Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $545,176)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
The State of Alaska, Department of Public Safety, Division of Alaska State Troopers, will use their Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to support the Statewide Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and Prosecution Program. This program is a joint effort between law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to address drug control and violent crime problems throughout the State of Alaska. The program provides jurisdictional law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies the ability to work together as a single entity by improving communication, sharing intelligence, and coordinating activities targeting offenders crossing jurisdictional boundaries. The primary goals of the program are to interdict and seize controlled substances and illegal alcohol; investigate and apprehend distributors of controlled substances and illegal alcohol; conduct narcotics' investigation training for local law enforcement agencies, and provide prosecutorial support toward the prosecution and conviction of mid- and upper-level drug traffickers. Additionally, the State of Alaska will use FY 2008 JAG funds to continue support for the State's efforts toward criminal justice records improvement. The Division of Alaska State Troopers will also utilize administrative funds to establish funding priorities; receive, account for, and distribute funds; review, award, monitor, and evaluate sub-awards; prepare and submit progress, financial, and evaluation reports; comply with audit requirements; provide guidance and technical assistance to subgrantees; and coordinate efforts involving JAG funds.