The City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County were allocated $436,143 in Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funds by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), which President Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009. To read the news release regarding allocation of these funds by the Justice Department (Word document), click here.
The award number for this grant is 2009-SB-B9-0410.
The City of Evansville Police Department will utilize $388,019 of these funds as follows:
- $57,300.00 - personal equipment for six new officers
- $241,140.00 - six equipped police cars for six new officers
- $89,579.00 - bullet trap and accessories for firing range for all sworn Evansville Police Department personnel, and additional police agencies.
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department, a sub-recipient, will utilize $48,124 of these funds to purchase in-car video equipment.
To read the agreement between the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County regarding distribution and utilization of these funds (PDF document), click here.
JAG funds are allocated to communities using a Federal formula based on population and crime statistics, in combination with a minimum allocation to ensure that each state and territory receives an appropriate share.
The JAG Program assists states and local governments with a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system. Six areas may be considered for funding under the JAG Program: Law enforcement, prosecution and courts, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment, and planning, evaluation and technology improvement.
More specifically, JAG funds can be used to pay for personnel, overtime and equipment. Funds provided for the states can be used for statewide initiatives, technical assistance and training, and support for local and rural jurisdictions.
For more information about the City of Evansville's efforts and expenditures related to the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program through the Recovery Act, please contact:
Sgt. William Woods
Evansville Police Department
15 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47708
For more information on the Byrne JAG program in general, please visit the U.S. Department of Justice Website.