Monday, September 26, 2016

Jackson getting money to fight crime

The Justice Department issued the following press release: 

More Than $67 Million in Grants to Support Local Law Enforcement Efforts Also Announced
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch  today announced the addition of two cities—Jackson, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee—to the Justice Department’s Violence Reduction Network (VRN), providing federal resources and funding to help reduce violence in these newly-partnered sites.
Established two years ago, VRN is a comprehensive program designed to leverage existing resources and provide a hands-on approach to reduce violence in some of the country’s most challenging cities.  Partnered cities under VRN have violence levels exceeding the national average.  Cities are selected through a quantitative and qualitative evaluation process in consultation with U.S. Attorneys and Department of Justice law enforcement partners.
Through VRN, the Justice Department enlists tactical and operational expertise available from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorneys, the Community Oriented Policing Services Office and the Office on Violence Against Women.  These resources, in collaboration with resources offered through the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, provide customized training and technical assistance and immediate subject matter expertise tailored to each partnered site’s unique challenges.  As a result, each site receives the benefit of pooled resources, peer-to-peer exchanges, federal site analyses and a variety of regular newsletters, webinars, and other training resources.
“Since launching the Violence Reduction Network with five cities in 2014, we have witnessed extraordinary activity and unprecedented collaboration throughout the VRN,” said Attorney General Lynch.  “Cooperation is the hallmark of the Violence Reduction Network, and the work we have done together reminds us that we are not helpless – or hopeless – in the face of violence.  It makes clear that by bridging divides and building trust, we can shape the direction of our communities.  Today, I am pleased to welcome Jackson and Nashville as new partners.  I applaud the leaders of both cities for their commitment, and I am excited to have them join this innovative network.”
During the event, Attorney General Lynch also announced over $54 million in grants to law enforcement agencies, research institutions, states, cities, tribes and other local government organizations to support body-worn camera programs and address untested sexual assault kits.  Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason announced an additional $13.6 million to help develop innovative, data-driven approaches to crime; reduce and more effectively prosecute gun crimes and increase public safety through community-based partnerships.
“We recognize that federal funding is only part of the solution,” said Assistant Attorney General Mason.  “Success in reducing violence ultimately depends on our ability to work together, to marshal existing resources, and to engage all stakeholders in the work of protecting communities.”
Today’s announcement was made before an audience of U.S. Attorneys, police chiefs, sheriffs, mayors, local leaders from the two sites and Department of Justice representatives at the 3rd Annual VRN Summit.  The addition of Jackson and Nashville brings the total number of partnered sites to 15 since VRN was established in 2014.
For additional information about the Violence Reduction Network, visit


Anonymous said...

We will take every penny they want to send here. Wonder how much will go to JPD?

Kingfish said...

That's not how it works. They will see that JPD gets say $10 million from feds for example (I made up the number) and then cut the JPD budget by $10 million.

Remember, no good work goes unpunished.

Leslie Edwin Miles said...

I can help in violence reduction, since the guys under my leadership have shown a great resistance to knocking heads, playing tough, and doing what it takes to win. I currently find myself between jobs, so this is an opportune time for me to offer my services.

My fee is $4 million a year plus relocation from Baton Rouge. I can start today.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish please tell me how Jackson can get this grant when Vance has been showing us that crime is down.

Anonymous said...

How do body cameras help reduce crime? The best they can do is provide a defense for the cop who has to shoot the thugs after they've committed their crimes.

Anonymous said...

But we have all seen the crime stats. Crime is almost down to nothing. How can Jackson have a violence level exceeding the national average and be one of the country's most challenging cities?

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it have been nice to get good news and not have a single person assume the worst.
It might be a good idea to understand how the VRN program works before trying to come up with ways the funds can be misused.

Gimme My Cut And Hurry said...

11:26; After watching the misuse and misapplication of funds for almost forty years, why would you assume something instantly change now? Wouldn't it be nice if you boarded the reality train with the rest of the passengers?

Anonymous said...

There is something about this that doesn't sit right. Obama's Justice Dept. has been very adamant about stirring the race relations pot. I see this as a way the DOJ can keep their thumb on the area even more. I hope I am wrong in this as we all need to focus on the betterment of society, but I have my doubts. Either that or someone is hired as a "consultant" in this or skims the top.


Hoping for the best, but expecting the status quo.

Anonymous said...

Another Federal Sweetie.

She just 'scooped' up another $67M from ?? to give it to other folks.

Anonymous said...

Rudy and Company have set the bar and everybody is trying to go lower.

Anonymous said...

Chicago and Detroit are in the Phase 1 group... not sure what they mean by

“Since launching the Violence Reduction Network with five cities in 2014, we have witnessed extraordinary activity and unprecedented collaboration throughout the VRN,” said Attorney General Lynch.

3000 shot so far and multiple murders almost daily.... yep that is extraordinary. You're doing a heck of a job Lynchie!

MB said...

First comes the Grant, then comes the Grand Jury.... Curious to see how/when someone will misspend or misappropriate these funds? It'll take 1-2 years.

Anonymous said...

I hope they allocate some funds to fight crime within City Hall and the State Capitol.

Just Bob said...

MB at 1:27, I came to post the same exact thing. 2 yrs from now KF will run a headline stating, "????? indicted for misspending Fed Crime Fighting $$" Book him Danno!

Anonymous said...

KF- If the JPD budget is cut by x, can that money be used by the city to fund street paving, golf courses, etc?

Anonymous said...

I say it won't take that long before people start stealing the money. It will take that long before anyone says anything and starts looking into it. According to who the thief is if anything will be done about it.

Anonymous said...

But I thought we all hated the big bad federal government

Anonymous said...

"...we have witnessed extraordinary activity..."

You could have witnessed the extraordinary shooting and killing activity without getting involved in this waste of taxpayer funds.

Anonymous said...

I heard the mentors are already lining up at the police station.

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