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 Springfield Police Department, in collaboration with the Hampden County Division of the Board of Probation and the Hampden County House of Correction, will utilize fiscal year 2007 Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Category I Targeting Violent Crime funds to support Operation Targeting the Violent Offender (TVO). Through Operation TVO, officers and correctional staff will follow and track offenders as they resume their place in society. Offenders will be offered a solid program of reentry support services to help them avoid recidivating. A portion of funds will also be used for computer software that will allow the user to enter data to track recidivism rates, violations, offender contacts, number of visits, and number of arrests.