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Problem Oriented Policing Enhancement Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $27,036)

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 Battle Creek and Calhoun County agreed that the city will serve as fiscal agent and disburse $7,000 to the county. Calhoun County plans to use JAG funds to support the salary of a juvenile justice prosecutor position. This position will be in the Calhoun County Prosecutor's Office and will focus on juvenile prosecution, programming, and diversion. The city will use its funding for technological improvements in the Battle Creek Police Department. Priority funding areas include a ruggedized computer for the gang suppression unit and emergency response team, tactical equipment for the gang suppression unit, crime prevention materials and training, and wireless service. The ruggedized computer will provide officers with access to the Law Enforcement Information Network to run checks on individuals, vehicles, guns, and property. In addition, the department will be able to store sensitive information that will be readily available during investigative and emergency situations. Tactical equipment for gang suppression will include raid and surveillance equipment. The department's community services division will purchase child fingerprint kits, crime prevention materials, and other community services supplies. Crime prevention training will strengthen problem oriented policing within the department. A wireless network will allow officers to access the department's records management system and complete reports in the field. Funds will be also used for out-of-state travel for the Calhoun County Cold Case Team that is necessary for complete and thorough investigations.


Date Created: August 24, 2008