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City of Austin and Travis County JAG Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $321,038)

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 Austin and Travis County have been identified as disparate jurisdictions and will share this Fiscal Year 2013 JAG award with the city of Austin serving as the fiscal agent. The city of Austin will use its share of JAG funds for law enforcement equipment, focusing on unmet needs within the specialty areas of highway enforcement, education, and air support. Travis Countys share of the JAG funds will be used by the Travis County Sherriff's Office (TCSO) to purchase equipment, focusing on unmet needs within the specialty area of forensic services. The goals of both projects are to implement several equipment projects and to improve the local criminal justice system. These goals will be accomplished by focusing on the objectives of building capacity through the purchase of critical equipment and ensuring the proper use, tracking, and maintenance of grant-funded equipment.

Date Created: September 2, 2013