Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $141,643)
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 Portsmouth, through the police department, will utilize the FY 2010 JAG funds for equipment and technology initiatives to improve the department's ability to respond to public safety incidents. Grant funds will be used for the Portsmouth Police Department to update their computer hardware and network configurations. The department will also purchase radios, in-car cameras, a covert camera system, and a presentation system.