Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $15,580)
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 San Marcos will receive grant funds under the Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 2011 JAG Local Program. Grant funds will be used to support the Electronic Ticket Writer Expansion Project which will eliminate the need for manual writing/transcription, increase the speed of obtaining searchable data, and allow Municipal Court staff to focus on clearing cases. E-citation devices have the capability to scan driver's licenses, VIN numbers, record citations, and upload picture/sound recordings into a searchable database on a daily basis. The data collected will be used to track, reduce, and solve crimes. The Electronic Ticket Writers will significantly reduce the time spent on writing and processing tickets, as well as reduce the number of tickets that are dismissed due to errors and illegibility.