Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $362,521)
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).
Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita will receive grant funds under the Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 2012 JAG Local Program. As disparate jurisdictions, Sedgwick County will serve as the fiscal agent to administer the JAG funds. The Sedgwick County's law enforcement goals and strategies for this project include the purchase of one Gas Chromatograph with Infrared Spectrometer detector for the Forensic Science Center Chemistry Laboratory. The new equipment will be used to identify cathinone drugs (bath salts) and other hallucinogenic amines. The Sheriff's Office will acquire ankle stun-cuffs for inmate trustees while they perform work on the grounds outside of the locked units. The District Attorney's Office will acquire two laptop computers and related software for use by courtroom cases and various types of hearings. The Department of Corrections Adult Intensive Supervision Program will utilize grant funds for drug testing and electronic monitoring on community corrections offender clients.
The City of Wichita will use their allocated share to acquire and update the video/audio recording system for law enforcement detectives to use during investigations. Funding will also cover the costs of undercover vehicle rental for investigations. The Police Department's goal is to: maintain and improve response times using the Community Policing Philosophy; focus on crime prevention and youth initiatives; and enhance traffic safety through education and enforcement.
The JAG grant funds will provide equipment, supplies, and updated technology which will create a better environment for the law enforcement agencies and related justice system programs within the community.