Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $18,458)
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).
Highlands County will utilize their Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award to purchase equipment for the Highlands County Sheriff's Office (HCSO). Funds will purchase four TruSpeed Laser Enforcement devices and five MPH Radar Bees. Four of these speed measurement devices will utilize laser technology and five of them will use radar technology. This project will allow for the purchase of nine speed measurement devices for patrol cars, which will increase traffic citations issued, increase public awareness of the hazards of speed-related accidents, decrease the number of fatalities and serious accidents, and decrease the number of traffic crashes in Highlands County.