Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $375,776)
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 Baltimore, in conjunction with Baltimore Police Department, will use the grant award to hire civilian law enforcement staff. The goals of the project are to support the Baltimore's Crime Analysis Expansion Program, expand the scope and capacity of the Tactical Analysis Unit, procure i2 software, install and employ it to perform analysis and communicate the results, and procure two computers. To accomplish these goals, the city of Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Department will use the funds to hire two civilian crime analysts to work in the Tactical Analysis Unit, send personnel to two mandated DOJ grant meetings, and purchase electronic equipment for the Tactical Analysis Unit. Analysts will work in the Tactical Analysis Unit and provide commanders with increased access to intelligence information on shootings, homicides, robberies, and persons arrested on gun offenses, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year. The analysts will use the purchased computers with the i2 software to capture, control, and analyze information across multiple databases in a secure environment.