Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $55,754)
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).
Osceola County will use their 2016 JAG funds to support the Community Vision's Work Ready Program and to purchase a firearms training simulator. The goals of the Work Ready Program are to enhance employability skills, reduce recidivism, strengthen families, stabilize local communities and increase self-esteem and pride. The goal of the training simulator is to present in-field situations for officers, and generate marksmanship scenarios that can take into account distance and environmental factors as if trainees were on an actual range.