Representatives George Miller and John Garamendi, both D-Solano, announced the new federal funds awarded to law enforcement agencies from the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).
The JAG Program, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions.
The funding is in addition to $1.01 million the county and cities received from the JAG Recovery Act program earlier this year.
"Our local police and sheriff departments have made tough budget decisions during the last couple years," Miller stated in a press release announcing the funding. "This new funding is critically needed to help officers continue their ."
"Public safety is a top priority in any economy," Garamendi agreed. "I'm glad local police departments will have an easier time balancing difficult budgets because of this."
In Solano, the funds will purchase closed-circuit cameras, licenses, accessories and a server for the public safety camera system operated by the Fairfield police department; mobile digital computers for Vacaville's police patrol vehicle fleet; and to retain Vallejo's full-time police officer whose position was funded under prior JAG awards. Remaining funds will be used by Solano County to purchase mobile video surveillance camera systems for use in the apprehension of serious offenders.
The breakdown includes:
Solano County: $16,447
Fairfield City: $66,515
The JAG Program provides states and local governments with funding to support a range of programs including law enforcement, prosecution and court, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, and technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.