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Montana Crime Prevention Program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $137,387)

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 Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) will utilize Category II Preventing Crime and Drug Abuse funds to support a statewide crime prevention program. MBCC will address the need for a unified, statewide program by creating a crime prevention association designed to strengthen and institutionalize outreach programming and enhance prevention strategies and policies.

Specifically, this project will entail the following activities: 1) providing local law enforcement agencies with crime prevention sponsored trainings and networking opportunities; links to national resources and trainings; and regular communication on prevention and awareness efforts via newsletters, email, and websites; 2) creating a steering committee; 3) developing a board of directors; and 4) creating 5-6 regional crime prevention councils charged with delivering crime prevention efforts tailored to local needs that are consistent with statewide efforts. Councils will be trained to address and solve problems; promote information exchange between law enforcement agencies and community-based groups; and build a unified, statewide crime prevention strategy. Federal funds will cover administrative costs, steering committee travel and meeting expenses, general supplies, and contractual costs (speaker fees and travel expenses).


Date Created: September 23, 2007