TVPP News & Updates

POSTED: February 21, 2017

Event: College of Dupage Homeland Security Training Institute Live - Countering Violent Extremism: March 29, 2017

Dr. Megan Alderden, Director of Research at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority’s Research & Analysis Unit, will be serving on a panel to discuss prevention techniques aimed at reducing the opportunities for recruitment of vulnerable individuals in the community to ideologically inspired targeted violence at the College of Dupage’s Homeland Security Training Institute’s “Countering Violent Extremism” symposium. Dr. Alderden will share information and insights from ICJIA’s Targeted Violence Prevention Program work in Illinois. Dr. Alderden will be joined by Dr. Jennifer Hesterman (Colonel, USAF, retired) who is an expert on the terror-crime nexus, and Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, CEO of Valens Global, a private company that consults on counterterrorism. The event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Attendees may participate in person or via a live online webcast.

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 10am to 3pm
Location: College of DuPage, Homeland Education Center, 425 Fawell Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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POSTED: February 16, 2017

Executive Summary of ICJIA’s Homeland Security CVE Grant Proposal

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority’s Targeted Violence Prevention Program (ICJIA-TVPP) will develop and deliver a bystander-gatekeeper training program to educate a broad cross-section of communities on how to help off-ramp individuals who exhibit warning signs of radicalization to violence as well as those who exhibit behaviors signifying they may be in the early stages of planning an act of ideologically inspired targeted violence.


POSTED: January 19, 2017

Illinois Targeted Violence Prevention Program Receives $187,000 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Grant

CHICAGO—January 13, 2017. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Executive Director John Maki today announced a $187,877 grant award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support efforts of the Targeted Violence Prevention Program.

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POSTED: December 12, 2016

Grant opportunity: Open Society Foundations “Communities Against Hate”

This rapid-response initiative of the Open Society Foundations aims to support, protect, and empower those who are targets of hateful acts and rhetoric. The initiative is designed to bolster communities’ ability to resist the spread of hate and strengthen protections for their most vulnerable neighbors.


POSTED: July 7, 2016

Fiscal Year 2016 Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program

In December, 2015, Congress passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2016(Public Law 114-113). Sec. 543 of the Act and the accompanying Joint Explanatory Statement provided $10 million for a “countering violent extremism (CVE) initiative to help states and local communities prepare for, prevent, and respond to emergent threats from violent extremism.”

The Department of Homeland Security issued a notice of funding opportunity on July 6, 2016 announcing the new Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program, the first federal grant funding available to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions of higher education to carry out countering violent extremism programs.

These new grants will provide state, local and tribal partners and community groups—religious groups, mental health and social service providers, educators and other NGOs—with the ability to build prevention programs that address the root causes of violent extremism and deter individuals who may already be radicalizing to violence.

This initiative builds on Secretary Johnson’s September 2015 announcement of the creation of the Office for Community Partnerships. This Office has worked to take the Department’s CVE mission to the next level and find innovative ways to support local communities and address the evolving threat environment. This grant program supports that line of effort.

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Click here to apply for the Fiscal Year 2016 Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program >>

POSTED: June 22, 2016

Basic Student Behavioral Threat Assessment Training: July 20, 2016

SAVE THE DATE! TUITION FREE! This training is a part of the Illinois School and Campus Safety Program offered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute. Participants will gain an enhanced understanding and ability to identify persons exhibiting threatening or aberrant behaviors, evaluate the risk of threat, and provide appropriate interventions and case management strategies to reduce the risk of violence.

For more information please contact Program Manager Robert Elliott at (309) 298-2646 or email

East Aurora School
District #131
417 Fifth Street
Aurora, IL 60505

8:00am – 4:00pm

POSTED: June 21, 2016

Forming a Campus Behavioral Threat Assessment Team Training: October 6, 2016

SAVE THE DATE! TUITION FREE! This 1-day course is designed to address violence prevention through behavioral threat assessment using best practices, and research. The course is designed to for campus staff, but the information is applicable to community-based organizations and faith-based organizations interested in learning more about developing some level of threat assessment capacity within their organizations and in their communities.

For more information, contact Program Manager Robert Elliott at (309) 298-2646 or

Malcolm X City Colleges of Chicago
Conference Center Room A
1900 W. Jackson St.
Chicago, IL 60612

This document was prepared under a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Grant Program Directorate (FEMA/GPD) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Points of view or opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of FEMA/GPD, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or the State of Illinois.