Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $227,944)
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 Mobile County and the cities of Prichard and Mobile will use their JAG Local award, in the amount of $227,944, to support the needs of the local law enforcement agencies in the areas of equipment, supplies, and technology systems. These funds will assist in the prevention and control of crime, and also improve the criminal justice system. In an effort to enhance efficiency and effectiveness, the Mobile Police Department will upgrade their technology. They intend to add equipment and upgrade existing systems to significantly impact the performance of the Department and each officer. Mobile County Sheriff's Office will obtain patrol vehicles. The new vehicles will ensure that the Sheriff's Office does not have to reduce the number of deputies patrolling the streets due to insufficient amount of cars. The Prichard Police Department will also utilize the JAG Grant funds to procure two patrol vehicles.