TOPEKA – (March 20, 2012) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined with attorneys general from 39 other states and five territories in asking Congress to support funding for a critical law enforcement grant program.
In a letter last week to Congressional appropriators, the attorneys general requested support for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program (Byrne JAG) in the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bills.
“Byrne JAG plays a central role in our states and territories,” the attorneys general wrote. “It is the cornerstone federal justice assistance program because of its flexibility, breadth, and ability to leverage, and therefore stretch, other state, federal, and local funds. Byrne JAG grants are guided by a statewide strategic plan which ensures the most effective use of the federal funds.”
The Byrne JAG program is administered at the state level by the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Grants are made to local law enforcement and support agencies. Recent grants from this program have funded technological upgrades such as fingerprint scanners, voice recorders, and in-car computers and cameras for agencies throughout the state.
In Fiscal Year 2012, Kansas agencies received $3.6 million in Byrne JAG funding.