Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $69,414)
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).
Yakima County and the City of Yakima will use JAG funds to enhance law enforcement services provided to the community. Through the grant, the city will purchase mobile and portable radios, in-car computers, and audio/video recording systems for police cruisers. Yakima County will use its share to purchase interoperable mobile radios and law enforcement related emergency equipment and services for vehicles and personnel designated as first responders. For grant administration purposes, the city will serve as the fiscal agent for this award.