of the Office of Justice Programs, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the needs of the field.

Then the hubber refers to five basic principles:

"There are five basic principles in which this institute believes and directs their actions.

The first is that research can make a difference. This involves not only individual lives but the health of communities.

The second principle is that government-funded research must be awarded through open competition and be subjected to anonymous critical review from both scientists and practitioners.

The third principle is that their research agenda must be driven by professionals in the real world. This involves those who deal with crime and justice problems every day.

The final principle is that partnerships with other government agencies and professional associations are critical to determining what works."

What the NIP is to accomplis?

The hubber says:"The institute is structured to accomplish four basic criteria.

The first is to emphasize outcome and cost-benefit evaluations of criminal justice programs and technologies.

The second is to keep the social and physical sciences together under one research agency to maximize collaborations, cost-effectiveness and benefits to the field.

The next one is to elevate the forensic sciences, as recommended in the National Academy of Sciences Report titled Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward.

The final objective is to group the core organizational functions under autonomous offices that report directly to the Deputy Director.

As to the offices inthe strucure of the NIP, the hubber states:"Part of the structure includes four offices.

There is,-

the Office of Communication,

the Office of Operations,

the Office of Research and Evaluation, and

the Office of Science and Technology.

As to the high priority goals the hubber states:

"With this structure there are a number of activities with which this institute is involved including performing research on high-priority goals. The high priority research goals each have specific details as to the objectives under them. Overall the topics falling into a high priority status include ten areas which are identified below:

policing/law enforcement

Justice Systems (sentencing, courts, prosecution and defense)

Corrections

investigative and forensic sciences

counterterrorism

crime prevention

violence and victimization

drugs, alcohol and crime

interoperability, spatial information and automated systems

program evaluation.

As to scope of improvement and constant research the hubber has written:

"As you can see the scope of these high priority topics are important to our country but the depth of involvement of this institute is huge and much needed. As part of the activities identified above there is also the process of performing tests, evaluations of programs, practices and equipment. In any testing perform the value of the testing must be evaluated prior to it being initiated. Along with this comes the validity of the evaluation must also be determined. Part of the evaluation process involves ensuring the equipment doing the testing is reliable and meets the standards for the equipment being utilized.

Appreciating the performance of NIP the hubber states that there are many other institutions that are rendering their services in the national cause:

"This institute performs a vital service not only to the Department of Justice but also to the country. The activity with which it is involved is hard to comprehend the amount of details necessary to accomplish the objectives identified in this article. Our justice system is great but sometimes problems exist and the function of this agency helps to identify where it appears it may have failed and to make adjustments to improve it. There are many agencies such as this that perform vital services for which we have no clue that they exist or what they do in supporting our country in all its needs."

Such an awareness imparts information to the research scholars and they can send their views and researches for improvement. It also provides an opportunity to offer thanks for the works done or accomplished wtih high excellence.

Sense of participation in all affairs is the soul of democracy and this is also one of the many ways of participation. Of course the opinions are to compee on merit and excellence.

May God bless all.

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As to its functions:

"This institute is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. This agency under the Department of Justice is involved in the detail operations and decisions made by the Department of Justice. The functions and responsibilities this institute provides to the Department of Justice plays a significant role not only to the Department but to state and local governments as well. The director is one of the positions that is appointed by the President but confirmed by the Senate. The director establishes the objectives of the institute, guided by the priorities of the Office of Justice Programs, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the needs of the field."

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