Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $197,669)
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 the county of Potter and the city of Amarillo will use their joint Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award in the amount of $197,669 to purchase an electronic ticket writing system; traditional law enforcement equipment to enhance investigations; upgrade patrol officers video recording capability and overall security and safety; provide maximum protective posture for Special Operations through body armor, practical communications equipment, diversion devices and medical support; purchase classroom tables and chairs that will complete training area educational capability; procure modular high capacity storage that will provide function secure storage of weapons and quartermaster equipment; and obtain uniforms and uniform accessories. The city of Amarillo, serving as the fiscal agent, will divide funds equally with the county for these purchases.