Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $25,658)
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 of Jackson County and the city of Carbondale will share the JAG award and use funds for law enforcement equipment. The city of Carbondale, serving as the fiscal agent for the grant award, will use its share of funds to purchase P-25 compliant portable radios for the police department. These radios will allow officers to access all current radio frequency spectrums and will increase officer safety. Jackson County will purchase mobile computer systems and mounts for the sheriff's department. This equipment will increase officer efficiency and reduce response times to calls for service because the deputies will be able to complete reports in their vehicles.