Engler Announces $19 Million in Drug Prevention and Policing Initiatives Grants--Mid Michigan to Receive $4,116,009

July 20, 2001

Governor John Engler has awarded over $19 Million in funds for drug prevention and policing initiatives. Mid Michigan will receive $4,116,009 in Byrne Memorial Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block grants for a one-year period beginning October 1, 2001.

"Statewide, these grants will play a positive role in the lives of children to prevent drug use and violence," said Engler. "They will also support crucial criminal justice programs to aggressively identify and prosecute drug dealers who destroy lives, families, and the quality of life within neighborhoods."

The grants focus on Community Policing, Juvenile Intervention, School Resource and Family and Domestic Violence Strategies, D.A.R.E. Programs, Drug Testing and Treatment for Juveniles and Adults, Multijurisdictional Task Forces, Money Laundering Task Forces, Prosecution, Criminal Justice Records Improvement and Computer Technology Strategies.

"These outstanding programs are making a difference in the lives of people in Mid-Michigan," said Craig Yaldoo, Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy. "We are proud to support these communities in their efforts."

Byrne Memorial Formula Grants:
** Lansing will receive $200,000 for Community Policing Strategies to fund the Police and Community Team to establish resources directed at problem properties, street level drug trafficking and youth gang activity.

** The 12th District Court will receive $31,471 for Family and Domestic Violence Strategies to fund a probation officer to offer individualized services to victims and offenders of domestic violence.

** Jackson County will receive $28,685 for Family and Domestic Violence Strategies to fund an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney dedicated to the vigorous prosecution of domestic violence crimes.

** Lansing will receive $185,172 for Michigan Juvenile Intervention Initiative to address the needs of youths ages 10-13 arrested for the first or second time for a serious nonviolent offense.

** Michigan State University will receive $211,339 for evaluation of the Michigan Juvenile Intervention Initiative. Project responsibilities include administration of in-person interviews with clients at each city participating in initiative, and the development of a database vital to the evaluation of the program.

** Lansing will receive $150,000 for School Resource Strategies to establish a partnership between the Lansing Police Department and an elementary school to address disruptive behavior among children 12 years and younger.

** Jackson County will receive $106,224 for School Resource Strategies to fund four deputies in 10 suburban school districts in Jackson County. Emphasis will be placed on truancy, support services in the area of law enforcement, identifying "at risk" students and a summer community policing program.

** Jackson will receive $27,387 for School Resource Strategies to fund a full-time officer for two alternative schools.

** Corunna will receive $3,580 to fund a D.A.R.E. program to students in seventh grade.

** Michigan State University will receive $200,000 to fund a program to provide D.A.R.E. training and technical assistance to communities who are developing safe school plans.

** Michigan Department of Corrections will receive $319,644 for two projects to provide substance abuse education/relapse prevention for the Special Alternative Incarceration program and provide random testing and mandatory treatment for parolees in Project STOP II sites.

** Michigan Family Independence Agency will receive $330,964 for substance abuse assessment and treatment to be provided to male and female adjudicated juveniles at the Maxey Training School, Adrian Training School and Arbor Heights Center.

** Michigan Department of Corrections will receive $298,664 to develop mentors for offenders who are in need of counseling programs and other assistance, and will assist prisoners in the transition from prison to work.

** Michigan State Police will receive $302,537 to fund the STATewide Information System (STATIS) which is an online, networked computer system designed to be used by all law enforcement agencies in Michigan to provide timely sharing of criminal intelligence information.

** Michigan State Police will receive $614,021 to fund the Training Coordinated Effort (T.R.A.C.E.) to address the specialized training needs of undercover officers, first line supervisors, investigators and command personnel in multijurisdictional task forces.

** The Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad (Metro), a Multijurisdictional Task Force that coordinates drug enforcement efforts and prosecution will receive $299,533. The team will investigate and prosecute mid to upper level drug traffickers.

** Jackson County will receive $50,370 for Prosecution to coordinate drug-related and violent crime prosecutions to more effectively identify, screen and prosecute individuals committing these crimes, and to forfeit the offender's assets to effectively dismantle the business of the drug dealer.

** Michigan Department of Attorney General will receive $575,000 for a Money Laundering Task Force that works cooperatively with state, federal, and local law enforcement agencies and local prosecutors to dismantle criminal organizations through money laundering, racketeering and conspiracy investigations, and asset forfeiture of the organization's assets. It also provides asset forfeiture training to law enforcement and prosecutors and training on how to dismantle criminal organizations.

** Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council will receive $131,964 for Criminal Justice Records Improvement to implement technology to network the prosecutor's offices to exchange data with the state police, local police, courts and other prosecutors.

Local Law Enforcement Block Grants:
** Clinton County will receive $49,454 for School Resource Strategies to fund an officer who will provide positive interaction between the school, students and law enforcement by building trust and mutual respect, along with identifying "at risk" children.

Byrne Memorial Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block grants are available for competitive grant awards to state and local governmental entities. The Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy in the Michigan Department of Community Health administers the grants.