Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $71,368)
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 New Castle, Delaware, will use its 2008 JAG award ($71,368) to enable its Police Department to upgrade the training of their officers and to deploy additional officers for duty during times of increased criminal activity. The decision to use all the available grant funds for training and deployment of police officers reflects a commitment by the County to ensure the safety and protection of its citizens by having well trained law enforcement officers on increased patrol tours.