Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $84,838)
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 Carbondale, in conjunction with the Carbondale Police Department, will use the grant award to hire civilian law enforcement staff. The police department will hire one new employee to help reduce and prevent crime by analyzing current police responses and gather intelligence regarding possible criminal hotspots and patterns. The creation of this position will allow for the police department to better utilize resources by early identification of problem block groups and crime patterns thereby reduce the number of violent crime and increase quality of life for residents. Funds will also be used to purchase computer hardware and software that the new employee will utilize.