U.S. Department of Justice/Office for Victims of Crime Providing Funding Support for Midsize Law Enforcement Agencies to Implement the IACP/OVC Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV) Strategy

Are you a midsize law enforcement agency (population of 50,000 to 500,000) in need of funding to improve your agencies response to victims of crime? If so, you should apply for the OVC FY 2014 Service, Support & Justice: A Strategy To Enhance Law Enforcement Response To Victims Demonstration Project solicitation to help your agency implement the IACP/OVC Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV) Strategy.

This is an opportunity for local, county and tribal law enforcement agencies that serve communities with populations of 50,000 to 500,000 to support the implementation and evaluation of an enhanced law enforcement approach to assisting victims of crime. The overarching goal of OVC’s Service, Support & Justice Initiative is to evaluate the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV) Strategy. The goal for each law enforcement agency participating in the demonstration project is to improve the agency’s response to victims of crime. A strong focus is placed on promoting procedural justice and fairness in reaching underserved and unserved populations as identified in the community. Those populations include, but are not limited to, immigrant victims, LGBTQ victims, sexual assault victims, victims of human trafficking, and many victims who often do not identify themselves as crime victims, such as young men and boys of color.

This competitive program will make as many as three awards of up to $100,000 each for a 15-month project period. The Service, Support & Justice Initiative is designed to span five years, with OVC potentially awarding three 15-month continuation grants to each recipient, contingent upon funding availability and grantee performance in the prior phases, including participation with the evaluation. Agencies that successfully compete for the first 15 month phase can potentially receive a total of $400,000 over the entire project.

The IACP will be providing intensive technical assistance to the three awarded demonstration sites, as part of our involvement, with OVC’s assistance, evaluating and implementing the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims Strategy to change the culture of law enforcement with respect to its response to victims.

Please read the full solicitation for eligibility and application requirements. Applications are due by June 9, 2014. Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process well in advance of the deadline.

For questions regarding the requirements of this solicitation, contact Meg Morrow, Attorney Advisor, by telephone at 202-353-0591, or by e-mail at Meg.Morrow@usdoj.gov.

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