Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $129,005)
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).
Fairfax County will use the JAG funds to upgrade three entities within the Fairfax County Police Department: Public Information Office, Search and Rescue, and the Helicopter Unit. The Public Information Office will purchase recording, viewing, and social media equipment to enhance their ability to communicate with the public. The Search and Rescue Team will purchase night vision equipment to locate missing people at night and in inclement weather. The Helicopter Unit will also purchase night vision equipment and accessories which allows pilots to see and avoid obstacles and terrain during the night hours. NCA/NCF