Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $81,925)
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 Lawton and Comanche County will share this 2016 JAG award. JAG funds will be used to make equipment purchases that have been put on hold over the past number of years due to insufficient funding. The largest purchase by city of Lawton Police Department, the Records Management scanners and server, will allow the Department to begin digitally archiving data as it comes in on a daily bases thus providing a quicker data recovery for the officer and investigator as well as for the citizens of the community. Comanche County, through its Sheriff's Office, is requesting to purchase: new equipment for their crime scene vehicle, body cameras, metal detectors, ballistics vests, M-16 rifles, computers, GPS devices, and training ammo.