Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $472,927)
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 Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC) will implement the Campus Security Initiative to address not only homeland security issues, but also the myriad of daily law enforcement situations that require coordinated actions among several agencies. The grantee will develop best practices, guidelines, and a training curriculum to help local law enforcement better coordinate with campus police. MCC will: conduct a needs assessment to identify local law enforcement policy issues relative to security preparedness; convene multiple law enforcement summits to discuss planning and coordination; develop model policies and procedures; and, publish and distribute best practices and guidelines.