Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $11,220)
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 Ukiah will use the local JAG funds for its police department to purchase GPS vehicle tracking equipment and 12 personal audio/video recorders. The ability to track vehicle location is an important aspect of officer safety. Obtaining recordings of conversations in the field through recording devices can be vital in protecting officers from lawsuits and complaints and can be important documentation in criminal prosecutions.