Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $542,163)
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 County of Burlington will support the Burlington County Gang Initiative at the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office under Category 1: Targeting Violent Crime. They will funds costs associated with overtime hours for members of the Burlington County Gang Task Force. They will also purchase information sharing software to support proactive law enforcement operations and intelligence sharing by the multi-jurisdictional task force targeted at disrupting and preventing gang and gang-related crimes.