Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $450,000)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grant Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) is funded under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), the Byrne Discretionary 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 Missouri Western State University Regional Centers for Public-Safety Innovations (RCPI) will provide law enforcement and crime prevention training to law enforcement officials across the nation in areas such as: Gangs 101, Advanced Counter Terrorism Awareness for Line Officers, and Campus Crime Prevention. The project will develop an effective and efficient mechanism to market and deliver training targeted to federal, state, local, tribal, and law enforcement agencies across the nation using their RCPI National Training Network.