Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $281,633)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
The Boston Police Department (BPD) will use the FY 2008 Justice Assistance Grant to support the continuation of several successive efforts. Funds will be used to pay salary and fringe benefit costs for four civilian domestic violence advocates. The civilian advocates provide safety planning, service referral, assist others in navigating the criminal justice process and help victims of domestic violence. BPD will fund salary costs for one position within the Youth Violence Strike Force, salaries and benefits for three Research and Development Office staff, and provide support for district-based targeted enforcement efforts in hot-spots around the city.