Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $14,705)
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 Salem will use the FY 2010 JAG funds to assist law enforcement with neighborhood patrols. The Salem Police Department intends to provide both preventative and proactive patrols in the neighborhoods. The city of Salem is responsive to growing trends of both criminal activity and quality of life issues within the neighborhoods, specifically, larceny, drug activity, loitering and gang activity, vandalism/graffiti, and motor vehicle violations. The grant funds will support personnel costs and increase preventative and proactive patrols at times and places identified through feedback and statistical analysis of data. The goals of the patrols are to reduce the incidents of larceny, vandalism/graffiti, drug activity, loitering, gang activity and increase perception of safety among residents.