Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $116,596)
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the national average Part I Violent Crime (Rape, Robbery, Murder, & Aggravated Assault) rate per 100,000 population in 2019 was 379.4. Although rates reported by law enforcement remain above the recent low water mark of 2014, the national crime rate for Part I crimes remains well below those reported in the mid 1990’s (611.0/100,000) and below the rates reported just a decade ago, 431.9 per 100,000.
Relative to most other states, Iowa is a safe place to reside. In 2019, Iowa reported a crime rate of 266.6, well below the national average. Of concern, however, is the rise in the number of Part I crimes in Iowa’s Southern District. After years of relatively stable violent crime offenses, the number of crimes reported in the District for 2017 (the most recent local data available) were 14% higher than those reported just two years earlier.
Project Safe Neighborhoods funding will assist the US Attorney in partnership with state and local stakeholders to identify specific violence hotspots and offenders who are contributing to the violence in the district.
The U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Iowa selected the Governor’s office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) as the fiscal agent for the Project Safe Neighborhoods award. As the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for Iowa, ODCP has a good deal of experience administering grant programs including competitive grants.
ODCP will work with the US Attorney’s Office and the District’s PSN Task Force to develop a subrecipient selection process which addresses the broad objectives of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program along with the specific priorities identified in the PSN task force strategy.