Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,237,857)
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 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), in conjunction with the Office of Correctional Safety (OCS), will use the grant award to hire civilian staff. The goal is for the CDCR to establish a method of using intelligence to assess the criminal enterprise activity threatening the safety and security of its facilities, its staff, and the public it serves; channel interdiction, suppression, and rehabilitative efforts based upon that intelligence, and become an effective partner with National and State Homeland Security agencies in the prevention of Offender Radicalization. To accomplish the goal of developing the Criminal Intelligence and Analysis Unit (CIAU), the CIAU along with the CDCR will hire 13 new analysts. The 13 CIAU analysts will provide trend and targeted analysis of existing CDCR resources in order to develop actionable intelligence for the OCS field investigators.