Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $203,063)
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.
Vincennes University will utilize fiscal year 2007 Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Category III Enhancing Local Law Enforcement funding to support personnel, travel, and supply costs associated with the implementation of the Indiana Drug, Gang, and Violence Law Enforcement Enhancement Initiative. The program aims to expand the ability of law enforcement agencies to provide comprehensive training in combating drug, gang, and violent crime issues through a train-the-trainer curriculum. Initiatives will be coordinated with multiple state and local agencies, to include local campus police, city and township agencies, state police, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.