FRANKFURT — Governor Andy Beshear and Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Kerry Harvey announced that applications are now available for state and local law enforcement to apply for the Law Enforcement Assistance Grant. Justice Edward Byrne Memorial (JAG).
Gov. Beshear said this grant is another step in his administration’s commitment to creating a better Kentucky by assisting law enforcement efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence. “By improving public safety and prioritizing the well-being of all Kentuckians, our state will reach its full potential; to create a better Kentucky for all who choose to call the Commonwealth home.
Based on population and crime rates, an estimated $1.6 million in federal funds is expected to be allocated to Kentucky by the JAG, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the primary source federal justice funding to agencies serving criminal justice. system, to hire additional personnel and/or purchase equipment, supplies, contract support, training, technical assistance and information systems.
Eligible applicants are state and local government agencies and nonprofit entities seeking critical funding to support a wide range of program areas, including law enforcement, prosecutions, indigent advocacy, courts , crime prevention and education, corrections, addiction treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, initiatives for victims and witnesses of crime , mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.
“This grant provides the necessary resources for law enforcement and the justice system as we work together to better protect and serve the diverse population of the Commonwealth,” said Secretary Harvey. “Strengthening public safety is essential if we are truly going to make Kentucky’s 120 counties safe and healthy for future generations.”
JAG funds may be used to enforce state and local laws that establish offenses similar to those established in 21 USC§ 801 et seq. and/or to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, with a focus on violent crimes and serious offenders, by providing additional personnel, equipment, training, assistance technical and information systems for the arrest, prosecution, trial, detention and rehabilitation of persons who violate these laws and assistance to victims of such crimes (other than compensation).
Nominations for the 2022 federal fiscal year state solicitations must be submitted by June 30 at 6 p.m. EST and awards are expected to be announced in September.
All applications must be submitted online via Intelligrants 10 (IGX), the Justice and Public Security Cabinet’s electronic grant management system. New applicants will need to create an account and familiarize themselves with the system well before the deadline. Applicants should also note that validation of a new user account takes 48-72 hours.
You can get help with the application process by contacting Grants Management staff at [email protected]
For more information on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, click here.
For a complete list of 2021-2022 JAG Sub-Award recipients, please visit the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet website.
Since taking office, Governor Beshear has awarded nearly $8 million in grants to help state and local law enforcement agencies purchase the tools and resources that will enable them to not only protect our communities, but to ensure their own safety as they stand on the front lines every day.
The recently passed state budget signed into law by the governor increases the annual training allowance for sworn officers statewide by $300, bringing the annual training incentive from $4,000 to $4,300 $ upon completion of 40 hours of certified law enforcement training. This increase will support more than 7,600 officers annually, ensuring Kentucky law enforcement is both safe and effective while making our communities safer.
In addition to the annual training stipend increase, Governor Beshear signed House Bill 137, which expanded the definition of police to include joint task force members, county attorney detectives, process servers for juvenile court, local liquor control investigators, and Commonwealth Prosecutor’s Detectives. By including these positions in the definition of police officer, their employment agencies can now participate in the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation program fund.
Additionally, the Governor championed legislation such as Senate Bill 64 and House Bill 254, which make it easier for law enforcement to conduct undercover stings and stings. increase the chances of preventing a horrific crime against a child from being facilitated via the internet, while also providing the law. law enforcement officers with the power to charge offenders with more serious crimes to keep them away from the public, preventing further interactions with Kentucky’s most vulnerable population.