Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $11,073)
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).
Under the Fiscal Year 2008 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG), the City of Decatur Police Department will purchase equipment to aid in the investigation of drug law violations. Funds will be used to purchase: a supervision digital night vision kit to record illegal activities and to use in undercover operations; a Nikon D300 digital camera to be utilized by the Police Department's Crime Scene Investigation unit to accurately record crime scenes and evidence; two HK MP-5 A-2 9mm submachine guns which will be deployed in the Special Response unit and will help reach a more complete deployment of the preferred weapons; a Colt AR-15 rifle; and a training dummy to be used in training officers in rescue techniques. While the City of Decatur and the Morgan County Sheriff's Department are certified disparate jurisdictions, the Morgan County Sheriff's Department has elected to allow the City of Decatur to utilize all to the allocated JAG funds this year.