Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $15,342)
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 funds to purchase audio and video equipment and computers. These computers will provide map access to the officers, increasing their response time to calls and enabling officers to complete reports more accurately and efficiently. The computers will also provide officers with access to information sharing between local, state and federal agencies. Updated audio and video equipment will strengthen the ability for criminal investigators, to present quality audio and video recordings for evidence, when prosecuting criminal cases.