Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $60,543)
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 Lake Charles, through the police department, will utilize its Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award to enhance the police department's response to crime through the purchase of crime mapping software, computer hardware equipment, and in-car video cameras. The city of Lake Charles Police Department will create and implement crime strategies in areas of reduction, investigation, and prevention with the crime mapping software. The in-car video cameras will enhance the department's information sharing, awareness of local crime and quality of life issues, provide administrators and command staff with real time information of officers' actions, and document evidence of crimes.