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Mobile Field Force Training Project

Award Information

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Awardee County
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $61,608)

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 Wilmington will use its Fiscal Year 2008 JAG award in the amount of $61,608 to purchase equipment and advance training for the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), the explosive Ordinance Disposal Team (Bomb Squad), and Marine Units. The Wilmington Police Department will utilize JAG funding to train the officers assigned to the specialized units in the elements of command, control, and response during catastrophic incidents and mass civil disturbances that may arise during a chemical/biological incident. With the additional training, these units will be able to respond to a chemical or biological threat faster and more prepared. Due to the city of Wilmington's close proximity to many major cities, a nuclear power plant, chemical plants, and financial institutions, the department needs to have its S.W.A.T., Ordinance Disposal Team, and Marine Units trained and prepared to handle any situation, including responding to a contaminated area.


Date Created: August 21, 2008