Title: Synthetic Opiate Poisoning Investigation and Distribution Interdiction Grant Program
The Synthetic Opiate Poisoning Investigation and Distribution Interdiction Grant Program is a funding opportunity offered through the Office of Adult and Juvenile Assistance (OAJJA) for fiscal year 2024 and 2025 in consultation with the Deputy Attorney General, the P.O.S.T. Board Director, and the Opioid Crisis Recovery Funds Advisory Committee which supports the Colorado Department of Law.
The intent of the Synthetic Opiate Poisoning Investigation and Distribution Interdiction Grant Program is to provide grant funding to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of investigating deaths and serious injuries caused by illegal synthetic opiate poisoning and for disrupting synthetic opiate supplies.
Project Application DEADLINE: August 4, 2023
- Application Instructions (link) https://dcj.colorado.gov/synthetic-opiate-grant-program-application-instructions
- FAQs (link) https://dcj.colorado.gov/fentanyl-accountability-and-prevention-grant-program-faqs
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About the Funding Agency:
The mission of the Division of Criminal Justice is to improve the public safety of the community, the quality of services to crime victims, and the effectiveness of services to offenders. We accomplish this by analyzing policy, conducting criminal justice research, managing programs, and administering grants.
Purpose of the Funds
To provide grants to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of investigating deaths and serious injuries caused by illegal synthetic opiate poisoning and for disrupting synthetic opiate supplies.
C.R.S. 24-33.5-533. Synthetic Opiate Poisoning Investigation And Distribution Interdiction Grant Program
The grant funding may be used by a law enforcement agency for the following purposes only:
- Investigating deaths and serious injuries caused by illegal synthetic opiate poisoning
- Investigating, enforcing, and prosecuting synthetic opiate importation and high-level distribution networks, including multijurisdictional and multistate investigations and enforcement operations, to reduce the supply of illegal synthetic opiates and precursor chemicals in Colorado
- Technology, equipment, and training to enhance intelligence, information-sharing capabilities, and interagency collaboration among federal, state, and local law enforcement partners regarding synthetic opiate importation and high-level distribution networks
- Analyzing emergent trends in markets, including the use of the postal service, private courier, commercial cargo, and the internet, for the import and distribution of illegal synthetic opiates through a systematic and standardized approach, including the use of novel, high-frequency, and real-time systems to enhance market surveillance.
Examples of Eligible Activities
Some examples of eligible activities may include but are not limited to the following:
- Enhanced testing equipment for synthetic opioids, such as TruNarc https://www.thermofisher.com
- Technology to unlock cell phones, such as 'Graykey’ by Grayshift https://www.grayshift.com/ - Cellebrite https://cellebrite.com
- Data analytics tools such as 'NightHawk' https://www.nighthawkleovision.com/ for reviewing cell and social media
- Server storage to manage data captured
- Enhanced testing of synthetic drugs
- Forensic data analytic tools
- Server storage
- Mobile device forensic tools
- Personnel to get trained and manage overdose detection and surveillance applications
- Safe Evidence Handling and Storage items, such as vented hoods, faraday bags
- Training relevant to investigating, disrupting distribution and prosecution of illegal synthetic opiates
Required Application Components
All grant applications must address all of the following:
- The specific activity the grant would fund
- Number or rate of drug overdoses related to synthetic opiates within the community intended to be served which is available online (Resource: Counts of drug overdose deaths due to any opioid in Colorado, 2020-2021)
- Barriers the agency experiences when performing fentanyl or other synthetic opioid death investigations or distribution interdiction within the designated agency
- How the proposed project will address the identified barriers.
- Existing resources available when performing fentanyl or other synthetic opioid death investigations within the designated agency
- Details on collaboration efforts among federal, state, or local law enforcement partners regarding synthetic opiate importation and high-level distribution networks
- If personnel costs are included, how will the project be sustained once funding ends
General technical assistance regarding the grant application process will be offered to all applicants through pre-recorded webinars, office hours, and other means.
Below is a non-exhaustive list of resources:
- Overdose Detection Mapping Application (ODMAP)
- Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Training Assistance (HIDTA)
- Commission on Combatting Synthetic Opioid Trafficking
- Colorado 2022 Fentanyl Summit - Lists key subject matter experts on topic; Note: Resource is only available to law enforcement.
- Denver Fentanyl Action Summit