Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $59,485)
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).
This grant will be used to support three projects: the Osceola County Sheriff's Covert Surveillance Operations will include the purchase of surveillance equipment in order to reduce narcotics grow houses, as well as residence, commercial and industrial burglaries; the Osceola Victim Advocates Program will offer emergency services to victims of violent crimes; and the Osceola County Corrections Emergency Response Team will handle emergency situations arising in the jail, immediately responding and quelling inmate disturbances in order to protect the safety and security of all persons within the Osceola County Corrections Department. Purchases will include weapons and associated accessories, as well as body armor. The project goals are to increase essential law enforcement services throughout the County.