Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $14,497)
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 grantee will use the JAG award to support salaries within the Special Victims Unit. The positions will review abuse reports, investigate allegations, coordinate victim support groups, and conduct enforcement sweeps against sex offenders. The goal will be to create a teamwork concept that will involve not only the investigators assigned to the Special Victims Unit, but will also include members of the Major Crimes Unit as supporting personnel, as the complexity or officer safety assessment dictates.