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Courthouse Security Enhancements Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $24,369)

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 City of Alexandria will use their Fiscal Year 2008 JAG award in the amount of $24,369 to purchase closed-circuit cameras, a monitoring system, metal detectors, and hand-held metal detectors for the courthouse. The Sheriff's Office has determined the need to upgrade the security system at the courthouse. The funds will assist the department with enhancements that will improve the safety of the public and officers. The cameras and monitoring system will allow deputy sheriffs in adjacent courtrooms the ability to directly monitor in-custody defendants awaiting court appearances in order to increase safety and security. The metal detectors will be used to effectively screen all entrants into the courthouse to ensure that no weapons or other contraband items are introduced into the facility.


Date Created: August 20, 2008