Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

FY 2015 Local Solicitation

(Harford County, MD - May 21, 2014) The Harford County Sheriff's Office is applying for a federally funded grant to purchase supplies and training that will aid law enforcement officers within the county to recognize individuals suffering from a mental illness. The equipment requested, and the training provided, will provide law enforcement officers throughout the county and in the northeast region of Maryland with a public education program designed to improve participant's knowledge and modify their attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how to respond to individuals who are experiencing a acute mental health crisis or who are in the early stages of chronic mental health problems. In addition the Sheriff's Office seeks additional funding to purchase GPS devices for surveillance. Finally, the Sheriff's Office will use remaining funding to obtain training for crime analysis and mapping technology which will significantly increase the ability of units to disseminate and utilize intelligence and crime data. The Sheriff's Office intends to use the $41,900 in award money for the above items. As part of the grant application process, the Sheriff's Office is required to make this announcement public, allowing for a review and comments of the application. If any citizen, neighborhood or community organization wishes to review the application or comment, please contact the Planning and Research Unit of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Planning and Research Unit at 410-836-5438.

Media Release

May 20, 2014