Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $339,852)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.
The Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) will create the South Broward Gang Strike Force (SBGSF) that will take a localized targeted approach to enforcement and suppression of gang activity. SBGSF will partner with local jurisdictions to implement an intelligence led policing strategy to provide an overwhelming law enforcement presence in areas where there are disproportionate amounts of violence, gang activity, and firearm crimes. Intelligence led policing with analytical support will identify and target known felons with previous charges involving possession and/or use of firearms. BSO will fund overtime costs, equipment, and supplies associated with gang enforcement and suppression activities.
The SBGSF initiative believes successful investigations will result if grant funds are available for the lease of undercover vehicles and the use of the existing contract that allows the vehicles to be turned in and changed out to avoid the operations being compromised. To conduct proactive and if necessary, reactive investigations, the need for investigative funds to support pen registers, wiretaps, surveillance accessories and undercover informants is required. The investigative costs are one of the only secure ways for the SBGSF to conduct its investigations. The SBGSF considers the purchase of information from confidential informants and documented sources of information a necessary and productive method of enhancing gang related investigations, thus, confidential funds will be used by the SBGSF during the course of their investigations. The use of confidential funds is included in the SBGSF approved budget and a special condition has been the award to address the use of confidential funds.