Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $33,137)
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 Danbury will use FY 2009 JAG funds to support a youth police academy and assist in purchasing a new vehicle and law enforcement equipment. The Danbury Police Department will provide t-shirts, badges, and diplomas for the youth police academy consisting of Danbury High School students. The academy helps improve relations with officers while promoting the police profession to area youth. The department will also acquire a new Ford Taurus patrol cruiser for the Investigative Detective Bureau. This vehicle will help replace several vehicles that were removed from the upcoming budget due to fiscal concerns. The grant will also purchase tactical flashlights for all department rifles. Rifles will be outfitted and carried by patrol officers and S.W.A.T. officers.