Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $247,696)
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 Corpus Christi and Nueces County are listed as disparate jurisdictions under the FY 2010 JAG Local Program. The city will serve as the fiscal agent to administer JAG funds. Each jurisdiction will fund law enforcement projects.
The city of Corpus Christi will provide its police department with needed law enforcement equipment such as: body armors, crime reporting software, light sources, recording devices, rifle plates, digital cameras, etc. The Nueces County Sheriff's Office will utilize its portion of JAG funds to fund a drug prosecutor (salary and fringe) including a tracer computer and replacement (vehicle) laptops. These equipment items address the key priority of Smart Policing - providing the tools necessary for efficient patrol response, as well as, enhanced forensic investigations.