Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $127,737)
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).
Fairfax County will use the JAG funds to purchase two forensic multimedia evidence work stations which will equip the county police department with state-of-the-art equipment to enhance their ability to legally retrieve, copy, edit, and store video and multi-media products for investigative purposes. JAG funds will also be used to purchase thermal night vision monocular devices for the countys eight patrol district stations. These devices will enhance the county patrol officers ability to locate critical missing adults, children, suspects, and to locate physical evidence during the nighttime and in inclement weather, especially in areas that are heavily wooded.