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Law Enforcement Joint Use Helicopter Program

Award Information

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Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $30,690)

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 Porterville will use $30,690 in 2009 local Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds, in addition to locally budgeted funds, for participation (along with seven cities in Tulare county) in a Joint Powers Agreement for Airborne Law Enforcement Services. Through this agreement, a professional helicopter will fly over these cities on scheduled and specially requested flights to respond quickly to calls for help when there are burglaries, robberies, thefts, and assaults in progress, or when they have just occurred, and rapid response is essential. It is intended that this initiative will help save lives, enhance officer efficiency, promote community safety and the perception of safety among community members.


Date Created: August 20, 2009