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Targeting Violent Crime and Gangs in Miami-Dade County

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $1,568,243)

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 Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office (11th Judicial Circuit) applied for funding under Category 1: Targeting Violent Crime. The funds will support the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office Gang Unit. This special unit is comprised of attorneys and investigators who work with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to target gangs and organized criminal enterprises throughout the county. The Gang Unit will develop intelligence-led policing systems; use closed circuit television cameras in specific gang areas; and employ the most sophisticated technologies available to target violent crime.


Date Created: September 11, 2007