Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $33,272)
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 City of Wichita Falls and Wichita County are listed as disparate jurisdictions on the FY 15 local JAG allocation. Both jurisdictions will devote grant funds to each entity's respective law enforcement agencies, specifically the Wichita Falls Police Department (WFPD) and the Wichita County Sheriffs Office (WCSO). JAG funds will be used to improve and provide equipment for law enforcement. Equipment will be purchased by each agency to upgrade the abilities of sections within the WFPD and WCSO. Those sections for the WFPD include the Special Operations Unit and Patrol. The section for the WCSO affected by the JAG grant is the Special Response Unit.