Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $90,054)
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 City of Laredo will utilize the FY 2013 Local JAG award to fund a network specialist position to keep radio and data communications online at all times. The Webb County Jail is in the process of enhancing/improving its facility safety and required equipment. The jail plans to purchase portable radios, radio base stations, self contained breathing apparatuses, external defibrillators, handcuffs/shackles, fire extinguishers, chairs, typewriters, computers, and inmate booklets.