Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,000,000)
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.
The Michigan State University will use their Recovery Act funds to continue to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) through the Drug Market Intervention (DMI) Training Program. The goal is to equip communities with the knowledge and skills to implement the research-driven and evidence-based DMI model and to thereby achieve the following: 1) Close down at least one open-air drug market; 2) Reduce crime and disorder in the targeted neighborhood; 3) Improve the quality of life within the neighborhood; 4) Improve police/community relationships; and 5) Establish multi-agency and police/community problem-solving partnerships. The objectives will be achieved through two cycles of TTA program with teams from 18-20 communities across the U.S. This model forms the basis for the TTA program that will be delivered to 18-20 additional communities.