Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $198,676)
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 Virginia Beach will use JAG funds to enhance law enforcement operations. Specific grant funded activity will include the purchase of digital cameras for the court house, alcohol breath tests, and a server to store footage captured from the police department's in-car video cameras. The salary of a part-time office assistant tasked with drafting court orders, a part-time expungement clerk assigned to purging programs mandated by the Supreme Court of Virginia for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, and a consultant for a domestic violent intervention program will also be supported.