Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $183,272)
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 Amarillo and Potter County are listed as disparate jurisdictions under the FY 2010 JAG Local Program. The city will serve as the fiscal agent to administer the grant project and will retain less than 10-percent of the award for administrative costs. JAG funds will be used for law enforcement equipment purchases by both entities.
The city of Amarillo Police Department will retain a portion of funds to administer the project by paying overtime costs for project staff assigned to grant administration. The remaining allocation will be applied towards overtime patrol efforts and for the purchase of law enforcement equipment to be issued by the S.W.A.T. Team, Narcotics Unit, Uniform Division, and Detective Division.
The Potter County Sheriff's Office will procure equipment and software for mobile video systems housed in deputy vehicles, firearms, body armor, cameras and binoculars, and alcohol breath testers.