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FY 2010 Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $22,068)

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).

Otero County, through the Sheriff's Department, will utilize funding to enhance crime prevention and intervention. Specifically, funds will be use to improve crime scene investigation through the purchase of photography equipment, crime scene sketch kits, and arson investigation equipment. The purchases will contribute to improving the abilities of patrol deputies to conduct, document, and photograph crime scenes; therefore, allowing prosecutors to present a more detailed and professional case. In addition, the Sheriff's Department will support costs associated with annual training for personnel, and create the first citizen academy in the county to educate the public and improve the relationship between citizens and law enforcement.


Date Created: August 19, 2010