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Solutions for Safer Communities: FY 2004 Annual Report to Congress

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September 2005
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This Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) 2004 Annual Report to Congress describes the funding, technical assistance, and resources provided to law enforcement partners in fiscal year 2004.
BJA supports and promotes promising crime enforcement, reduction, and prevention practices across the country and provides updates to those in the field through its publications, Web site, and annual report. In FY 2004, BJA administered $500 million in formula grants and nearly $160 million in discretionary grants through the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program. BJA also administered $300 million in State Criminal Alien Assistance Program grants; $110 million for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program, which made awards to nearly 1,600 jurisdictions; and $25 million for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program. Formula funds were awarded to States and territories, which were then able to make subawards to State and local government programs, as well as nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations. Discretionary funds from BJA were awarded directly to State and local jurisdictions, American Indian tribes, individual criminal justice agencies, and nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations. BJA focused on seven main areas during Fiscal Year 2004: crime prevention, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, adjudication, substance abuse, community and institutional corrections, and information sharing. Examples are presented of programs and initiatives in each of these areas that benefited from BJA funding, technical assistance and resources during 2004. For example, BJA supported the G.R.E.A.T. program which served tens of thousands of youth in high-risk rural, suburban, and urban communities nationwide, helping them reduce their crime victimization, increase their negative views about gangs, and improve their attitudes toward law enforcement. BJA also continued to coordinate counterterrorism training efforts with its partners--the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness, and DOJ’s COPS Office, NIJ, and Executive Office for United States Attorneys--to avoid duplication, meet emerging needs, and ensure consistent and appropriate training information. Figures, appendixes

Date Published: September 1, 2005