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Law Enforcement
The Law Enforcement area of the division administers grants to help police officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers better serve and protect Alabama residents.
 
Some grant funding helps law enforcement agencies obtain new or updated equipment, ranging from handcuffs and bulletproof vests to vehicles. Others help provide equipment for advanced forensic investigations, and some funding helps enhance the work of multi-jurisdictional drug task forces in the state.
 

 

 

Click the names below for more information on each of the following grant programs:
 

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (42 U.S.C. 3751 (a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG program provides states and units of local government with critical funding necessary to support a wide 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.

ADECA administers the grants and is responsible for the coordination between these funds and other state and local initiatives, preparation and submission of the state's grant application. All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

Alabama receives JAG funds based on a formula that includes a minimum state allocation with the remaining amount determined by population and violent crime statistics. Once the state allocation is calculated, 60 percent of the funding is awarded to the state and 40 percent to eligible units of local government. State allocations also have a required variable pass through to units of local government, calculated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics from each state's crime expenditures. ADECA, in turn, allocates state funds to local entitites based on a formula that takes into consideration the population of the area served and statistical data reported.

Federal funds must be used to supplement existing funds for program activities and cannot replace or supplant nonfederal funds that have been appropriated for the same purpose.

The grant awards are for 12 months. Any extensions are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the division chief of ADECA's Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division.

Funding cannot be used directly or indirectly for security enhancements or equipment to nongovernmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety.

Using match funds is one of the strategies used by ADECA to expand Byrne JAG funds and build buy-in for local criminal justice initiatives. The requirement for match funds varies from year to year.

 

Byrne JAG State Strategic Plan for FY2014 – FY2018

 

Eligible entities interested in submitting an application should speak with a Byrne JAG program contact to discuss current funding availability by calling 334-353-4265.

Download the Byrne JAG Grant Application documents (.zip folder, 5.01 MB)

Byrne JAG Application Review

 

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Grant Program

Funding through this grant program is used to implement substance abuse programs that provide individual and group treatment for offenders living in residential facilities run by state and local corrections agencies.

The programs must meet the following requirements:

1. It must last between six and 12 months.
2. It must be provided at a residential treatment facility that is apart from the general correctional population.
3. It must develop the inmate's cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational and other skills to solve the substance abuse and related problems.
4. It must implement or continue to require urinalysis and/or other proven reliable forms of drug and alcohol testing.

Applications for this grant program can be submitted throughout the year. A 25 percent cash match is required.

These grants are subject to all state and federal laws and requirements such as drug free work place, certification regarding lobbying, certified assurances concerning the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and general grant conditions and assurances.

 

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program

This program assists the State with improving the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services.

Coverdell funds may be used for one or more of three purposes:

1. To carry out all or a substantial part of a program intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner services in the State, including those services provided by laboratories operated by the State and those operated by units of local government within the State.
2. To eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic science evidence, including a backlog with respect to firearms examination, latent prints, toxicology, controlled substances, forensic pathology, questioned documents, and trace evidence.
3. To train, assist and employ forensic laboratory personnel as needed to eliminate such a backlog.

Applicants must submit the following:

1. a certification and description regarding a plan for forensic science laboratories;
2. a certification regarding use of generally accepted laboratory practices;
3. a certification and description regarding costs of new facilities; and
4. a certification regarding external investigations into allegations of serious negligence or misconduct.

Applicants are expected to review the requirements of each certification carefully before determining whether the certification may be properly made.  Any certification that is submitted must be executed by an official who is both familiar with the requirements of the certification and authorized to make the certification on behalf of the applicant.  In connection with the certification regarding external investigations, applicants must provide, prior to receiving award funds, the name(s) of the existing “government entity” (or government entities). 

Because the highest standards of integrity in the practice of forensic science are critical to the enhancement of the administration of justice, the subgrant recipients of Coverdell funds must make use of the process referenced in their certification as to external investigations, and must refer allegations of serious negligence or misconduct substantially affecting the integrity of forensic results to government entities with an appropriate process in place to conduct independent external investigations.

For each grant, the recipient is required to report the following information to this division annually: 

1. the number and nature of any such allegations, 
2. information on the referrals of such allegations (e.g., the government entity or entities to which referred, the date of referral),
3. the outcome of such referrals (if known as of the date of the report), and 4.
 if any such allegations were not referred, the reason(s) for the non-referral. 

Such information is forwarded from the ADECA to the U.S. Department of Justice and is subject to review by their Office of the Inspector General.

The result of a Coverdell grant should be a demonstrated improvement over current operations in the quality and/or timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner services provided in the State, including services provided by laboratories operated by the State and services provided by laboratories operated by units of local government. Reduction of forensic analysis backlogs is considered an improvement in timeliness of services.

The output measures for these awards are:

1. a change in the number of days between submission of a sample to a forensic science laboratory and delivery of test results to a requesting office or agency,
2. the number of backlogged forensic cases analyzed with Coverdell funds, and
3. the number of forensic science or medical examiner personnel who completed appropriate training or educational opportunities with Coverdell funds.

Funding may be used for:

1. forensic science or medical examiner personnel, overtime, fellowships, visiting scientists, interns, consultants or contracted staff,
2. to upgrade, replace, lease or purchase computer hardware and software for forensic analyses and data management,
3. to upgrade, lease or purchase forensic laboratory or medical examiner equipment and instrumentation,
4. the acquisition of forensic laboratory or medical examiner supplies,
5. preparation for laboratory accreditation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), Forensic Quality Services International (FQS-I), the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), or other appropriate accrediting bodies, and for application and maintenance fees charged by appropriate accrediting bodies,
6. appropriate internal and external education, training and certification activities for staff that are directly and substantially involved in providing forensic science or medical examiner services wherein such training is directly related to the job position and duties of the individual(s) receiving the training or seeking certification, and
7. program expenses relating to facilities directly attributable to improving the quality and/or timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner services.

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