Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $42,746)
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 disparate jurisdictions consisting of Benton County and the cities of Kennewick and Richland will use their Fiscal Year 2011 JAG award to support the needs of local law enforcement agencies through equipment and technology improvements. The Kennewick Police Department will use funds to upgrade their access system for the continued safety of employees and visitors. The Benton County Sheriff's Office will purchase digital recorders and cameras for patrol deputies. The Richland Police Department will purchase additional tasers and replacement taser batteries for field operations personnel. NCA/NCF