Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $22,636)
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 Fredericksburg will purchase equipment for the Fredericksburg Police Department and the Fredericksburg Sheriff's Office to improve law enforcement's ability to respond to and investigate crime in the city and to keep citizens, visitors, and staff safe. The Fredericksburg Police Department will acquire a LIDAR set to enhance the ability of the Traffic Unit to enforce vehicle speed regulations on heavily congested roadways. They will purchase hand-held radios with extra batteries, shoulder microphones, and flashlights for auxiliary police officers currently in the Police Academy. They will also replace recording equipment currently installed in the interview room for use by the Detective Division. The Fredericksburg Sheriff's Office will acquire a metal detector to enhance public safety at a courtroom entrance. The JAG funds will help to retain the city's law enforcement officers and allow them to more competently conduct their work.