Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $35,738)
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 grantee will use awarded JAG funds to support its Police Explorer Program. The training program focuses on youth mentoring by police officers. Participants in the program are taught CPR, traffic control, good citizenship, discipline, and various police tactics. Grant funds will pay for trainer salaries, youth uniforms, and equipment. Grant funds will also support the Police Athletic League (PAL) that provides youth activities for city youth from ages nine through eighteen. Grant funds will also be used to pay overtime salaries for officer patrols at neighborhood events, meetings, and high crime hot spot areas.