Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,761,070)
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.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will provide technical assistance and develop and deliver training on law enforcement leadership and management to rural law enforcement agencies nationwide. They will provide leadership and management training that will increase stability in the law enforcement leadership structure and ultimately enable rural law enforcement agencies to better identify and implement strategies to help prevent and reduce crime. IACP will utilize the pre-existing network of partnerships with state and regional chiefs associations established over the past 10 years through their Smaller Police Department Technical Assistance Program, to reach potential participants in the training. They will make the training available to rural law enforcement agencies in a variety of formats including regional on-site, web-based, CD-ROM-based, and on-site technical assistance. The Recovery Act award will improve law enforcement leadership and management in rural law enforcement agencies nationwide.