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Gang Prevention and Enforcement Unit

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $110,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

Harris County Precinct 6 will use its FY 2010 Congressionally Recommended Award to fund a Deputy and a Civilian Clerk. The additional personnel will be used to implement a Gang Identification and Enforcement Unit. The project will work to curb crime and gang activity in the community through gang identification, prevention, and enforcement. These components will improve the functioning of the criminal justice system and help combat juvenile delinquency.

The department will accomplish this through networking with other law enforcement agencies, surveillance of gangs, graffiti tracking, community-policing efforts, crime-prevention workshops, educational programs, enforcing all existing laws, special investigations, and neighborhood watch campaigns. This initiative will focus on all neighborhoods and communities within Precinct 6 including residential subdivisions, hike and bike trails, neighborhood parks, public housing complexes, and public schools within the precinct. Through this program, Precinct 6 will also work to put additional officers on the street to enhance patrol initiatives and monitor gang activities. By proactively addressing matters such as gang graffiti, juvenile delinquency, gang membership, and gang-related crime, Harris County Constable Precinct 6 can help improve the quality of life for residents and the business community.


Date Created: September 6, 2010