Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $31,465)
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 Ames will use the fiscal year 2009 Local JAG award to fund their Investigation Improvement Project which focuses on four programmatic areas: cyber crime technology, fingerprinting program, diversity training, and field operations. These funds will be used to purchase needed equipment to improve and expand upon the capabilities of the department's investigative officers. The department will also provide training in the areas of computer forensic, fingerprint examination, and cultural diversity. The city's goal is to increase efficiency, reduce crime, and increase the safety and security of the city of Ames. The city of Story will not receive any funds from this grant.