Byrne JAG Funding Can Be Used to Purchase Mcmtech Solutions

(Washington D.C – February 24, 2023) The Edward R. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program is a federal grant program that awards funding to state, tribal, and local governments to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, to prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and to assist victims of crime. Agencies can apply for funding to support a wide array of missions, and Congress has encouraged the Department of Justice to make Byrne JAG grant awards for projects that include solutions that Mcmtech offers:

The Committee supports the use of grant funding for the acquisition of operational management software to track mission critical assets. Tracking and managing resources, including radio communications equipment, mobile technology, and protective equipment enables and improves local law enforcement preparedness and operational planning. The Committee notes that Byrne/JAG funds may be used for these purposes and encourages the Department to award funds for this purpose.” (H,Rept, 116-101 - Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2020)

Available Byrne SCIP Funds

On February 14, 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced 49 awards under the Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (Byrne SCIP), for a total of $231 million, to states, territories, and the District of Columbia. These awards were authorized under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022, to implement and/or improve extreme risk protection order (ERPO) programs (red flag laws), which are designed to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others. As such, this funding may be used by agencies to safely secure, store, track, and return relinquished guns (such as those seized by court orders or red flag laws). This includes the purchase of software designed to track relinquished guns, such as Mcmtech’s Quartermaster.

Every state has a State Administering Agency (SAA) that manages Byrne funding. The DOJ allocates funds to the SAAs along with guidance on using the funds, which are broken down into two categories — state-level and local-level. Under the Byrne SCIP guidelines, 40% of the money must pass down to local governments.

A comprehensive list of the states and amounts awarded under the Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program is available here.

Applying for Byrne SCIP Funds

To access the local pass through funds under the Byrne SCIP program, agencies should contact their State SAA office for the latest program deadlines and announcements. More details can be found on the US DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance website at: https://bja.ojp.gov/program/byrne-scip/overview.

About Mcmtech

Mcmtech is the leader in mission-critical asset, inventory and work order management software. With over 20 years of industry expertise, Mcmtech solutions are purpose-built for public safety’s unique needs and include the only solutions in the market that can integrate directly with radio communications systems. Its web-based, enterprise class software platform, called Motiondeck, powers flexible, scalable, secure solutions and can be cloud-hosted or installed on-premise. With well over 200+ systems deployed in 40 states and 14 countries, Mcmtech continues to implement new projects worldwide. Click here to learn about its most popular products: Commshop, Commasset, Motion360, Motiontrack, and Quartermaster.  

Updated February 25, 2023, 2:17 pm