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Operation New Age

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $23,105)

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 disparate jurisdictions of the City of Anniston and the County of Calhoun will utilize their Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) award in the amount of $23,105 to purchase law enforcement equipment. The City of Anniston and the County of Calhoun have been certified as disparate and have decided to divide the federal award of $23,105. The City of Anniston will use their portion of the JAG funds ($11,553) to purchase equipment to improve the overall capabilities and operation of the Anniston Police Department.

The City will purchase seven X-26 Tasers and a case of 9mm Simunition rounds to equip uniformed officers with another less-lethal option. For the Investigative Division, the City will buy a laptop computer to place in the interview/interrogation rooms. For the crime lab, the funds will be used to purchase a Forensic Optical Comparator to improve evidence processing capabilities helping to potentially solve more crimes. Dell desktop computers will be purchased for personnel in the warrant division.

The County of Calhoun will use their FY 2008 funds for purchasing and installing three digital video recorder units in their patrol vehicles. These cameras will record all deputy and offender actions when the systems are activated thus reducing departmental liability claims. They will also insure proper deputy conduct while capturing potential court/trial evidence.


Date Created: August 12, 2008