Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $231,597)
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 the FY 2011 JAG funding to support law enforcement intiatives. The city of Des Moines, serving as the fiscal agent, will use grant funds to purchase in-car law enforcement vehicle equipment, and to rent off-site evidence storage space. The County will install in-car video camera equipment in two law enforcement vehicles. These purchases will provide an enhanced law enforcement presence and increase community policing efforts.