Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $43,415)
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 city of Newport will use FY 2009 JAG funds to purchase equipment and support overtime costs for the Newport Police Department. The grant will be used to purchase thirty Tasers with related training, and a video surveillance system that detects crimes, records an incident, and notifies authorities. The upgrading of this equipment will enhance the capabilities of both the Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigation Division in their crime fighting efforts. It will assist the police department in reducing city-wide violence.