Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $651,301)
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 disparate jurisdictions of Dallas City, Dallas County, Garland City, Grand Prairie City, Irving City, and Mesquite City will utilize their Fiscal Year 2008 JAG award in the amount of $651,301 to provide professional and efficient service to its citizens. The city of Dallas will use its portion of the JAG award to fund the Community Prosecution Program. This program takes proactive steps to increase public safety and awareness in the target communities. The county of Dallas will use its portion of the JAG award to continue to enhance the criminal justice information systems.
The city of Garland will use its portion of the JAG award to convert recording equipment for the Garland Police Department Narcotics Unit. This recording equipment will assist in felony narcotics investigations and tactical operations by providing improved audio.
Both Grand Prairie and Irving City police departments will use their portion of the JAG award to purchase taser equipment for officers. The city of Mesquite Police Department will use its portion of the JAG award to purchase computer equipment that will help collect, analyze, and share information.