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Galveston County Law Enforcement Technology and Saftey Improvement Program

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $80,215)

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).

Galveston County, the City of Galveston, and Texas City have been designated as disparate jurisdictions to share the FY 2011 Bureau of Justice Assistance JAG award. Galveston County will serve as the fiscal agent for the award and use their portion of funds for the Sheriff's Office. Funds will be used to enhance law enforcement's ability to prosecute criminals. In-car video camera systems will be installed for added protection to officers and citizens.

The Police Department for the City of Galveston will use their share of grant funds to purchase several Tough-Book laptops and computers to enhance service provision capabilities. The equipment is vital in continuing the efforts to reduce the effects of crime and violence through information sharing.

The Texas City Police Department will use their share of grant funds to purchase tactical equipment and investigative surveillance equipment. The Tactical Patrol will purchase specialized uniforms, tactical duty rigs, duty weapons, rifles/attachments, non-lethal weapons, tasers, fire retardant clothing/helmets, and covert surveillance equipment. The law enforcement equipment will outfit the Tactical Patrol Units to enhance officer safety and their effectiveness of crime suppression and reduction efforts.


Date Created: August 25, 2011