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Equipment for Fort Bend County Criminal Justice Departments

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $87,258)

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).

Fort Bend County will use grant funds from the FY 2011 Bureau of Justice Assistance JAG Local Program to purchase equipment for law enforcement. The project goals are to provide criminal justice professionals with up-to-date technology for criminal investigation and prosecution; enhance officer safety; and provide additional personnel for efficient criminal justice system improvements.

The Sheriff's Office will receive a new software system to provide victims with the ability to make online reports for minor crimes. The system will enable law enforcement to use their time more efficiently and to be available for more serious offenses. The District Attorney's (DA) Office will receive computers and software to enhance the investigative capabilities of the DA's office. The software will improve evidence preparation for court trials for all departments within the criminal justice system. The Constables' Office will receive tactical, video/audio recording equipment, and other general equipment to allow for increased efficiency in policing/officer safety and improve evidence for court proceedings. The Behavioral Health Services department will use their portion of the grant to provide salary for the Director. This department coordinates with the jail, sheriff's office, DA's office, probation departments and all other criminal justice related departments to facilitate coordination of services while reducing recidivism.


Date Created: August 23, 2011