Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $23,600)
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 Finney County and Garden City will use their Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award in the amount of $23,600 to support the needs of the local law enforcement agencies in the area of equipment. The Garden City Police Department (GCPD) will use the funds to replace four in-car computers. The computers are utilized on a daily basis to access data from patrol vehicles while conducting routine patrol duties. The officers will be able to access the GCPD's central database, the state motor vehicle and driver's license databases, and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The computers have a life expectancy of five years before rotation is necessary. These purchases will assist in the prevention and control of crime, and also the improvement of the criminal justice system.