Akron police seeking stimulus funding to hire crime analysts, computer programmers

April 14, 2009

The Akron Police Department will apply for yet another stimulus-funded grant to hire four more analytical personnel to help the department more effectively track and fight crime.

Akron City Council Monday night passed an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to apply for $450,000 from the Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program to hire two crime analysts and two computer programmers.

Council's Public Safety Committee Chair Jim Shealey, who sponsored the legislation, said if awarded to Akron, the grant money will pay for essential police staff that will enhance the department's ability to identify and respond to criminal activities in the city.

"The crime analysts and computer programmers will perform essential duties such as mapping crimes in the city and compiling statistics to help the department know what areas need to be targeted for criminal activity," Shealey (At Large) said. "The added personnel will help the department be more efficient at analyzing statistics and directing resources where they're needed in a more efficient way."

The two-year grant is supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grant's purpose is to help communities improve state and local justice systems and provide training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs.

The Byrne Memorial competitive grant focuses on eight areas:

  • Preventing and reducing violent crime through community-based, data-driven approaches.
  • Providing funding for neighborhood-based probation and parole officers.
  • Reducing mortgage fraud and crime related to vacant properties.
  • Hiring civilian support personnel in law enforcement.
  • Enhancing forensic and crime scene investigations.
  • Improving resources for crime victims.
  • Supporting problem-solving courts.
  • National training and technical assistance partnerships.