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U.S. Department of Justice: Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS)

Deadline: July 2, 2015

The Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) program furthers the Department of Justice’s mission by assisting state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system through more effective information sharing, multiagency collaboration, and implementation of data-driven, evidence-based strategies. While many jurisdictions are making significant progress implementing justice information-sharing solutions to address critical gaps in coordinating crime prevention across organizations and jurisdictions, there remain significant challenges that inhibit the ability of the criminal justice system to respond to threats to public safety, especially when it comes to stemming violent crime and homicide. For this solicitation, justice information-sharing technology refers to any technology (hardware and/or software, hosted residentially or remotely) that plays a role in the collection, storage, sharing, and analysis of criminal justice data. Funding under this program is provided to assist state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in enhancing their information-sharing capacity through the use of innovative technological solutions such that they may more effectively address disproportional and precipitous increases in crime.

The goals of the funding program include:

  1. Promoting information sharing and collaboration within and among criminal justice agencies that have a role in preventing and investigating crime
  2. Developing and enhancing policies and practices that leverage technology to promote public safety and reduce crime
  3. Supporting implementation of information-sharing solutions at the local, regional, state, tribal, and national levels that have a measureable positive impact on the crime trends identified by the applying jurisdiction
  4. Improving the quantity and quality of evidence-based justice information-sharing programs

Amount: Up to four awards of $500,000 each will be made.

Eligibility: Public agencies of state governments, units of local government, and tribal entities that perform criminal justice functions (or government agencies acting as fiscal agents for eligible applicants). Furthermore, to be eligible for funding applicants must propose solutions that target jurisdictions that are currently experiencing precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime.

Link: https://www.bja.gov/Funding/15TIPSsol.pdf

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