Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $302,280)
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 City of Wilmington applied for funds under Category 1: Targeting Violent Crime. This funding will support the Wilmington Police Department's efforts to combat gang and gang-related activity that has led to an increase in violent incidents in the community. They will fund: 1) overtime and fringe benefits to officers work additional hours to reduce the backlog of warrants for known gang members; 2) training for the department's analyst to learn how to operate the analyst workstation software; 3) video surveillance system equipment to have for use by detectives to investigate gang activities; and 4) analyst workstation software to produce proper intelligence reports for department personnel to better respond to gang violence.