Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $10,052)
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 disparate jurisdictions consisting of Brenham city and Washington County agreed to allocate all of the funds to Brenham. Brenham will use the FY 2009 JAG funds to enhance existing law enforcement efforts by purchasing a public video phone and desktop. The goal is to enhance public safety and provide 24-hour access to police and emergency communications.