Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $436,239)
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 Riverside County Sheriff's Department, on behalf of the Riverside County Gang Task Force, will use this FY 2007 Targeting Violent Crime Initiative award to obtain equipment neccesary for intelligence gathering and analytical support to effectively combat increases in violent crime.
The Task Force's goals are to: increase illegal drug/gang intelligence-sharing and collaborative investigations by local, state, and federal agencies to reduce illegal drug manufacture, distribution, and use in Riverside County; increase illegal weapons trafficking intelligence-sharing and collaborative investigations by local, state and federal agencies in order to reduce violent crime in Riverside County; reduce violent gang crime through aggressive enforcement, intelligence gathering, and investigation; vigorously and effectively prosecute gang members charged with illegal conduct; and enhance the communication of gang intelligence information between all participating agencies.
The Task Force will meet these goals by having dedicated prosecutor involvement; employing computerized information and intelligence systems; holding regular meetings among Task Force member agencies and non-member agencies; and defining clear and specific criteria for planning, selecting, investigating, and prosecuting Task Force cases.