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Texarkana City and Bowie County JAG Project

Award Information

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Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $57,958)

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 city of Texarkana and county of Bowie County have been designated as disparate jurisdictions and will share the JAG award. The city of Texarcana will serve as the fiscal agent for the award. Both jurisdictions will fund law enforcement projects. The city will acquire protective gear and related accessories for the City of Texarcana Police Department. These items will be used by officers when called upon to respond to large gathering of persons, disruptive crowd situations, and other similar emergencies. The Bowie County Sheriff's Office will be upgrading and replacing an obsolete VHF Hi-Band repeater and several mobile radio equipment to improve communications with other emergency responders in the small communities of the county. The upgraded radio equipment will also comply with changes required by the Federal Communication Commission with regard to what frequency these types of radio operate within. Procurement of these safety devices and radio equipment will improve officer effectiveness and efficiency in and for these types of instances, as well as, improve individual officer safety.


Date Created: August 21, 2011