By KAROLYN GEPHART
Three grants were considered for participation by city council at their regular meeting Feb. 25 at Pearland City Hall at 3519 Liberty Drive.
Council considered approving continued participation in the Criminal Justice Division’s (CJD) General Victim Assistance Direct Services Program.
The program provides grant funding in support of services and assistance directly to victims of crime to speed their recovery and aid them through the criminal justice process.
The City of Pearland has operated a Crime Victims Assistance program, having a liaison at the Pearland Police Department since 2002.
The goal of the Victim’s Assistance Program is to assist victims of crime, protect and advocate the rights of victims, provide information, and prevent further victimization.
The liaison informs victims about police procedures, community resources and available programs that will assist victims during the aftermath of a crime. Funding will cover the salaries and benefits for two years of two full-time Crime Victim Liaisons that currently provide these services in the Pearland Police Department.
In addition, council considered staff recommendations requesting funds for additional costs related to overall grant oversight and administration, as audits and inspections, general grant fund program management, volunteer coordination and several non-programmatic activities.
Council also considered approving participation in the Texas Department of Transportation’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) comprehensive grant to enhance traffic safety in the City of Pearland, and authorizing city matching funds in the amount of 20 percent.
The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant is offered by TxDOT’s Traffic Safety Program. This grant is designed to compensate overtime expenses for law enforcement activities by local law enforcement and is structured very similarly to the STEP Comprehensive grant with the exception that the CMV grant targets commercial motor vehicles.
The focus of the program is prioritizing crash reduction by patrolling high crash areas within the agency’s jurisdiction.