Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $121,509)
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 county and city of San Bernardino will share the JAG award of $121,509. The county of San Bernardino will utilize its share of $37,370 to support various law and justice programs. The city of San Bernardino will utilize its share of $84,139 to cover the personnel cost of a forensics technician position. The forensics techician will supervise both the identification and evidence units. These units collect, process, store, and safeguard property and evidence in police custody, and protect the city from liability arising from the mishandling or loss of these items. The city of San Bernardino will also use JAG funds to add three police dispatcher positions. These positions are essential to maintain quality service for the public and department personnel and handle 9-1-1 calls and other calls for police service.