Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $184,593)
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 Chattanooga and county of Hamilton have been designated as disparate jurisdictions and will share the JAG award. The Chattanooga Police Department will serve as the fiscal agent for the award and will coordinate efforts with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. The JAG funds will be used to purchase law enforcement equipment. The equipment purchases will serve to reduce area crime and violence. The JAG funds will improve the criminal justice system in the Hamilton County.