Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $1,650,000)
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 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, in partnership with Los Angeles County Probation, California State Parole, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Regional Gun Crime Center in Los Angeles, the District Attorney's Office, and the United States Attorney's Office, will use this FY 2007 Targeting Violent Crime Initiative award to support the Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team (GANET) as it addresses the ongoing challenges of increasing gang-related crime centering on and around narcotic distribution. The grant will lead an intelligence-led, data driven, multi-agency response to the narcotics related gang problem which plagues Los Angeles County.
The primary goal of GANET will be to facilitate multi-jurisdictional investigations and integrate multi-agencies for the purpose of enhancing interagency coordination and intelligence to reduce gang activity centered around street, mid- and upper-level illicit drug sales. Sheriff's deputies will conduct comprehensive drug investigations based on intelligence provided by local, state, and federal data sources and will collaborate on concurrent investigations which require their expertise. Probation and parole also will be involved through conducting sweeps and searches to suppress gang and drug activity. The District Attorney will provide legal advice and vertical prosecution.