Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $323,197)
The Racine County District Attorney’s Office will create a Gun Crime Task Force that will be comprised of a dedicated prosecutor partnering with federal and local law enforcement to address the gun and gang violence in the Racine area. The goal of the project is to enhance prosecution efforts by creating a database of information on firearms through the use of National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) that will provide timely investigative data shared with the prosecutor’s office to improve prosecution efforts in the district. A second goal is to decrease gun and gang crime in the area by using technology and accurate data to efficiently and effectively prosecute gun crimes.
The Racine County District Attorney’s Office will assign a dedicated prosecutor to the newly formed Gun Crime Task Force and will facilitate information sharing among participating agencies in the region. Grant funds in the amount of $323,201 will be used to fund the personnel costs of a full-time prosecutor, part-time Clerk support person and associated fringe benefits, supplies associated with the NIBIN processing and training for prosecution and law enforcement staff.
The entire community of Racine and surrounding areas will be benefit from this project, especially the economically distressed communities of Racine that are designated Qualified Opportunity Zones.