Program/Project Name: Byrne Justice Assistance Grant–Local
Funding Category: Improving Public Safety
Federal Grant Name: FY 2009 Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program
Programs Supported Through Funding: Job preservation for the First Judicial District; Crime fighting resources for the Police Department; crime prevention and re-entry services.
Amount Applied For: $13,544,604
Funds Awarded: $13,544,604
Why Apply for this Grant?
This grant funds initiatives in five different areas focused on crime fighting resources, crime prevention and re-entry, and retaining employees of the First Judicial District. Philadelphia Police Department: 1) Create a Real Time Crime Center; 2) Provide additional non-lethal weapons and related training; 3) Provide needed training for supervisory and managerial personnel. First Judicial District: Retain personnel in four areas that would have been lost due to budget cuts:
1) Community Court;
2) Adult Probation and Parole;
3) Pre-Trial Services;
4) Juvenile Probation Officers.
Clean and Seal: Create three Clean and Seal Operational teams of 4 people each that will clean out and seal buildings that are vacant or abandoned. Mural Restoration Crew: A three year program that partners the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program with the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership of Philadelphia to create a model job and skills training program for the city’s most at-risk young adults. Green Jobs for Ex-Offenders: The Philadelphia Prison System, will contract for the services of the Resources for Human Development to create a two year program to train and place ex-offenders in the green job economy.
Use of Funds: Given budget cuts in Fiscal Year 2010, we cannot continue the issuing and training of the ASP batons and Control Electrical Devices. The requested funding would allow for 2,496 officers to be trained on the ASP batons and 1,000 officers on the Control Electrical Devices.
Grant Achievements for the Quarter: In October, the FJD resumed operations of the Community Court, also known as the Accelerated Misdemeanor Program. The court offers an alternative to trial for summary offenses, which streamlines the criminal justice system. In this quarter, 4 staff members essential to the operation of the court were hired.
Twenty-two officers attended the “22nd Annual Problem-Oriented Policing Conference” held in Miami, Florida in October 2011. Attendees received training in the use of problem-solving to address various public safety issues. Forty-seven officers were issued expandable batons upon completion of non-lethal weapons training.
There were 14 job placements this quarter, and 8 participants successfully passed the Energy Coordinating Agency Exam.
The Mural Arts Program: The Guild program engaged 38 youth partners and 14 staff members during this quarter. The Guild members aided the Mural Arts Crew in numerous tasks, including installing scaffolding and priming walls, power washing lots and walls and painting out old murals. Guild members were involved in numerous lot clean ups and graffiti removal throughout the City. Workshops were held on the following topics: carpentry, basic art, construction, world readiness, job skills and a new program, culinary arts. Guild members are learning basic cooking skills, shopping for healthy food, and meal preparation.
A grant administrator continues to oversee activities performed under the grant, monitor spending, and facilitate reporting.
Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:
*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.