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Opa-Locka Traffic Safety and Non-Lethal Alternatives Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $45,112)

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 city of Opa Locka, through the police department, will use the JAG funds towards law enforcement equipment. Specifically, funds will be used to purchase a traffic speed trailer with variable messaging capability that will enhance the department's capacity to provide traffic safety alerts and improve overall traffic control effectiveness in providing police services to the residents, businesses, and visitors to the city. Also, the funds will be used to purchase tasers to enhance the department's less-than-lethal capabilities. The project goal is to enhance the Opa Locka Police Department's capacity to achieve its public safety mandate in a manner that will contribute greatly to the efficiency and effectiveness of the police department, as well as emphasize the safety and security of the men and women who provide law enforcement services to the community on a daily basis.


Date Created: September 9, 2010