United States Attorney William D. Hyslop Announces $2,126,506 in Grants to Combat Violent Crime in the Eastern District of Washington | USAO-EDWA

Spokane – William D. Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington today announced more than $2,126,506 in Department of Justice grants to fight and prevent violent crime in the Eastern District of Washington. The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of more than $458 million in funding to support state, local and tribal law enforcement efforts to combat violent crime in jurisdictions across the United States.

“One of the fundamental missions of government is to protect its citizens and safeguard the rule of law,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “The Department of Justice will continue to meet this critical responsibility by doing everything within its power to help our state, local and tribal law enforcement and criminal justice partners fight crime and deliver justice on behalf of all Americans.”

The funding announced today continues the Trump Administration’s commitment to reducing crime and improving public safety. In the two years before President Trump took office, America had experienced a precipitous rise in crime, particularly in serious violent crime. The President elevated community safety to the top of his domestic agenda and crime rates have fallen steadily since. Recent data from the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics for 2019 show a drop in crime and serious victimization for the third year in a row. However, a number of cities are experiencing conspicuous countertrends. Today’s grants will bolster crime-fighting efforts in those communities and in jurisdictions throughout the United States.

“Violence has become a tragic reality in too many of America’s communities,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “Working with officials across the Trump Administration and with thousands of state, local and tribal crime-fighters across the country, the Department of Justice is leading the response to this urgent challenge. OJP is pleased to make these resources available to support innovative, tested and diverse solutions to violent crime.”

United States Attorney Hyslop said, “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington is resolute in protecting the public, and we continue to partner with our federal, state, local and Tribal law enforcement partners to strengthen the safety and security for everyone. These funds will assist in the fight against violent crime.”

Of the more than $458 million awarded nationwide, OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance made 1,094 grants totaling more than $369 million to support a broad range of initiatives, including efforts in enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, detention and rehabilitation. The remaining $89 million was awarded from OJP’s other bureaus.

OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) awarded more than $10 million across 24 jurisdictions to intervene in and suppress youth gang activity as well as $1 million to the Institute for Intergovernmental Research to continue operating the National Gang Center. OJP’s National Institute of Justice awarded $7.8 million to fund research and evaluation on the prevention and reduction of violent crime. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Statistics provided more than $69 million to strengthen the quality and accessibility of records within the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The following grant issuing agencies awarded funding to the following organizations in the Eastern District of Washington:

BJA Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG)

Byrne JAG supports a broad range of initiatives that work to prevent and reduce violent crime. It also provides funds to help crime victims and assist efforts in enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, detention and rehabilitation.

Jurisdiction

Direct Allocation

Joint Allocation

City of Kennewick

$16,047

$16,047

City of Pasco

$13,614

$13,614

County of Spokane

$17,263

 

City of Spokane

$127,620

$144,883

City of Spokane Valley

$24,157

 

City of Walla Walla

$11,354

$11,354

County of Yakima

$12,021

 

City of Yakima

$43,998

$56,019

BJA Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

The efforts of PSN include addressing criminal gangs and the felonious possession and use of firearms. PSN collaborates with local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as the communities they serve, in a unified approach led by the U.S. Attorney. The Eastern District of Washington PSN program was awarded $107,001.

OJJDP Gang Prevention, Intervention, and Suppression

Comprehensive Anti-Gang Programs for Youth. These programs provide funding for communities to develop youth gang intervention or suppression programs that aim to reduce violence. The N.E. Washington Educational Service District 101 was awarded $499,288 for Category I: Intervention which supports intervention strategies that can dissuade youth from joining gangs and help them discontinue their involvement in gangs.

National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

NCHIP enhances the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history record information to state, territory and federal systems used by the NICS and ensures the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and noncriminal justice background check systems. The Washington State Patrol received funding in the amount of $1,012,226.

For a complete list of individual grant programs, award amounts, and jurisdictions that will receive funding, click https://www.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh241/files/media/document/fightviolentcrimefactsheet.pdf. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

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