Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $14,787)
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 grantee will use funds to purchase forensic cameras and bulletproof vests. Current forensic teams are using standard digital cameras, the new SceneVision panoramic cameras will enable a 360° view of a crime scene, thereby affording a better perspective. Level II ballistic vests will be acquired to replace aging vests already in use, providing officers a high level of safety and protection.