Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $66,513)
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 will use the grant to support law enforcement and technology initiatives. Funds will be used to purchase digital in-car cameras and software, cell phone forensic equipment, forensic video capture equipment, binoculars for surveillance, mobile data and desktop computers, and GPS equipment. The project goals are to increase officer safety, information sharing and data linkage, and the surveillance and tracking of suspects.