Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,019,428)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local governments, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and 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, including 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 and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
The city of St. Louis will use its Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award to prevent and reduce crime. Funds will support the Dutchtown/Mount Pleasant Crime Reduction Partnership, a collaborative effort of local law enforcement, local and state prosecutors, community partners, city agencies, and the public schools that is designed to reduce juvenile crime and gang activities in these neighborhoods. Funds will be used to hire a consultant to train neighborhood leaders, employers, and community members throughout the city on ways to minimize or eliminate the threat of crime and violence. This training will help participants assess their security, determine preventive measures they can take to deter crime, and obtain information on best practice solutions to creating a crime-free neighborhood. Funds will also be used to provide an exchange of information between cities on successful strategies to reduce violence and eliminate drug markets.