News September 01, 2011 to September 30, 2011

Alabama

Baldwin County District Attorney's Office Awarded Grant (09/18/2011)

The Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a federal Department of Justice grant for technology improvement. The office has received an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of $14,197, District Attorney Hallie Dixon announced last week.

"A large federal grant awarded to the office a number of years ago bought most of the equipment still in use in our office today. Unfortunately, some of the computers and software are now obsolete," she said. "We are taking steps to upgrade technology throughout the office as funding becomes available, prioritizing equipment and software purchases that will have maximum impact on investigating crimes, serving victims and witnesses, and obtaining successful prosecutions, while making the best use of existing resources."

Arkansas

Stuttgart City Council Approves SPD Grant (09/22/2011)

The Stuttgart City Council approved the Stuttgart Police Department to apply for a $50,000 grant Tuesday night. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance (JAG) Grant is a non-matching grant that, if granted, will allow SPD to purchase communication equipment.

“We plan to begin upgrading our communications system by purchasing new portable and mobile radios and beginning upgrades in the dispatch center,” SPD Chief Mike Smith said. Effective Jan. 1, 2013 all agencies will be required to narrowband their radio frequencies.

Arizona

Drug Court Again Serves Holbrook And Winslow (09/30/2011)

The Navajo County Drug Court will once again be expanded to Holbrook and Winslow, thanks to a grant received from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. The Navajo County Board of Supervisors authorized acceptance of the $200,000 grant on Sept. 27 that will allow some individuals arrested on drug related charges a chance for a better life. The grant requires a 25 percent match that will be provided by probation fees received by the county for a total funding amount of $266,667.

According to Adult Probation Chief Margie Brakefield, the funds will be used to pay for a surveillance officer and a part-time drug court coordinator. In addition, the funds will pay for urine analysis tests, counseling and a research consultant to monitor the program. “The money will also help pay for gas and child care costs for people in the program to help remove any obstacles that might keep them from attending the program,” stated Brakefield.

California

Grant Provides Officer for Modesto School (09/22/2011)

Modesto's Tuolumne Elementary School will get a new law enforcement officer on campus and the city's Police Department will get new equipment thanks to a federal grant.

The $186,199 joint law enforcement grant is made available through the Department of Justice's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance program. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department will use its portion to hire a new deputy for Tuolumne Elementary and to improve police presence in the south Modesto neighborhood.

Community Corrections Agencies Tap Federal-State Grants To Offer Reentry Services (09/15/2011)

Corrections officials always seek solutions for two common problems: overcrowded jails and recidivism. Reentry programs that incorporate evidence-based practices are a proven solution because they reduce jail or prison crowding and they teach and model productive lifestyles to offenders. Today, smaller- and medium-sized jurisdictions, typically counties, are developing successful reentry programs by tapping into available state and federal funds and connecting with established community providers.

A handful of California counties have accessed funding through the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program and funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) to open day reporting centers that deliver cognitive behavioral treatment. These grants were available for programs that included evidence-based probation supervision for adult felony offenders.  Evidence-based practices refer to programs backed by scientific research to reduce recidivism. It has been well documented that many new California prison admissions include felony probationers who commit new crimes or fail conditions of release, an excellent reason to implement evidence-based practices to reduce costly recidivism.

Florida

City Secures Federal Grant Aimed At Preventing Crime (09/12/2011)

The city has secured almost $37,000 in federal funds for its ongoing battle against drugs, gangs and graffiti in Santa Clarita. On Monday night, the Santa Clarita City Council is expected to officially accept a $36,780 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, or JAG, from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The funds will be used for overtime pay for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Crime Prevention Unit. This unit conducts operations that include comprehensive drug enforcement and education, gang and graffiti enforcement, bike patrols, curfew and truancy sweeps; alcohol and tobacco stings and probation and parole enforcement.

Local Lawmen Worry Congress May Arrest Police Funding (09/28/2011)

Funding for federal grants that provide aid to police departments all over the country may not be set aside by Congress in next year's budget, while financial assistance that is doled out annually to police departments could be significantly reduced -- prospects that worry some local law enforcement agencies.

While nothing has been set in stone by Congress, no money has been set aside by the House Appropriations Committee for COPS grants for next year and the Senate has set aside about $200 million. That is considerably less than has been set aside in past years, according to the COPS office in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants could be cut back as well, state and federal law enforcement officials say. If the House Appropriations Committee has its way, the Byrne grants could be cut from about $414 million to $357 million, a 16 percent slice. The House's counterpart committee in the Senate, meanwhile, is proposing less of a blow, setting the amount at $380 million, according to the Justice Assistance Grant division of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Wellington Receives Grant to Help Increase Security (09/30/2011)

The village plans to beef up security in parks and community areas, as well as reduce tenant turnover in rental areas, with a national grant it got in August. The $12,915 Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, which the village council accepted last week, is expected to put four cameras in public areas such as Scott's Place and the Wellington Amphitheater.

Village staff is working with the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office to identify the "best locations based on crime and liability issues," said John Bonde, Wellington deputy manager. Cost and installation for each camera is estimated at $2,500. Several cameras are already up in the village, Bonde said. "We need more," Bonde said. Wellington expects the cameras to help control damage to public facilities and generally reduce crime, according to a staff report. The remainder of the grant will pay for airfare, hotel accommodations and a rental car so that one sheriff's office representative and one Wellington staff member can attend November training tied to the village's Landlord 411 program, expected to launch next year. The program aims to keep illegal activity out of rental properties by helping landlords better screen tenants and manage their units.

Illinois

Durbin Announces more than $5 Million in DOJ Funding to Enhance Community and Law Enforcement Safety (09/06/2011)

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has recently awarded a total of $5,118,812 in Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants to support Illinois law enforcement officers.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, named in memorial of a young police officer who was killed while on duty, is administered by The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The grants are awarded to states and units of local government to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the justice system.

Edwardsville Police Get Grant for Fingerprint Device (09/07/2011)

The Edwardsville Police Department has been awarded an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant of $13,671 to purchase a Live Scan fingerprint device. The grant is part of $5.2 million awarded to Illinois communities for law enforcement. The city of Chicago received $4 million. The local unit of government award allocations are based on their proportion of the state's three-year crime average.

According to the Illinois State Police, Live Scan is an inkless electronic system designed to capture an individual's fingerprint images and demographic data (name, sex, race, date of birth, etc.) in a digitized format that can be transmitted to the state central repository, Illinois State Police, for processing.

Naperville Police Get Nearly $12,000 In Federal Grants (09/17/2011)

The Naperville Police Department and 18 other law enforcement agencies in Illinois will share in nearly $5.2 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Naperville police Sgt. Gregg Bell said his department will be receiving $11,914. The money will be invested in “computer servers and specialized equipment that allows for forensic investigation of crimes” that involve computers, “smart phones” and similar devices, he said.

Kentucky

Governor Announces $3.5 Million Plus to KY Law (09/01/2011)

Governor Steve Beshear today announced the award of 65 federal and state grants totalling more than $3.5 million to police departments, sheriff’s departments and other criminal justice agencies across the Commonwealth. “Keeping Kentucky families safe and secure is one of my top priorities,” Gov. Beshear said.

“These grants provide critical funding that will allow the agencies to continue performing key functions such as enforcement, prosecution, treatment, prevention and education about drugs and other crimes,”The grant money will help police officers and criminal justice professionals protect citizens against drunken driving, drugs and other crimes. All grant awards run July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. A total of 41 Byrne/Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) were awarded for 2011.

Maryland

Takoma Park Police Seek Funds to Continue Research Position (09/15/2011)

Takoma Park Police are seeking federal funds to continue its Research and Policy Development position within the police department, police spokeswoman Catherine Plevy said. The funds would come from the U.S. Dept. of Justice under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (BJAG) program, she said. The funding amount sought in the grant program is $11,159.

The position researches new procedures, equipment and tactics, Plevy said. The employee reviews existing policies and revises them as needed, as well as develops new policies and procedures for emerging issues affecting the agency.

New Grant to Aid in Prosecuting Repeat Offenders (09/14/2011)

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said when she was on the campaign trail she was serious about targeting repeat offenders and now a joint effort has led to the creation of the Collateral Offender Unit to do just that.

“I believe proper prosecution of the first offense will lead to lower recidivism numbers,” Alsobrooks said in a statement. “I also believe that ongoing training opportunities will lead to better prosecutions and lower recidivism rates.”

Funds for the unit will be distributed via the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the federal Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program. The county must re-apply for the funds each year to continue receiving the grant. Susan Sullam, spokeswoman for Sen. Ben Cardin, said the unit will handle violation of probation cases to help the county prosecute offenders in a timelier manner.

$350K Grant to Help Combat Cell Phones in Md. Prisons (09/21/2011)

Maryland public safety officials say they’ll use a $350,000 federal grant to intensify the fight to keep cell phones out of prisons in Baltimore. Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance on Tuesday, noting that the state’s efforts have focused on partnerships between prosecutors and prison investigators and links to forensic cell phone data extraction and analysis.

The grant will pay for a part-time assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore, two investigators in Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ internal investigative unit and one support staffer.Their goal will be to reduce prison corruption and gang activity through enhanced prosecution and investigation. They will also target prison staff who enable inmates to acquire cell phones.

Michigan

AAPD To Use Fed Grant for Crime Mapping (09/06/2011)

At its Sept. 6, 2011 meeting, the Ann Arbor city council authorized the use of $27,996 for crime-mapping work, if the money is awarded by the U.S. Dept. of Justice through an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant.

The funding would be used to create a specific, geospatial crime-mapping dashboard – a Law Enforcement Information Dashboard (LEID). According to the staff memo accompanying the resolution, the LEID would be shared with the CLEMIS consortium (Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System), which includes multiple law enforcement agencies in the region.

37 Criminal Justice Agencies In Michigan Get Share Of $7M In Anti-Drug, Crime-Fighting Grants (09/12/2011)

Thirty-seven criminal justice agencies will receive a share of $7 million in federal grants to strengthen anti-drug and crime fighting efforts in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced the grants in a release from Michigan State Police.

The money is from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program and the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners program. Agencies have until Sept. 30, 2012, to spend their awards. A list of agencies getting grants is posted online.

Crime-Fighting Grants for 37 Agencies (09/13/2011)

Thirty-seven criminal justice agencies will receive a share of $7 million in federal grants to strengthen anti-drug and crime fighting efforts in Michigan.Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced the grants in a release from Michigan State Police.

The money is from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program and the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners program. To see a list of agencies receiving grants read more.

Thumb Law Enforcement to Benefit from $7 Million Grant (09/23/2011)

Three Thumb-area law enforcement agencies will share in $7 million in federal grants to strengthen anti-drug and crime fighting efforts in Michigan.
That funding comes through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Program and the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program.

The Thumb Narcotics Unit (TNU) was awarded $77,004 Byrne JAG funds for multi-jurisdictional undercover task force operations. TNU identifies and targets narcotic trafficking in Tuscola, Huron, Sanilac and Lapeer counties. Its officers works with all levels of law enforcement agencies on drug-related investigations.
The Huron County Sheriff’s Department received Byrne JAG funding of $49,498 for evidence-based efficiency projects.
 

North Carolina

Norlina Police Department Awarded Grants (09/20/2011)

The Norlina Police Department has been awarded two federal Justice Assistance Grants, through the N.C. Governor's Crime Commission."We're delighted to receive these grants," Norlina Police Chief Charlie Barker said. "The town clerk and town officers work diligently to find grants, and search for grants yearly."

The first grant award, for a total of $50,170.50 over the course of two years, will provide an additional enforcement officer.Barker indicated that the funding will allow his department to return to its regular number of officers.

New Hampshire

Nashua Police to get almost $70,000 in grant money from Department of Justice (09/04/2011)

The Nashua Police Department is among a dozen recipients of almost $2 million in federal Department of Justice grants announced this week. Nashua Police will get almost $70,000 for equipment, community policing and crime prevention programs, according to a release from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.

The money comes from the DOJ’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. In total, the program will send $1.8 million, including $1.4 million to the state Department of Justice, Shaheen said.

Ohio

Akron Awarded Federal Grant To Assist Safety (09/09/2011)

The United States Department of Justice recently announced its allocations for the Fiscal Year 2011 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. The Akron Police Department received a nearly one hundred eighty thousand dollar ($179,254.46) JAG Grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Bill Holland from the Summit County Sheriff‟s Office and Lori Pesci from the Summit County Emergency Management Agency also worked with the City and applied for the same grant as a sub-applicant on behalf of Summit County, and will receive nearly forty thousand dollars ($39,348.54) from the JAG program.

"This funding allows us to continue our successful „hot spot‟ enforcement and address important training and equipment needs," said Akron Police Chief James Nice. "Suffice to say, this is good news for us and for our community’s safety." Chief Nice also acknowledged that the grant may be used for crime analysis purposes

Pennsylvania

Grant Provides Emergency Response Capability for School District (09/08/2011)

The Warwick Township Police Department has utilized a recent grant award to upgrade the emergency response procedures for Central Bucks School District and the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. Fire Planning Associates, a local Bucks County technology provider, worked with Warwick Police and surrounding municipalities to utilize their state-of-the-art Blazemark™ pre-planning program to provide first responders with incident action plans.

The grant valued at $180,500.00 is funded by the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Warwick Township will be the recipient of the grant and staff will manage the grant process and work with FPA until completion. The Central Bucks School District, Operations Department is a vital partner in this project along with staff at MBIT. The emergency service providers (police, fire and EMS) of each Central Bucks School District municipality cooperated to qualify for the grant.

Grant Provides Security Equipment for Police Station (09/08/2011)

A local police station that is currently under construction will receive all new security cameras and other equipment from the United States government.  U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) announced Thursday that the city of New Castle will receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) totaling $24,691.

The grant from the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program will be used to purchase new security monitoring and camera equipment for the New Castle Police Station that is presently in the construction mode. “It is important that we provide communities like the city of New Castle with proper security equipment to prevent and protect their residents from crime,” Congressman Altmire said. “This JAG grant will put some of the most advanced technology in our neighborhoods.”

County Applying for Camera Funding (09/28/2011)

Centre County officials hope to expand the use of videoconferencing in court, a move they say could save both time and money. Commissioners voted Tuesday to apply for a $37,590 grant that the county would match with $12,530. Criminal Justice Planning Director Gene Lauri said the money would be used to buy two new videoconferencing units.

One camera would be on the courthouse’s third floor, another on the second floor and the third in the annex. Lauri said the use of videoconferencing in court has been around for about 10 years, but is becoming more prevalent under new rules that allow the use of advanced technologies in some proceedings.

Texas

Area Police Receive JAG Assistance To Crack Down On Crime (09/05/2011)

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded grants to the Mission and Pharr police departments through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, according to a news release from the office of Sen. John Cornyn (Texas-R). Mission received $10,244, and Pharr received $24,726.

Mission is using the money to purchase three portable radios that comply with federal regulations expected to take effect in 2015, Dominguez said. The equipment, however, will cost about $1,000 more than the total allocated funding, forcing the department to use money from either its general fund or drug fortitude account.

Pharr police will use the grant to purchase an automatic vehicle location system, which tracks the location of patrol units using a GPS device, according to the release. The system maps each vehicle’s coordinates to facilitate a faster response for assistance call.

Washington

Auburn Police Department Receives $33,631 Justice Assistance Grant (09/06/2011)

U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs granted more than $5 million to enhance law enforcement activities in Washington state. The City of Auburn received $33,631 for community policing activities. The awards will be used for critical needs identified by the individual communities, including targeted anti-gang activities, technology upgrades, training, support for officers in public schools and victim's services.

The largest single grant, $4.5 million, is designed to support multi-jurisdictional efforts to combat gang-related drug trafficking and violence. The funds help pay for task forces and prosecution that target violent offenders and criminal gangs. That award is to be administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce. An additional $544,750 goes directly to local police forces for a variety of needs.

Will Lakewood Police Begin Using In-Car Video Cameras? (09/06/2011)

The Lakewood Police Department was awarded a Justice Assistant Grant for $67,346 to purchase nine in-car police videos. Bret Farrar, chief of police, is expected to give a presentation to Mayor Douglas Richardson and the City Council at 7 p.m. tonight, recommending they authorize Andrew Neiditz, city manager, to accept the JAG grant.

In-car police cameras are used by the Washington State Patrol, Seattle Police Department and other jurisdictions in Washington state, according to public documents. They are used for a variety of reasons, including increasing the officer perception of safety interaction, document the circumstances of officer with citizens and offer conclusive evidence to assist prosecution of crime.

Kent Police To Receive Federal Grant Money For Ballistic Shields; Jail Security Cameras (09/13/2011)

The Kent Police will receive a $66,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund ballistic shields for officers as well as upgraded security cameras for the city jail and the Panther Lake police substation. The ballistic plates and carriers will be part of the equipment in 51 patrol vehicles at a total cost of $46,055 or $903 per vehicle, according to city documents.

"The Kent Police Department will equip each patrol vehicle with rifle-rated ballistic plates and carriers to provide officers with ready access to this essential equipment when they respond to incidents where suspects are armed with rifles," according to the police department's grant application. "This will improve officers’ ability to respond to these volatile incidents effectively and protect public safety."

Wisconsin

Abele Takes Control of Federal Grant Money (09/15/2011)

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele on Friday moved to settle differences over how to divide a federal law enforcement grant. Abele told Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and District Attorney John Chisholm he was taking over administration of a $1 million federal justice assistance grant, a day after a disagreement surfaced between Clarke and Chisholm on how the money is apportioned. Clarke had been in charge of the grant.

Abele, in a letter to Clarke and Chisholm, said the county budget office was "in the best position to evaluate program priorities and needs on a countywide basis." Abele oversees the county budget office. Under the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant rules, the chief executive of a local unit of government decides who manages grant applications.

At issue was how to divide $475,551 - the county's share - of the $1 million grant application for the city and county. Chisholm is seeking $89,000 that Clarke had earmarked for purchasing Taser stun guns for jailers. Chisholm wants use the money to help continue funding for community prosecutors that work from the city's five police district stations, as well as from West Allis and South Milwaukee.

West Virginia

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce More Than $79,000 for Crime Prevention Programs Across West Virginia (09/01/2011)

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.)announced that five areas across West Virginia will receive $79,538 for firearms, computers and vehicles from the U.S. Department of Justice. The funding is granted through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions.

“Protecting West Virginia residents and our communities is essential to creating a good quality of life and sustaining our family-friendly communities,” Senator Manchin said. “With this funding, our local agencies can purchase updated equipment like firearms and vehicles, which will help prevent crimes and keep our streets safe. We must make sure our law enforcement officers have the equipment and supplies necessary in order to prevent, respond and fight criminal activity.”

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce More Than $79,000 for Crime Prevention Programs Across West Virginia (09/01/2011)

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.)announced that five areas across West Virginia will receive $79,538 for firearms, computers and vehicles from the U.S. Department of Justice. The funding is granted through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions.

“Protecting West Virginia residents and our communities is essential to creating a good quality of life and sustaining our family-friendly communities,” Senator Manchin said. “With this funding, our local agencies can purchase updated equipment like firearms and vehicles, which will help prevent crimes and keep our streets safe. We must make sure our law enforcement officers have the equipment and supplies necessary in order to prevent, respond and fight criminal activity.”

Money to Help Pay for Law Enforcement Costs (09/18/2011)

A federal grant of more than $215,000 will help pay for overtime costs and in-car video cameras for Charleston Police and Kanawha County sheriff's deputies, Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced Wednesday. The $216, 522 in funding comes from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant Program. The program is designed to support activities that prevent and control crime.

Manchin and Rockefeller both said law enforcement officers deserve the assistance. “I am pleased that these funds will help pay for the tools our officers need to crack down on drug abuse, root out crime, and keep our communities safe," Manchin said. "I am happy to support COPS, Byrne JAG, and other programs that provide law enforcement officers with the equipment and resources they need to carry out their brave work," added Rockefeller.