Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $28,566)
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).
The disparate jurisdictions consisting of Muscatine County and the city of Muscatine will utilize their Fiscal Year 2009 JAG funds for law enforcement equipment and training. The city of Muscatine, acting as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the grant for crime scene and motor vehicle training to assist specialized personnel process scenes to further the ability of prosecutors in court; replace aging digital squad car video equipment to be introduced into evidence and the courts for the prosecution of offenders; and install computers in squad cars for increased efficiency in reporting data. Muscatine County will use their share to outfit their patrol fleet with squad car computers for report writing, mobile data computing, and as an alternate form of interoperable communications.