Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $143,946)
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 Weber County and the cities of Roy and Ogden will use their JAG award in the amount of $143,946 to support law enforcement agencies within the county. The city of Ogden, serving as the fiscal agent, will use $118,218 to purchase and install in-car digital video cameras in both Ogden Police Department (OPD) traffic and patrol cars to record vehicle stops, officer and suspect/citizen interaction inside the police cruiser, and any external event the officer may observe at random. The OPD will also use JAG funds to assist the Ogden Metro Gang Unit by paying expenses related to supplies, equipment, and some overtime related to the reduction, education, and identification of gang activity in the Ogden Metro area, as well assist the Major Crimes investigative unit by paying expenses related to supplies, equipment, and some overtime related to its involvement with a multi-jurisdictional Homicide Task Force and Officer-Involved Shooting Task Force. The OPD will also replace outdated equipment and fund a recruitment effort. The city of Roy will use $12,864 to support the Roy City Police Department's School Resource Officers in the event of an active shooter or similar event by purchasing three gun safes, three AR-15 Assault Rifles, 3,000 rounds of 223 caliber ammunition, and 3,000 rounds of 40 caliber ammunition to be stored on the school premise. Weber County will use $12,864 to purchase and install audio/video equipment in the Weber County Sheriff's Office detective interview rooms for monitoring and recording of suspect interviews and witness statements. The county will also purchase an investigative laptop computer for use in the Northern Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A dedicated investigative laptop is required for mobile internet access when chatting with predators.