Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $59,004)
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 Medford will use its Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award to support technological advances for the Medford Police Department. The city's goal is to enhance outdated officer communication capabilities. Funds will be used to purchase 93 ruggedized cellular phones, four hands-free Bluetooth cellular phone devices, and 16 digital capable portable hand-held radio devices, including required software, batteries, and chargers. This technology will provide a more secure, clear communication between officers and dispatching services, as well as increase officer effectiveness and public safety.