Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $11,041)
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 Socorro will use the Fiscal Year 2010 JAG award to purchase equipment to improve the efficiency of the investigation process for law enforcement personnel. The borders' overwhelming drug and gang problem has increased police activity within the city of Socorro and grant funds will enable law enforcement to increase investigations and solve crimes within a reasonable timeframe. Grant funds will cover the cost of wireless service for three years and the purchase of two finger print and photo capture mobile units, both of which will reduce the time and resources involved in concluding an investigation.