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Phoenix Cease Fire Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,171,611)

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 1, Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) will will use the Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act Byrne Competitive funds to support the Phoenix CeaseFire Project. Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), in collaboration with four collaborators, will aim to reduce violence, shootings, and killings in four neighborhoods in South Phoenix. CPLC has established project Phoenix Cease Fire to reduce the level of violence, particularly shootings and homicides, by replicating the Chicago Cease Fire program. The funds will be used to meet the folloring objectives: provide outreach and intervention services to high risk individuals; mobilize the community to build a base of support for Cease Fire initiatives; educate the community to facilitate behavior change and promote nonviolence; use police data on homicides and shootings to develop immediate responses to violence; provide outreach services to patients with violence-related injuries; and coordinate with collaborative partners and advisory board to ensure efficient and effective implementation. CPLC will coordinate their activities with the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention (CPVP), and Arizonans for Gun Safety.


Date Created: September 15, 2009