Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $101,815)
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 county of Hawaii will utilize fiscal year 2009 JAG funding for multiple initiatives aimed at enhancing law enforcement operations and officer performance. Through the grant, the Hawaii Police Department will properly equip its evidence warehouse. Specifically, new shelving units to maximize usage of space will be purchased. With this advanced shelving system, evidence could be cataloged, stored, and retrieved quicker, thereby creating a more efficient, systematic, and orderly process that would mitigate misplacement of evidence and maximize the existing available storage space. A high-lift forklift to assist in moving evidence and an alarm system will also be purchased. Remaining funds will be used to purchase training mats for the department's recruit and cadet classes.