New Mexico Department of Public Safety: Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance (JAG) Program
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states, tribes, and units of local government. This funding provides support for additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice. Funds are intended to add to, augment, or supplement, not replace, resources already committed to the drug and violent crime control effort.
The following funding priorities have been established:
- Law Enforcement Programs
- Prevention and Education Programs
The Law Enforcement and Prevention and Education program purpose areas are intended to sustain evidence-based, intelligence-driven multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking enforcement, highway interdiction initiatives, and criminal gang activity suppression. It includes: 1) prevention and education activities related to teaching the community to identify gang activity within their communities and discourage youth involvement with gangs, and 2) support for statewide multi-jurisdictional task forces aimed at apprehending violent criminal and felony offenders, and reducing gun violence.
Amount: The total amount of variable pass-through funding available to local law enforcement agencies is approximately $704,242 and the total amount of state funding available to qualified state agencies is approximately $753,816.
Eligibility: Eligible law enforcement programs are limited to statewide, regional, or local law enforcement entities that support law enforcement activities. The applicant sponsoring the program must be a unit of local government, which is a town, township, village, parish, city, county, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state; any law enforcement district or judicial enforcement district that is established under applicable state law and has authority to, in a manner independent of other state entities, establish a budget and impose taxes; or a federally recognized Indian tribe that performs law enforcement functions.
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