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NW Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $550,000)

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 Benton County Sheriff's Office will support the development of the Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force funded under Category 1: Targeting Violent Crime. They will provide manpower, expertise, equipment,and cross border jurisdictional authority to assist local law enforcement agencies to facilitate the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of sex offenders and other violent criminals.


Date Created: September 25, 2007