Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $308,062)
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 program 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 disparate jurisdictions will utilize the JAG award to support initiatives related to the criminal justice system. The grant will fund police overtime to provide for a safer community through increased officer presence. In addition, state of the art equipment will be purchased to enhance officer and community safety. The technology upgrade will ensure the security of sensitive data and for connectivity with area local law enforcement agencies. Collectively, these strategies will work towards supporting law enforcement, prevention/intervention program opportunities for juveniles, civic engagement with human services outreach, and the engagement of citizens through participation and education programs to reduce the fear of crime.