Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $55,444)
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 disparate jurisdictions consisting of Benton County and the cities of Kennewick and Richland will use their Fiscal Year 2010 JAG award in the amount of $55,444 to support the needs of local law enforcement agencies through equipment and technology improvements. The Kennewick Police Department ($33,266) will purchase handguns, vehicle stop sticks, narcotics investigation equipment, and a records management system. The Benton County Sheriff's Office ($8,317) will purchase replacement equipment for the SWAT team. The Richland Police Department ($13,861) will purchase replacement rifles for the SWAT team and multi-functional armor blankets for police vehicles.