Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $41,110)
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 the Elkhart County and the cities of Elkhart and Goshen will share this JAG award in the amount of $41,110. The county of Elkhart, serving as the fiscal agent, will utilize $13,704 to upgrade essential law enforcement communications equipment for the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department. The purchase of mobile radios and mobile computers will enhance real-time incident reporting and increase officer safety. The city of Elkhart will use $13,703 to purchase video equipment for the Elkhart Police Department. The city of Goshen use $13,703 to procure an electronic evidence tracking system for the Goshen Police Department. The barcode tracking system will allow law enforcement personnel to effectively process, track and retrieve evidence during investigations and court proceedings. The utilization of this essential law enforcement equipment will improve the delivery of service to the public, prevent crime and improve officer safety.