Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $2,274,664)
Puerto Rico Department of Justice (PRDOJ) will perform a competitive transparent process of the request for proposal and award the Grant funds that will be received to address the Bipartisan Safer Communities Supplemental Appropriation Act, 2022.
The SCIP funding for FY 2022-2023 will be geared to finance projects within the programmatic areas, especially focused on crisis intervention efforts, proceedings and related programs or initiatives, including drug courts, and extreme risk protection order (ERPO) programs, related court–based, behavioral health deflection, and gun safety programs. The PRDOJ’s priorities improving the criminal justice system, is certainly considered as well. Projects also will be considered for equipment and training of law enforcement officers, the reduction of illegal firearms on related crimes, and the improvement of the training for judiciary and court staff, family members on ERPO and first responders.
Project Purpose: The PRDOJ will develop a competitive process that will require proposals to sub-grantees that must meet guidance to law-and-order agencies to make the extreme risk protection order (ERPO) accessible to the community in general, especially to the school sector. In addition, take steps to empower family members, health care providers, law enforcement officials without bypassing the court system to prevent a person from having access to firearms that could endanger his and others life.
Primary Activity: Priority will be given to eligible state and government entities who have the criteria for implementing a project aimed at satisfying compliance with the State Crisis Intervention Program.
Expected Outcomes: To reduce gun violence and save lives, and to make progress toward keeping guns out of dangerous hands.
Service Area: Convoke the state law and order agencies, school education system, university education system, and state mental health system, to expose the opportunity of these funds to mitigate and prevent lives in compliance with the GRANT Award. Reunite mayors and municipal police chiefs for the first phase in sectors with the highest possible incidence of firearms in their communities. Establish a Crisis Intervention Advisory Board, to inform and guide the states related gun violence reduction programs/initiatives.
Intended Beneficiaries: All funds will be allocated to law enforcement state and government entities, that include, but are not limited to, Puerto Rico Department of Justice, Forensic Science Institute, Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico Department of Education, Court Programs, among others. (For purposes of this proposal, we will identify these beneficiaries by referring to the term law and enforcement state entities.)