Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $15,285)
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).
Kings County will use their 2010 JAG award in amount of $15,285 to purchase radios and related equipment for Kings County Probation Department. In recent years, the Probation Department has noticed a trend where the offenders are more violent, more involved in gangs and have serious mental health issues, all of which increase the potential for violence within county juvenile facilities. The department's intention is to use the grant funds to improve communication and safety within the institutions by ordering additional radios, ear pieces, and speaker mics for use by facility officers.