Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $1,020,910)
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 Maine Department of Public Safety will use the FY 2012 JAG award to strengthen Maine's efforts to combat illicit drugs. Specific funding priorities will be to enhance the quality and effectiveness of drug enforcement and prosecution and enhance local law enforcement efforts to effectively and efficiently reduce the incidence of crime and violence in their locality. Maine law enforcement officials will be innovative and work collectively and in collaboration with communities and other criminal justice agencies to solve common crime problems. The goal of the 2012 Maine JAG Program is to overcome limited resources and maintain a multi-jurisdictional drug task force and support local law enforcement initiatives.