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Tyler/Smith County Local JAG

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $104,313)

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).

Smith County and the city of Tyler are listed as disparate jurisdictions under the FY 2010 JAG Local Program. The county will serve as the fiscal agent to administer the JAG funds. Each entity will utilize grant funds to procure law enforcement equipment.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office will acquire the following: telephone and radio communications recording device hardware to enhance the exising recording system; digital in-car video systems with mounting hardware and accessories (will assist with the transition from analog to digital systems); and a portable laser firearms training simulator to enhance the training of law enforcement personnel on how to survive deadly force situations.

The city of Tyler Police Department will utilize its portion of JAG funds to acquire various law enforcement equipment. These include: remotely deployed electronic control devices to remotely deploy a less lethal device in rescue situations involving barricaded suspects, medical first aid supply kits for all responding officers, gas masks for responding personnel to enter hazardous areas, two-way radio communication microphones, ballistic chaps (protective gear), sound suppressors for responding personnel, Tasers, cellular phone linking adapter, audio and video recording equipment, police bycicles, and evidence drying cabinet.


Date Created: August 17, 2010