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The Law Enforcement Police Cadet Program and the Cell Phone Program for McLennan County

Award Information

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Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $32,649)

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 Waco and the county of McLennan will use their 2008 JAG award in the amount of $32,649 to fund the Waco Police Department Cadet Program and the set-up for a wireless data transfer system for mobile data computers for the McLennan County Sheriff's Department. The fiscal agent, the city of Waco, will use their portion of the grant funds ($16,324.50) to pay for the salaries and benefits for Police Cadets and their training. Police Cadets are hired part-time from McLennan Community College with the goal of hiring them full-time after they graduate. The Cadet program forms a valuable bridge between the community and the police department. McLennan County will use their portion of the funds ($16,324.50) to purchase wireless data radios for patrol vehicles. The new wireless data radios are required in each of the Sheriff's Department's mobile data computers for the set-up of the system. This conversion will allow the grantee to switch from commercial cellular service providers to an infrastructure maintained by their local council of governments.


Date Created: September 7, 2008