Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $938,983)
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 St. Louis will use JAG funds to secure essential law enforcement equipment. Through the grant, the city will purchase marked patrol vehicles, light bars, sirens, and console boxes for the police department. Because of severe budgetary constraints caused by the state of the current economy, the department would not have been able to replace older model cruisers if not for the assistance of this award.