Sharon Nguyen, JAG Division Director
In FY 2005, the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program (BYRNE) and the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) Program were merged into the newly authorized JAG Program to streamline justice funding and grant administration. The JAG program allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on local needs, conditions and flexibility to prioritize funds where most needed.
Justice initiatives funded under BYRNE or LLEBG, listed in the state priority spending plan are eligible for JAG funding in these purpose areas: Law enforcement programs, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, drug treatment programs, as well as planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs. Emphasis is placed on helping law enforcement and related agencies control violent and drug-related crimes, improve operations and build coordination and cooperation among all components of the criminal justice system in the state of Mississippi.
The JAG program requires a 25% cash match. Grant programs funded under JAG include: Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Task Forces, Victims/Witness Assistance Programs, Local Law Enforcement grants, Certified Investigator Training Program, community crime prevention and other related law enforcement support programs.
LLEBG provides for hiring and training of additional law enforcement officers and support staff, overtime pay and procurement of new equipment and technology. This program requires a 10% cash match.
NOTE: Contact, Tim Wilkinson (601) 977-3762 for additional information.