Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $67,567)
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 Elkhart County, and the cities of Goshen and Elkhart will use their FY 2009 JAG award in the amount of $67,567 to purchase equipment and software for their law enforcement agencies. Elkhart County, serving as the fiscal agent, will use its share of the award ($10,475) to purchase six mobile radios and a PockJet Printer to print electronic tickets for its sheriff's department. The city of Goshen will use its share of the award ($12,435) to purchase seven Express Wolverine bullet proof vests for its police department. The city of Elkhart will purchase software/hardware radio system upgrades, a Dell Latitude computer with accessories, five trunk mount GPS antennas, and training equipment for its police department. The utilization of these essential tools within Elkhart County will improve and enhance law enforcement infrastructure system, processes, and procedures of the services directly received by individuals in their community.