Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $212,139)
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 Corpus Christi and count of Nueces have been designated as disparate jurisdictions and will share the JAG award. The Corpus Christi Police Department will serve as the fiscal agent for the award and will coordinate efforts with the Nueces County Sheriff's Office. The Corpus Christi Police Department will purchase law enforcement equipment to be used in the property room, crime analysis unit, dive team, and the hostage negotiator unit. The Nueces County Sheriff's Office will utilize its portion of JAG funds to continue: funding the drug prosecutor position; updating the Jail Management System to include additional storage space for inmate mug shots; and covering the costs of a warranty/maintenance agreement. The goal is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the criminal justice system through the preservation of a Drug Abuse Prosecutor and the law enforcement system via technology upgrades and equipment purchases.