Grant Information & Notices

Public Notice - Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance has announced that it is seeking applications for funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. This program furthers the Justice Department’s mission by assisting state, local, and tribal efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence.

The Biddeford Police Department will be applying for funds through the 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program in the amount of $34,062 for equipment replacement.  BPD is proposing to purchase 6 Patrol PC®’s new RhinoTab® Ultra-Rugged Tablet for its cruisers.  Many of BPD's cruiser laptops are approaching end of life and will need to be replaced.  Officers require immediate access to important and necessary information and the ability to complete reports in the field. Technology has progressed while the cruiser computers have remained the same; the disparity in speed and reliability will only get worse.  This grant program is a great opportunity to replace BPD's aging laptops.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this purchase, please contact Lieutenant Ricky Doyon via e-mail ricky.doyon@biddefordmaine.org or call 282-5127. Below is a brief explanation about the JAG Program

Overview of the JAG Program

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.

Purpose Areas  

JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, information systems for criminal justice, and criminal justice related research and evaluation activities that will improve or enhance:

  • Law enforcement programs
  • Prosecution and court programs
  • Prevention and education programs
  • Corrections and community corrections programs
  • Drug treatment and enforcement programs
  • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
  • Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)