Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $17,392)
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 Columbus, through the police department, will utilize its Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award to purchase mission critical equipment to create, maintain, and search a fingerprint database. The city of Columbus Police Department will purchase image enhancement software and other software to enhance fingerprint searches. The addition of the software will enhance the Columbus Forensic Laboratory searches of large populations of fingerprints.