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FY 2009 Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $43,288)

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 Pittsfield will use JAG funds to implement a crisis intervention team (CIT) program and train all operations personnel in the use and deployment of Taser electronic control devices. The purpose of the CIT program will be to enhance the police department's ability to recognize and effectively police citizens experiencing problems due to mental health and substance abuse issues. Through this program, selected officers and communications personnel will receive advanced training in responding to calls involving mental health and substance abuse crises. These efforts will enhance the quality of life within the community of Pittsfield.


Date Created: September 13, 2009