Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $1,548,064)
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 Colorado Department of Public Safety will use its Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 JAG award to fund programs/projects in the following priority areas: Law enforcement (including multi-jurisdictional task forces); prevention and education; drug treatment; corrections and community corrections (including reentry); planning, evaluation, and technology improvement; prosecution and court programs; and crime victim and witness protection (other than compensation). A portion of the state's 2008 JAG award will be set aside for a mini-grant application process. Local Colorado jurisdictions that do not receive a direct JAG award from BJA will be eligible to apply for up to $7,500 to meet basic law enforcement needs. This grant application process is intended to continue support of Colorado's rural law enforcement agencies. These agencies have used local law enforcement block grant funds in past years to meet very basic needs in their departments that not only address public safety but also officer safety.