Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $35,570)
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 use the grant to upgrade communication capabilities, as well as enhance capabilities to communicate with surrounding allied agencies in times of disaster. Funds will be used to purchase communication equipment that will allow investigators more radio access for greater distances to their members in the field, as well as enhance communications ability with allied agencies on routine assignments. A high frequency radio that can be used when the County deploys its disaster service unit will be of great benefit during times of extended incidents and disaster.