Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $12,994)
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).
Glia River Police Department (GRPD) will use their funds to provide training supplies for GRPD officers to be properly prepared for mandatory bi-annual Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and yearly Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) assessments in order to remain active law enforcement officers for the Gila River Indian Community. The police department's standard training budget cannot accommodate this need, only permitting the purchase of ammunition for the bi-annual qualification exams. This inability to provide practice ammunition to officers forces sworn personnel to practice their proficiency training not only while off duty, without the supervision of a department firearms instructor, but also to practice with personally purchased ammunition with their department issued weapon. The addition of these grant funds will provide a safer and more controlled training environment for all sworn personnel as well as enhance every officers ability to better protect the citizens of the Gila River Indian Community. NCA/NCF