U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

King County Sheriff's Office Gang Unit

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $293,171)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program, administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP's) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), furthers the Department's mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in improving the criminal justice system and assisting communities in preventing drug abuse and crime. In fiscal year 2007, the Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program will focus on funding local, regional, and national efforts within six major categories: 1) targeting violent crime; 2) preventing crime and drug abuse; 3) enhancing local law enforcement; 4) enhancing local courts; 5) enhancing local corrections and offender reentry; and 6) facilitating justice information sharing. All categories combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime.

The King County Sheriff's Office will use the Fiscal Year 2007 Targeting Violent Crime Initiative funds to support the creation of a Gang Enforcement Unit that will be located in the Southwest Precinct, where the highest concentration of criminal gang activity currently exists. The gang unit will consist of one detective sergeant and two detectives who will receive uniform gang training and will proactively patrol high crime areas in King County. The unit will also be sent out on gang suppression and enforcement missions, conduct joint operations with law enforcement partners, and participate in local communities events.


Date Created: September 25, 2007