Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $18,275)
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 Pinellas Park will use their 2016 JAG funds to purchase software and equipment for two focus areas of critical law enforcement need: 1) Internal Affairs and SWAT Operations. The goals of this project are to 1) Purchase and put into service software which will improve the overall effectiveness of the police department's procedures for receiving, processing, supervising, and controlling internal affairs reports; and to 2) Purchase and put into service new police tactical ballistic shields for our SWAT team operations, which will replace outdated equipment.