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Equipment and Vehicle to be purchased by Hobbs Police Department and Lea County Sheriff's Department

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $55,140)

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 Hobbs and Lea County will share the Fiscal Year 2009 local JAG award. Hobbs will allocate $33,084 of the funds to purchase a wireless mobile camera system and accessories, and a transmitter and recorder for the police department. The wireless camera system will be used in conjunction with a permanent system soon to be installed throughout the city. The transmitter and recorder will be used by the police department's community action team. This team of officers is responsible for the suppression of street crimes, such as drug trafficking and sales, drug manufacturing, robbery, prostitution, and other related crimes. Monitoring and recording these events are essential in getting illegal drugs, guns, and criminals off the streets of Hobbs. Lea County will use their funding ($22,056) toward the purchase of a police cruiser. Having a reliable vehicle is essential because of the rough terrain and the vast acreage of oil fields that have to be patrolled by deputies.


Date Created: September 17, 2009