Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $49,679)
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 City of Madera, serving as the fiscal agent, through the police department, will fund its Information Technology Program.
The City of Madera Police Department has designated its allocation in JAG funding towards the replacement of information technology equipment that is nearing the end of its useful life. The police department anticipates this award will provide for the installation of new servers and the necessary software to ensure their officers receive support from modern and reliable technology. While the existing equipment might suffice for a few more years, the City of Madera believes that the current system could fail without warning, which would pose a threat to public safety. Unfortunately, the city lacks the funds to replace these servers without support from external resources.
The County of Madera, through their sheriff's department, will fund their Narrowband Radio Replacement Project. The Madera County Sheriff's Department intends to dedicate its JAG funding towards the purchase of portable radios. These devices will comply with the most current federal narrowband regulations and allow their department to meet the December 2012 deadline for implementation. However, the department would not have the resources to purchase this equipment and satisfy the federal mandate without assistance from the JAG program.