Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $131,727)
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 East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Baton Rouge-East Baton Rouge City-Parish have been certified disparate and will split the aggregate of FY 2008 JAG funds. The Baton Rouge Police Department will use grant funds to purchase a Laser 3D Scene Digitizer Camera System. The digitizer will allow crime scene investigators to capture 3D photos and measurements automatically, and complete crime scene reconstruction and analysis. Remaining JAG funds will be used to purchase mini tower PC computers for the Mobile Command Center (MCC). The Parish Sheriff's Office will use grant funds to purchase computer equipment to enhance the abilities of the Financial Crimes Investigators when examining computer crimes; a wireless and satellite video teleconferencing system that will allow the Sheriff's Office to communicate with other agencies in the MCC; and other equipment aimed at improving the overall investigative efforts.