Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $41,321)
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 Fitchburg will use JAG funds to purchase law enforcement equipment for the Fitchburg Police Department. Specific purchases will include raincoats for all sworn personnel. These raincoats are standard and required safety equipment for the investigation of roadway incidents. Additionally, the funds will be used to support overtime costs for foot patrols and for the leasing of two police motorcycles. The leasing of two motorcycles will increase officer visibility, as well as detection and apprehension of street level criminals. The project goals are to assist the department in its continued effort to prevent crime, increase officer safety and visibility, and to enhance relations within the community.