Legal Aid Grant (JAG)
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) recently received notification of available funding from the United States Department of Justice under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program 2022 Local Solicitation. The JAG program enables local authorities to prioritize and place judicial funds where necessary. LFUCG is eligible for a formula fee of $144,461. The award is based on a formula that uses population and part one statistics on violent crime. The following information is provided per application requirements.
Residents can email public comments and questions to: [email protected]† The deadline for submitting comments on this assignment is August 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM.
Awards are awarded in the first fiscal year of the allotment and can be issued during the following three years. Extensions beyond this period may be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of BJA and must be requested through the Grants Management System (GMS) no later than 30 days prior to the grant end date.
JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance and criminal justice information systems, including for one or more of the following:
- Prosecution and court programs, including defense of the needy
- Prevention and education programs
- Corrections and Community Correction Programmes
- Drug Treatment and Enforcement Programs
- Planning, Evaluation, and Technology Improvement Programs
- Crime Victims and Witness Programs (other than Compensation)
- Mental health programs and related law enforcement and correction programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams
The Lexington Police Department recommends that these funds be spent as follows:
|Protective Tactical Body Armor (30 for $2928.93)||emergency response unit||$87,868|
|Trimble X7 scanner with tablet||Forensic Services Unit||$44,389|
|Patrol Bikes with Accessories (Nine for $1356.00)||Patrol||$12,204|
Protective tactical body armor – The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) calls for specialized body armor for their operations. ERU is responsible for responding to a variety of critical situations, including hostages or barricaded persons, high-risk warrants, dignitaries, civil disturbances and more. These situations are considered dangerous. Therefore, the tactical officers serving on the unit require specialized body armor with pistol and rifle ammunition protection, along with the ability to carry any additional assets.
Trimble X7 Scanner with a tablet – This specialized scanner can document and capture murder scenes, questionable deaths and fatal collisions. The scanner can map the scene using photography and laser measurements, allowing accurate and detailed preservation of the scene. This scanner will be more efficient for investigations and allow the police to leave the crime scene faster.
Patrol bikes – Bicycle certified agents are often deployed in areas such as the downtown entertainment district, apartment complexes, parks, and other areas that are difficult to access while driving. They have also been deployed during large-scale events such as the NCAA Basketball Tournament, Fourth of July festivities, and the Roots and Heritage Festival.