Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $961,198)
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 city of Forth Worth, serving as the fiscal agent for this award, will share the Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award with 10 disparate jurisdictions within Tarrant County. In a disparate situation, the units of local government must apply for an award with a single, joint application. Each jurisdiction's allocation will be used for activities and projects that will provide meaningful and measurable outcomes consistent with the goals of the JAG program. This includes nineteen new marked patrol units for front-line patrol and Neighborhood Patrol Officers (NPO) in the city of Fort Worth; continuing employment of a case manager which will allow Tarrant County to divert an additional 40 to 50 defendants per year from the criminal courts caseloads and expand a service to the community that as been proven to reduce drug related crimes in Tarrant County; 315 electronic control devices to equip all sworn officers for the city of Arlington's Police Department; purchase of one fuel efficient 4-door sedan with related emergency equipment for use by detectives for the city of Euless; purchase of a high definition identification card definition/laminator, printer, and encoding machine; purchase two laser-based speed and distance measurement instruments units for the city of Forrest Hill; tables and chairs for the Grapevine Police Department's Community Outreach Center's meeting room; interview room recording system; evidence drying cabinet; rifle ammunition for all sworn personnel for annual qualification and practice for the city of Haltom; equipment and training for the city of Hurst; new position of Crime Analyst for the city of Mansfield; and electronic control devices for the city of North Richland Hills.