Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $29,050)
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).
Wichita Falls City and County are in a disparate relationship and will share the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 JAG award. The Wichita Falls Police Department will use the city's portion of JAG funds to purchase a digital mobile video system wireless infrastructure. The current system is outdated and the video/sound quality can be poor.
The Wichita County Sheriff's Office will allocate the county's portion of the FY 2008 JAG funds towards information technology infrastructure and hardware to enhance wireless and paperless communication and information storage in law enforcement and jail operations. The scope of this project will include additions and upgrades to the existing IT Network to make it compatible to receive mobile data transmissions from patrol units. Remaining funds will be used to purchase mobile data terminals and associated hardware, and scanning equipment to transfer hard copy jail and arrest paperwork to paperless storage.