Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $115,951)
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 Cass County and the cities of Fargo and West Fargo will share this JAG award in the amount of $115,951 to provide the tools to effectively combat and respond to criminal activities, training to sharpen law enforcement skills, and to improve the jurisdictions' ability to communicate with each other and keep law enforcement officers engaged in prolonged activities beyond their normal shift assignments. Cass County will serve as the fiscal agent. The city of West Fargo will use $12,609 to purchase an in-car video system. The city of Fargo will use their share of the funds ($103,342) to acqire firearms and helmet radio headsets for the joint SWAT Team, enhancements to the Firearms Training Simulator at the Regional Training Center, automatic license plate readers, and overtime for Narcotic/Gang activities to continue their aggressive interdiction program.