About the Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative (RVCRI)

Violent crime is on the rise in many jurisdictions, including rural communities. Rural law enforcement agencies are left to tackle these issues, often with a decreasing tax base, personnel shortages, expansive geographic territory, and lack of access to medical treatment that can make violent crimes more fatal than in urban settings.

The Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative (RVCRI) is an effort, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), to provide funding and assistance to rural law enforcement agencies seeking to reduce violent crime and address problems associated with violent crime. Funding and support are available for implementing violent crime reduction strategies, improving investigations, improving services to victims, and for enhancing collaboration between local stakeholders. This will be achieved through...


The RVCRI Clearinghouse provides resources and insights from the RVCRI team, BJA and partner agencies, innovators, leaders, and peers in the field.

Training & Technical Assistance

Are you a RVCRI Grantee that has a TTA request? Click here to complete the TTA request form and our team will respond soon.

RVCRI Resources

Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative 2022 Annual Report

Introduction to Rural Community and Economic Development Webinar

Upcoming Events

December 5 in Charlotte, NC and December 7 in New Hanover, NC

FLETC Human Trafficking Awareness Training

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) is hosting two free Human Trafficking Awareness Trainings (HTAT) during the first week of December 2023.

The HTAT program provides students with an in-depth understanding of current indicators that law enforcement and the private sector may observe in industries known for human trafficking. An overview of Federal statutes and applicable state law related to trafficking is referenced. The training is classroom-oriented, with case studies, videos, and student-centered learning activities to enhance the learning experience. A subject matter expert panel discussion with state, local, and federal subject matter experts will also discuss applicable state law.

RVCRI Partner Agencies

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