Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $26,500)
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 jurisdiction of the City of Sioux and the County of Woodbury will utilize their Fiscal Year 2008 JAG award in the amount of $26,500 to continue the operations of the Tri-State Drug Task Force. The two jurisdictions will share the joint allocation amount equally. Woodbury County will be responsible for administering the funds as the fiscal agent. Woodbury County and Sioux City will both utilize their portions of the award to continue the operations of the Tri-State Drug Task Force by funding the salaries and benefits of officers in the task force. The task force represents a cooperative effort between federal, state, and local agencies serving Dakota County, Nebraska, Union County, South Dakota, and Woodbury County, Iowa. The operations of the task force have been successful in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of multiple drug trafficking operations. The area serves as a main corridor for the transportation, distribution, and manufacture of illicit drugs. Major north-south and east-west interstate transportation routes are easily accessible and afford illegal operations multiple distribution routes to metropolitan and rural areas.