Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $18,407)
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 Graham will use its Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award to pay the costs incurred from enforcement and incarceration of those involved in criminal activity. It would be more cost effective to use overtime then to hire new employees. So, the Graham County Sheriff's Office will use JAG funds for the next three years to meet the increasing financial responsibility that comes with investigating and resolving crime within their community. Specifically the JAG funds will be used for overtime for sworn law enforcement officers, surveillance operations in reference on-going criminal investigations, and to purchase supplies such as field drug test kits and portable breath testing units.