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Reducing Gun Violence Initiative: This project will provide technology to detect activities that lead to gun violence and reduce its occurrence through early and timely law enforcement intervention.

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $25,154)

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 program 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 Sanford Police Department will use their 2015 JAG award to fund specialized equipment that will provide Neighborhood Response Unit Officers (NRU) with an enhanced ability to detect and prevent gun violence throughout the jurisdiction, with the proposed target population being any person that displays activities or behaviors which may lead to gun violence. This grant award would also be used to fund Kevlar equipment that will provide a higher degree of protection to NRU Officer's current NIJ approved bullet proof vests.


Date Created: August 30, 2015