Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $38,453)
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 Danville will use its Fiscal Year 2010 JAG grant to support the Danville Police Department. Specifically, the Danville Police Department will purchase equipment necessary to improve the quality of analysis of forensic evidence and increase efficiency in current methodologies. The objectives will be met by drastically reducing the time spent by the analysts of the Virginia State lab searching fingerprint records and conducting manual comparisons, and reducing the backlog of cases involving unidentified latent fingerprints and palm prints.