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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Local Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states and units of local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.

    JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, strategic planning, research and evaluation (including forensics), data collection, training, personnel, equipment, forensic laboratories, supplies, contractual support, and criminal justice information systems that will improve or enhance such areas as: 

    • Law enforcement programs.
    • Prosecution and court programs.
    • Prevention and education programs.
    • Corrections and community corrections programs.
    • Drug treatment and enforcement programs.
    • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.
    • Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
    • Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams?

    In FY 2020, BJA will be focusing nationally on the following priority areas: 

    • Addressing Violent Crime – Recognizing that violent crime and the drivers of that crime, including felonious possession and use of a firearm and/or gang violence, illegal drug sales and distribution, human trafficking, and other related crimes, vary from community to community, BJA encourages local jurisdictions to invest JAG funds to tailor programs and responses to state and local crime issues through the use of data and analytics. BJA also encourages local jurisdictions to coordinate with their United States Attorneys and Project Safe Neighborhoods grantees in order to leverage funding for violence reduction projects, and to coordinate their law enforcement activities with those of federal law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals Service, and the Department of Homeland Security.
    • Enforcing Firearms Laws – BJA encourages local jurisdictions to reduce crime involving the illegal use of firearms through the strengthening and enforcement of state and local firearms possession laws. BJA also encourages the formation of partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors to target offenders who use guns in the commission of a crime and who purchase or sell guns illegally. This includes ensuring that persons prohibited from purchasing firearms are deterred from doing so by enhancing complete, accurate, and timely access to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Additionally, local jurisdictions are encouraged to submit all necessary records to the FBI databases in a timely fashion, thereby helping to prevent illegal transfers of firearms to those who are prohibited from owning firearms under current law. Including these missing records will help ensure more accurate and complete background checks. Local and tribal grantees are also encouraged to participate with their U.S. Attorney's offices in Project Guardian, which seeks to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws across the country. Project Guardian draws on the Department of Justice's earlier achievements, such as the Triggerlock” program, and it serves as a complementary effort to the success of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). In addition, the initiative emphasizes the importance of using all modern technologies available to law enforcement to promote gun crime intelligence.
    • Officer Safety and Wellness – The law enforcement safety and wellness issue is an important priority for BJA and DOJ. According to the 2019 Mid-Year Preliminary Law Enforcement Officers Fatality Report, released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, as of the end of June 2019, 66 law enforcement officers had died in the line of duty. While this is a 35 percent decrease compared to the same time period in 2018, officers continue to be injured and killed at an alarming rate. Firearms-related deaths continued to be the leading cause of law enforcement deaths (27), followed by traffic-related incidents (21). Among the firearms-related deaths, four were while responding to a robbery call, four were ambushed, and three were responding to domestic disturbance calls. Of the traffic-related deaths, 11 were struck while outside of their vehicles; five were crashes involving another vehicle or fixed object; and four were the result of single-vehicle crashes. Based on the current FBI's Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) data, there were 48 officers feloniously killed in the line of duty during 2019, which is a decrease from the 56 feloniously killed in 2018. BJA encourages local jurisdictions to use JAG funds to focus on tactical officer safety concerns and on the health and wellness of law enforcement officers by providing trainings, paying for tuition and travel expenses related to attending trainings such as those available through the BJA VALOR Initiative and the National Officer Safety Initiatives Program, and funding health and wellness programs for law enforcement officers. JAG funding may also be used to attend officer safety and wellness conferences that enhance law enforcement education and awareness with the goal of preventing officer injury and/or death.
    • Safe Policing for Safe Communities - BJA encourages state and local jurisdictions to support projects which incorporate elements of the President's Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities (EOSPSC). The EOSPSC seeks to enhance law enforcement practices and build community engagement through: the improvement of officer credentialing; increasing the usage of community-support modeling; the expansion of training and technical assistance required to adopt and implement improved use–of-force policies and procedures (including scenario-driven de-escalation techniques); the retention of high-performing law enforcement officers and recruitment of law enforcement officers who are likely to be high-performing; the provision of confidential access to mental health services for law enforcement officers; and the utilization of programs aimed at developing or improving relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve (including through community outreach and listening sessions, and supporting non-profit organizations that focus on improving stressed relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve).
    • Fentanyl Detection – Fentanyl continues to be a major public health concern, and exposure in the field poses significant concerns to first responders. The increased prevalence of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in the illicit drug market means that first responders need to understand how to protect themselves from exposure in the field. BJA encourages local jurisdictions to use JAG funds to keep officers safe by minimizing their exposure to fentanyl and for fentanyl detection equipment, training, and naloxone distribution. Fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine, 50 times more potent than heroin. Breathing can stop after ingesting just two milligrams of fentanyl. The Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders and the companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal provide unified, scientific, evidence-based recommendations to first responders so they can protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected during the course of their daily activities, such as responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests, and searches.

    History of Funding

    The BJA Success Stories web page features JAG projects that have demonstrated success or shown promise in reducing crime and positively impacting communities. This web page will be a valuable resource for States, localities, territories, tribes, and criminal justice professionals who seek to identify and learn about JAG and other successful BJA-funded projects linked to innovation, crime reduction, and evidence-based practices.  See more at:

    Additional Information

    The USDOJ provides additional guidance for applicants interested in funding for the following purchases:

    • Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs)
    • Body Armor
    • Interoperable Communications
    • DNA Testing of Evidentiary Materials and Uploading DNA Profiles to a Database

    See for further information.

    The following items are prohibited expenditures:

    • Vehicles (excluding police cruisers)
      • Wheeled armored vehicles / Tactical vehicles
      • Buses / Recreational vehicles
      • Command vehicles / Mobile Command and Control Centers
      • Trucks, including pick-up trucks
      • Vans, including passenger vans
      • Motorcycles
      • Sport/Utility Vehicles (SUVs”)
      • Segways, golf carts, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs”), and similar items 
    • Vessels (excluding police boats)
      • Any form of boat or watercraft capable of holding or transporting instruments, other cargo and/or at least one person. 
    • Aircraft (excluding police helicopters)
      • Any craft designed to move instruments, other cargo, and/or at least one persons through the air, such as helicopters or airplanes (rotary-wing or fixedwing aircraft).
      • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Unmanned Aircraft (UA) and/or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). 
    • Luxury items
    • Real estate
    • Construction projects (other than penal or correctional institutions) 


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington, DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    Applicants are limited those units of local government appearing on the FY 2020 Allocation list: Additional law enforcement agencies, public entities, and non-profit organizations may apply to these applicants for sub-grants. 

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by August 19, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $84.5 million is available in 2020 for direct allocations to eligible applicants. A list of allocations may be viewed at - Additional law enforcement agencies, public entities, and non-profit organizations not on this list may apply to these applicants for sub-grants.

    Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project periods will vary based on size of award. Allocation Amounts of Less than $25,000 will extend 2 years in length. Allocation Amounts of $25,000 or more will extend 4 years in length.

    Related Webcasts Use the links below to view the recorded playback of these webcasts

    • New Funding Opportunities for K-12 School Safety - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Address High Crime Areas within Your Community - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Enhance Response, Investigation, and Prosecution of Domestic Violence - Sponsored by Panasonic - Playback Available


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