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Public Input Welcomed for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant 8-23-2019

On July 30th, the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, released the approved funding allocations for the annual formula based Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program for the FY2019 Local Solicitation.  The Dover Police Department was listed as a disparate entity along with the Smyrna Police Department and Kent County, Delaware.  The total amount awarded this year is $60,528.00


As a result, the Dover Police Department, Smyrna Police Department and Kent County will submit a joint application for the funds.  Kent County does not qualify for direct funding because they are not involved with providing criminal justice services, so the whole amount will be available for use by the Dover and Smyrna Police Departments. 


Following is a breakout of the funding and how each agency will use their portion:


Dover Police Department Amount
In-car camera/computer systems & interview room camera/recording system upgrade $49,507
Smyrna Police Department 11,021
Mental health partnership program which will provide treatment for repeat complaints for substance abuse and mental health so police officers can respond to more serious crimes and incidents.  
Grand Total $60,528


The deadline for the joint application is August 23rd and will be submitted through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Program’s Grants Management System electronically on-line. 


Public comments and questions are welcome by contacting
Robin Adkins at 302-736-4446 or email robin.adkins@cj.state.de.us