Washington, DC - Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) today announced eight separate grants totaling $3,092,768 to help fund law enforcement, anti-violence, and crime prevention programs and studies in New Hampshire. The grants were awarded by the United States Department of Justice and the Office of National Drug Control Policy and will support both local and statewide initiatives.
"Crime and violence are problems that need both local and national solutions. These grants will provide federal funding to state, city, and community organizations so that they can address these problems locally and put New Hampshire tax dollars to work in New Hampshire," said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. "I am pleased that the Justice Department has chosen to direct this funding to our state, and I congratulate the grant recipients for securing these awards."
Details on the individual grants are provided below:
The City of Manchester will receive $400,000 to assist with programs to prevent violence against women. Specifically, the grant will allow Manchester to hire two, dedicated domestic violence officers as well as a sexual assault officer, improve advocacy and support for victims, and train all officers regarding domestic violence issues.
The City of Manchester will also receive $75,250 for the Department of Health and Human Services Division for Juvenile Justice Services. This grant provides federal funding for the Title V Community Prevention program to prevent at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice system.
The New Hampshire Department of Justice will receive $932,445 as part of the STOP Program to combat violence against women. The funding will be used to enhance state and local law enforcement initiatives, to provide for increased prosecution of offenders, and to support non-governmental, non-profit victim services agencies.
The New Hampshire Department of Justice will also receive $55,496 to assist with data collection and analysis. Part of the award will fund a study of the cyber-crime threats facing New Hampshire in order to help the state analyze its weaknesses and develop new crime-fighting strategies. The remainder of the funds will go to develop a computer model to help the state anticipate potential problems in the prison system.
The University of New Hampshire will receive $999,974 to fund the first comprehensive study on children's exposure to violence. The five-year study will collect both national and local data in an effort to document children's exposure to a broad array of violence, crime and abuse experiences. The study will also develop a 'toolkit' for communities to use to conduct their own studies of children's exposure to violence in their local areas. The grant was awarded by the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Southern New Hampshire University will receive $200,000 to expand and enhance the successful Weed and Seed anti-crime program at the School of Community and Economic development. The Weed and Seed initiative is a community-based, multi-agency program that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in designated high-crime neighborhoods across the country. In 2006, the Department of Justice awarded $738,927 to SNHU for the same program.
The Rockingham County Sheriff's Department will receive $129,603 to distribute to Portsmouth, Derry, Hampton, Londonderry, Raymond, and Salem to fund the purchase of new equipment for their police departments.
Youth drug-prevention programs in Manchester, Derry, and Meredith will receive $100,000 each from the Presidential Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Inter-Lakes School District in Meredith, the Makin' It Happen Coalition for Resilient Youth in Manchester, and the Community Alliance for Teen Safety in Derry will use the funding to support their efforts to combat youth alcohol, tobacco, drug, and inhalant abuse.