Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $162,583)
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 Corpus Christi will utilize the FY 2013 Local JAG funds to purchase various law enforcement equipment. Specifically, the police department plans to purchase items such as: reflector vests, cameras, computers, crash reconstruction devices and accessories, tactical headsets, forensic hard drives, and software. Nueces County will fund a prosecutor position and pay for travel and training costs. The goal of both jurisdictions is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the criminal justice system through the preservation of a drug abuse prosecutor, law enforcement equipment, and officer training.