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 California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), along with various local, state, and federal partners, will use this FY 2007 Tagerting Violent Crime Initiative award to facilitate Regional Anti-Gang Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) by establishing a statewide network of multi-disciplinary anti-gang coordinating committees. Current partners include the Central District - U.S. Attorney's Office, the CA Department of Justice, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, the Secretary of Education, the State Sheriffs' Association, the Association of Chief Probation Officers, the CA Gang Investigators Association, the CA Highway Patrol, and the CALGANG Executive Board.
In order to improve California's response to criminal street gangs and reduce gang violence, OES will establish a network of state, county, and local anti-gang coordinators interacting with regional ILP coordinators within seven existing law enforcement regions. The OES also will facilitate training on intelligence analysis for the regional anti-gang coordinators. The regional approach and statewide network will disseminate conclusions and recommendations to city and county officials and the policy makers of multiple federal and state agencies in California.