FY 2001 Local Law Enforcement Block Grants Program - 2001 by Mythri


									U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance

                       FY 2001 Local Law Enforcement
                           Block Grants Program
For fiscal year (FY) 2001, Congress has appropriated               The difference remaining between the state allocation
$523 million for the continuation of the Local Law En-             and the local allocation total is awarded to a state ad-
forcement Block Grants (LLEBG) Program, to be ad-                  ministrative agency (SAA) designated by the Governor.
ministered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA),              The SAA has the option of distributing award funds to
U.S. Department of Justice. The purpose of the LLEBG               state police departments or units of local government
Program is to provide funds to units of local govern-              not meeting the formula-based threshold of $10,000.
ment to underwrite projects to reduce crime and im-                Additional information about this portion of the funds
prove public safety.                                               is available from each state’s respective SAA.

Program Eligibility and Distribution                               Program Purpose Areas
of Funds                                                           LLEBG Program funds must be spent in accordance
To be considered eligible for the LLEBG Program, a                 with one or more of the following seven purpose areas:
jurisdiction must be a general purpose unit of local gov-          ❑   Supporting law enforcement:
ernment.1 The unit of local government must report, via
                                                                       s Hiring, training, and employing on a continuing
its law enforcement agencies, to the Uniform Crime Re-
                                                                            basis new, additional law enforcement officers
ports (UCR) Program of the Federal Bureau of Investi-
                                                                            and necessary support personnel.
gation (FBI).
                                                                       s Paying overtime to currently employed law
The LLEBG Program is a formula program based on a                           enforcement officers and necessary support
jurisdiction’s number of UCR Part I violent crimes re-                      personnel to increase the number of hours
ported to the FBI. The formula is computed in two stages.                   worked by such personnel.
In the first stage, state allocations are proportionate to each
                                                                       s Procuring equipment, technology, and other
state’s average annual amount of UCR Part I violent
                                                                            material directly related to basic law enforce-
crimes compared with that for all other states for the 3
                                                                            ment functions.
most recent calendar years of data from the FBI. Each
state, however, must receive a minimum award of 0.25 per-          ❑   Enhancing security measures in and around schools
cent of the total amount available for formula distribution            and in and around other facilities or locations that
under the LLEBG Program. In the second stage, local                    the unit of local government considers special risks
awards are proportionate to each local jurisdiction’s aver-            for incidents of crime.
age annual amount of UCR Part I violent crimes compared            ❑   Establishing or supporting drug courts.
with that for all other local jurisdictions in the state for the   ❑   Enhancing the adjudication of cases involving
3 most recent calendar years. Jurisdictions reporting crime            violent offenders, including cases involving violent
rates above the formula-based threshold of $10,000 are                 juvenile offenders.
eligible for direct awards.
❑   Establishing a multijurisdictional task force,              ❑   Expenditure Period
    particularly in rural areas, composed of law en-                All federal funds, including interest, revenue, divi-
    forcement officials representing units of local                 dend, and match, must be spent within the 2-year
    government. This task force must work with federal              expenditure period. Unspent funds must be returned to
    law enforcement officials to prevent and control                BJA within 90 days of program termination.
                                                                ❑   Public Safety Officers’ Health Benefits Provision
❑   Establishing crime prevention programs involving
    cooperation between community residents and law                 Section 615 of the FY 1998 Appropriations Act
    enforcement personnel to control, detect, or investi-           requires a unit of local government to afford a
    gate crime or to prosecute criminals.                           public safety officer who retires or is separated
                                                                    from duty due to a personal line-of-duty injury,
❑   Defraying the cost of indemnification insurance for
                                                                    suffered as a direct and proximate result of re-
    law enforcement officers.
                                                                    sponding to a hot pursuit or an emergency situa-
Program Requirements                                                tion, health benefits at the time of separation that
                                                                    are the same as or better than those he or she
The following requirements must be met prior to the                 received while on duty.
obligation of LLEBG Program funds and prior to the
                                                                    To be eligible to receive the entire amount of award
Request for Drawdown (RFD) of funds. The RFD must
                                                                    under the LLEBG Program, a unit of local govern-
be completed within 90 days of the posting of awards,
                                                                    ment must be in compliance with this provision. If
or the funds will be redistributed in the following
                                                                    not in compliance, the unit will forfeit 10 percent of
fiscal year.
                                                                    the eligible amount. Further information about this
❑   Advisory Board                                                  provision is provided on the LLEBG Internet-based
    Each jurisdiction must establish or designate an                application system, which may be accessed at
    advisory board to review the application. The                   www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/html/llebg1.htm.
    board must be designated to make nonbinding
    recommendations for the proposed use of funds               Prohibition on Use of Funds
    received under this program. The advisory board             LLEBG funds are not to be used to purchase, lease,
    must include a member from each of the following            rent, or acquire tanks or armored vehicles, fixed-wing
    local organizations: law enforcement agency,                aircraft, limousines, real estate, yachts, or any vehicle
    prosecutor’s office, court system, school system,           not used primarily for law enforcement. Nor are funds
    and a nonprofit group (e.g., educational, religious,        to be used to retain individual consultants or construct
    community) active in crime prevention or drug-use           new facilities. Likewise, federal funds are not to be
    prevention or treatment.                                    used to supplant state or local funds. Rather, they are to
❑   Public Hearing                                              be used to increase the amount of funds that would oth-
                                                                erwise be available from state and local sources.
    Each jurisdiction must hold at least one public
    hearing regarding the proposed use of funds prior to        Resolution of Funding Disparities
    the obligation of funds. Jurisdictions should encour-
    age public attendance and participation.                    The LLEBG Program provides resolution to potential
                                                                funding disparities within jurisdictions. A state attorney
❑   Matching Funds
                                                                general may certify that a disparity exists between or
    In each jurisdiction, LLEBG funds may not exceed            among jurisdictions. Those jurisdictions are then re-
    90 percent of total program costs. Program partici-         quired by statute to develop and submit joint applica-
    pation requires a cash match that will not be               tions. BJA’s role is limited to accepting state attorney
    waived. All recipients must maintain records clearly        general certifications and reviewing jointly submitted
    showing the source, amount, and timing of all               applications. If the state attorney general chooses not to
    matching contributions.                                     become involved in the disparate allocation certification
❑   Trust Fund                                                  process, there is no mechanism for BJA to intervene.
                                                                All certifications must be submitted within given dead-
    Each jurisdiction must establish a trust fund that
                                                                lines, prior to BJA determination of annual award
    may accrue interest in which to deposit program

The LLEBG Program employs two criteria for deter-                 Technical Assistance
mining eligibility for disparity certification. First, an
associated municipality’s eligible funding amount must            For a complete listing of technical assistance available
be greater (by set percentages) than the funding amount           under the LLEBG Program, visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov/
of the county. Second, the county must bear more than             BJA/html/llta.htm.
50 percent of prosecution or incarceration costs arising
from Part I violent crimes reported by an associated
                                                                  For Further Information
municipality. If there are multiple associated munici-            To find out more about the Local Law Enforcement
palities, the county must also show that the funding al-          Block Grants Program or BJA’s technical assistance ini-
locations to those municipalities is likely to threaten the       tiatives, contact the following offices:
efficient administration of justice.
                                                                  Bureau of Justice Assistance
FY 2001 Application Process                                       State and Local Assistance Division
                                                                  810 Seventh Street NW.
The FY 2001 application and award processes will be               Washington, DC 20531
administered via the Internet-based Grants Management             202–305–2088
System. Application deadlines and other LLEBG Pro-                Fax: 202–514–5956
gram dates will be established in accordance with sys-            World Wide Web: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA
tem development efforts and will be posted on the BJA
                                                                  Bureau of Justice Assistance Clearinghouse
Web site. The application process will consist of the
                                                                  P.O. Box 6000
following steps:
                                                                  Rockville, MD 20849–6000
1. BJA will notify units of government of their                   1–800–688–4252
   eligibility and provide information on the Internet-           World Wide Web: www.ncjrs.org
   based application system for the FY 2001 LLEBG
                                                                  Clearinghouse staff are available Monday through Fri-
                                                                  day, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. eastern time. Ask to be placed
2. State attorneys general will submit disparity                  on the BJA mailing list.
   certifications to BJA, if applicable.
                                                                  U.S. Department of Justice Response Center
3. As required by statute, chief executive officers
                                                                  1–800–421–6770 or 202–307–1480
   (CEOs) will submit a copy of the application to the
   Governor or designated representative.                         Response Center staff are available Monday through
4. CEOs will submit FY 2001 LLEBG applications                    Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time.
   via the Internet. Visit the BJA Web site for addi-
   tional guidance regarding the online submission of             Notes
   applications.                                                  1. Units of local government are counties, towns and
5. BJA will make awards on a rolling basis, with all              townships, villages, cities, parishes, Indian tribes,
   FY 2001 awards completed by September 28, 2001.                Alaska Native villages, and parish sheriffs (in the state
                                                                  of Louisiana) that carry out substantial governmental
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