Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $196,217)
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 the JAG award to fund a full-time DNA criminalist and partially fund a deputy probation officer (DPO). The goal of this project is to reduce area crime and violence and to meet unfunded public safety needs. The DNA criminalist will complete reagent preparation, analyst proficiency testing, other quality assurance measures, and testify in court. The DPO will provide a full range of probation services which include enforcement, counseling, and resource referrals for probationers, their families, and pre-delinquent youth. NCA/NCF