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Franklin County Regional Justice Assistance

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,077,281)

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).

Franklin County, serving as the fiscal agent for this award, will share the JAG funds with four disparate jurisdictions within the county. In a disparate situation, the units of local government must apply for an award with a single, joint application. Each jurisdiction's allocation will be used for activities and projects that have been reduced or eliminated due to the current economic status of the disparate jurisdictions. The award will support personnel, training, and equipment costs for law enforcement to deliver vital public safety services. The city of Columbus will use its allocation of $460,447 to support six months of salary and benefits for 25 officers. Franklin County will use its funding ($568,175) for costs related to the administration of the grant and for the sheriff's office to increase accountability within the county jail, improve the safety of corrections deputies, and provide overtime to implement a new jail management system. The sheriff's office will also provide training to deputies and special team units and purchase equipment to increase officer and public safety. The city of Gahanna will use its allocation of $10,913 to further the police department's electronic surveillance capability to deter theft by purchasing a remote camera system. The city of Reynoldsburg will use its share of funds ($13,964) to pay officer overtime for concentrated enforcement in a dense commercial district to impact high volume crime. The city of Whitehall will use funding ($23,782) for officer overtime to conduct strategic traffic enforcement.


Date Created: August 20, 2009