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Executive Session on Police Leadership Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $600,000)

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). This program is also funded in part by the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Assistance Program (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 PUB. L. 111-8), which provides funds to defray the cost of planning, designing, establishing, and operating locally based, proactive programs to protect and locate missing patients with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and other missing elderly individuals.

The National Initiatives: Enhancing Law Enforcement Program, administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), helps improve criminal justice systems and provides national programs and national efforts such as training and technical assistance to strategically address the needs of state and local justice systems and communities.

The St. Petersburg College will create a national-level executive session with a core group of experienced participants that will convene for up to three years to focus on examining and developing an agenda for improving the nation's law enforcement leadership. They will discuss issues surrounding current and future leadership needs for the nation's state and local law enforcement. The St. Petersburg College will facilitate a series of meetings that bring together principals'representatives from major law enforcement groups, academics, elected and appointed officials, law enforcement leaders, and others'to examine issues and challenges. They will develop an actionable product agenda focused on improving law enforcement leadership. The St. Petersburg College will develop papers framing the issues and challenges for current and future law enforcement leaders and their stakeholders. These papers are to serve as guides for executive session deliberations and to engage the field in advancing the development of the current and next generation of law enforcement leaders.


Date Created: September 8, 2009