Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $257,229)
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).
City of Rochester, a disparate with the County of Monroe, will use the FY 2011 JAG funds to support the Rochester Police Department and the Monroe County Probation with the "Law Enforcement, Probation and Victims Services Project." The Rochester Police Department (RPD) will use $115,753 to support a portion of the salary of the Victims Assistance Specialist in the Family and Victims Services Section. By including the specialized skills of the Victims Assistance Specialist, the work of the violent crime taskforce and anti-gang initiatives of RPD will be enhanced and made more comprehensive. The Monroe County Probation Department will use $115,753 for salaries of three probation officers in Operation NightWatch. This program has been recognized as an effective tool in both containment of gang/drug/gun involved probationers and intelligence gathering from that population. Both RPD and Monroe County Probation Department are members of Impact, Ceasefire and Project Safe Neighborhoods Taskforces. The Night Watch probation officer and the VA Specialist from RPD will participate in case reviews of violent felons who are being tracked by the taskforces. These criminal justice practitioners will be a source of valuable intelligence for the taskforces in formulating tactical and strategic activities.