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Fresno-Madera Regional CRIMELINK

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $1,028,775)

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 Fresno's Police Department, along with the Fresno Sheriff's Department, and the Clovis and Madera Police Departments, will use this FY 2007 Targeting Violent Crime Initiative award to implement the Fresno-Madera CRIMELINK System. The CRIMELINK System will combine regional data-sharing abilities to track real-time incidents across multi-agency boundaries and allow agencies proactively to engage tactical operations to mitigate violent crime.

The CRIMELINK System will add and enhance several existing computerized statistical modeling tactics already employed by the partner agencies. The grant's goals are to: integrate all disparate data sources together into one single regional system data warehouse; acquire an aggregation software that complies with U.S. Department of Justice-mandated Global Justice XML data sharing standards; and leverage the data and software to provide timely violent crime analysis and crime trend projections.

Both at the local and regional levels, agencies will meet to review the data. These meetings will assess the effectiveness of the CRIMELINK System, discuss any implications of the system across multi-agency systems, and peer review both successful and unsuccessful operations.


Date Created: September 12, 2007