Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $62,804)
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 disparate jurisdictions will utilize the JAG funds to support law enforcement initiatives. Grant funds will be use to provide overtime funding for sworn and support personnel to supplement the hours addressing problem solving activities. Officers would not be able to address these problems during their normal working hours due to the amount of calls for service during normal patrol duties. Funds will also be used to purchase personal, body worn, video cameras. The cameras will enhance officer safety and provide documenation for prosecution of criminal cases.