Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $260,885)
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 County of Prince Georges, Maryland, will use its 2008 JAG award ($260,885) to enable the County Police Department to deploy additional officers for patrol, crime prevention and traffic enforcement activities during the holidays and other times of increased criminal activity. The decision to use the entirety of the grant funds to deploy police officers on an overtime basis reflects a commitment by the County to ensuring the safety and protection of its citizens.