Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $85,421)
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 Beckley and county of Raleigh are proposing to utilize their Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award in the amount of $85,421 to purchase equipment that will enable both departments to increase the level of service they provide to the community. The city of Beckley and the county of Raleigh are requesting to utilize the grant money to obtain tasers, firearms, a digital photo lab, investigative electronic equipment, and a digital audio-video recording system. The new equipment will enhance the departments' law enforcement capabilities and enable them to serve and protect the community more effectively. The goal of the project is to increase the productivity of local law enforcement and the increase the safety of the community by providing the officers with the equipment and training needed to effectively serve and protect the residents and visitors of Beckley City and Raleigh County.