Aug 26 2005


WASHINGTON, D. C. — U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala) announced today that U.S. Department of Justice will be releasing $11,842 to the City of Jasper for The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).

JAG allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on the needs of the communities. These funds can be used for technical assistance, training, equipment and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas:

· Law Enforcement Programs

· Prosecution and Court Programs

· Prevention and Education Programs

· Corrections and Community Corrections Programs

· Drug Treatment Programs

· Planning, Evaluation and Technology Improvements Programs

The City of Jasper will use these funds to purchase mobile-to-mobile in-car radio systems, which will link the Jasper Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff’s Department. These in-car radio systems will enable the two departments to establish a common radio frequency that can be utilized during emergency situations.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce over $11,000 for law enforcement in Jasper. These funds will be used to purchase in-car radio systems to enhance communications between the Jasper Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff’s Department during emergency situations to ensure the safety and protection of our officers and our citizens.”

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