Week 4 discussion 1
Block and Categorical Grants
Based on your readings for this week, compare and contrast a Block Grant and a Categorical Grant. Evaluate which grant is most useful in terms of law enforcement operations? Why?
Block grants, such as the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), are popular in law enforcement because they allow you to target specific needs without limitations. Gist and the BJA explore the history of block grants here: http://1.usa.gov/1CtIfvY . Often there is a category of a law enforcement budget that could use a temporary boost, such as installing a surveillance system, buying license plate readers, or the like. Categorical grants can help, as well, but are more targeted.
What kinds of technology do you think should be grant funded to keep up with current needs? Instructor
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