Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $43,718)
This program is funded under both the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), the Byrne Competitive Program helps local communities improve the capacity of state and local justice systems and provides for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. The JAG Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions, and JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system. The JAG Program authorization also states that 'the Attorney General may reserve not more than 5 percent, to be granted to 1 or more States or units of local government, for 1 or more of the purposes specified in section 3751 of this title, pursuant to his determination that the same is necessary'(1) to combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime' (42 U.S.C. 3756).
The Intellectual Property Enforcement, Training, and Technical Assistance Program is designed to provide national support and improve the capacity of state and local criminal justice systems to address intellectual property criminal enforcement, including prosecution, prevention, training, and technical assistance.
The Bronx County District Attorney will combat intellectual property rights crime in Bronx County with a focus on crimes associated with violent crime. The goals of the project are to increase the capability of the Bronx District Attorney to investigate intellectual property crime, and to enhance the effectiveness of the prosecution of intellectual property crime. The Bronx County District Attorney will enforce intellectual property laws; increase their knowledge through training; create and build a database to track recidivist defendants; and reach out to the community and increase knowledge about criminal violations of intellectual property law.