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Mar 12, 2013

City of Johnson City awarded grant for crime reduction project

The City of Johnson City has been awarded an $800,000 Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project (TCCRP) grant from the Office of Criminal Justice Programs to fund efforts to reduce crimes related to alcohol and drug abuse in targeted neighborhoods. Using crime analysis data and business and community surveys, the Mountain Home and Downtown areas were identified as the targets for this project.

Preliminary surveys conducted last November in the service area revealed that the greatest concerns of residents and business owners revolved around drugs, alcohol, litter and prostitution. To date, 17 partnering agencies have been working together to plan the strategies that will reduce crime in the Mountain Home and Downtown areas.

“It is going to effect a change in our community. The approach of this grant is to unite the skills and expertise of community partners who, by working together, reduce drug- and alcohol-related crimes in the targeted areas,” said TCCRP Director Becky Haas. “It’s exciting at our partner meetings to see previously unrelated agency representatives exchanging business cards as they identify new ways they can work together for the improvement of Johnson City.”

The Tennessee Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project has outlined a four-pronged strategy the City must take in its efforts to reduce crime. These include:
• Pre-Enforcement – impacting at-risk youth (18 and younger) and residents and business owners in the target area;
• Neighborhood Revitalization – focusing on trash, graffiti, and housing and commercial properties in poor condition or having major code violations;
• Enforcement – impacting adults and juveniles for drug and alcohol offenses, domestic violence offenders, prostitution and aggravated assault; and
• Offender Intervention – by working with probationers and parolees to reduce recidivism rates.

“The level of cooperation across disciplines is truly remarkable,” said Chief Mark Sirois. “We are grateful to City administration and the Board of Commissioners for recognizing the value of the TCCRP and for fully supporting this evidence-based effort.”

This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee, Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs and is supported by Award #2012-DJ-BX-0280 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The grant program will run for three years beginning April 1.

For more information, please contact TCCRP Director Becky Haas at (423)434-6105.

Becky Haas, director
Targeted Community Crime Reduction

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