Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $37,699)
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).
Pinal County will use the 2009 local JAG funds to support technological advances for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. The county's goal is to improve public safety through enhancing radio communications for inter- and intra-agency use. Funds will be used to purchase and deploy additional advanced portable radios operating on narrowband digital frequencies to provide improved quality and security for field duties. Pinal County Sheriff's Office will work with local vendors to purchase equipment and coordinate with county financial services personnel for all necessary financial tracking and reporting.