Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $17,046)
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 use the JAG award to purchase all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for law enforcement use. The ATVs will be used to assist in search and rescue operations where there are no official roads and only ATVs and/or four-wheel drive vehicles can access the area. The West Mesa is both City and County land that is undeveloped at this time and is an area that appeals to hikers, ATV riders, as well as underage drinking parties. The ATVs will also be used to enforce trespass restrictions in the Bosque that have been enacted due to severe drought conditions and fire danger. NCA/NCF