Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $189,690)
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 Peoria and Peoria County have been designated as disparate jurisdictions to share the Bureau of Justice Assistance JAG award. The city of Peoria will serve as the fiscal agent and use funds to purchase mobile/portable radios for the 800 MHz law enforcement radio system. The new radio system is portable-based and will allow police personnel to communicate and coordinate for daily routine traffic as well as emergency large scale situations. Peoria County will use their share of the funds to purchase 46 P7100 portable scan equipped radios. The system upgrade will have interoperability to enable different services (sheriff, fire, police, EMS)to use one system and communicate with each other. A critical benefit of the new system will be the capability to use portable radios county-wide and to transmit larger amounts of data more quickly over the secure network.