Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $297,369)
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 Spokane County, Spokane City, and Spokane Valley City will use their JAG grant award to fund various law enforcement and prosecution programs across the county. Spokane city serving as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the JAG award to support an auto and identity theft task force, sandblasting equipment for a graffiti removal project, data encryption software for law enforcement computers, wireless access information systems for law enforcement in the field, firearm training aids, a mounted projector, and a bar code scanner/printer for electronic citations. The remaining funds will be used to assist in the purchase a virtualization server that will house regional law enforcement applications and data. Spokane County will use their share of the JAG award to purchase twelve months of air card service to transmit encrypted data to patrol vehicles in the field, a virtualization server to house regional law enforcement applications and data, and additional ammunition. Additional funds will be used to purchase education supplies, and training material for a Neighborhood Watch program and to pay for the salaries, benefits, overtime, and training of a crime analyst and deputy prosecutor assigned to the regional task force. Spokane Valley City will use their share of the JAG award to purchase air card service to allow the transmission of encrypted data to patrol vehicles, a virtualization server to house regional law enforcement applications and data, ammunition, office chairs for officers, and to pay a percentage of the salary and benefits of a deputy prosecutor assigned to the regional auto and identity theft task force.