Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $39,496)
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 of the cities of Valparaiso and Portage will share this Fiscal Year 2010 JAG award in the amount of $39,496. The city of Valparaiso, serving as fiscal agent, will purchase one patrol car equipped with license plate recognition reader equipment and software for the Valparaiso Police Department. This equipment will quickly identify illegal vehicles, photograph license plates, and help identify criminals who may be living within the community. The city of Portage will purchase taser units and license plate recognition equipment for the Portage Police Department. The county of Porter has elected not to receive any award funds.