Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $198,495)
The BJA Southwest Border Rural Law Enforcement Information Sharing and Interdiction Assistance Grants are an innovative new program designed to provide resources and assistance to fund rural law enforcement agencies along or near the southwest border of the United States to support their efforts to reduce violent crime, including drug-related crime and human trafficking. These grants are designed to enhance information sharing (including investigatory and intelligence data) and dedicated messaging capability among federal, state, local, and tribal agencies working along or near the southwest border, and to provide previously identified specialized equipment to address crime issues that may be unique to the designated area.
Grant funds will be used to equip the Border Crime Suppression Team, ICSO patrol personnel, and patrol personnel from the Calipatria Police Department, Holtville Police Department and Westmorland Police Department with laptops. Project goals include the following: reduction of all types of crime unique to the region; increase the number of successful prosecutions; improve data and evidence sharing; and reduction of man-hours spent on evidence preparation and sharing by deputies, police officers and investigators.