Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $330,000)
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 City of Camden, New Jersey will utilize fiscal year 2007 Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Category I Targeting Violent Crime funds toward police officer overtime, and the purchase of portable radios to be used in the city's Combined Law Enforcement and Narcotics (CLEAN) Sweep initiative. CLEAN Sweep aims to target, apprehend, and incapacitate violent gang members in assigned areas; eliminate drug trafficking networks operating in target areas; displace and disband open air drug markets in target areas; improve the quality of life for residents of the target areas; and develop and maintain a coordinated governmental effort in response to problems outside of law enforcement.