Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $158,039)
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 Tulare County and the city of Visalia will use share the JAG award in the amount of $158,039 to support their law enforcement agencies. Tulare County, serving as the fiscal agent, will use $58,065 to to partially fund a Tulare County Sheriff's Department School Resource Officer assigned to several school districts in southern Tulare County. The JAG funding will cover slightly more than half the officer's salary, fringe benefits, communications, mileage and related expenses for approximately 15 months. The city of Visalia will use $99,974 to retain seven support positions in the Visalia Police Department. These seven part-time positions will support the Communications and Records departments.