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FY 2010 Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $3,560,872)

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).

Harris County and the city of Houston will use JAG funds to support multiple law enforcement initiatives. Specific grant funded activity will include the purchase of computer workstations, a server, and software; a penning system to enforce state laws regarding livestock; security cameras, video monitors and recorders; an air filtration system to improve the air quality of narcotics storage areas; and speed detection and crash investigation equipment for traffic enforcement. Funds will also be directed towards officer overtime associated with targeted policing efforts; the salary of computer programmers and technicians; and contractors tasked with upgrading computer aided dispatching and reporting systems. Remaining funds will be used for staff training. The award will be divided evenly between the two jurisdictions to complete proposed initiatives. For grant administration purposes, the city will serve as the fiscal agent for this award.


Date Created: August 22, 2010