Jamestown, NY—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced $15,848 for the City of Jamestown to purchase 28 tactical radio headsets for the County-wide Special Operations Task Force. This funding comes from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Program (JAG) under the U.S. Department of Justice.
“This funding will be a huge help to Jamestown police and the County of Chautauqua Sheriff’s Office,” said Congressman Higgins. “The men and women who serve so ably in law enforcement capacities in Western New York are our first-responders and must have the highest level of technology at their disposal to best protect themselves and our communities.”
The City of Jamestown Police Department and the County of Chautauqua Sheriff’s Office will each receive 14 headsets to further equip the Task Force which is a coordinated effort between the City and County to improve emergency tactical response capabilities through staff and equipment.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment programs; and 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.