On July 9th, the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, released the approved funding allocations for the annual formula based Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program for the FY20 Local Solicitation. The Dover Police Department was listed as a disparate entity along with the Smyrna Police Department and Kent County, Delaware. The total amount awarded this year is $58,395.
As a result, the Dover Police Department, Smyrna Police Department and Kent County will submit a joint application for the funds. Kent County does not qualify for direct funding because they are not involved with providing criminal justice services, so the whole amount will be available for use by the Dover and Smyrna Police Departments.
Following is a breakout of the funding and how each agency will use their portion:
Dover Police Department Amount
Parking enforcement system upgrade/replacement and vehicle key $48,061
Public comments and questions are welcome.
Smyrna Police Department Amount
Continuation of Mental health partnership program services – $10,334
provides treatment for repeat complaints for substance abuse
and mental health so police officers can respond to more serious
crimes and incidents.
Grand Total: $58,395