Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $28,770)
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).
Graham County will use the JAG funds to support law enforcement initiatives and equipment for the Graham County Sheriff's Office. Specific purchases will include tactical equipment such as lights for handguns and rifles, holsters, ballistic head gear, eye protection, and protective shields. Funds will also be used to pay for law enforcement overtime for special events where drug, gang, or security issues exists. The project goal is to improve officer safety by purchasing equipment for each officer to better perform his or her job.