Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $10,053)
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 Fort Dodge Police Department and the Webster County Sheriff's Office intend to use JAG funds toward the purchase of a SERT Vehicle. This vehicle will be used for drug busts, hostage situations, barricaded situations, and other especially dangerous law enforcement activities. The SERT Vehicle is desperately needed in Webster County and its communities. It will be a vital tool in efforts to rid the communities of methamphetamine and all crime associated with its abuse.