Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $432,600)
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 Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General/Middle Atlantic - Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN), a Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) Center will purchase and lend investigative equipment that is beyond the financial capability of local law enforcement agencies, and is in such high demand that the MAGLOCLEN RISS Center cannot afford sufficient quantities to meet the need. The purchased investigative equipment will be lent on a continuous basis among MAGLOCLEN members. This equipment will be utilized in the course of police investigations to detect criminal activity.