Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $14,774)
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 comprised of the city of Marion and Marion County will use their 2009 local JAG award to purchase tasers, taser accessories, laptop computers, digital voice recorders and ammunition. The Marion Police Department will purchase two laptop computers for police cruisers, allowing for mobile access to essential crime enforcement data. In addition, the police department will purchase new tasers to replace older models. Digital voice recorders are needed by the department for use in investigations. The Marion County Sheriff's Office will utilize funds to purchase tasers and related ammunition accessories, providing a less-than-lethal alternative for the deputies.