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FY 2009 Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $34,550)

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).

Porter County and the cities of Portage and Valparaiso will apply JAG funds towards essential equipment aimed at enhancing law enforcement services provided to the community. Specifically, the city of Valparaiso, through the police department, will purchase mobile computer units for its detective bureau. The city of Portage Police Department will purchase Tasers to provide its officers a less-than-lethal option when faced with combative subjects. Though funds will be used for both city's initiatives, the county will remain a partner in this disparate group. For administrative purposes, the city of Valparaiso will serve as the fiscal agent.


Date Created: September 16, 2009