Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $7,316,821)
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 Los Angeles, serving as the fiscal agent for this award, will share the FY 2009 JAG funds with 58 disparate jurisdictions within Los Angeles County. In a disparate situation, the units of local government must apply for an award with a single, joint application. Each jurisdiction's allocation will be used for activities and projects that will provide meaningful and measurable outcomes consistent with the goals of the JAG program. Funding will be used towards officer salaries and overtime; training; community based programs; community policing; technology improvements; computer hardware and software; crime mapping; law enforcement equipment; surveillance equipment; firearms; school resource officers; counseling services; youth programs; truancy sweeps; gang prevention, intervention, and suppression activities; drug abatement and enforcement programs; public safety improvements, participation in the Foothill Air Support Team (FAST); traffic enforcement; officer safety; a graffiti tracking system; probation and parole enforcement; domestic and family violence programs; forensic science; and records management. In addition, the city of Los Angeles will use funds to support the Community Law Enforcement and Recovery (CLEAR) program, which seeks to facilitate the recovery of gang-infested communities through a comprehensive program that removes hard-core gang members from the streets. The goal is to reduce criminal activity of gangs by reducing gang-related and Part I crimes. The CLEAR Team includes the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Probation Department, Los Angeles City Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney, California Department of Corrections and Parole, Mayor's Office, Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles County Supervisory Offices, and community stakeholders.