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Technology/Equipment Upgrade Initiative

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $33,970)

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 Macon and the County of Bibb will use their Fiscal Year 2008 JAG award in the amount of $33,970 for the Technology/Equipment Upgrade Initiative. The City of Macon and Bibb County intend for their joint application to be divided equally between the two jurisdictions.

The Macon Police Department allocation of $16,985 will be used to better equip the Department with needed technology. The Macon Police Department will update several forms of technology in order to improve the department efficiency and safety provided to their officers. Funds will be used to purchase a CNT throw-phone, 80 ear piece headphones, five Comkit radio helmets, four mounted radars, and a radar gun.

The remaining funds of $16,985 are to be used by the Bibb County Courthouse Special Drug Court Programs. To proactively reduce drug use and related criminal activities, the Bibb County Courthouse is committed to the process of providing a treatment program alternative to incarceration. Individuals are placed into a drug treatment program after an arrest for possession, attempting to purchase narcotics illegally, or drug abuse. The County of Bibb will use JAG funds for the drug treatment program through the hiring of certified individuals.


Date Created: August 26, 2008