Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $290,204)
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 North Dakota will utilize its Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 JAG award to implement objectives outlined in the Drug Control and Violent Crime Strategy (DCVCS), which provides a comprehensive, systematic approach to eradicating drug abuse and trafficking, and significantly decreasing violent crime in the state. The Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board oversees the use of JAG funds in North Dakota. The Board is made up of representatives from law enforcement, victim and witness assistance, and prosecution. As a result of the reduction in federal funding, the Board has decided to concentrate its efforts in the areas of law enforcement, prevention, and education. JAG funds will be used to support nine multi-jurisdictional narcotic task forces that have become a primary focus to combat the increase use of methamphetamine, importation and distribution of illegal drugs, and clandestine manufacturing. These task forces have proven to be a great success in the seizure of illegal drugs, along with the decrease of violent crime. Remaining funds will be used to fund programs providing a wide range of services including court assistance, support, shelter, protection order preparation, mileage, children's medical and forensic examinations, and advocacy. The emphasis of these programs is to promote awareness, prevention, and involvement in the community through educational materials and presentations.