United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington
Department Of Justice Awards Nearly $1 Million To City Of Seattle For Youth Violence Prevention
Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant Focused on Rainier Beach Neighborhood
SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Justice is awarding $978,461 to the City of Seattle for programs to reduce youth violence, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. The funding will pay for community policing activities as well as outreach programs for young people. The grant specifically targets programs in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle.
“This funding will make a difference in the lives of young people and our community at a time when we critically need this program,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. “It is a very competitive process to obtain these grants, and I congratulate Seattle for the innovative approach detailed in its proposal.”
In the grant award notice, the Justice Department highlights that the program “will partner local community groups, police and researchers in the identification and implementation of non-arrest approaches to increasing guardianship of young people and reducing crime in ‘hot spots’ of youth violence….” The program will build on the Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update, and the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. The money will support law enforcement initiatives as well as community policing, data analysis, and outreach activities.
The Byrne Grants are named in honor of New York City Police Officer Edward R. Byrne, who was killed in the line of duty on February 26, 1988. Officer Byrne was just 22-years-old. The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program grants, which allows state and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the justice system. This particular Byrne Grant program seeks to improve community safety by addressing crime within a targeted neighborhood, while advancing neighborhood revitalization.