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TASER - Officer Safety Program

Award Information

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Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $11,837)

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 Ottawa will utilize their Fiscal Year 2008 Justice Assistance Grant award in the amount of $11,837 for law enforcement purposes. The Sheriff's Office will purchase 14 taser units and 17 taser cartridges so that every road patrol deputy has this less-than-lethal equipment. Many deputies patrol alone in rural areas, and the taser units will allow them to protect themselves and the public. All deputies will receive training and will document all incidents involving taser use.


Date Created: August 25, 2008