Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $180,786)
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 Santa Barbara County and the cities of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc will use their JAG award in the amount of $180,786 to support the Santa Barbara Regional Narcotic Enforcement Team (SBRNET) and support other law enforcement initiatives. SBRNET targets, investigates, and prosecutes individuals who organize, direct, finance, or otherwise engage in high-level drug trafficking enterprises or money laundering. Santa Barbara County will use $96,070 to fund one Deputy District Attorney, one Deputy Probation Officer Senior, one Sheriff's Detective, and one Guadalupe Police Department Detective, all of whom are assigned to SBRNET. In addition, the county will use part of the award to pay for costs associated with managing the grant. The city of Santa Barbara will use $23,243 to fund a Santa Barbara Police Department detective who is assigned to SBRNET. The city of Santa Maria will use $38,230 to purchase and maintain a CAL-ID workstation. The purchase of a workstation would allow direct access to Cal-ID and would eliminate the burden the Sheriff's Department Forensic Bureau bears in processing the city of Santa Maria's requests for that service. The city of Lompoc will use $23,243 to fund a Lompoc Police Department detective who is assigned to SBRNET.