Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $550,000)
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 Newark Police Department will use the Category I: Targeting Violent Crime funding to support the Cease Fire Task Force. Uniformed police officers assigned to this multi-jurisdictional task force will be deployed in specific high crime areas to supplement task force investigators to provide crime deterrence and a quicker response time. In addition, these officers will provide field intelligence to task force members. The Newark Police Department will fund overtime hours and purchase fixed pole cameras that will provide live feed and recordings as well as evidence in prosecutions.