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Black Hawk County Census data is used for public safety and emergency preparedness, violence prevention, juvenile assistance, forensic analysis, and crime victim assistance programs. Every police and fire department in Black Hawk County needs accurate census data to effectively serve our communities. Police chiefs must account for an accurate Census count to determine numbers of officers, equipment needed, police cars, and other resources. Similarly, fire departments must understand our county’s housing data so they can determine their annual and far-range budgets.

We also depend on federal funds to help young people and people with mental health problems stay out of jail, as well as former inmates to successfully re-enter society. For example, the Department of Correctional Services in Black Hawk County requires federal funds to help people with mental illness and other behavioral health issues avoid jail time.

These federal public safety programs determine their funding allocations from Census counts:

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Crime Victim Assistance

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program

Violence Against Women Formula Grants

Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Assistance Program

Paul Coverdell Forensic Sciences Improvement Grant Program

Title V Delinquency Prevention Program

Juvenile Accountability Block Grants

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Allocation to States

Department of Homeland Security (DHS )

Assistance to Firefighters Grant

Fire Management Assistance Grant

Department of Corrections (DOC)

Economic Adjustment Assistance

Coastal Zone Management Administration Awards

Click here for a complete list of federal programs informed by Census counts.

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