For many years the Police Department used JAG funds to pay a portion of its jail services contract. The purpose areas for the 2020 JAG grant, however, differ significantly from years past. For the 2020 award the funds must be used in the following purpose areas:
- Cold case criminal investigations
- Less than lethal equipment (munitions)
The Police Department has chosen to use the 2020 JAG funds for crime prevention. The grant will enable the Community Liaison Division (CLD) to effectively partner with our Community Impact Unit (CIU) to reduce crime in high crime areas, crime trend areas, and provide education and awareness in these areas and to community members and businesses throughout Garden Grove.
Funds will be used by CLD staff to purchase supplies necessary to educate the public about community policing strategies, the CIU’s efforts, and Neighborhood Watch programs within the city. JAG funds will also be utilized for CIU and/or CLD overtime incurred as the result of specific, targeted efforts towards reaching the project goals, as well as for personnel to attend essential outside training to ensure they are equipped to accomplish these goals.