Byrne JAG Formula Grant Program Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE 
 
PURSUANT TO SEC. 502 (3) OF THE FEDERAL OMNIBUS CRIME AND SAFE STREETS ACT OF 1968, THE STATE OF GEORGIA IS HEREBY MAKING KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC THAT THE STATE APPLICATION FOR FUNDING THROUGH THE BYRNE JAG FORMULA GRANT PROGRAM, AUTHORIZED BY THE ACT, IS OPEN FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT.

NIBRS Guide for LEA’s

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is changing the way it will report crime statistics. Beginning in 2021, the FBI will use data that law enforcement agencies (LEAs) report to its National-Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

GA Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting Rescheduled

The next GA Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting has been rescheduled for July 8, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held virtually. 

CJCC launches Family Justice Center Initiative

ATLANTA, GA - The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) released a solicitation today for a new Family Justice Center Initiative. The Initiative will award $100,000 annually for up to four years to fund the development, implementation, and enhancement of a Family Justice Center in three selected Georgia communities.

CJCC Approves $3 Million in Emergency Funds for Victim Services

ATLANTA (April 8, 2020) — The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is pleased to announce the approval of $3 million in emergency funds for victim services across the state. These funds are to meet the emergency needs of victims caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Message from Executive Director Jay Neal

In light of recent concerns around the spread of COVID-19 and in the interest of public safety, the Governor’s office has instructed all state agencies to suspend non-essential training, beginning March 12, 2020. Therefore, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) has implemented the following:

 

CANCELLED - Human Trafficking Task Force Quarterly Meeting

The Human Trafficking Task Force Quarterly Meeting scheduled for April 1, 2020, has been cancelled. 

Suspect Identified Via Efforts of GASAKI Task Force

Decatur, Ga.- An alleged serial rapist linked to eight sexual assault cold case crimes, including five in DeKalb County, has been apprehended. 58-year-old Wesley Cooley was arrested near his Conyers home on February 24, 2020 by the Fugitive and K9 Units of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Cooley, charged with Rape, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail without bond. Additional charges are pending. 

The current charge against Cooley stems from the April 2017 rape of a female victim in Tucker. He was identified as a suspect in February 2020 following a positive DNA match. Further investigation revealed that DNA evidence from that 2017 crime also links the same attacker to seven other unsolved sexual assault cases throughout metro Atlanta, including four in DeKalb, two in Atlanta, and one in Conyers. The crimes span a period of more than 20 years, dating back to 1999. The victims range in age from 15 to 38 at the time of the respective offenses.

Governor's Office Update on COVID-19

Yesterday evening, Governor Kemp, DPH Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, and state officials confirmed Georgia’s first cases of COVID-19 involving two individuals in Fulton County. State health leaders, emergency management officials, and the Governor's office have been in constant communication with federal and local partners. 

Georgia Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Expanded

The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is pleased to announce the expansion of the Georgia Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (GA SAKI). Up until now, the GA SAKI Task Force (Task Force) has been solely focused on leading the investigation and prosecution of cold case sexual assaults that result from testing previously unsubmitted or untested sexual assault kits. This expansion will allow the Task Force to use grant funds obtained by CJCC to aid jurisdictions statewide

in the investigation and genetic testing of cold case homicides with sexual assault components and 

in unidentified serial sexual assault cases.