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Handheld Radios Project

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
St. John the Baptist
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $22,804)

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).

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office will utilize the JAG funds to enhance their communication system. The sheriff's office will upgrade their handheld radios to 700/800 MHz capable, which is the law enforcement frequency set by the Federal Communications Commission. The new radios will allow officers to communicate more effectively with other officers in the sheriff's office as well as officers in surrounding departments.


Date Created: September 20, 2009