Project P.E.A.C.E. (People Engaged and Advocating for Community Empowerment) is a 3-year, $1 million grant initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Community-Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Program formerly named the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. The grant is administered by the Miami-Dade County Office of Management and Budget - Grants Coordination Division in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Police Department (Lead Law Enforcement Agency), Justice & Security Strategies, Inc. (Research Partner), various Cross-Sector Partners, and residents.
Miami-Dade County has received two grant awards for this initiative. The first FY 2014 CBCR Grant award brought innovative crime reduction best practices to the Northside District. Various community partners have joined with MDPD to sustain these efforts. Now in FY 2018, Miami-Dade County has the opportunity to implement similar strategies in the South District. Currently, the project is in its planning phase to determine which area from the South District will be targeted for the implementation of best practices or enhancements.
Project goals are to:
- Increase community perception of safety
- Reduce criminal activity while increasing community ownership
- Encourage collaboration between community providers, government agencies, including police and residents