Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $11,752)
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 plans to use the JAG funds to purchase an unmanned aerial vehicle and related equipment. The vehicle and remote cameras will provide detailed reconnaissance for ranger personnel when dealing with timber theft, illegal drug cultivation, arson, and illegal dumping within tribal forests. BJA requested additional information about his request from the grantee before making a decision on whether the purchase of the unmanned aerial vehicle is allowed. NCA/NCF