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Criminal Investigation Enhancement Project

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $54,826)

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).

Merced County intends to use the JAG funds to enhance criminal investigations within the sheriff's department by providing essential equipment and training. The grant funds will be used to purchase a trailer for the Crime Scene Investigation Unit that will be used to respond to the scenes of felony crimes; digital cameras that will be used to photograph crime scenes; and computer equipment capable of creating training videos for crime scene investigation.


Date Created: September 21, 2009