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Patrol Enhancement Communications Project

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $25,239)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local governments, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and 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, including 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 and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).

Columbia County will use the JAG funds to purchase equipment for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Specifically, 32 portable radios will be purchased and used to update the communications system that links officers to each other and the communications center. A web camera will be installed within the office to allow officers to enter inmate photos and booking information into a digital records system. One laser printer will be acquired to assist the finance department with budget preparation as well as other daily needs. Due to recent upgrades to the communications center and the current use of slow and outdated equipment, these purchases have become necessary.


Date Created: August 25, 2009