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Law Enforcement Equipment Enhancement and Crime Prevention Project

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $94,833)

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 Longview and Gregg County are listed as disparate jurisdictions under the FY 2010 JAG Local Program. The city and county will both acquire law enforcement equipment; the city will also fund crime prevention efforts.

The city of Longview will utilize its portion of JAG funds to equip the police department's S.W.A.T. Unit with necessary enforcement and training equipment (e.g., ballistic shields, optical devices, firearms, body cameras, etc.); and will fund crime prevention efforts by sending staff to crime prevention conferences and conducting various crime prevention events. The city will retain a portion of the JAG allocation for administrative expenses.

The Gregg County Sheriff's Office will enhance public safety by acquiring Taser units for first responders. The County's entire allocation will be used for Taser purchases.


Date Created: August 17, 2010