Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $21,505)
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).
Fayette County will use its Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award to purchase two Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers in order to improve patrol capabilities. The new police cruisers will be used to deter and apprehend criminals. It is anticipated that the purchase of these vehicles will allow the county's officers to patrol an additional 60,000 miles during the current fiscal year. Additionally, several of the vehicles currently in the county's fleet have far exceeded safe mechanical limits for daily operation in police activities. The purchase of additional vehicles has been identified as a major area of concern to the county's officers for safety reasons. The project will increase the police presence in the county and would not be possible without JAG funding.