Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $37,597)
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 Desoto County, the city of Olive Branch, and the city of Southaven will share this Fiscal Year 2010 JAG Local award in the amount of $37,597. In a disparate situation, the units of local government must apply for an award with a single joint application. JAG funds will be used for the city of Olive Branch/Olive Branch Police Department to establish a full time Traffic Enforcement Unit. The city of Southaven/Southaven Police Department will utilize funding by purchasing Motorola Ruggedized Mobile Workstations. The work stations will equip patrol cars and allow the officer to have real time information from CAD on calls in his/her patrol unit, and mapping to allow a faster response as well as area mapping to assist in the setting up of containment perimeters in searches of persons or hazardous incidents. These workstations will give the officer instant access to wanted persons files as well as drivers license and registration information. This ability will reduce the time it takes the officer to receive necessary information and improve the method of the report submittad.