The Department of Public Safety is seeking applications for its Violent Crime Enforcement Teams (VCETs) Grant Program to investigate and prosecute narcotics, gangs and associated violent crimes. Multijurisdictional approaches that incorporate the expertise of prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and criminal analysts from local, state and federal agencies working cooperatively are most effective in addressing complex narcotics and gang investigations.
Jurisdictions working together enhance resource sharing, interagency coordination and information exchange to target and disrupt persistent criminals and criminal enterprises. This approach is intended to target drug distribution networks, firearm crimes, violent gang activity and related serious criminal activity beyond the investigative resources of individual agencies.
VCET priorities include:
- Mid- and upper-level dealers
- Drug seizures
- Gun seizures
- Gang disruption
- Violent crimes
- Approximately $10 million in state and JAG funds are available. No match is required, but evidence of local agency contributions in the budget narrative will strengthen the application.
- These projects have a two-year grant period.
- Local units of government, tribes, county sheriff offices, and police departments are eligible to apply for VCET funding.
Include but are not limited to:
- Capital expenses such as building improvements or facility remodeling.
- Funding must supplement, not supplant state and local government funds.
- Other items unallowable with federal funds.
For more information, visit https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ojp/grants/Documents/VCET%202022-23%20RFP.pdf