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299A.66 Grant programs.

Subdivision 1. Reimbursement grant authorized. The commissioner of public safety, upon recommendation of the council, may award grants to local law enforcement agencies, sheriff's offices, and other organizations that have contributed members to the Criminal Gang Strike Force to hire new persons to replace those who have joined the force. A grant may cover a two-year period and reimburse the recipient for a maximum of 100 percent of the salary of the person contributed to the strike force. A recipient of a grant under this subdivision must use the money to hire a new person to replace the person who has joined the strike force, thus keeping its complement of employees at the same level. The money may not be used to pay for equipment or uniforms.

Subd. 2. Grant to expand local capacity to combat criminal gangs. (a) The commissioner of public safety, upon recommendation of the council, may award grants to local law enforcement agencies and city and county attorneys' offices to expand the agency's or office's capacity to successfully investigate and prosecute crimes committed by criminal gangs.

(b) Grant applicants under this subdivision shall submit to the commissioner and the council a detailed plan describing the uses for which the money will be put. The commissioner and the council shall evaluate grant applications and award grants in a manner that will best ensure positive results. The commissioner may award grants to purchase necessary equipment and to develop or upgrade computer systems if the commissioner determines that those uses would best aid the recipient's attempts to combat criminal gangs. The commissioner shall require recipients of grants to provide follow-up reports to the council detailing the success of the recipient in combating criminal gangs.

(c) The commissioner shall condition grants made under this subdivision to require that recipients agree to cooperate with the council and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in establishing and expanding the criminal gang investigative data system described in section 299C.091 and in implementing the strategy developed by the council to combat criminal gangs. Grant recipients must agree to provide the council and bureau with any requested information regarding the activities and characteristics of criminal gangs and gang members operating within their jurisdictions.

HIST: 1997 c 239 art 8 s 10