Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $469,533)
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 Ute Mountain Ute Tribe will use the grant funds to hire a security supervisor, full-time police officer, full-time bailiff, contractor to assess the tribe's law enforcement systems, and purchase general equipment and supplies. The security supervisor will supervise all existing and new security personnel; assist the public service director in assessing training needs and security protocol; and identifying and monitoring special security needs. The tribe will also purchase a security camera system to help reduce tagging, juvenile mischief, fighting, potential gang activity, vandalism, and other unlawful behaviors. The full-time police officer will work under the supervision of the BIA. Grant funds will be used to hire a consultant to evaluate the needs and requirements of the tribe's law enforcement system and to make cost-effective recommendations for improvement.