Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $66,281)
The Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) will help communities improve the capacity of state and local justice systems and provide for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. This competitive grant announcement focuses on initiatives in eight areas: 1) preventing and reducing violent crime through community-based data-driven approaches; 2) providing funding for neighborhood-based probation and parole officers; 3) reducing mortgage fraud and crime related to vacant properties; 4) hiring of civilian support personnel in law enforcement (training staff, analysts, dispatchers, etc.); 5) enhancing forensic and crime scene investigations; 6) improving resources and services for victims of crime; 7) supporting problem-solving courts; and 8) national training and technical assistance partnerships.
Under category 4, the City of Sun Prairie will use the FY 2009 Recovery Act Byrne Competitive funds to support a civilian court/property custodian position. The goal of the hire is to reduce the amount of sworn staff time required to complete property/evidence collection and court-related tasks. Currently there has been a decreased efficiency and an increased need to use sworn staff to accommodate the workload. The custodian will support the detective bureau, department's property and evidence system, sworn staff patrol and lastly court functions department. The remaining funds will go towards travel expenses for the mandated Department of Justice grants meeting. As a result, the City expects to: (1) increase drug enforcement activities, including trash picks and search warrants; (2) increase landlord interaction and education to improve efforts at screening renters; and (3) delay requests for additional patrol staff to perform essential services during funding period.