The Kewanee Police Department plans to use the $200,000 Grant from the Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative (RVCRI) to form the Drug and Alcohol Addiction Response Team (DAART) initiative in partnership with the Henry and Stark County Health Department, Henry County Court Services, Bridgeway and the Kewanee Commission on Human Relations. The funding from the grant will support a program to help curb violent crime associated with the narcotics trade in the Kewanee area over the next two years.
“The DAART mission is to provide a direct and sustained approach to promote mental well-being, prevent substance addiction, and support treatment and recovery opportunities for community members coping with mental health disorders, mental health crises, and drug and alcohol dependence”, according to the Kewanee Police Department.
The Kewanee Police Department applied for the federal grant to support their goal of getting violent criminals off the street while also providing help and treatment options to people suffering from mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction or a combination of both
Grant funds will be used to help pay for salary costs for mental health counselors, detectives assigned to DAART, vehicle costs, automatic license plate reader cameras, training and travel-related expenses for the program.
The RVCRI is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s (USDOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and administered by the National Policing Institute and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), with support from the Small and Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association (SREELA). RVCRI provides funding and training and technical assistance (TTA) to rural law enforcement agencies seeking to reduce violent crime and address problems associated with violent crime. Agencies may use funding and support to implement violent crime reduction strategies, improve investigations, enhance services to victims, increase collaboration between local stakeholders, and for other areas that support violent crime reduction in rural communities.