Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $223,587)
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 city of Burbank's Park, Recreation, and Community Services (PRCS) will support the Park Patrol Enhancement Program. The city of Burbank is experiencing increased problems in its community parks related to anti-social behavior, substance abuse, vandalism, gang activity, and increased use/overcrowding by the general public. The Park Patrol detail has been reduced to one officer covering 45 parks and facilities, which is insufficient for daily preventive policing. As the community changes, the city of Burbank believes that sworn officers are the most appropriate and effective presence to curtail unlawful behavior and maintain a positive leisure environment for the community. The grant will fund overtime salaries for existing sworn police officers to offer full coverage of park policing, providing Park Patrol services for the municipal parks and facilities seven days per week.