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New Training Focuses on Ghost Guns

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have released a new training module on privately made firearms, commonly known as ghost guns, as part of the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) Virtual Academy.

Working collaboratively, ATF and BJA developed the PSP Virtual Academy Ghost Guns course to provide law enforcement with a readily accessible, on-demand and no-cost way to gain insight into what constitutes privately made firearms and how they may be manufactured. The course also presents recommendations regarding evidence collection.

“The PSP Virtual Academy was designed to enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies to better address crime and increase public safety, and thousands of law enforcement personnel have benefited since we introduced the first course in April 2021,” said BJA Director Karhlton F. Moore. “We’re proud to provide our state and local partners with this new training opportunity and learning platform. We look forward to expanding the Academy in the future.”

BJA’s PSP Virtual Academy current course offerings are:

  • Law Enforcement Guide to Crime Guns
  • Crime S.C.E.N.E. Excellence
  • Leadership Strategies: Building Effective Leaders to Impact Violence Reduction
  • Navigating NIBIN Leads via the GETS System
  • GunStat: A Data-Driven Approach to Address Gun Violence

View the Office of Justice Programs' press release and visit the Virtual Academy to learn more.

Date Published: August 30, 2022