Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $133,925)
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 Fort Pierce Police Department will fund Fort Pierce Operation Ceasefire under Category 1: Targeting Violent Crime. They will address problems associated with youth violence, homicide, and firearms in the City of Fort Pierce, Florida. The goals of the project are to systemically address illicit firearms trafficking patterns and use the 'pulling levers' strategy to deter the violent behavior (especially gun violence) of chronic gang offenders. The Fort Pierce Police Department will coordinate with the community and the multi-agency violent taskforce.