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Welcome to the Public Safety Grant Administration Office Website

Mission Statement

To facilitate interagency cooperation and collaboration throughout the Rhode Island criminal justice system by way of strategic planning, program coordination, data collection and statistical analysis; while providing fair, efficient and accountable grant administration so as to improve the state's overall response to crime and victimization and enhance public safety.

Major Responsibilities

The Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office (PSGAO), formerly the Rhode Island Justice Commission, is the agency within the Central Management of the Department of Public Safety charged with planning, coordination, data collection, statistical analysis and grant administration and distribution for the adult criminal and juvenile justice systems. Through these efforts the PSGAO develops comprehensive programming for the purpose of improving the state's overall response to crime issues.

The PSGAO's primary responsibility is to plan and apply for, receive and administer various federal grants including the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Formula Grant; the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act Formula Grant; the Victims of Crime Act Victims Assistance Formula Grant; the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act Formula Grant, the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant, and the National Criminal History Improvement Grant Program. The PSGA also houses the state’s Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center.

Statutory Authority

The Rhode Island Justice Commission was established in 1969 by Title 42, Chapter 26 of the Rhode Island General Laws. Effective July 1, 2008 the agency was merged into the RI Department of Public Safety and the name was changed to the Public Safety Grant Administration Office. Legal authorization can be found in the State's General Laws, specifically Chapter 26, Sections 42-26.1 through 42-26-13, 42-26-17.

Notice of Federal Funding & Federal Disclaimer

This Web site is funded in part through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).

Public Records Request Information

Rhode Island Public Safety Grants Administration Office Public Records Request Form (English) (refer to the "Department of Public Safety - Access to Public Records Regulation" for more information)

Department of Public Safety - Access to Public Records Regulation