Engler Announces $19 Million in Drug Prevention and Policing Initiatives Grants--West Michigan to Receive $2,436,117

July 20, 2001

Governor John Engler has awarded over $19 Million in funds for drug prevention and policing initiatives. West Michigan will receive $2,436,117 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 the West 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:
** Fremont will receive $21,402 for Community Policing Strategies to fund a police officer assigned to four mobile home parks. The officer coordinates efforts with park residents and management, school officials, human services center staff and area businesses.

** Grand Rapids will receive $399,022 for Community Policing Strategies to fund the "Back to the Future" project, which permanently assigns beat officers and community detectives with extensive problem-solving responsibilities. Neighborhood Youth Centers provide recreational and educational opportunities for children who may otherwise be unsupervised and on the street.

** Muskegon County will receive $48,562 for Community Policing Strategies. Assistant prosecutors will work with public and private organizations to improve the quality of life and decrease criminal activity in the target areas of Muskegon County.

** Newaygo County will receive $35,498 for Family and Domestic Violence Strategies. The project is a collaborative effort between the County Prosecutor's Office, 78th District Court, Probation Departments, 27th Circuit Court and community agencies to reduce family and domestic violence. An officer is assigned full-time to the project.

** Grand Rapids will receive $249,164 for Michigan Juvenile Intervention Initiative to focus an intensive juvenile intervention strategy on juveniles 10-13 years of age in two city police service areas.

** Mecosta County will receive $23,313 for School Resource Strategies to fund a school resource officer/liaison officer to handle complaints, work after school activities, and involve the community in drug awareness.

** Spring Lake will receive $22,490 for School Resource Strategies to fund a school liaison program serving Spring Lake School District and part of Grand Haven School District.

** The 61st District Court will receive $300,000 for Drug Testing and Treatment for Juveniles and Adults to fund Drug Offenders Prevention Effort, a continuation project providing case management and counseling to chronic substance abusing juveniles and adults while maintaining accountability and abstinence through urinalysis and sanctions.

** The Metropolitan Enforcement Team, a Multijurisdictional Task Force that operates in the Grand Rapids/Kent County Metropolitan area, will receive $467,297. This continuing project will target drug traffickers through the combined efforts of local, state and federal agencies utilizing a team approach.

** The Western Michigan Enforcement Team, a Multijurisdictional Task Force in Ottawa, Allegan, and Muskegon counties will receive $317,120. It brings together state and local officers to address narcotic and gang violations and other associated crimes.

** The Central Michigan Enforcement Team, a Multijurisdictional Task Force in Ionia, Mecosta, Montcalm, and Newaygo counties will receive $205,351. It will provide tips, intelligence reports and other resources to investigate medium to upper level drug traffickers and related conspiracies to schools, courts and criminal justice agencies.

** Muskegon County will receive $62,273 for Criminal Justice Records Improvement. Digitized fingerprint equipment will be updated to allow electronic submission of records to the State Criminal Justice Information Center.

** Ottawa County will receive $60,000 for Criminal Justice Records Improvement. Equipment and services will be purchased that will allow Ottawa County to electronically transfer criminal history records to the Criminal Justice Information Center.

Local Law Enforcement Block Grants:

** Ionia County will receive $75,000 for Computer Technology Strategies to enable the electronic capture of fingerprints. Prints will be submitted to the prosecutor and the state and will be used to identify, locate and track offenders.

** Oceana County will receive $149,625 for Computer Technology Strategies for all eight law enforcement agencies in Oceana County to coordinate efforts to upgrade radio communications to the 800 MHz system constructed by the Michigan State Police.

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.