Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $138,774)
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 2, the city of Apache Junction will use the grant award to hire a court compliance officer to fill an unmet need within the community. This new position will screen and assess defendants, referring them to appropriate mental health officials providing illegal substance and mental evaluations and treatment. The new position will also offer knowledge and support to victims involved in the criminal justice system by assisting victims with the court process and providing a place to report any violation of those under court supervision. The individual employed to fill this job will perform specialized probation monitoring work for the reform of probationers and the protection of society by monitoring and supervising probationers with the goal of preventing repeat criminal behavior. The person will help defendants and victims address the issues which brought them before the court by helping them to find services that provide life skills and teach ways to stop family violence.