Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $247,967)
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).
Summit County and the cities of Akron and Cuyahoga Falls will use JAG funds to support multiple law enforcement initiatives. Specific grant funded activity will involve the purchase of a firewall server and computer network switches, software to reconstruct crime and crash scenes, security cameras, and a van for special weapons and tactics operations. The salary of a crime analyst and officer overtime associated with targeted policing efforts, as well as staff training will also be supported. For grant administration purposes, the city of Akron will serve as the fiscal agent for this award.