Finding the Money for Communications Interoperability Purchases

The most obvious place for grant funding for law enforcement is the Byrne/JAG grant program — as long as the application can be tied to crime fighting — and on the Fire/EMS side the clearest path to funding is the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Before we explore some of the more "creative" alternatives, it’s a worthwhile exercise to briefly address the present status of these two major avenues for public safety grant funding.

Law enforcement agencies seeking to support their missions of protecting their communities have turned to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program as the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions.

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