Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $116,952)
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).
Cameron County and the city of Brownsville will use JAG funds to enhance law enforcement operations. Through the grant, the city will purchase two patrol vehicles, as well as mobile data computers, radios, and video cameras to be housed in the new patrol vehicles. The county will purchase computers for the District Attorney's Office and constables, and light bars for constable patrol vehicles. For grant administration purposes, the city will serve as the fiscal agent for this award.