A $205,152 federal grant awarded to the Kansas Supreme Court allowing the state to continue implementing an electronic court case filing system will save state employees and Kansans time and money, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said Wednesday.
The Federal Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant was awarded to the Supreme Court via the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. It will be used to fund the installation of electronic case filing systems in six additional district courts in Wyandotte, Butler, Reno, Saline, Finney and Geary counties.
“This federal grant means that by the end of this fiscal year, e-filing will be implemented in counties with caseloads totaling 65 percent of our statewide filings,” Nuss said.
The Portland Police Department is getting $81,000 from the federal government for equipment, training and software. The department was recently awarded money from the Department of Justice's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, according to a press release. The grant will be used toward improving the department's online crime reporting system, training, a promotional assessment center and an image server.
Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said grants, like the JAG program, help keep agencies moving forward with technology and training in lieu of putting the cost on local taxpayers. He said there aren't many grant programs that have money for innovation. "This grant allows for that," he said.
ASHEVILLE – The City of Asheville is applying for funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) 2013 Local Solicitation program. This U.S. Department of Justice funding is provided through a partnership among federal, state and local governments to create safer communities. The grant awards funds to local governments to improve the functioning of law enforcement programs related to criminal justice. Funds may be used to provide equipment, training, technical assistance, information systems and supplies to enhance or improve local law enforcement.
The Asheville Police Department and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office are jointly applying for $53,016.
Lamar County and the city of Paris approved a $12,180 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant to be split between the Paris Police Department and the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office at separate meetings this week.
Both governing bodies noted the pre-approved amount by the U.S. Department of Justice has been reduced almost yearly.
COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Council Bluffs Police Department and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office will receive some federal grant money this year, but it is a far cry from what was received in the past. Council Bluffs Capt. Scott Milner and Pottawattamie County Chief Deputy John Reynolds told the Pottawattamie County Board on Tuesday that a grant for about $81,000 has been awarded to them jointly from the 2013 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program.
Milner said 20 percent of the grant money, or $16,000, will go to the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement under a long-standing agreement, and the remainder will be split evenly between the county and the city. Reynolds said the Sheriff’s Office will use much of its $32,500 to revamp the interview/interrogation recording equipment. Milner said the Police Department is still determining where its funds could best be used.
Lancaster City Council members on Tuesday approved an federal grant application to aid city police.
The $46,404 grant from the U.S. Justice Department's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Program will provide funds to purchase a new, marked police cruiser and three mobile data terminals, which are the laptop computers officers carry in their vehicles.
Butler County is seeking funding to temporarily house inmates released from prison. The county is requesting a two-year federal $250,000 Justice Assistance Grant through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for the Offender Housing and Rehabilitation Assistance Project.
County court and human services are jointly working on the project.
Victoria City and County law enforcement officials hope partnering up on a grant to purchase 34 Tasers will make officers safer.
Victoria County Commissioners approved the $30,516 grant award Monday from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to purchase the new equipment and Taser cartridges for courtroom deputies and city patrol officers.
It’s not exactly Big Brother watching you at all times, but an agreement between the Enterprise Police Department and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department will allow those entities to receive grant funds that will enhance their camera system and surveillance equipment.
The Enterprise City Council unanimously approved the interlocal agreement at Tuesday night’s regular meeting. The grant is the 2013 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). Enterprise will receive $11,107 in grant funds, with $6,664.20 going to the EPD and $4,442.80 to the sheriff’s department.
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