Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $27,531)
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 Great Bend and Barton County, as disparate jurisdictions, will share the JAG award. The city of Great Bend, serving as the fiscal agent for this grant, will use their share of grant funds to test and evaluate a wireless communication system based on current technology and purchase additional car camera microphone transmitters. Barton County, through the sheriff's office, will use their share of grant funds to update computer and software equipment; install interview room recording devices; replace consumed munitions that are in limited supply; install a prisoner partition in a patrol car; and purchase patrol rifles, tire deflation devices, and stop-sticks. The county will also add a prisoner restraint chair to the detention facility.