FROM THE OFFICE OF KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK
Governor Brownback Announces More Than$2.8 Million For Crime Reduction Efforts in Kansas
Topeka- Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced the grant recipients of the 2014 Federal Edward Byrne MemorialJustice Assistance Grant (JAG) program. JAG funding helps strengthen partnerships for safe communities and enhance the state's capacity to prevent,solve, and control crime. Local and statewide criminal justice agencies and support organizations will receive $2,865,208 for their criminal justice projects.
"Kansas has an impressive network of agencies and organizations committed to making our state a safer place to live, work, and raise a family. JAG funding helps strengthen their partnership for safe communities and enhance the state's capacity to prevent, solve and control crime," Governor Brownback said.
TheKansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (KCJCC) oversees the criminal justice federal funding made available to Kansas through the U.S. Department ofJustice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. TheKCJCC includes the Governor, Attorney General, Supreme Court Chief Justice,Corrections Secretary, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, JuvenileJustice Authority Commissioner, and Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director.
"These grants will help improve public safety and provide critical assistance to victims of crime," Attorney General Derek Schmidt and KCJCC Chair said.
Entities eligible for JAG grant awards include units of state and local government,Native American Tribes, and nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations. JAG funds are intended to support:
Below is the list of the 2014 JAG grant recipients:
BartonCounty, Family CrisisCenter
The Family Crisis Center will provide outreach services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and forensic interviews for child abuse victims.
ButlerCounty, Andover PoliceDepartment
The Andover Police Department was awarded funds to purchase audio equipment for increased safety in undercover operations.
EllisCounty, Northwest Kansas CommunityCorrections
Northwest Kansas Community Corrections will utilize grant funds for surveillance officers, drug testing, and substance abuse treatment.
LeavenworthCounty, Brothers In BlueReentry
Brothers In Blue Reentry was awarded funds to provide drug treatment and prevention and education programs toLansing Correctional Facility inmates as well as parolees.
The Tonganoxie Police Department was awarded funds to purchase an electronic ticketing solution.
SOS will utilize funds to provide domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking services to victims in rural OsageCounty.
The Pottawatomie County Sheriff'sDepartment was awarded funds to upgrade the mobile records management system,allowing officers to access data from their patrol vehicles.
SalineCounty, 28th Judicial District CommunityCorrections
The 28th Judicial DistrictCommunity Corrections was awarded funds for an Intensive Supervision Officer at the Drug Court Program.
SalineCounty, Domestic Violence Association of CentralKansas
The Domestic Violence Association ofCentral Kansas will implement prevention and education services to middle and high school students about domestic and sexual abuse in dating relationships.
ScottCounty, Western Kansas Child AdvocacyCenter
The Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center will utilize funds to provide forensic interviewing and advocacy for child abuse victims.
SedgwickCounty, Wichita PoliceDepartment
The Wichita Police Department was awarded funds to purchase a laser scanning system for enhanced crime scene documentation and reconstruction.
SedgwickCounty, Kansas Big Brothers BigSisters
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters was awarded funds to provide mentoring services for children an incarcerated parent.
SedgwickCounty, Mental Health Association of South CentralKansas
The Mental Health Association of SouthCentral Kansas was awarded funds to provide intervention services to at-risk girls age 11 to 17.
WyandotteCounty, Unified Government Sheriff'sOffice
The Unified Government of WyandotteCounty/Kansas City, Kansas Sheriff's Office was awarded funds for compliance officers to monitor and update offender registrations, locate offenders out of compliance, and assist with prosecution.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was awarded funds for the Southwest Kansas Drug Task Force serving an 18-countyregion, managing the Kansas Incident Based Reporting Section, replacing the interface to the Kansas Department of Revenue's updated driver licensing and vehicle registration systems, and modernizing the security architecture of theKansas Criminal Justice Information System.
The Kansas Department ofAdministration was awarded funds for the director of the Kansas CriminalJustice Information System (KCJIS).
The Kansas Department of Corrections was awarded funds to retain staff for the Office of Victim Services Division.
The Kansas Highway Patrol was awarded funds to hire and train a new recruits class and to continue the collaborative partnership with the Reno County crime reduction project.
The Kansas Supreme Court was awarded funds to continue the implementation of the Electronic Filing System for Kansas courts.