Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $904,932)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
The city of Boston will use its Fiscal Year 2010 JAG funds to support the Boston Police Department in the continuation of several crucial initiatives including: Domestic Violence Advocacy at the District Level; Research and Analysis Capacity at the Youth Violence Strike Force; Strategic Planning, Policy Analysis and Research; graphics development, forensic data tracking and Police technology innovation. The main goals of this funding are: (1) To reduce violence and crime across City of Boston; and, (2) to employ data-driven, collaborative, community oriented approaches to crime prevention, intervention and enforcement. Through JAG funds, the grantee will provide: (1) Domestic violence victims advocacy at the district level; (2) Youth Violence Intervention and Prevention Programming Support; (3) Research and Policy Analysis to inform program development, implementation and evaluation; (4) Field and Investigative Material development to support programming and functions; (5) Technology Innovations to provide ongoing research, development and implementation of technology solutions that facilitate improvements in intelligence and information sharing and ultimately improves efficiency in responding to crime; and (6) Homicide victim support. The grantee will ensure that appropriate services and referrals to surviving families of homicide victims and to witnesses in homicide investigations are provided.