Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $24,316)
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 cities of Fayetteville and Springdale and the county of Washington will use their Fiscal Year 2008 JAG award in the amount of $24,316 to purchase law enforcement related equipment to enhance operations and the safety of their police officers. The fiscal agent, the Fayetteville Police Department, will use their portion of JAG funds ($8,106) to purchase six tasers with video capability. Tasers are a critical component of an officer's arsenal to effectively subdue aggravated suspects without subjecting officers and/or suspects to physical injury. The Washington County Sherriff's Department will use their portion ($8,105) to purchase firearms simulator training software. The purchase of the firearms simulator training software will enhance the overall expertise of law enforcement officers' reaction and marksmanship. The Springdale Police Department will use their portion ($8,105) to purchase eight AR15 rifles and accessories. These weapons will be placed in patrol vehicles for emergency situations.