Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $113,000)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) solicits applications for initiatives which assist law enforcement in rural states and rural areas. The program helps rural states and rural areas to prevent and combat crime, especially drug-related crime, and provides for national support efforts, including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address rural needs.
The Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs Program, administered by BJA, helps rural states and rural areas prevent and combat crime, especially drug-related crime, and provides for national support efforts, including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address rural needs. In addition, priority consideration will be given to local law enforcement agencies in rural areas where the unit of local government is not eligible to receive a direct allocation from the Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program or received a direct allocation that was $50,000 or less. Applicants were invited to submit a proposal under any one of the following categories to: combat rural crime; improve rural law enforcement investigations; enhance rural detention and jail operations; facilitate rural justice information sharing; or develop a national training and technical assistance program.
Under Category 1, the city of Dilley will use its award to hire an investigator to interface with area and regional law enforcement and investigators in order to address drug trafficking related crimes. The project goals are to enhance cooperative efforts with the Department of Public Safety, Frio County Sheriff's Department, and the city of Dilley ISD by lowering gang activity and interrupting the flow of drug and human trafficking. Project related statistics will include: (1) a reduction in vandalism and incidences of tagging; (2) an increase in the number of drug-related offense arrests and drugs ceased, with the goal of reducing said number over the two-year grant period; and (3) a reduction in the number of property crimes reported. The investigator will work with other law enforcement agencies and investigators to concentrate on crimes that are a result or are paired with drug trafficking. Grant funds will cover the salary and fringe benefits for one investigator, OJP mandatory travel, a police vehicle, and computer equipment for the investigator position.