CSAC Bulletin Article

BSCC’s Urgent Need for Scoring Panel Members for Organized Retail Theft Prevention and Vertical Prosecution Grant Programs

June 29, 2023

CSAC would like to share that the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is launching two new grants that address organized retail theft (ORT):

1) the ORT Prevention Grant Program, which allocates $242 million for California police departments, sheriff’s departments, and probation departments to fund retail, vehicle, and cargo theft prevention and response activities, and

2) the ORT Vertical Prosecution Grant Program, which allocates $11.4 million for California district attorneys to address increased levels of retail theft and property crimes by using a vertical prosecution model.

Applications to the ORT Prevention and Vertical Prosecution Grant Programs are due to BSCC by July 7, 2023, and interest in these grants is very high; to date, BSCC has received notices from more than 80 law enforcement agencies that intend to apply. The next step in the process is to convene a Scoring Panel, to read and score the proposals. The BSCC is asking for your assistance in enlisting individuals from your member agencies to assist with this effort, preferably individuals with knowledge of, or experience in, retail theft operations or prosecutions.

Please note, a prospective Scoring Panel member may not work for an agency that is applying for grant funds. So prospective scoring panel members should confirm that their employer is not applying for the grant before contacting BSCC.

With the high number of proposals expected to come in, BSCC is looking to recruit a minimum of 16 individuals, so that the grant funds can get out the door and to local agencies as quickly as possible. The more people recruited, the fewer proposals each person will have to read and the faster they can get through the process.

Individuals interested in serving on the ORT Grants Scoring Panel should be prepared to attend a minimum of two (2) half-day online meetings, via Zoom, on how to use BSCC’s scoring criteria and rating system. Individuals will then read and score proposals on their own time. If needed, additional meetings may be scheduled to ensure key activities are completed.

For more information, click here. Interested individuals can also request more information at ORT@bscc.ca.gov. We are asking for your assistance in sharing information about this important opportunity with your constituents and on your list servs. As always, thank you for your consideration and continued partnership. If you have questions, please contact BSCC Deputy Director Colleen Curtin at colleen.curtin@bscc.ca.gov.

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