Foundation Funding for First Responders

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Mar 20, 2017 4:10:00 AM

Even though first responders do some of the most important and dangerous work in the country, funding is often insufficient to meet their needs. Budget shortfalls can be a constant challenge and departments must become creative in finding the resources they need simply to do their jobs. Here are four private foundations that assist public safety agencies with equipment, training and other support, listed in alphabetical order.

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Fire Grants

The Second Chance Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occuring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 13, 2017 4:40:00 AM

With bipartisan support, the Second Chance Act (SCA) was signed into law on April 9, 2008, providing grants to help improve outcomes for people returning from incarceration. Since its inception, more than 700 awards have been made to help lower recidivism rates and improve community safety. Currently, there are eight programs funded under SCA, including the Second Chance Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occuring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders, which will provide approximately $650,000 for up to eight awards for programs to help those with co-occuring conditions seek the treatment they need for successful reentry.

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Topics: Health Care, Law Enforcement

The Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 11, 2017 4:04:00 AM

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced that the application period for the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program is now open. Last year, over $20 million was provided to 106 tribal and municipal law enforcement agencies for body camera programs. This year, an estimated $17 million dollars is available.

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Topics: Law Enforcement

Overcoming Interoperability - The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 4, 2017 4:00:00 AM

Interoperability!. Chances are, it is a term we don’t think about too much.  It is defined as the ability of a system to work smoothly and reciprocally with the equipment in another system.  In  times of crisis, interoperability between  first responders is critical.  Unfortunately, in many areas of the country, emergency personnel do not have  access to the broadband and cutting edge technology that consumers do.  Congressman Donald Payne Jr., who serves as Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, has asserted that enabling police, fire and medical services to use the same bandwidth in emergencies is among our biggest challenges.  Fortunately, there is a branch of The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the  Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) whose purpose is to conduct research into overcoming obstacles to  interoperability among emergency systems.  They are currently offering the NIST Public Safety Innovation Acceleration Program to enhance the ability of public safety operations to protect the public through more sophisticated communication setups.


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Topics: Law Enforcement, Fire Grants, Telecommunications

The Smart Policing Initiative 2017

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Dec 28, 2016 4:36:00 AM

Effective, efficient and economical: those are the key goals the U.S. Department of Justice has identified for the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI). As budgets tighten and personnel is reduced, police departments across the country are looking to maximize productivity more than ever. SMART, which stands for "strategically managed, analysis, research driven and technology based," is a new paradigm in law enforcement. The SPI helps to identify strategies and techniques to improve crime fighting, and ways they can be practically implemented and put into practice. This year, over $4 million dollars will be given to a maximum of seven awardees to further the advancement of smart policing.

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Topics: Law Enforcement

Funding for Research & Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes from the NIJ

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Dec 19, 2016 4:05:00 AM

In police and sheriff’s departments across the county, forensic science plays a crucial role in solving crimes. Biology, physics, computer science, chemistry, and other disciplines are essential in evidence evaluation. Ballistics, DNA testing, and toxicology are all forms of forensic science. Since it is so critical , the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has devoted over $127 million since 2009 in a R&D portfolio for cutting edge technology. Currently, the NIJ is offering a grant for Research and Development to Advance Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes. Its aim is to support research and development projects that can ultimately lead to more accurate, reliable, cost-effective methods of evidence collection in the criminal justice system.

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Topics: Law Enforcement

The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI) - A Holistic Approach to Reducing Crime

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Oct 26, 2016 4:13:00 AM

What do art murals, childcare at community meetings, and improved landscaping have to do with a criminal justice grant? Everything if the funding happens to come from the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program. The basic premise is that crime does not exist in a vacuum, so a holistic perspective is needed for improvement to take place. This approach often makes sense to us when it comes to our own personal health. Most of us accept that healing is not about simply taking a pill for a specific symptom, but broader factors like social support, stress reduction and nutrition can help enhance our immune system so medical treatment can work better. Likewise, crime reduction is much more effective if it is addressed in a community context rather than as a series of isolated incidents. Our social fabric can be strengthened in ways that makes it more resistant to crime.


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Topics: Law Enforcement

The 2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jun 8, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Edward "Eddie" Byrne was a second-generation New York City police officer who was killed in the line of duty by drug dealers in 1988. He was only 22 years old. The cornerstone grant that the Department of Justice (DoJ) makes available to state and local governments bears his name as one way to honor his memory. Often referred to as the JAG grant, the purpose of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program is to help prevent and reduce violent crime.

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Topics: Law Enforcement

K9 Cops to Dog Parks: Finding Funding for Fido

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jun 6, 2016 4:13:00 AM

We already shared one article about grants for pets that municipalities are eligible to apply for. In honor of the dog days of summer, we fetched three more important canine-related grants that will make local governments perk up their ears for details:

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Pets

Grants to Address Trafficking Within the Child Welfare Population

Posted by Sherie Sanders on May 31, 2016 4:13:00 AM

A blue heart is the symbol to raise awareness of human trafficking. Disturbing in any circumstance, it is even more so when children are involved. While exact domestic statistics are hard to come by, child trafficking has been reported in all 50 states. Activities vary from participation in the drug and sex industries to forced involvement in begging, magazine sales, agriculture, domestic servitude or other coerced labor. Young people  who have experienced family trauma and abuse are especially vulnerable. Predators exploit their emotional fragility and find them through social media, at malls, bus depots, they even use other children to recruit them on school grounds.

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Labor