Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $221,730)
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 Long Beach Police Department will utilize the FY 2013 Local JAG award to fund the following positions: (1) one full-time DNA criminalist to complete the LBPD's DNA cases. The DNA criminalist will fulfill required practices, which include courtroom testimony, reagent preparation, analyst proficiency testing, and other quality assurance measures; and (2) one deputy probation officer (DPO) to provide enhanced probation services to the City of Long Beach. The DPO provides a full range of probation services, from enforcement to providing counseling and resource referral for probationers, their families, and pre-delinquent youth. These strategies meet unfunded needs and will serve to reduce area crime and violence.