Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,795,615)
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: (1) combat rural crime; (2) improve rural law enforcement investigations; (3) enhance rural detention and jail operations; (4) facilitate rural justice information sharing; or (5) develop a national training and technical assistance program.
Under Category 3, Douglas County, along with the Douglas County Juvenile Department, will use its award for the Intensive Intervention Program (IIP). Douglas County will reduce chronic recidivism by identifying youth who are most likely to re-offend, and by utilizing effective intervention strategies with those youth. The IIP will encourage collaboration with law enforcement agencies, treatment providers, and community partners to enhance existing service delivery in order to overcome the current barriers which limit the Douglas County juvenile justice system's ability to effectively intervene with youth at risk of becoming chronic offenders. Funds will hire personnel, purchase equipment and supplies, and pay for costs associated with mandatory grant training.