Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $466,243)
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 County of Polk applied for funding under Category 1: Targeting Violent Crime. They will fund overtime hours for police officers to support operations and strategies to reduce violent crime in their communities. The Polk County Sheriff's Office will utilize intelligence data, collaborative partnerships, and enforcement measures to enhance law enforcement efforts to identify, disrupt, and apprehend offenders in its goal to reduce acts of criminal violence.