Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $426,851)
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 City of Buffalo, County of Erie and the Town of Cheektowaga will use the FY 2011 JAG funds to focus on crime reduction by dedicating officers to tactical/selective patrols, increasing police officer and community safety, and sustaining initiatives that foster partnerships between the police and the community.
The City of Buffalo will utilize its funds to provide for the connectivety cost associated with the broadband connection to the individual police units in the field.
The County of Erie will utilize its funding to continue the use of their computer-aided dispatc and records management system.
The Town of Cheektowaga will utilize its funding to purchase (2) new rifles for use by the Department's SWAT members.