Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $146,162)
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 disparate jurisdictions will utilize the JAG award to acquire and install equipment for law enforcement and community policing efforts. Funds will be used to purchase equipment to record police responses to calls for service, record and manage digital evidence, and assist in officer accountability as well as safety through heightened visibility. The project goals are to increase officer safety, support officer training opportunities and help produce transparent record keeping for officer encounters with the public.