Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $194,720)
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 Miami Gardens will use its Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award in the amount of $194,720 to support the crime fighting initiatives of the Miami Gardens Police Department. The Department will utilize these funds to coordinate a variety of operational initiatives aimed at increasing public safety and crime prevention/reduction strategies. The department has recently undertaken initiatives in the areas of violent crime reduction, traffic and pedestrian safety, and crime prevention awareness. The operational plans that are scheduled to be implemented have many components but have placed primary emphasis on the goal of providing the community with a culture of safety. The initiatives that will be supported include robbery reduction, arrest sweeps, targeting truants and juvenile curfew violations, emergency response training, and community policing efforts.