Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $18,718)
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 county of Ellis will use the JAG funds to enhance communication capabilities for the sherif's office by upgrading their Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. The sheriff department's goal is to give dispatchers in the communications center the ability to locate the closest patrol, transmit calls electronically, as well as communicate and receive information without taking dispatch personnel away from other duties.