Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $159,253)
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 Portsmouth will use its Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award to support the Portsmouth Police Department. The Portsmouth Police Department will obtain a Workforce Management System. This system will allow the department to automate time and attendance functions and will enable their Public Safety Department to reduce payroll entry errors, increase clerical and payroll staff productivity, and improve the management of their resources. In addition, funds will be used to support the various Adult Drug Court programs within the Circuit Court. These efforts are considered essential to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the police department and the Circuit Court.