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City of Reading 2008 JAG

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $43,212)

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).

Fiscal Year 2008 JAG grant funds will be utilized by the Reading Police Department and the county of Berks for law enforcement operations within the city of Reading. The Reading Police Department will utilize JAG funds in separate projects; a computerized crime analysis program that recognizes crime trends and patterns and automatically alerts police, and overtime for problem oriented policing projects.

The Reading Police Department and county of Berks have agreed to dedicate a portion of the total JAG award to assist in paying for the overtime of Berks County personnel assisting with law enforcement operations within the city of Reading. These funds will be used for activities like Operation Nightlight, where police, county detectives, and probation officers conduct compliance checks of persons on adult and juvenile probation.


Date Created: September 2, 2008