Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $17,610)
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 Medford will use their Fiscal Year 2008 JAG award in the amount of $17,610 to purchase a digital video server and tasers. The digital video server will allow the Medford Police Department to store video evidence, which is increasingly used due to the popularity of digital cameras. The police department will use the remaining funds to purchase tasers, which reduce liability and increase officer safety in violent situations.