Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $12,346)
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 Marshalltown and county of Marshall will utilize their Fiscal Year 2008 JAG award in the amount of $12,346 to support separate law enforcement initiatives. The city, through the police department, will apply its share of $6,170 toward the purchase of computers for patrol vehicles in order to wirelessly connect officers to the department's records database. It is anticipated that the system will eventually link to the state's criminal database as well as computer-aided dispatching. The county, through the Sheriff's Office, will use their share of $6,176 to support the salary of a full-time drug task force detective. The assigned detective will provide continuation of services for the only drug task force operating in central Iowa. For the purposes of grant administration, the city has been designated as the fiscal agent responsible for management and oversight of the award.