Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $471,673)
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 Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County will utilize this JAG award to purchase equipment, enhance police department personnel's skills and certifications through professional and mandatory specialized training, and to enhance community policing initiatives including service accountability and response time to community concerns. The overall goals of this project are to enhance public safety and law enforcement services.