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Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Reduction Initiatives

Award Information

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Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $525,751)

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 Pierce County and the city of Tacoma will use their JAG grant award for law enforcement, prevention, and education programs that will enhance the quality of life for citizens in the county. The city of Tacoma, serving as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the JAG award to support overtime costs for Tacoma Police Department officers participating in Special Emphasis Team that suppresses gang-related activities in the community. Funds will also pay staffing costs for one domestic violence advocate and client support services in the Domestic Violence Advocacy program. Additional funds will also support crime prevention and intervention programs that eliminate underage drinking and enforce the city's youth curfew ordinance.

Pierce County will use their share of their JAG award to re-hire a full-time Community Service Officer currently working in the Sex Offender Registration Unit in the Sheriff's Department. Funds will also pay for one Attorney position in the Department of Assigned Counsel. The award will also pay the salaries and benefits for one criminal court commissioner and one judicial assistant in the Drug Court program.


Date Created: August 24, 2009