President Trump has chosen Jon Adler, former president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, as director of the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). For 26 years, Adler has served as a professional and volunteer leader in law enforcement, the White House said. He has served as the chief firearms and tactical training instructor for the United States Attorney’s office in Manhattan, as well as a lead criminal investigator.
Adler served as the vice chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and as the first chair of the Department of Justice’s Congressional Badge of Bravery Federal Review Board. BJA is the principal Justice Department agency that gives grants to state and local governments and tribes. Its current strategic plan stresses the reduction of violent crime, the improvement of community safety, and support for public safety officers; the reduction of recidivism and prevention of unnecessary confinement; use of evidence-based, research-driven strategies, and increasing program effectiveness with a renewed emphasis on data analysis, information sharing, and performance management.