30 day comment period – Justice Assistance Grant

BJA 2021 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program –Local

Grant Notifications – Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government recently received notification of available funding from the United States Justice Department under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program 2021 Local Solicitation. The JAG program provides local agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where needed. The LFUCG is eligible to receive a formula amount of $153,791. The award is based on a formula using population and Part one Violent Crime statistics. The following information is provided in accordance with application requirements.

Public comments and questions should be emailed to JusticeAssistance@lexingtonky.gov. The deadline for submitting any comments on this allocation is 4 p.m. on August 4, 2021. 

Awards are made in the first fiscal year of the appropriation and may be expended during the following 3 years. Extensions beyond this period may be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of BJA and must be requested via the Grants Management System no less than 30 days prior to the grant end date.

JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Prosecution and court programs, including indigent defense
  • Prevention and education programs
  • Corrections and Community corrections programs
  • Drug treatment and enforcement programs
  • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
  • Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)
  • Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.

The Lexington Police Department is recommending that these funds be expended as follows:

BJA FY 2021 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program – Local








Dare Supplies-Books (100 at $14.90)


Community Services


$ 1,490.00


Electric Bicycle (E-Bike)


Patrol-Special Operations


$ 2,892.48


Night Vision Monocular (4 at $4,603)


Hazardous Devices Unit


$ 18,412.00


Electric Shock Tube Initiator (8 at $1,133)


Hazardous Devices Unit


$ 9,064.00

Digital Cameras (Point and Shoot) (8 at $146.99)


$ 1175.92

Nightforce Scope NX8 I-X-24MM Scope ($3 at $1,445)

Emergency Response Unit

$ 4,335.00

Night Vision Equipment/TNVC TNV/PVS-14 (3 at $4,517)

Emergency Response Unit

$ 13,551.00

Upgrade Training Simulator (1)


$ 94,119.10

Upgrade to Polygraph Video System (1)


$ 8,751.50





Simulator for Training  The Training Section is requesting new firearms and force options/judgments simulators for training. The current simulator has been in use for over 10 years and is outdated and the company has been sold. There is no way to upgrade and customer service is non-existent. The new system has de-escalation scenarios as well 60 new scenarios each year for free as long as the system is maintained.

Polygraph Video System will be used to upgrade the current polygraph monitoring and recording system which frequently fails to record resulting in downtime and lost information. The Polygraph Unit performs approximately 500 pre-employment and criminal polygraph exams annually. Each one is required to be recorded and remotely monitored by investigators

Night Vision – The night vision equipment will be used by the Hazardous Devices Unit when performing manual render safe procedures in low-light and no-light conditions, and for visual spotters for the operation of robot platforms when supporting tactical operations. The night vision equipment will replace the equipment that is nearing the end of service life being between 10 and 12 years old.

Electric Shock Tube Initiator – This will replace aging equipment nearing the end of service between 11 and 19 years in the Hazardous Devices Unit. Initiation of energetic render safe tools and explosive demolition charges are completed by both electric and non-electric (shock tube) initiation tools.

Nightforce Scope – NightForce NX8 1-8X24MM Scope will be issued to designated marksmen on the Emergency response Unit. The scope would allow them to transition on activation from a position on the team to an independent marksman providing overwatch. Most marksman deployments are within 75 yards and this scope would enable the marksman to rapidly deploy or rejoin the team if needed without having to swap their carbine for the 308.

Night Vision Goggles/White Phosphor – White Phosphor night vision goggles will provide the Emergency Response Unit with a clear distinct picture and have very little depth perception issues due to the design and quality. These goggles would be used by Emergency Response Team members during activations in low light conditions.

DARE Books – DARE books are used by the Community Services Section to teach DARE in the Fayette County Public Schools. Additional books are needed to accommodate the students for the 2021-2022 school year.

Electric Bicycles (E-bike) with accessories for BOSO-Downtown District-These bikes will help officers travel quicker and longer distances with less physical effort helping conserve their energy their job requires including patrolling the neighborhood, crowd management at special events and festivals and responding to other officers

Digital Point and Shoot Cameras for BOP Digital cameras will allow officers to photograph items close-up including photographing injuries or other small details at a crime scene. Digital Point and Shoot Cameras also enable instant viewing and distribution of images in investigations. All images can be captured in the JPEG file format.