Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $1,650,891)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local government, 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 Maine Department of Public Safety will use the FY 2010 JAG award to sustain current statewide multi-jurisdictional drug task force activities and to support other state and local criminal justice initiatives. Specifically, funds will be used to support local and county agent salaries for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA). MDEA is the lead agency in Maine's fight against drug trafficking and abuse that provides the administrative structure for coordination and control of multi-agency task force efforts. In addition, funds will be used to support local initiatives that encompass one ore more of the JAG purpose areas. The Department of Public Safety will retain a portion of grant funds for administrative expenses.