Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $329,999)
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 Chula Vista Police Department, in partnership with the San Diego County Probation Department and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, will use this FY 2007 Targeting Violent Crime Initiative award to reduce robbery and aggravated assault rates by employing problem-solving policing, justice information exchange, advanced technology and crime analysis, and task forces. In order to better direct patrol to robbery and aggravated assault locations and times, synthesis of data will come from crime analysis, electronic monitoring of probationers, license plate recognition technology, wireless connectivity to criminal justice databases, remote vehicle tracking, and outreach to the community. The Chula Vista Police Department also will include an evaluation component that will use data from its computer-aided dispatch system to examine various outcomes, including pre- and post-offense rates.