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Coachella Valley Anti-Gang Task Force Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)

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.

The city of Cathedral City will use Congressionally Recommended Awards funding to support the efforts of the Coachella Valley Anti-Gang Task Force. The task force, comprised of multiple law enforcement agencies from jurisdictions within the Coachella Valley, was established to combat gang violence and crime. Program goals and objectives will be centered on continuing to prevent and deter violent crime and gang activity through education, enforcement, intensive supervision, vertical prosecution, and the collection and dissemination of criminal intelligence. Through the grant, the salary of a detective assigned to the task force, as well as specialized equipment for enforcement and investigations will be funded.

Date Created: September 6, 2010