Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $17,189)
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 the city of Williamsport and Lycoming County have applied jointly for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds in the amount of $17,748 for training of a SRT/SWAT Team. The city of Williamsport, serving as the fiscal agent, and the county of Lycoming have agreed that the full award will utilized by the city. The training will be provided by the Government Training Institute. The immediate action team course provides law enforcement officers with proven tactics and techniques for first responders dealing with an active shooter and terrorist incidents. The course curriculum has been reviewed and approved by Department of Homeland Security's Office of Grants and Training.