Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $143,982)
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 consisting of Albany County and the city of Albany will use their FY 2010 JAG award in the amount of $143,982 to fund overtime and equipment. Albany County and the city of Albany (serving as the fiscal agent), in a joint effort, will use $141,141 in funds to cover overtime and benefits for officers and supervisors of the Albany Police Department to deter juvenile delinquency, auto theft, insurance fraud, and violent crimes in the community. The department will use the remaining funds to purchase a body wire recording device that is designed to mimic a commonly possessed personal electronic item, enabling undercover operatives to record evidentiary conversations without compromise.