Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $354,896)
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) proposes to implement the Targeted Violence Prevention, Monitoring, and Reporting Program. The purpose is to develop a comprehensive approach to addressing hate crimes committed in Flagler County through enhancing agency investigation and reporting capabilities, as well as by forming partnerships with community stakeholders and educating these Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and Community Partners in identifying potential hate crimes and targeted violence prevention.
Project activities would include procurement of software and database to monitor and document potential violent extremists and lone wolf threat actors in order to enhance FCSO’s Targeted Violence Prevention Program (TVPP), monitor individuals on the pathway to violence, and develop and implement TVPP education for NGO partners and community stakeholders. Expected outcomes include strengthened relationships between community stakeholders and law enforcement; increased collaboration between law enforcement and prosecuting agencies; and review and development of policies and procedures that foster increased reporting, identification, and charging of hate crimes leading to increased trust and confidence in the ability of FCSO to identify, investigate, and assist in the prosecution of hate crimes.