Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $41,562)
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 city of Victoria and Victoria County will use FY 2010 JAG funds to support separate law enforcement initiatives. The city, through the police department, will purchase mobile data computers for its patrol division. The new equipment will replace out-dated computers that required costly repairs in order to remain functional. The computers are vital to the patrol operation, as they allow the dispatching of calls to officers and access to valuable law enforcement databases while in the field. The county will use its share to provide enhanced training for the Sheriff's Office SWAT team. The training aims to increase tactical skills, communications, and adaptability to unconventional scenarios in crisis situations. Funds will also be used to purchase ammunition. The city of Victoria will serve as the fiscal agent for this award for the purpose of grant administration.