Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $377,071)
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 Bridgeport will use its Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award in the amount of $377,071 to support the Bridgeport Police Department. The police department will use the funds to obtain public safety equipment and gear such as bullet-proof vests, taser cartridge replacements, gas masks and traffic enforcement equipment, which includes handheld radar equipment, handheld mobile data terminals, a speed control trailer, and mobile electronic signage for traffic announcements. The funds will also cover part of the cost for a Lenco BearCat vehicle.