With a combination of state, federal and one-time stimulus funds, the 10 programs in the Criminal Justice Unit support enforcement activities including, but not limited to: suppressing criminal activity, reducing gun violence, reducing crime lab backlogs, and postconviction DNA testing.
The purpose of the EMPG Program is to provide federal grants to States to assist State, local, territorial, and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. §§ 5121 et seq.) and Section 662 of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, as amended (6 U.S.C. § 762). Title VI of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA to make grants for the purpose of providing a system of emergency preparedness for the protection of life and property in the United States from hazards and to vest responsibility for emergency preparedness jointly in the federal government and the states and their political subdivisions.
The federal government, through the EMPG Program, provides necessary direction, coordination, and guidance, and provides necessary assistance, as authorized in this title, to support a comprehensive all hazards emergency preparedness system.
The Victim Services Grants Division is comprised of the following units: Children's, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Victim/Witness. These units provide funding to programs serving victims of crime in California, including, but not limited to, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and all violent crime types.
On the steps of the California State Capitol, Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci speaks to the crowd during the 2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month demonstration.
The Children's Unit programs are designed to increase treatment services to victims of child abuse and neglect and to provide services to non-offending family members. There are approximately 17 programs administered through this Unit, in addition to the facilitation of the Child Abduction Task Force.
The mission of the Domestic Violence Unit is to work with units of government and local nonprofits to prevent, reduce and eradicate incidents of domestic violence. There are approximately 9 programs administered through this Unit, including the establishment and facilitation of the Domestic Violence Advisory Council.
The Sexual Assault Unit programs are designed to address sexual violence through a variety of efforts including: provision of quality services to sexual assault victims; education and training; resources to rape crisis centers; and training of forensic medical personnel. There are approximately 9 programs administered through this Unit, including the facilitation of the State Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Victim Services.
The mission of the Victim/Witness Unit is to work with units of government and local nonprofits to assist victims and witnesses of all violent crimes. This Unit administers approximately 10 programs.