Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $64,933)
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 Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) will implement this project funded under Category 3: Enhancing Local Law Enforcement. This project has two main goals. First, PERF will improve operations for large law enforcement agencies (LEA) by linking their planning and research directors (PRDs) in a network. Second, PERF will create an infrastructure to provide continual support for the Law Enforcement Planning and Research Directors' Forum (LEPRD). Project activities will include the development of Internet-based tools (i.e., a listserv and a PRD web resource page) to promote the sharing of promising practices information, the development and convening of an advisory board to guide the LEPRD, and the distribution of a quarterly newsletter covering promising practices in the planning and research field.