Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $45,485)
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 Westminster will use their local JAG award to fund the North Metro Task Force (NMTF.) Specifically, the JAG funds will be used to maintain the NMTF's everyday operations consisting of personnel support, operation supplies, equipment, and confidential funds. The mission of the NMTF is to target street level drug violators and investigate major drug distribution groups as they are identified through street level investigations. The NMTF places a strong emphasis on the investigation of sales, use, distribution, and manufacturing of illegal controlled substances identified throughout Adams County, the city and county of Broomfield, and that portion of the city of Westminster within Jefferson County, while at the same time ensuring that officer safety and the safety of citizens within the community is the highest priority during undercover drug operations. The goal of this grant is to provide additional funding for NMTF so that they can meet their increased operations budget, target street level drug violators, and investigate major drug distribution groups as they are identified through street level investigations.