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FY2008 Urban Essex Justice Assistance Grant

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $264,702)

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 city of Newark is joining the Newark Police Department, East Orange Police Department, Irvington Police Department, and Orange Police Department to utilize JAG funding. Newark Police Department will serve as the lead agency and will provide administrative duties and reporting requirements related to this award.

The Newark Police Department will utilize the funding to purchase five marked police cruisers to augment the current fleet that is aging. The primary responsibility of the police department is to efficiently and safely respond to calls for service from the community. Other priorities of law enforcement include proactive patrol duties, motor vehicle enforcement, and general visibility to promote the image and feeling of safety.

The East Orange Police Department will purchase a police cruiser, one prisoner transport insert, and a laptop computer.

The Irvington Police Department will utilize funds to purchase computer equipment to enable police officers to better serve and protect the citizens of Irvington.

The Orange Police Department will utilize funds to increase the department's current foot patrols and mobile patrols by way of overtime in an effort to suppress criminal activity. These patrols will be deployed during times of increased activity and will help supplement the current patrol posture of the department.


Date Created: September 1, 2008