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LMPD's FY07 Byrne Discretionary Grant Program

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $666,866)

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 Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government will utilize funds from the 2007 Targeting Violent Crime Reduction Initiative to build collaborations within the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). The department's Patrol Bureau, Support Bureau, Special Investigations Division, Major Crimes Division, and Community Relations Unit, will work together to implement a strategy titled, Gangs, Guns, and Violence that will enhance community-based crime prevention coordination, gun violence enforcement, anti-gang enforcement, and improve crime scene investigations. This project will be a data driven effort that will be based on hotspots identified from weekly crime statistics reviews. The first component of this project entails officers from the Patrol Bureau canvassing a predetermined area to meet with residents and business owners to provide them with information about crime prevention, gangs, gun violence, and who to contact to report crimes. Also, community relations staff will work with residents to establish and strengthen neighborhood watches. The second component involves sworn officers working overtime on anti-gang and gun violence enforcement. In addition, equipment will be purchased to enhance LMPD's ability to investigate DUI and other traffic accidents, as well as shooting scenes. Federal funds will cover officer overtime, crime scene mapping equipment, and crime prevention awareness products.


Date Created: September 12, 2007