Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $25,034)
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 city of Winter Garden will use the 2009 JAG funds to purchase equipment that will improve the police department's ability to prevent crime, build stronger partnerships within the community, and capture high quality digital images and videos that will aid in investigations and prosecutions. The police department will purchase a camera system with video capabilities to be used in traffic investigations, monitors for the dispatch center so that all displays will be within constant view of the communications operators, equipment and supplies to be used to improve the community liaison officers' ability to deliver crime prevention and child safety events in the community, and replace a analog portable radio with a digital portable radio in order to allow for radio encryption. These equipment items and the accompanying supplies will allow the police department to improve the quality of their services, thus insuring a safer environment for the citizens of the city.