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U.S. Department of Justice: Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative for Law Enforcement Agencies

Deadline: July 6, 2021

The Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative is awarding grants on a competitive basis to small law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices in rural locations. These grants will support improved training and technology, expanded community-based crime prevention programs, and partnerships with victim services providers. This initiative is intended to improve communication and collaboration between state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve in order to address the unique criminal justice challenges in rural areas.

The goals of this initiative are to develop, implement, and assess strategies that reduce rural violence through identification of programs and approaches that are innovative, targeted, and adaptable. Successful applicants will be expected to meet the following objectives:

* Deploy agency resources such as personnel, services, or analytical tools that they identified in their proposals. Appropriate documentation should be provided in the proposals about the utility of these resources in addressing rural crime.
* Document how personnel and resources will be used in furtherance of their crime reduction strategies. They must describe how they will deploy funded resources (e.g., services, personnel, software, or equipment) and how that will be reported to BJA on a semi-annual basis.
* Track outcomes to determine if the violent crime reduction strategy (or strategies) have had an impact once implemented. This tracking objective will be accomplished with the assistance of the TTA provider selected to work with the site-based entities.

Examples of allowable costs for equipment and services include, but are not limited to:

* Crime analysis software or personnel.
* Salary or overtime expenditures for personnel integral to violent crime reduction operations.
* Consultation services related to program design, implementation, and assessment.
* Development or acquisition of offender-based risk assessment tools to better target investigation, intervention, or enforcement.
* Development or acquisition of software, assessment tools, or services to better serve, protect, and communicate with victims and populations vulnerable to victimization.
* Forensic evidence tools and services for identifying suspects or enhancing evidence, testimony, and outreach to victims.
* Strategies to more effectively serve and address populations in remote areas, including ways to enhance orders of protection and improve access to services and shelter for remote populations.
* Strategies and services to mitigate the risk for violent behavior in individuals dealing with mental health and/or substance use disorders, including crisis intervention programs and services.
* Strategies, personnel, services, and tools to improve intragovernmental collaboration in effectively addressing rural violence problems. These efforts could include data sharing efforts or coordinating councils involving service providers, prosecutors’ offices, community stakeholder groups, child protective services, treatment courts, corrections agencies, and other community stakeholders.

Amount: $5,500,000 is available to make up to 45 grants that range up to $150,000. The period of performance is 36 months.

Eligibility: Limited to agencies serving rural communities, including:

* Sheriff’s offices serving rural population areas
* Local or county law enforcement agencies serving rural populations
* Tribal law enforcement agencies operating in rural areas or reservations
* County prosecutors’ offices or functional equivalents serving rural populations

To qualify as rural for the purposes of this solicitation, an applicant must provide services in a rural area, although the jurisdiction’s service area need not be exclusively rural. This definition holds for all entity types. For any municipality (e.g., town, village, or borough), the area must be considered rural and the population served must not exceed 15,000, based on the latest U.S. Census enumeration.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient. For detailed information on this new certification requirement, visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/SafePolicingEO.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333625

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