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Fiscal Year 2008 Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $32,560)

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 the city of Pine Bluff and the county of Jefferson will use their Fiscal Year 2008 JAG award in the amount of $32,560 to purchase law enforcement related equipment. The fiscal agent, the Pine Bluff Police Department, will use their portion of the JAG award ($17,998) to purchase ten patrol assault rifles, 22 flashlights, make technological improvements and administration costs. The Jefferson County Sherriff's Department will use their portion ($14,562) to purchase three vehicle mounted radar units, four bulletproof vests, ammunition, targets, forensic equipment, and SWAT Team equipment. The JAG funding will be used both jurisdictions to ensure the safety of law enforcement officers in carrying out day-to-day law enforcement functions as well as high risk functions such as execution of search warrants and fugitive apprehension.


Date Created: August 21, 2008