Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $91,727)
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.
Concerning is data from four of our largest cities shows a dramatic increase in violence during 2020. Specially the data showed that in Cedar Rapids there were 163 substantial shots fired incidents in 2020, 60% higher than the four year average. In Dubuque, there was an increase of person crimes of 40% with a 59% increase in aggravated assault crimes. Sioux City saw the violent crime increase 26% with a 30% increase in aggravated assaults and a 200% increase in murder and manslaughter.
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, Northern 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.
- VICTOR, enhanced with the CURE Violence and P.I.E.R. Models, engages community members and stakeholders in activities to improve knowledge of and ability to apply violence intervention strategies
- Montgomery County Forensic Lab Project
- The City of Weslaco will purchase Heart Rate Variability software, hardware and training which will assist officers with their overall mental and physical health.