Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $697,332)
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 grantee and five sub-recipients will utilize JAG funds to support projects that fall under various JAG purpose areas. The city of Fort Worth will serve as the fiscal agent and will utilize its portion of funds for law enforcement equipment. Specifically, the city will acquire new, marked vehicles (with accompanying accessories) for the Fort Worth Police Department's Criminal Highway Interdiction Unit that is being created.
The sub-recipient initiatives are a combination of law enforcement projects to include equipment and supplies for officer safety, surveillance, communication, and recording; drug court projects (personnel and drug court conference attendance); and mental health related services.