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Money to target drugs

WATERLOO (KWWL) - The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs has released two grants totaling $308,194 to Iowa through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program and the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.  

The U.S. Department of Justice will distribute the funds as shown below.

  • Scott County will receive $234,683 through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program to help defray salary and benefit costs for four agents assigned to the Scott County Task Force, known as the HIDE Unit, operating under the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group. The county's goal is to reduce the amount of illegal narcotics available to the public and arrest distributors of illegal narcotics.
  • Iowa Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy will receive $73,511 through the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. These funds will help support local efforts to create safer neighborhoods by reducing gun violence and gun crime, reducing the occurrence of violent gang-related incidents through both reactive and proactive efforts, and reducing youth gang-related incidents and increasing positive outcomes for youth at high risk for gang involvement through targeted, evidence-based prevention. Targeted areas include Cedar Rapids, Sioux City and Waterloo. The 6th Judicial Department of Correctional Services in Cedar Rapids will pre-screen new offenders for gang involvement and share data with the Sheriff's Office. Woodbury County deputies and Sioux City police officers will participate in multi-agency gang sweeps and investigate gun crimes. The designated PSN prosecutor in Black Hawk County will work closely with felony drug and probation prosecutors, the Waterloo Police Department and the Tri-County Task Force to help identigy and prosecute violent offenders. The Waterloo Police Department will use overtime for officers to investigate and develop gun cases for prosecution.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and improve the criminal justice system.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods program links existing local programs together and provides them with necessary tools to help reduce gun crime.      

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