Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $493,694)
The FY 2018 Supporting Innovation: Field-Initiated (FI) Program to Improve Officer and Public Safety supports addressing critical and emerging public safety issues identified by law enforcement, prosecutors, and other criminal justice practitioners working in the field and is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Suite of programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime. Projects funded under this program will coordinate proactively with the PSN team in the respective district of the United States Attorneys Office (USAO) to enhance collaboration and strengthen the commitment to reducing violent crime.
The FI Program will further support the development of solutions that will improve officer and public safety and save lives in one or more of the following focus areas: initiatives that address precipitous increases in crime (including combatting, addressing, or otherwise responding to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime or in a type of crime at the state, local, or tribal level, especially violent crime, with strategies that enhance capacity to track, identify, and quickly respond to these crime issues); strategies that address the needs created by violent crime related to tribes and tribal members; and projects that support innovative cooperative efforts between federal, state and local law enforcement to identify and prevent violent crime committed by criminal aliens. This project funded under Category 1 will support a site-based approach and the creation and implementation of strategies in the field at the state, local, or tribal level that address violent crime and improving officer and public safety. This will include documenting the concept and outcomes of any such innovative approach so other localities may learn from and replicate successes through tools such as training curricula, toolkits, articles, videos, program assessments/evaluations, policy-relevant documents, and guidebooks.