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Impact of the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Formula Grant Program Upon Guam's Drug Control, Violence Prevention, and System Improvement Strategies

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This report outlines how the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grant Program is helping Guam implement targeted strategies to respond to drug trafficking and abuse problems, domestic and family violence, and violent crimes.
The report focuses on activities in these areas between the funding period of July 1, 2001, through June 30, 2002. The Violent Crime Drug Policy Coordinating Council (VCDPCC), the advisory board overseeing the formula grant program, recommended six priority areas for Guam’s Criminal Justice System to address: Task Forces and Law Enforcement, Domestic Violence, Family Violence and Sexual Assault, Serious and Violent Crime Control, Treatment and Prevention, and Information Systems and Technology Improvements. The rise in Guam’s violent crime rate has been attributed to the increased availability of methamphetamine. As such, funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant Program was primarily directed to the funding of the programs that combat drug trafficking and drug related crimes, the prosecution of violent crime and drug related crimes, the prosecution of domestic and family violence crimes, the forensic rape examination of child victims of sexual abuse, counseling services for crime victims and witnesses, counseling services for victims of domestic violence, comprehensive drug abuse treatment programs, and modernizing Guam’s forensic crime laboratory and other technological capabilities. Some of the accomplishments made during the funding year include the seizure of 26,767 grams of drugs by the multi-jurisdictional task force, including 25,879.10 grams of methamphetamine. The grant funds also helped with the implementation of several programs such as the Domestic and Family Violence Project, the Drug Education Project, and the Kids in Domestic Situations Project.