Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $466,263)
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is seeking $466,263 in BJA funding via the FY 21 Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Integration Initiative to address a surge of gun violence concentrated in the center of the City.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department will utilize funding to formally establish a CGIC in our city, which will be the first in Broward County. A major component will be the creation of a CGIC Team to focus solely on the armed violence, specifically aggravated assaults/batteries and homicides, within the targeted enforcement area. With the assistance of our criminal justice partners, we will employ tools such as ShotSpotter and NIBIN to increase our ability to gather intelligence and develop leads. We will provide resources such as analytic software and training to team members to improve information sharing and investigative skills. We will increase the knowledge and awareness of the public related to firearm safety via several avenues. We will acquire an Intelligence Analyst to be focused solely on developing leads and trends related to gun crimes and associated offenders. We will provide funding to the Broward County State Attorney’s Office for their personnel to dedicate time to the Fort Lauderdale CGIC to assist us in improving prosecutorial outcomes, and hopefully removing violent individuals from the community.
Our strategy seeks to end the increase, and ultimately reduce, the incidences of gun crimes in the neighborhoods adjacent to downtown Fort Lauderdale. This area has 42% of all homicides involving a firearm and non-fatal shootings. Over the course of the three year period, we hope to have disrupted this cycle and improve the safety of our community.
Although Fort Lauderdale Police is the lead agency, the success of the project is reliant on a holistic and collaborative approach of key criminal justice partners to include the United States Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshalls Service, the Department of Correction Probation and Parole, the Broward State Attorney’s Office, and the Broward Sheriff‘s Office.