Awards Are Part of More than $458 Million in Justice Department Funding Announced by Attorney General Barr
DAVENPORT, Iowa – United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum today announced nearly $700,000 in Department of Justice grants to fight and prevent violent crime in Davenport, Iowa. The grant, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, is part of more than $458 million in funding to support state, local and tribal law enforcement efforts to combat violent crime in jurisdictions across the United States.
The City of Davenport applied for the Bureau of Justice Assistance Strategies for Policing Innovation grant in May 2020. The Davenport Police Department will utilize the grant funding to create a new crime analysis division within the department. The crime analysis division will enable the department to more effectively and efficiently collect and analyze data to inform crime reduction strategies aimed at reducing violent crime, and specifically gun violence, in Davenport.
“The Davenport Police Department is thrilled to receive the Strategies for Policing Innovation grant through the Department of Justice. This funding will be instrumental to our department in creating a new crime analysis division that will further our ability to bring the perpetrators of violent crime in the community to justice,” Davenport Police Chief Sikorski stated. “We are thankful for our partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office as we work together to address gun crime in Davenport.”
In July 2019, the City of Davenport announced that it had been selected to join the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP). PSP is a three-year commitment that serves as a Department of Justice-wide program that enables cities to consult with and receive coordinated training and technical assistance and a variety of resources from the Department of Justice to enhance local violence reduction strategies.
In 2019, the City of Davenport was selected to receive approximately $120,000 in funding from Project Safe Neighborhoods to hire a research partner through the University of Iowa. The research project will integrate evidenced-based research into the department’s strategic planning process, identifying opportunities to enhance gun enforcement efforts, build on intervention programs, and establish sustainable gun crime prevention measures. The research project is expected to begin in January 2021 and last approximately 18 months. Additionally, it has been proposed, but not yet finalized, that the City of Davenport receive approximately $55,000 of the Project Safe Neighborhoods funding for fiscal year 2020 to further gun investigations.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with the Davenport Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to meet the growing threat of gun crime in the Quad Cities,” said U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum. “This grant will help ensure that we are targeting the most violent offenders. When those offenders are caught with a gun in Davenport, they should expect to serve long terms in federal prison.”