Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $1,171,168)
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 Baltimore will use JAG funds to enhance crime prevention and public safety strategies. Major program goals will involve the purchase of upgraded technology to increase police officer safety and expand mobile data communications. Specific grant funded items will include ballistic shields and vest carriers, battering rams, vehicle emergency lights, night vision equipment, Tasers, and computers and software. Grant funds will also be used to support the continuation of successful community based crime prevention programs and the preservation of jobs associated with crime reduction strategies. This will involve the support of salary for crime analysts, investigators, staff assigned to violence prevention programs, attorneys and paralegals, and community service coordinators.