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Engel Announces $147K JAG Grant to Yonkers

Engel Announces $147K JAG Grant to Yonkers

Yonkers, NY—Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today announced The City of Yonkers has been awarded $147,354 in federal grant money from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. The City will be able to utilize the JAG award to support law enforcement initiatives and increase essential law enforcement services. The funding will allow for the purchase of equipment to enhance technology and improve communications, including License Plate Readers to increase public safety. A portion of JAG funds will also be used to support overtime patrols and fringe benefits.

“The brave men and women in the Yonkers PD put it all on the line for our community day in and day out,” Congressman Engel said. “This federal funding will allow for much needed technological upgrades to the Yonkers Police Department, which will help keep them and the public safe.”

Background: The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local government to

support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can

be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information

systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following program areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution

and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment and

enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other

than compensation).