Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $28,500)
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 Orlando Police Department will use the Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grant funding to enhance Orlando's Citizens for Neighborhood Watch Program. The Department will acquire professional marketing materials and supplies, such as banners and other display items, to raise the visibility and professionalism of the program; will revise and reproduce the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) booklet, so developers in the city include successful proven crime prevention techniques in all of their projects; and will create a viable Business Watch Program that would train small business owners in proven techniques to reduce crime.