Proposed Plan for FY 2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant

Overview
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government. BJA will award JAG Program funds to eligible units of local government under this FY 2019 JAG Program Local Solicitation.

Permissible uses of JAG Funds
In general, JAG funds awarded to a unit of local government under this FY 2019 solicitation may be used to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice, including any one or more of the following:

  • Law enforcement programs

  • Prosecution and court programs

  • Prevention and education programs

  • Corrections and community corrections programs

  • Drug treatment and enforcement programs

  • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs

  • Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)

  • Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs

BJA Areas of Emphasis

BJA recognizes that many state and local criminal justice systems currently face challenging fiscal environments and that an important, cost-effective way to relieve those pressures is to share or leverage resources through cooperation between federal, state, and local law enforcement. BJA intends to focus much of its work on the areas of emphasis described below and encourages each recipient of an FY 2019 JAG award to join federal law enforcement agencies in addressing these challenges.

Reducing Violent Crime – Recognizing that crime problems, including felonious possession and use of a firearm and/or gang violence, illegal drug sales and distribution, human trafficking, and other related violent crime, vary from community to community, BJA encourages units of local government to tailor their programs to the local crime issues, and to be data-informed in their work.

Officer Safety and Wellness – The issue of law enforcement safety and wellness is an important priority for BJA and DOJ. According to the 2018 Preliminary End-of-Year Law Enforcement Fatalities Report, released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), 2018 saw 144 law enforcement line-of-duty deaths nationwide. This is a 12 percent increase over 2017, which had 129 line-of-duty deaths. Firearms-related deaths were the leading cause of law enforcement deaths 13 percent increase when compared to 2017. Among those deaths, 14 occurred during an attempt to arrest a suspect, eight while conducting an investigative activity, six while responding to a domestic or public disturbance, and five as a result of being ambushed.

Southwest Border Rural Law Enforcement – Securing U.S. borders (and internationally accessible waterways and airports) is critically important to the reduction, intervention, and prevention of transnational drug-trafficking networks, gangs, and combating all forms of human trafficking and related sexual assaults within the United States (including sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages). Smuggling and trafficking operations to, from, and within the United States contribute to a significant increase in violent crime and U.S. deaths, to include law enforcement. BJA encourages units of local government using JAG funds to support law enforcement hiring, training, and technology enhancement, as well as information sharing, cooperation, and coordination among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies to help address these problems.

Responding to the Opioid Crisis – The opioid crisis is a public health emergency, and responding to the crisis is one of DOJ’s top priorities. In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2016, 63,632 Americans died from fatal drug overdoses, and 52,404 died in 2015 (CDC). The majority of these deaths can be attributed to opioids. Law enforcement plays a vital role in efforts to stem overdoses, save lives, and fight illegal opioid distribution and abuse. BJA encourages local governments to use JAG funds to support law enforcement actions to fight the opioid epidemic such as addressing the supply of both diverted prescription drugs and illegal drugs, and supporting first responders when encountering overdoses. JAG funds can also be used for training and safety measures to prepare for potential encounters with synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. This may include covering the cost of providing naloxone to all officers and the cost of fentanyl detection testing.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables
In general, the FY 2019 JAG Program is designed to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice. Although the JAG Program provides assistance directly to states, through pass-through (and similar) requirements, the JAG Program also is designed to assist units of local government with respect to criminal justice.

City of Bradenton Proposed Use of Funds

The City of Bradenton Police Department proposes to use its fiscal year 2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Formula Program funds as means to acquire law enforcement surveillance equipment and to perform increased investigations into violent crimes and illegal narcotic sales. 

Program Narrative
The City of Bradenton is located along the west-central coast of Florida. The Bradenton Police Department has an authorized police force of 120 officers dedicated to serving a community of approximately 56,000 residents with an average of more than 3 million visitors to the Bradenton area each year. 

Internal data, community needs, and the needs of the Bradenton Police Department were used to develop the project identifiers and funding strategy included in this proposal. The Bradenton Police Department employs community-policing strategies throughout the operations of the police department and works with our stakeholders within the community, including providers of mental health services, human trafficking, and sexual abuse counselors. The Bradenton Police Department maintains open communication lines with our stakeholders, local/state, and federal partners to work in a cooperative effort to make the City of Bradenton a better place in which to live, work, and conduct business.        

The Bradenton Police Department is proposing to use the FY 2019 Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds to purchase a video management system, two surveillance camera systems, and to conduct supplemental enforcement operations.  To focus additional concentrated law enforcement resources aimed at preventing gun violence, violent crimes, and narcotic use including opioid use, the Bradenton Police Department will use a portion of the available JAG funding to pay for overtime costs for these supplemental investigations.   

Within the last year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), the City of Bradenton experienced four homicides, 83 drug overdoses, 859 other drug-related incidents, 13 drug-related overdose deaths, and 316 violent acts of crime with 71 involving a firearm. In many instances, acts of violent crimes involving a firearm and narcotic use are closely related. Both of these types of crimes contribute to the overall crime rate within the City of Bradenton. The Bradenton Police Department will use the FY 2019 JAG funds to combat these crimes head-on and reduce the number of violent acts of crime and illegal use of narcotics.  

Further addressing narcotics-related crimes, gun violence, and violent crimes, the Bradenton Police Department will use a portion of available funds to initiate supplemental street level and covert investigations. In addition to additional investigative tactics, available funds will purchase a video management system. This equipment will expand the Bradenton Police Department’s ability to conduct surveillance during criminal investigations and sizeable public gatherings within the City of Bradenton. The new video equipment will also allow the Bradenton Police Department the ability to gather, document, and prepare evidence for court proceedings and provide a safe environment for our stakeholders during community events.        

The equipment listed in this proposal is essential to enhance our ability to identify suspects, conducting investigations, increase our convictions as well as make community events safer for spectators.  The Bradenton Police Department will continue to work collaboratively with our community partners to find long-term solutions aimed at combating the use of heroin and opiates within the community.         

After the programs, data will be summarized, compared, and reported. The Bradenton Police Department is capable and confident in our ability to fulfill this proposal as we seek to eliminate crime and the fear for our stakeholders.     

Budget and Budget Narrative
Equipment 
Video Management System (camera station & two surveillance cameras)    

Total Equipment                                                                                             $ 11,630

The equipment purchased through the use of JAG funds will enhance our ability to solve crimes that are committed and document relevant evidence for future prosecution. This equipment will support investigations into gun violence, violent crimes, drug offenses, and violent crimes.

The video equipment may also be used to conduct surveillance during criminal investigations or deployed during large public events.  This equipment will enhance the availability of evidence that will be used to identify and apprehend suspects for criminal prosecution.   

The equipment listed above has been developed cost-effectively.  Updated quotes will be obtained before any equipment is purchased.  The equipment will be allocated for law enforcement investigations, prosecutions, drug enforcement activities, and surveillance.                 

Training/Equipment
In preparation for the FBI’s 2021 National Incident Base Reporting System (NIBRS) compliance deadline, the Bradenton Police Department will dedicate at least three percent of our JAG award funds toward achieving full compliance with the FBI’s NIBRS data submission requirements under the UCR Program. This three percent requirement will assist our agency in working toward compliance with the deadline through the purchase of equipment or training when available.  It should be noted the State of Florida has not developed criteria for NIBRS, and as such, no training or equipment is available until the State of Florida has fully developed this program.    

Total Training & Equipment                                                                          $693

Personnel/Fringe Benefits
Estimated personnel/overtime costs for police officers and sergeants will be calculated at 1.5x their hourly rate plus fringe benefits. This total was calculated by using the remainder of allowed spending after subtracting the necessary equipment costs. 

Total Personnel Overtime/Fringe Benefits costs                          $ 10,757

The Bradenton Police Department uses a Community Policing strategy that utilizes all of the department’s resources to reduce crime and the fear of crime, which negatively impacts the quality of life for our residents. To focus additional concentrated law enforcement resources in preventing gun violence, violent crimes, and narcotic use, the Bradenton Police Department will use a portion of the available JAG funding to pay for overtime costs. The overtime dollars will add supplemental enforcement initiatives citywide.  The Bradenton Police Department lacks the resources to accomplish these tasks without overtime expenditure. The Bradenton Police Department will task officers, detectives, and supervisors to concentrate their efforts on these crimes with the overall goal of making the City of Bradenton a better place in which to live work and conduct business.

Equipment Budget
Network video storage                                                           $   3,500
2 cameras                                                                                        $   6,000
2 modems                                                                                       $   1,400
Hardware                                                                                       $      730
Equipment Total                                                                         $ 11,630       

Training/Equipment
3% set aside for NIBRS                                                            $       693        

Personnel Budget
Supplemental Enforcement Activity (overtime)                      $ 10,757

Total Fiscal Year 2019 JAG Budget                                                $ 23,080

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