Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $669,329)
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 Hamilton County, the cities of Cincinnati and Norwood, and Springfield Township will use their JAG award in the amount of $669,329 to support personnel and purchase law enforcement equipment. The city of Cincinnati, serving as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the grant ($349,433) to retain a sexual assault advocate position that serves as a liaison between the victim, police, and court system. Funds will also be used for overtime to provide extra police visibility throughout the city and for saturation during special events, criminal task force projects, downtown holiday details, and spontaneous events. Hamilton County will use $285,900 to fund a strategic, multidisciplinary planning and service delivery project for assessment and treatment services for defendants in drug court and female offenders clinically diagnosed with the co-occurring disorders of chemical dependence and mental illness. The city of Norwood will use $16,363 for law enforcement equipment, including equipment for documenting and processing evidence and computers. Springfield Township will use $17,633 to purchase canine equipment and tasers.